YT Slopestyler Prototype - Crankworx Rotorua

Mar 24, 2015
by Paul Aston  
Kelly McGarry s prototype YT Slopestyler
  Downhill and slopestyle practice kicked off today at Crankworx in Rotorua. I caught the Kiwi resident, course builder and hucker Kelly McGarry leaving this evening with this prototype YT Slopestyler bike.


Kelly McGarry s prototype YT Slopestyler
  A full carbon chassis is an interesting choice for a machine getting regularly launched and thrown from heights.


Kelly McGarry s prototype YT Slopestyler
  There's 100mm of travel from a concentric bottom bracket pivot, controlled by a Marzocchi damper.


Kelly McGarry s prototype YT Slopestyler
  Placing the pivot around the bottom bracket means no chain growth. Horizontal dropouts allow for a single-speed set up, although there is also a mech-hanger.


Kelly McGarry s prototype YT Slopestyler
  Nobody panic. The Hope/Atomlab wheelset is trusty old 26", with a 135mm bolt-thru axle at the rear and up front there's a standard width 20mm axle too. The frame is likely to be one size only if it goes in to production.


Kelly McGarry s prototype YT Slopestyler
  Kelly was running this new 'Grid' handlebar and stem from Gravity.


Kelly McGarry s prototype YT Slopestyler
  Custom etching on your Lock-Ons lets you know when have made it in to the big league.


Kelly McGarry s prototype YT Slopestyler
  A mixture of Shimano Zee and Saint products to finish off the build



MENTIONS: @ridegravity @MarzocchiMTB @shimano, @YTIndustries




134 Comments

  • + 84
 Nice looking bike. Good to see some individuality and originality in the spec instead of the usual sram-heavy build. Marzocchi, pimp looking hope gunsmoke hubs, gravity grid, atomlab rims. As for the frame... wow. It must be strong enough to take a beating, I mean McGazza is a big lad. I wonder what the weight is.
  • + 59
 more likely those are kelly's own personal sponsors, and this is just his setup of the bike. production version will probably have a different spec.
  • + 65
 What is it with this new 20mm thruaxle standart. Didn't the just introduced the new boost. I bet they are going to tell us that 20mm is stiffer.
  • - 25
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 24, 2015 at 7:35) (Below Threshold)
 20mm is definitely stiffer but being too butthurt about it makes your wee wee softer - been there, done that...
  • + 28
 Your wee wee is already soft (low PH)
  • + 9
 Lacondeguy posted a picture of his saying its 22 pounds
  • + 5
 22 pounds for a SS bike is pretty light.
anyone know when its being released?
  • + 16
 @Ginger-wheels, 'hardness' and softness of a solution is the measure of its mineral content, not pH.

