Video: YT Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Tues

Dec 18, 2020 at 6:18
by YT Industries  

Words: YT Industries

2020 was a challenging year for downhill mountain biking. However, despite the small sample size of pro racing this year, the YT Tues proved yet again that it is one of the greediest bikes out there, enabling Oisin O’Callaghan and David Trummer to ride to Gold and Silver during the World Champs. World-class athletes have secured several World Championships, World Cup Overalls, and Rampage titles on this bike in years passed – a success story that started back in 2008 and truly kicked off in 2010. Celebrating its tenth anniversary since the conception of the V4L suspension linkage, YT test rider Erik Irmisch sends it on the big rig through Germany. The 32-year-old has played an essential role in the evolution to develop the Tues into the beast it is today.

Erik ‘Irm’ Irmisch has been with YT since 2010 and is closely linked to the evolution of the Tues – YT’s ruthless and uncompromising downhill rig. The downhill racer is part of the product development team and gives valuable feedback from an athlete’s perspective to the engineers and developers. In the early days, the Tues' development was spearheaded by Stefan Willared, former CTO and today CIO of the company. Both Stefan and Erik have played a vital part when it comes to the evolution of YT’s downhill bike.

bigquotesI live and breathe bikes. I think athlete feedback is important because the added perspective adds to achieving that perfect result. One major development I was involved with was the further development of the Tues MKI and the future positioning and length of the rear shock. This development, coinciding with optimized kinematics, has enabled us to create a bike that is race-ready in every situation. I have also influenced smaller details, that are important to racers such as changing the cable routing so that the number plate is integrated nicely and clearly visible. We have an awesome crew and I love being part of the puzzle. Erik Irmisch

Shot by Ralf Schupp

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Tues with the V4L technology – a milestone in the history of the radical downhill bike that has carried many riders to podiums, medals, and titles. The bike has come a long way since 2008. Initial development took 12 months until the first aluminum Tues was ready to be brought to market in 2009. With 180mm travel and a Marzocchi 66, it was more a freeride bike than a downhill rig.

bigquotesA lot of people wonder where the name for the bike came from. When we used to go riding with our mates, we would session features we had built and dare each other to send them. In Germany ‘Tu es’ means ‘do it’ and we’d always encourage a mate by shouting ‘Tu es!’ through the woods. Stefan Willared, YT Industries

However, the former CTO Stefan Willared was not entirely satisfied, which resulted in a seamless transition and development of the Tues MKI.

bigquotesIrm and I were not happy with the performance of the classic 4-bar linkage. We started reaching out to suspension manufacturers for more data on the behavior of spring elements at different speeds and situations. Stefan Willared, YT Industries

This resulted in the evolution of the Tues from a freeride bike to a true downhill bike.

bigquotesThe revolutionary V4L suspension technology allowed for greater sensitivity, improved mid-stroke support, and increased progression of the end-stroke. Bottom line: the bike was more stable and a lot faster. 2010 is the true year of birth in my eyes. The Tues became a real downhill bike thanks to the V4L linkage and the therewith associated geometry and suspension kinematics. Stefan Willared, YT Industries

But innovation did not stop here. 2011 witnessed the release of the Tues MKI with improved V4L kinematics and an increased rear shock length from 222mm to 241mm, which unlocked even more potential and speed. Boundaries were tested yet again a year later with the release of the Tues MKII, the first hydroformed aluminum frame and even longer rear shock length (267mm).

bigquotesThe top priority was that the Tues performed well, but the looks of the frame were important to us too. Hydroformed aluminum frames allowed us to save weight on the frame where it was not needed while also creating an attractive frame design. This was an important step for us as a company. Stefan Willared, YT Industries

After major developments four years running, time was spent the next three years working on the next major milestone for YT’s Tues. Stepping into a new world of mountain bike manufacturing the first carbon Tues frame (MKIII) was released in 2015 along with the ‘new’ big 650B wheel size.

bigquotesOur freeriders weren’t as stoked about the inception of 650B by the industry, but there was no way it wasn’t going to happen. Industrial design was and is a huge topic for us and after having dug into it with the Capra we wanted to transfer the knowledge to our other existing platforms. Carbon has given us even more opportunities to form and design our frames while reducing weight and increasing the stiffness of our bikes. Stefan Willared, YT Industries

The latest steps in its evolution followed in 2018 and 2019. The Tues MKIII received a redefined aluminum and carbon geometry and for the first time, YT was able to offer five different frame sizes

Shot by Isac Paddock
Shot by Ale Di Lullo

bigquotesAdditional frame sizes require considerable investment for development. But it was worth it to us, because we wanted to enable riders to choose a bike size based on their riding style or preference and detach the choice from their body height. By finetuning the bike sizes a decision can be made based on the feeling of the bike and the speeds you ride. Stefan Willared, YT Industries

The inception of the 29’’ wheel size for the platform in 2019 was the latest major development for the time being. The Tues has changed considerably over the past decade and a team effort of passionate designers, engineers, and racers has created a downhill mountain bike capable of carrying the world’s best athletes to World Championship and World Cup title and Rampage glory.

