With reigning World Cup champion Aaron Gwin riding what is essentially a production BIKe, the YT TUES has never before come under as much scrutiny. Having been our “downhill bike of the year” on many occasions how does the new Fox damped bike shape up?
YT Tues CF Pro 2016 – the review
Eight mil’ higher in the bottom bracket but the same amount longer in wheelbase than a similarly sized large Demo and with a slightly longer front centre, those are the numbers many will be looking at during Gwin’s transition form Californian to German race hardware. Some might also point out that 5′ 9″ Gwin wasn’t exactly riding production Demo last season – revised linkage/Fox damping – whilst this production test bike isn’t far off what the champ is currently riding – and which he has already taken to glory at the opening world cup at Lourdes a few weeks ago.
And its in the Fox damping that we see the biggest change on this year’s YT Tues. We were slightly disappointed with the BOS FCV fork at our Pila test last summer but now the bike comes with the benchmark Fox 40, hence fast tracking an update to the test was essential. The air Float X2 also works differently to the Void damper which we used previously, how we wondered would it deal with the progressivity of the Tues.