Cool bike by the way!
  • + 26
 @TyranT21, He's saying its soft because Waki has an acid-spitting dick.
  • - 2
 boost is for 650b sillys!
  • + 2
 Thank you, @samsq, exactly what i was thinking, for some strange reason
  • + 3
 @samsq-waki IS an acid spitting dick
  • + 2
 cool bike BTW
  • + 9
 with only one brake and no drivetrain it's not hard to get a bike down to the low 20s.
  • + 1
 I really, REALLY hope that this isn't too expensive. Me want!!! Looks tidy AF!
  • + 1
 I picked up Lacondeguys when riding at Lorett trails a few weeks ago, definitely in the 22lbs league!
  • - 1
 Touché!
  • - 3
 Looks like a session
  • + 3
 ^ That "session" joke is so old ! People don't even know about it anymore !
  • + 2
 Ahhh, is this about so many DH bike looking like sessions?
  • + 2
 close- it's about every bike looking like a session
  • + 0
 It's about every bike looking like every other damn bike... This looks like the specialized p dj thing it all runs together after awhile and I'm so bored with bike designs now
  • + 1
 Well all bicycles have two wheels
  • + 34
 So Yeti cant make a pre-production carbon frame that won't crack and then YT comes out with a prototype carbon slope bike that can handle the likes of McGarry ?!?
  • + 13
 Technically we haven't seen it handle anything yet. Ask me again tomorrow Smile
  • + 3
 Update? Wink
  • + 29
 great. another YT bike that i really want. why do they make so many pretty bikes! also im so happy its a bb pivot cause i wouldn't wanna have to run a mech on a slope bike Big Grin great job YT!
  • + 9
 Same here. More bikes to buy... Lottery here I come... Wink
  • + 6
 YT! That gold chain on matte black frame looks fly as hell
  • + 28
 Now that McGazza is on YT I wonder if we'll see some XLs in their other models...
  • + 2
 ^this^
  • + 9
 An XL size has been confirmed by Cam many times.
  • + 5
 They have announced XL already! Its in the works..
  • + 27
 I can get custom engraving on my Lizard Skins, does that mean I'm actually a pro?!
  • + 14
 Can you please have 'does this mean I'm actually a pro?!' round your collars?
  • + 10
 Next grips I buy, just for you
  • + 20
 Am I the only one who thinks low profile colored bikes look a lot nicer then those bright bikes even though I have a bright killswitch lol
  • + 2
 Nope, your not the only one. This bikes colours are SICK!
  • + 18
 That's a very small bike for a very big human...
  • + 13
 NOW THAT'S A BIG EFFIN HOBBIT!!! IS THAT THE NEW ZEALAND VERSION OF A BEAR RIDING A UNICYCLE???
  • + 13
 26" for life biatch!
  • + 11
 YT FTW
  • + 6
 "Custom etching on your Lock-Ons lets you know when have made it in to the big league."
Actually, it lets you know that you have the tree-fiddy it takes to have them etched when ordering straight from the ODI website. Seriously, three dollars fifty cents.
  • + 8
 That hair with that bike best combo ever .
  • + 2
 People of a certain age may remember 'what-a-mess' and friends.
  • + 7
 BOOOOM!
  • + 7
 YT is on fire
  • + 4
 Now we just need that ~10kg. Capra-ish 120-130 mm. AM racer, and the lineup is complete... I really, really, REALLY hope that will happen!
  • + 2
 How are they going to have a 1 size fits all that makes McGarry and Andreu happy? There's like a foot difference in height between them (0.3m for those of you outside of North America)
  • + 3
 My kids have custom etching on lock collars and stuff. Purely Custom will do that for a few $. I think it is perfect for pre-teens.
  • + 1
 did not know about this. i've gotta get some for my nieces.
  • + 5
 hate to see that thing end up like his diamondback
  • + 3
 To me it looks incredibly beautiful, and it is definitely an interesting choice of frame material.Will be interested to see how it holds up.
  • + 3
 Apollo moves into a high end market with their saddles. Halfords is ecstatic!
  • + 0
 I guess they're thinking that only little kids want dj bikes?
But
By not offering different sizes they're missing out on other markets like play bikes an 4X etc etc
A lot of good companies at least offer a short and long frame
  • + 2
 I like the bottom bracket pivot.. a technology that wasn't adapted for a long time, why does it work well with single speed setups?
  • + 7
 It works well because there is no chain growth, so you don't need any sort of chain tensioner.
  • + 12
 if you think about it, the rear triangle is basically pivoting around the center of the chainring, so the distance between the rear cog and chainring stays the same throughout the stroke of the shock, allowing a single speed chain to stay the same tention.
