2015 YT Tues CF Comp Bike (discontinued)

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2015 YT Tues CF Comp, green
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Frame Good - Components Bad

Rating:
The Good:

The Frame and Suspension kinematics

The Bad:

The components, namely the SRAM components.

Overall Review:

The frame is great. The feel of the bike on the trail is confidence inspiring. It manages to feel both aggressive and relaxed at the same time. The rear suspension is really progressive which means that it starts out supple, but gets stiffer as it moves through the travel, which helps prevent bottoming. There are lots of reviews out there about how great the YT Tues CF feels, so I wont go into more detail there. The bottom line is that I love the bike, but here's what I didn't like:

Day one on the bike, and i started feeling a "clunk" in the rear suspension. I was able to quickly isolate it as a lower rear suspension pivot bolt that had backed out. I had to remove the front chain ring to get to that bolt, and i was kinda bummed that on my first day, I was already having to worry about the

Overall Review:

The frame is great. The feel of the bike on the trail is confidence inspiring. It manages to feel both aggressive and relaxed at the same time. The rear suspension is really progressive which means that it starts out supple, but gets stiffer as it moves through the travel, which helps prevent bottoming. There are lots of reviews out there about how great the YT Tues CF feels, so I wont go into more detail there. The bottom line is that I love the bike, but here's what I didn't like:

Day one on the bike, and i started feeling a "clunk" in the rear suspension. I was able to quickly isolate it as a lower rear suspension pivot bolt that had backed out. I had to remove the front chain ring to get to that bolt, and i was kinda bummed that on my first day, I was already having to worry about the bike build quality. When I finally did get back out on the trail, I had a heck of a time setting up the rear shock. The Rockshox Vivid R2C has beginning and end stroke rebound adjustment...as if it isn't confusing enough to dial in suspension already, Rockshox' unique approach to rebound was difficult for me to grasp. I didn't really know where "beginning stroke" ended and "end stroke" began. In addition, the beginning stroke knob was really hard to get to. I just wanted to ride the bike, but instead I was trying to adjust the rebound so the back end would stop bucking on me. I switched to the CCDB Coil after the first season, and I was able to get the shock perfectly dialed in just an hour or two. Of course, i've recently discovered the CCDB coil doesn't scale well to 10.5" x 3.5" and goes through shaft seals every few months, but that's a story for another time.

The SRAM Guide RS brakes lasted about 4 weekends before I started having issues with wandering bite point and spongy feedback. After bleeding, the brakes were like new again...for about half the day, then the issues returned. I took the bikes to a local bike shop to bleed, and the issue still returned on my next outing. I've finally given up, Saint brakes are on my workbench waiting to be installed.

The SRAM X9 rear derailleur was worse than the brakes. Id have to adjust several times throughout the day to keep it shifting reasonably. My trail bike, that I retrofitted with XT M8000 gear, had been adjusted once after the install, and never again after more than a year of riding. Same with the XT brakes. There's a Saint shifter and derailleur on my workbench next to the new brakes now.

Moving on to the Boxxer, it was "ok" when brand new but got sticky after just a few rides. I guess this is common for Rockshox- no grease, no oil. Still, it was one more thing I had to do on my new bike after just a few rides. I will say, since the thorough rebuild I did, the fork has been wonderful.

So really, I think the bike was fine - having to snug down a pivot bolt isn't a deal breaker. But the SRAM components just sucked the joy out of riding the bike. I've spent two seasons struggling to make them work, and I'm over it. All the money I saved on this bike, I am now spending to replace the SRAM stuff. This season, I look forward to enjoying some Good Times, without having to be a professional trail-side mechanic.

Specifications

Product YT Tues CF Comp Bike
Model Year 2015
Riding Type Freeride / Bike Park, Downhill
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L View Geometry
Size S M L
Top Tube Length 584.3mm / 23.00“ 604.3mm / 23.79“ 624.3mm / 24.58“
Head Tube Angle 63.5° 63.5° 63.5°
Head Tube Length 112mm / 4.41“ 112mm / 4.41“ 112mm / 4.41“
Seat Tube Angle 74° 74° 74°
Seat Tube Length 400mm / 15.75“ 400mm / 15.75“ 400mm / 15.75“
Bottom Bracket Height 5.5mm / 0.22“ Drop 5.5mm / 0.22“ Drop 5.5mm / 0.22“ Drop
Chainstay Length 435mm / 17.13“ 435mm / 17.13“ 435mm / 17.13“
Wheelbase 1195.9mm / 47.08“ 1213.7mm / 47.78“ 1235.9mm / 48.66“
Standover 734.9mm / 28.93“ 741.2mm / 29.18“ 728.3mm / 28.67“
Reach 410mm / 16.14“ 430mm / 16.93“ 450mm / 17.72“
Stack 607.9mm / 23.93“ 607.9mm / 23.93“ 607.9mm / 23.93“
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b)
Frame Material Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details High Modular Carbon with Down Tube, Chain Stay and Seat Stay Protection
Rear Travel 208mm
Rear Shock RockShox Vivid R2C Coil Spring Shock, Separate Rebound and Compression Adjustments, 267 x 89mm
Fork RockShox BoXXer Team 27.5", Charger Damper, Adjustable Rebound and Low-Speed Compression, 20 x 110mm Axle
Fork Travel 200mm
Head Tube Diameter
Headset ACROS AiX-325 Sealed Headset with Industrial Bearings
Handlebar Race Face Atlas 35, 35mm Rise, 800mm Length, 35mm Clamp
Stem Race Face Atlas DM 35, Direct Mount, 50mm Length, 0mm Rise
Grips Sensus Disisdaboss
Brakes SRAM Guide RS Hydraulic Disc, 4 Piston Caliper, DOT 5.1 Brake Fluid, SRAM Centerline 200mm Rotors
Brake Levers SRAM with Tool-Free Reach Adjustment
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM X9 10-Speed
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM X9, 10-Speed, Type 2.1
ISCG Tabs ISCG 05
Chainguide e*thirteen LG1+, EXA+ Aluminum Carrier Plate, DMB Drive Guard
Cranks SRAM Truvavit Descendant, 7050 Aluminum, 165mm Length
Chainrings SRAM Truvativ Descendant, 36 Tooth
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP, PF30 / 83mm
Pedals Ohne / Whitout
Chain
Cassette SRAM PG 1050, 11-28 Tooth, 10-Speed
Rims DT Swiss YT2020 27.5" Wheels
Hubs DT Swiss YT2020 27.5" Wheels
Spokes DT Swiss YT2020 27.5" Wheels
Tires Maxxis High Roller II ST, 27.5" x 2.4", Carcass 60DW, SuperTacky Front
Maxxis High Roller II MaxxPro, 27.5" x 2.4", Carcass 60DW Rear
Saddle SDG I-Fly YT, Cordura Finish, Rails for I-Beam
Seatpost SDG Micro I-Beam, 300mm Length
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Seatpost Clamp Standard
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 12mm x 150mm
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts N/A
Colors Green or White
Warranty Carbon Full Suspension Frames are Warrantied for a Period of Five (5) Years from the Date of Purchase; All Component Parts Manufactured by YT-Industries GmbH, Including but Not Limited to Seat Stays, Chain Stays, etc., are Warrantied for Two (2) Years from the Date of Purchase.
Weight 36 lb 6 oz (16,500 g)
Miscellaneous
Price $4,595
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