Shot by Daniel Roos
Shot by Isac Paddock

bigquotesLooking back there are a lot of great memories that come to mind. The initial positive feedback from bike magazines like FREERIDE back in the day, a fantastic review in the legendary publication DECLINE in North America after having spent a couple of days with them in Whistler and not to forget being knighted by Mike Rose and Steve Jones when our Tues was included in Dirt 100. One of the most emotional moments in my life was watching and waiting in the finish coral in Lourdes with Markus Flossmann after Aaron Gwin took the hot seat in 2016. It was the first race of the season, our first World Cup race with the Tues. We were surrounded by French downhill fanatics and the beat of electronic music still rings in my ears thinking about it. Remembering those final seconds until victory was ensured gives me goosebumps to this day. We are looking forward to seeing what the next decade will bring along. Stefan Willared, YT Industries


  • 40 0
 It would be sick if YT made that 26" Tues link they make for their pro freeriders available to buy, it would make it an even more awesome park bike
  • 15 0
 Makes no sense that they don’t.
  • 3 0
 @nvranka: Kinda think it makes the same sense as them not selling framesets either. It's to keep the relative cost to the consumer as low as possible (ie: not tooling up production for small runs or having to over produce to meet a more niche demographic). Look how much lower they keep their prices on complete builds Vs the "industry leading" offerings at $10k+ these days
  • 3 0
 @BikeRipperVT: I mean...price the link accordingly?
  • 4 0
 @nvranka: Yeah because they do sell nuts and bolts, gear hangers etc. They are priced accordingly. It's not like you get a spare mech hanger for 2 Euro or something.
  • 2 0
 @BikeRipperVT: You're right in a commercial/economic sense, but this is a brand that at one point had no trail bike and still had a DH bike (tues), a enduro bike (wicked/capra) and a dirtjump bike (dirtlove). They came up supplying dirtjump frames. If they can't afford to make a dirt jump specific tues, no one can.
  • 11 0
 best looking dh bike with best custom paints by far
  • 5 0
 My Tues was the best DH bike Ive owned. Never understand the YT hate 'Im so angry that they disrupted the bike industry and brought value into the game, I want to pay twice as much and its not fair wah wah wah'. Newsflash, once you have owned one you realise you are paying double the price for nothing extra. And before you start again, you aint getting 4 grands worth of customer service for double the price...
  • 15 13
 I wonder how big of a role Aaron Gwin played in the development of the bike in its later versions/changes. But let’s not give credit to him or mention him much... come in YT!
  • 7 2
 How would you know how much of a role he really played? If it was a lot they’d probably mention it. From what I recall he came in and said the bike was exactly how he liked it. The last upgrade since then was more of a cosmetic makeover plus adding a 29 inch version.
  • 13 1
 He won his first race on the MKII without any input. Sounds like they had things pretty figured out before he got there.
  • 4 2
 They made the bike for him considering what he did on his demo, read in an interview if my memory not too tired
  • 4 0
 He mentioned in interviews that he felt right at home on the frame when he joined YT. He was a rider who's input was probably quite valuable but the winning platform was already there.
  • 3 0
 @fracasnoxteam: That tues and that demo were pretty different, if YT were trying to copy the demo they did a terrible job (the tues seems much better tbh):
  • 1 0
 @Altron5000: I've never said they were.
  • 1 0
 Figuring out a bikes geo and leverage curve is no rocket science. 10 people that know what they talk about will come up with 10 different bikes, and all of them are going to be good for some type of rider.
  • 4 0
 I was blown away how good my tues felt right out the box
  • 3 0
 Very cool. Have had 2 Tues, both have been awesome.
  • 1 0
 Oh yes, me too.

The 2011 Ltd. (still the most beautiful for me)

and the 2104 Ltd.