  • + 3
 The old Le Pink design is now the norm for slope bikes. Someone needs to make it 24 inches as well
  • + 4
 Think I just found an upgrade for my transition double...
  • + 1
 Can I buy yours? Lol
  • + 1
 be hard to part with my double, had it 7 years and still love it, just put a ccdb inline on it for this year Smile
  • + 1
 Ok ok haha
  • + 1
 Do u think ur double can be 22lbs.
  • + 1
 sitting at 34 with a dropper post and 10 speed... don't think I'd get near 22lb tbh..
  • + 1
 Both Zink and McGarry both rode Corsair bikes for quite awhile. Not a surprise the new YT prototype has a Konig feel to it's geometry.
  • + 3
 The main pivot reminds me of a Kona Bass.
  • + 1
 I have the kona cowan (bass) and its great... this is just half the weight...
  • + 1
 I remember years ago when I thought weight was "no big deal" then one day I rode a friends custom built DJ that was a good 5 or 6 lb lighter than mine... Needless to say, after riding it for all of 5 minutes, I was now a firm believer in lighter bikes as it was so much easier to do the same things I could on mine and more with more pop and precision.
  • + 1
 Light weight bikes are the best for renting.
  • + 1
 I'm looking for a second-handed Bass in the Buysell section. Really love that frame.
  • + 2
 Anybody know what that fork is? It seems a bit small to be a 55, but too big to be the DJ Slope.
  • + 1
 I really, REALLY hope that this isn't too expensive. Me want!!! Looks tidy AF!!
  • + 2
 Somehow it reminds me of Mountain Cycle battery
  • + 1
 Pro tip: If its carbon, they've spent the money on tooling up a mold. It will be produced in some way or another, usually.
  • + 2
 look like a mix of a morpheus v slope and the new demo
  • + 3
 OH my fucking word
  • + 3
 That bomber!
  • + 2
 Can't be that good Kelly's been riding his diamondback in practice....
  • + 1
 it is the best designed bike ever made in the world. better than demo @Protour
  • + 1
 oh 135mm bolt-thru axle, i might be able to use my chris king hubs again
  • + 1
 Did they borrow a few molds from GT?
  • + 1
 Do we know why Kelly McGarry was still riding his DB in Rotorua?
  • + 2
 26 ain't going anywhere.
  • + 1
 Very clean looking bike! Nice build.
  • + 1
 lacondeguy said it weights 10kg
  • + 1
 if this frame survives the Kelly McGarry size will be ready to production
  • - 1
 Wow, looks like a lot of R+D for a very niche bike. Especially for a company that already has a dirt jumper, but doesn't have a XC bike yet (at least in the US).
  • + 1
 No Boost in the back? This bike is already outdated! Wink
  • + 1
 When would this be released?
  • + 0
 Nice of GT to lend their blueprints
  • + 3
 I believe the Distortion is a non concentric single pivot, but they do look similar
  • + 23
 borrows from the p.slope too. they all borrow cues from eachother. they are bicycles, not super cars.
  • + 14
 And P.Slope took the design from the Doberman Le Pink
  • + 13
 @dchill just a good ol fashion frame design circle jerk.
  • - 3
 And the Le Pink borrows that suspension design from the Planet X Split Tail.
  • + 4
 With a bb pivot, you only have so many choices. Although the killswitch is the sexiest bike on the market for me Big Grin
  • + 1
 The split tail didn't pivot around the bb, it pivoted above it
  • + 0
 I was talking about the way the shock went through the split seat tube.
  • + 1
 Nice bike!
  • + 1
 Night
  • + 1
 One size only ! , WTF?
  • + 14
 Yes. and you must be 6'5" to ride it. Sorry brah
  • + 8
 Hard to justify multiple molds for a frame that won't sell as large of numbers as a trail or dh bike.
  • + 5
 its a prototype and also quite a lot of dj frames only come in 1 or 2 sizes also its carbon and making the moulds is the most expensive part in making a carbon frame.
  • + 1
 one size to rule them all... Andreu is riding the same frame
  • + 1
 hoopdeedoop
  • - 1
 Wow a carbon P.Slope I mean a carbon Le Pink. I mean....I am so confused
  • + 3
 This carbon YT looks nothing like an aluminum P.slope or the chromo Le pink. Shock mounts to bottom tube not top. Looks closer to the GT distortion slopebike or New mongoose proto that greg watts is riding.
  • + 6
 its a carbon Killswitch silly
  • + 1
 I want my tools to look industrial, carbon looks too organic for my taste (it bruises or spoils easily too). I'll take the BlackMarket metal Killswitch over this one any day.
  • - 3
 One size fits all Fail
  • + 4
 It's quite normal in dj world for some reason.
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