YT Industries has always been known to bring quality rigs to buyers at reasonable prices. Earlier this year they revamped their carbon downhill rocketship, the Tues CF, and even the higher-end CF Pro Race build fully decked out only sets you back $5,500. As a cherry on top, you get the same paint job Aaron Gwin raced. The next step down, the CF Pro, wears nearly the same attire, but comes in just under $4,000. Bang for your buck, the Tues CF is a hard bike to beat.
YT just upped the ante though with the release of an aluminum version of the Tues, which will be available later this month for $2,700. Sharing the same frame design DNA as its carbon brother, the Tues AL keeps the same updates that the Tues CF got earlier this year. The suspension kinematics were reworked slightly from the earlier version of the Tues, and are now based around a low-leverage ratio with a 5-percent reduction in ending-stroke progression. YT claims that the new suspension design is exceptionally sensitive off the top, while still maintaining mid-stroke support and good bottom-out resistance.
Racing downhill World Cups asks different things of a bike than sending a 50-foot stepdown at Red Bull Rampage. The revised suspension platform reportedly offers velcro-like traction demanded by racers, while simultaneously resisting harsh bottom outs for freeriders, combining ample mid-stroke for pushing into corners, or popping off lips.
The new YT Tues AL will also be offered in the full size run from S to XXL, and in five increments. All tout low standovers, making sizing more a preference of wheelbase and reach measurements.
There’s only one build kit option for the Tues AL, but YT didn’t skimp. Not by a long shot. A Fox 40 Performance Elite fork and Fox Van Performance shock perform damping duties, and the Tues AL rolls on e*thirteen’s LG1 wheelset with Gwin’s signature Onza Aquila rubber. Raceface Chester components round out the cockpit, and the drivetrain’s a mix of a Raceface Chester cranks, SRAM GX DH derailleur with an e*thirteen 7-speed cassette. In a size small, the whole build weights in at a claimed 38 pounds (17.2 kg), and a pair of TRP Quadium stoppers will surely scrub off as much speed as you want, whenever you want.
Find out more, including availability and full specs here.