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Bike Check: Jono Jones' Propain Tyee - Ard Rock 2023

Jul 23, 2023 at 3:53
by Tristan Tinn  

Photography & Words by Tristan Tinn

The first bike check of a 'Pro Bike Check' mini series being brought to you from the Ard Rock Enduro Festival 2023 Reeth in North Yorkshire. Here we have Jono Jones' Propain Tyee CF 6 cleaned up after a muddy day sliding around the local hillsides.

Jono Rides a size large frame and has it set up in a full 29" configuration. The bike has a Fox Factory 38 GRIP2 up front sporting 170mm of travel. The fork has 115psi in the main chamber, 9 clicks of LS compression from closed, HS compression is fully open and both rebounds on the fork are set at 7 clicks from closed. Whilst the rear is damped by a Fox Factory DHX2 coil shock with a 550lb spring for Jono's 93kg weight. It has 6 clicks HS compression from closed, 12 clicks of LS compression from closed, 6 clicks of LS rebound from closed and 4 clicks of HS rebound from closed. The bike is set up to be very supple in the early travel, and sticks to the ground like a downhill bike on the 'drop test'.

Jono Jones - city banker shredder slotted it into 8th overall
Rider Name // Jono Jones
Age: 28
Hometown: Milton Keynes
Height: 6ft/0in // 182cm
Weight: 93 kg
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jono_jones1/

Jono and his Propain Tyee 6 CF
Jono and his Tyee 6 CF

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Model Name Details
Frame: Propain Tyee 6 CF
Shock: Fox Factory DHX2 Coil 160mm 550lb spring.
Fork: Fox Factory 38 GRIP2 170mm
Wheels: Mavic Deemax 29"
Tires: Goodyear 29" 2.5 (further details not specified). No inserts. 23psi front // 27psi rear
Drivetrain: Shimano XTR 12 speed. 170mm cranks. 51-10t cassette. 34t chainring. DMR V Twin Pedals (pins in front only)
Brakes: Shimano XTR 203mm Rotor F+R
Cockpit: One UP Bar 780mm, 30mm rise. 45mm One Up stem.
Seatpost: 175mm Fox Transfer
Size: Large
More info: www.propain-bikes.com/en/bikes/enduro/tyee-cf/

bigquotesThe bike is set up to be very supple - look how it sticks to the ground on the drop test.Jono Jones

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Fox DHX2 with 550lb spring tucked away neatly

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Headset Cable Routing

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Cockpit setup with 780mm bars, 30 mm rise, 45mm stem

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Full XTR 12 speed. 10-51 Cassette and a 34t Chainring

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Inset Brake Callipers are a lovely touch

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DMR V Twins - front pins only for Jono

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@PROPAIN-Bicycles // @Jono-Jones




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37 Comments
  • 34 2
 NIce bike but the cable tourism made me cry... I loved to have the new Tyee CF, but with that, I will go with the AL version.
  • 10 1
 we're two here. i was strongly considering this bike, especially after testing it, but that cable tourism is a joke. The al version is sweet but damn the blue carbon looks amazing.
  • 6 0
 Yeah I'm hoping it gets revised, Holding out for that hopefully
  • 6 0
 @mrtoodles: i talked with the engeneers behind it at the bike festival in riva del garda italy, they stand behind it like it's the only way to make the bike ride. unbelievable if you ask me.
i get the stainless steel bearings, and if you use their irc stem it's a decent job they made, but normal internal guided routing + stainless steel bearings would've been much better and there's no way anyone can change my mind, it's just facts vs hype bullshit
  • 1 0
 especially on a DH bike. That's the bike where I most want to see at least the brake line routed externally.
  • 7 0
 @nicoenduro: Here is the thing - internal routing would be great IF any of the advantages benefited the consumer. Part of the reason they did this is to make frame production easier and cheaper (while not having to compromise strength for cable routing). In this case the consumer gets nothing and is stuck with the burden instead of the manufacturer. If these bikes were $100-$200 cheaper? I might be interested.

The other issue is design/demand. Remember press fit BBs on mountain bikes? EXACT same thing happened. It was a better design (again, according to engineers) but no one wanted it, was a pain for consumers, and marginally improved performance (like BB longevity). No one wanted it. It was cheaper to produce PFBB again passing the burden to consumers.
  • 4 0
 @m3hl: i'd rather pay more not to have this crap honestly. but yeah i understand your point. so the " we managed not to increase the price" stated by propain was " we saved money and you'll spend more"
  • 2 0
 Yeah, Its a beautiful looking frame design and that's important to me, but in the worlds of a local mechanic 'headset routing is a F*#kin nightmare to work on!'
  • 1 0
 I actually have one bike now and have worked on a few (including shift cable and brake line replacement) with headset routed cables/brake lines. Certainly a pain in the ass. But once the fork is out it's no more difficult than a bike with internal routing.

The rubbing on the steerer thing is still a thing? Never saw that in real life myself. Granted I was working on newer ebikes with 2000km or less on them.

Can someone enlighten me as to what all the fuss is about? I do get the PITA part. Because yeah, it is. But like I said, pop out the fork and find a way to hold the bars in a similar way as they would be as if installed, and it's not that much different than normal internal routing.
  • 20 0
 Beautiful bike, rides great, climbs really well, well priced, good spec option with the custom builder BUT, that cable tourism is so sad to see, ruined the whole bike. Eats cable, shit gets in, ugly plastic spacers and so on, such a shame.
  • 1 2
 What does cable tourism mean…?
  • 11 0
 @FrothDog: pinkbike synonym for headset cable routing. Was an autocorrect stuff up in the comments section many moons ago that has stuck like shit to a shovel
  • 2 1
 Nice bike rides pretty quick from what we saw, and yeah sticks to the ground. would have loved to have kept up in the train off stage 6 but you’d lost us after the first 60m!
  • 4 2
 Did that make you angry?
  • 2 0
 @generictrailrider: yes I see what you did there… but no, following Jono gave me my best stage result of the day. But thanks for asking Smile
  • 4 0
 If a yeti is a dentists bike, does this make the propain a banker's bike?
  • 2 0
 No, Propain is an embalmers ride.
  • 3 0
 Banker?!!
Hell man it's meant to be the working man's version of MTB.
  • 1 0
 @flaflow: it was a joke, Jono is legitimately a banker
  • 2 0
 @therealnobody: I thought it was funny the 1st time, now it's even better.
  • 1 0
 @flaflow: it ain't much but it's honest work
  • 1 0
 @therealnobody: Hold on there man! You've gone and crossed the bridge too far. Referring to Bankers as "honest work".
  • 1 0
 @flaflow: lol nooo man I'm calling the joke honest work not banking hahaha I can see how it would look that way in hindsight haha
  • 2 0
 550 for 93kg seems soft to me
  • 1 0
 I use 550 in my current bike and I weight 93 and ride very well.
  • 2 2
 That's a short dropper post.
  • 2 0
 I think he had it mid-way down for the photo to make the bike look cooler.
  • 3 0
 It’s short but at least it’s thin
  • 1 1
 It's short but it smells like an long one
  • 1 0
 @Honigdachs: Looks like 4 inches but smells like a foot
  • 1 3
 Whats the size ?
  • 10 1
 Somewhere between a S and XL.
  • 7 0
 they should really put that info in the second paragraph. maybe even the first sentence.
  • 2 0
 @savagelake: or at least a picture of the frame size.
  • 4 0
 Size: Large

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