Had been loving the Marzocchi suspension (just got the Z1 coil for my Decoy Big Grin )
  • 1 0
 Same, still have Mk2 and Mk3 and they are great in different ways.
  • 3 0
 Carbon and aluminum geometry?
  • 1 0
 Yop, seems like there was a divergence in 2018
  • 3 0
 ABA Hexagonal stacked sheets (graphite) vs face centered cubic
  • 2 0
 Just replaced my mk2 with a mk3. Very happy with my Tues.
  • 1 0
 Did you feel much of a change? Is the new one significantly bigger?
  • 2 0
 @brooce: I run both a Large Mk2 carbon 27.5 and a XXL Mk3 carbon 27.5
The Mk3 is much longer but not higher/taller. Mk3 XXL feels awesome @195cm/6'4'' tall.
When i jump back on the Mk2 it feels a little cramped now.
  • 9 7
 Wasn't this the bike that broke at rampage?
  • 9 1
 You broke at Rampage.
  • 11 1
 It's rampage....
  • 2 12
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Dec 18, 2020 at 10:54) (Below Threshold)
 @suspended-flesh: Yeah, and Cam attempted to downplay it. Not a good moment for the mail order brand, I think every rider riding a YT crashed that year at Rampage. See this discussion on reddit...
  • 17 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: so basically just like when Minnaar broke his Santa Cruz in half a couple years ago during practice and they threw a blanket over it and rushed it away, was that “not a good moment for the brick and mortar bike shop brand”?

It’s rampage, shit breaks.
  • 6 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: did you even read what you just linked? Apparently it was a guy sponsored by Trek who removed the bike from camera angles.. Also any bike can take just so much abuse. Many bikes break at rampage every year. From this year I recall at least one Scott Gambler that broke during practice. It’s physics. If you put that kind of force on your fork it will snap the head tube. Not matter if alloy or carbon and no matter the brand.
  • 3 0
 it was a neat move of zink to step in front of the camera and his buddy remove the bike. but after the two hits like that, a steel frame would be bent too
  • 4 0
 @TypicalCanadian: Haha well played. YT haters are always looking for a moment....
  • 4 3
 @stefkrger: Minnar had a new bike that day. YT guy was out of Rampage and had to write 4 emails and wait 3 weeks for YT to send him a new bike.
  • 1 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: If I remember correctly, homie cashed super hard on his first run and broke the same frame on run 2. You only get 2 runs, so yeah he was out. I was drinking then so I could be wrong.

Actually here is a snip from PB article about that year:

This year though we saw several high profile failures. Brendan Fairclough's custom painted alloy Scott Gambler appeared to succumb to a vicious case of his canyon gap in practice, and he had to ride his carbon World Cup bike instead. Even more high profile, Bienvenido Alba's carbon YT Tues experienced a catastrophic failure during the live broadcast as he cased a front flip in his second run. I'm still not sure why the broadcast team didn't want to discuss it; the broken bike was clear for all to see, and sports marketing is always a high risk, high reward game. And finally, Carson's tire failed after an almost perfectly stomped 360. I'm not sure if it was already compromised, but it seemed cruel that he wasn't able to finish an absolutely incredible run.
  • 3 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: let it all out, tell us how YT hurt you...
  • 3 0
 Wrong the steerer tube snapped in half NOT the tues frame. There’s an article on this on pinkbike you know. You can even fish out that guys pics on IG.
  • 2 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: ahh ok, totally explains the rage-posting you do on every single article that mentions YT, very rational.
  • 1 3
 @TypicalCanadian: Thanks for understanding that they are such a shit company in every way except marketing.
  • 2 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: you could maybe try just not buying their bikes, but if you would like to continue bawling in every article about them, do what you gotta do.
  • 1 4
 @TypicalCanadian: Did you not read the trustpilot reviews? I mean they've just proven themselves again and again that they're a scumbag company who shouldn't exist, but hey what do I know ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 3 0
 @monkeybizz: What you seem to know is what you hear from a vocal minority of online complainers. I would be one of them if I felt I got a raw deal from YT. Customer Service. I haven't had to in 5 years. Satisfied customers generally don't go out of their way to praise, but the upset ones head online to vent. Pick a new battle skante warrior...
  • 1 4
 @suspended-flesh: sounds like you hit your head a few too many times
  • 3 0
 @monkeybizz: ok apparently I missed the part that article where it articulated that those reviews were from every single person who ever owned a YT.... oh wait.
  • 3 0

9th pic down. Head tube clearly attached to the fork steerer, stem and bars still present. Nothing left on the top and down tubes.

That being said, and as others have pointed out, no shame in a bike breaking at Rampage, especially after 2 under rotated flips with terrible landings. It happens to any bike in this moment.

Last, I love my Jeffsy, which rides fantastic and has help up beautifully for 2 years now. I don’t see much diffs between YTs reliability and other brands I ride or have ridden. Terrific bikes as far as I can tell, especially considering the price point.
  • 1 0
 Is it pronounced "Tews" or "Tu-ez"?
  • 2 0
 The latter.
  • 6 2
 In english words: Two ass.
  • 2 0
 @yoobee: I love all these replies. Thank you all.
  • 1 1
 Stoked I picked up a MKIII on a Black Thursday sale a couple years back. Don't see ever needing to replace it.
  • 2 0
 Great vid and cool read
  • 2 2
 And 10 years later the entry level Aluminium YT Tues is no longer affordable
  • 1 0
 Define affordable.
  • 1 1
 the video was the same move 10 times.

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