YT TUES CF PRO RACE 27 - DOWNHILL BIKE TEST
Updated: Apr 14, 2020
The profile of YT has risen some what over the past few years. More recently moving from a more free ride/play bike company that was unproven on the race circuit.After the main man himself, Aaron Gwin, took the helm in 2016 things changed rapidly.
With World Cup wins and an overall falling into place that year, it was proof that the Tues is no slouch. This is the new shape 27.5 bike that was launched last year at the first round Downhill World Cup. It has to be said, it certainly looks the part.
Suspension and Chassis
The new look Tues keeps the overall look and structure that everyone is so used to. Having a Fox damping platform on the higher models too is no surprise. Upfront the obvious choice being the Factory 40 Float fork. This is one of the highest performing forks on the market, so it sits right at home on the Tues. At the rear the V4L suspension design is still on show. This drives a Fox Float Factory X2 damper giving the same 203mm of travel as the front.
Shape and Fit
This bike is the XL size and it fits like a glove for anyone above the 6 foot mark. If you are over 6’5” mark then you may still feel that it is a little smaller than you could handle. But don’t fear, there is an XXL with a whopping 495mm reach. YT have really catered for eyeryone with this bike. When checking out the numbers it all looks promising. A bottom bracket height of 351mm. It is no low slung beast, but it feels ok. Match this up with a 63.5 degree head angle, 474mm reach and 1278mm wheelbase for the XL bike, they are some safe numbers. It should perform.
TUES CARBON 27,5"
FOX FLOAT X2 FACTORY
E*THIRTEEN LG1 RACE CARBON
E*THIRTEEN LG1 DH RACE
FOX 40 FLOAT FACTORY
SRAM X01 DH
E*THIRTEEN PRESSFIT 30
RENTHAL INTEGRA 35
E*THIRTEEN LG1 PLUS
TRP G-SPEC DH
SDG I-BEAM CARBON
RENTHAL FATBAR CARBON 35
SDG I-FLY 2.0
S / M / L / XL / XXL
YT have been on a real charge over the recent times, even when losing Aaron Gwin last year. The brand have a great chassis to play with that asks no questions of the rider. It really does not matter if you are off for a lap of your local woods or to race Fort William World Cup. This bike will get the job done. It will also do the job well. With Gwin taking the Tues to two overall world titles, you cannot say the Tues is not a race bike. On the other hand the quantity of top level freeriders pushing the boundaries on a Tues is insane. But enough about the back story and more on how the bike performed.
We managed to give the Tues a good shake down in a number of locations across the UK before this test. Having carried out back to back runs against other comparable 27.5 bikes and some 29” monsters too. Certain things were definitely apparent.
The Tues was by far the most easy bike to get along with. You can just jump on, get the suspension somewhere close to being setup and go fast without thinking to much. The Onza tyres that were fitted dealt well with everything that we threw at it, and the overall feel was great. The bottom bracket being on the higher side of the 27.5 bikes made for a great platform to pedal and also made the bike super nimble. Other bikes with a lower bottom bracket, such as the Canyon Sender, did feel slightly more planted when taking fast turns and also after the going got a little rough. Then if you compare it to the Devinci Wilson the Tues seemed to feel a little sluggish in places where the Wilson was just a rocket ship. The big wheels did aid the speed but so did the lower bottom bracket and the slacker head angle. If the 29” version of the Tues has the same height Bottom Bracket height as the 27.5 bike then things will be ok.
YT have pushed the boat out on the finishing details in this bike. The massive cover around the BB not only looks sweet, it does a great job in protecting that important frame from rock strikes. The internal cable routing is the same when looking at how much effort has been applied. There is no rubbing and a superb look to the finish.
For the sub 5 thousand asking price there is so much bang for the buck here. Not one component was sub par. The TRP stoppers were a highlight too. The bike was totally silent as well. And I mean silent. This is a big thing for me as there is no excuse for noisy bikes.
There is not a great deal to shout about here but the slightly high bottom bracket and head angle that was steeper than expected did make for a fun snappy ride. The head angle is almost what you would expect from a hard core enduro bike these days. It almost felt like you could easily ride it fast but compromises have been made to suit both the racer and the free rider.
The Tues CF Pro Race is a stunning bike to look at. It is also a great bike to ride. The money is bang on when looking at what you get for it too. When looking at it from a racers point of view, the Devinci Wilson and Commercial Supreme just felt faster. It was a proper blast to ride, and a big bonus came from the lack of catastrophic failure while we were riding this model. I am personally converted to the 29” lifestyle for racing but looking at the grand scheme of things the Tues hits so many positive points. It is one of the top DH bikes of the time, especially when they now offer a 29” bike.
Price - £4,999.00
words - Ieuan Williams
photos - Alex Hunter/Ieuan Williams