Aaron Gwin's 2017 World Cup YT Tues CF

While we were spending a morning with Aaron Gwin, recording his Inside Line podcast (which launches Wednesday, March 22), we were able to feast our eyes on his 2017 YT TUES CF downhill bike - the bike he'll be racing this year at the UCI World Cup.

An in-depth discussion with Aaron Gwin about his 2017 YT TUES CF

Aside from the subtle-but-stunning industrial silver and black paint job, there were a few notable items on the bike:

  • Custom carbon seat stay that are 5mm longer than stock. Vital product geek, Fred Robinson, pointed out an interesting photo from World Champs in Val di Sole: one of Gwin's bikes at Val di Sole was fully stock and another had custom, aluminum seat stays. Gwin admitted that he rode the custom stays at World Champs on race day. He had ridden the YT TUES fully stock for the entire season until World Champs. The 5mm-longer rear end is for testing right now and he's not positive yet if he'll run it this season. He feels the length helps on some courses, but not necessarily all courses, and he only wants one bike to ride all season rather than different bikes for different courses. He will decide after Fontana this weekend and Bootleg the next on what will stick around for 2017.
  • Gwin has actually trimmed his bars down 5mm to 785mm wide from 790mm.
  • The TRP brakes are now the full production models.
  • The Onza Aquila tires are the production models which should be available to the public around Sea Otter.
  • Vital's other product guru, Brandon Turman, noticed the compression adjuster on his FOX 40 looks new, part of the FOX RAD program. He believes it is simpler to use, appearing to be a single adjuster versus independent high- and low-speed compression adjustments we've seen in the past.
  • The most obvious is the coil shock, a FOX DHX2. Gwin jokes, "Maybe I'm getting old. I want a slightly softer set up." The coil vs. air shock, like the seat stays, are currently undecided, too.

Gwin's YT TUES CF build breakdown

  • Frame: TUES CF, Size Large in Liquid Metal
  • Fork: FOX 40
  • Rear Shock: FOX DHX2 10.5 x 3.5 with 325-pound spring
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM X01 DH
  • Cassette: E13 7-spd DH 9-21
  • Chain: SRAM XX1
  • Shifter: SRAM X01 DH
  • Cranks: E13 LG1 Carbon, 170mm
  • Chain Ring E13 LG1 32T
  • Chainguide: E13 LG1 Carbon
  • Headset: Acros AiX 326
  • Stem: Renthal Integra, 50mm. 0degrees, 31.8mm
  • Handlebars: Renthal Fatbar Carbon, 30mm rise, 785mm
  • Brakes: TRP G-Spec Quadium
  • Grips: ODI Pro Lock-on
  • Wheels: E13 LG1 DH 27.5
  • Tires: Onza Aquila DH 27.5 x 2.4
  • Flat Tire Defender foam insert (stay tuned for our feature on this)
  • Seatpost: SDG Carbon I-Beam 30.9mm
  • Seat: SDG I-Fly 2.0, YT Mob Gripper
  • Pedals: HT X2

Stay tuned for Vital MTB's The Inside Line podcast with Aaron, dropping Wednesday, March 22.

24 comments
  • jungjoonc

    3/28/2017 12:42 AM

    I wonder how much sag it will have in this progressive bike even if it has a coil shock now.

  • sspomer

    3/21/2017 11:59 PM

    The Gwinside Line is live. Sneak link for commenters here : ) http://www.vitalmtb.com/features/Vital-MTBs-The-Inside-Line-Podcast-Episode-6-Aaron-Gwin,1681

  • Freespeeder

    3/18/2017 7:01 PM

    Wow, only 325lb spring? I have read tues is really progressive but still amazed at only 325lbs

  • TRex

    3/17/2017 10:00 PM

    How many top pros are not running lower chainguide retention systems now with narrow wide stuff?

  • ccolagio

    3/17/2017 12:33 PM

    Awesome interview. I like that he threw some shade back at shimano (saint brakes). Haaa!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc3A-yU9PCo

  • Alex1

    3/17/2017 8:29 AM

    Can't wait for the action to begin! Go, Aaron!

  • Maverickdh005

    3/17/2017 12:07 AM

    Coil ftw

  • conner.kuhns

    3/17/2017 9:33 AM

    Not coil. if it was, it would be on the left side.

  • Siderealwall2

    3/17/2017 10:31 PM

    He is talking about shock, not fork. I am pretty sure that they completely switched over all of their riders in like 2012.

  • BuckNkd313

    3/16/2017 10:01 PM

    To paraphrase Clubber Lang from Rocky III, "I predict...speed"

  • Joe Moto

    3/16/2017 7:26 PM

    Can we get an Aaron Gwin Channel...24 hours of just Gwin? I cant get enough of this guy!

  • erik2k10

    3/16/2017 5:53 PM

    Totally dig the podcast, the super in depth test session reviews, and interviews like this one. Glad Vital is publishing long form content. Vital is really upping their game compared to other mtb media

  • Renohk

    3/16/2017 4:40 PM

    If you`re gonna do a feature on the Flat Tire Defender foam insert, could you do a comparison to the Procore system, and the Huck Norris? Or maybe a full side by side test on all of them?

  • sspomer

    3/16/2017 4:46 PM

    the FTD feature dropping this weekend will be a standalone, but we do have a comparison test between all those you mentioned (and more) underway right now.

  • AGR97

    3/16/2017 3:59 PM

    Spring weight?

  • sspomer

    3/16/2017 4:14 PM

    325lb. i've updated the spec list. good catch!

  • JLP

    3/16/2017 7:42 PM

    He must be messing with you. You sure he didn't say 525lb??

  • nickb01

    3/16/2017 9:03 PM

    Surprisingly no, the stock large Tues is 250lbs so 325lbs is actually quite a lot. I'm Gwins weight and for racing I've been using a 275lb spring.

  • JLP

    3/16/2017 10:05 PM

    Wow, ok thanks

  • YT USA

    3/17/2017 9:49 AM

    To further melt your face: Zink runs a 300 Ti at Rampage. The leverage rate on our Tues is crazy light.

  • blast_off

    3/17/2017 6:07 PM

    holy crap!

  • TRex

    3/17/2017 9:57 PM

    Zink's daughter runs a 350 pound spring.

  • blacksim549

    3/17/2017 9:57 AM

    For a 3.5" stroke, 325 lb/in is hard!

  • sideshow

    3/16/2017 3:21 PM

    That's a sharp looking paint job.
    TRP's feel mean too, gave Neko's a whirl when I was down south...think Juicy 7 feel with Gustrav bite.
    RAD nob just increases or decreases how bright the orange bits are on the bike, nothing to do with compression.

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