They pronounce it “two S”
GWIN’S YT TUES
John T. Hall spent the past two years working
as Gwin’s mechanic at Specialized. Hall recently
joined Gwin in the move to YT Industries and
gave us the details on Aaron’s bike.
Frame: YT TUES CF, large, carbon fiber construction, 208 millimeters of travel ( 8. 2 inches).
Fork: Fox 40 Float, 203 millimeters of travel
( 8 inches).
Shock: Fox Float X2 downhill; 10 1/2 inches
eye to eye; 3 1/2-inch stroke length. “We’ve got
the high- and low-speed compression, high-and low-speed rebound. This one’s actually a
prototype version right now. All the externals are
the same. They’re just playing with some inside
Rims: E*Thirteen LG 1R carbon, 27
Hubs: E*Thirteen LG 1R, carbon body,
Handlebars: FatBar carbon bars, 30-
millimeter rise. “We’re currently running them
at 790 millimeters [ 31.1 inches].”
Crankset: E*Thirteen LG1R, carbon, 165
millimeters, with a 32-tooth front chainring.
Pedals: HT X2.
Chainguide: E*Thirteen LG 1.
Chain: SRAM hollow pin.
Rear derailleur: SRAM X0 DH, short-cage,
Stem: Renthal Integra.
Seatpost: SDG I-Beam, carbon seatpost.
Saddle: Fly 2.0 seat with I-Beam from SDG.
“The rear of the seat actually has a bit of cutout
to avoid any rubbing when bottoming out. We
normally run our seat high enough where it
wouldn’t anyways, but for those who want to run
the seat a bit lower, they’ve cut that out. Then
they’ve also got a bit of Kevlar on the sides of
the seat for a little bit of grip so you can grip the
seat with the inside of your legs.”
Brakes: TRP Quadiem SL. “That’s their
downhill brake right now. Just as they come
out of the box, that’s how we’re running them.
They’ve been great for us.”
Tires: Onza Citius 27.5x2.4 inches. “These
are actually the enduro casing. For the Fontana
downhill we can pretty much stick with the
enduro casing. Normally, we stick with the DH
casings. We’ve pretty much been bouncing
back and forth between the Citius and the Ibex,
which is another model they have. We thought
the Citius would roll a little bit faster here at
Tubeless setup: E*Thirteen sealant and
parts. “We’re running a sealant from E*Thirteen
that they’re providing us with. We’re super
stoked with their sealant, plus E*Thirteen’s
valve stems and rim tape. I’ve gotta say the
valve stems and the rim tape have been super
Bottom bracket: E*Thirteen Press-Fit 30
Cassette: E*Thirteen, seven-speed.
Price: Available online for $6300 without
brakes and tires.
Martin now owns and manages the YT
team, and the two are apparently looking
forward to renewing their winning relationship. It could be a match made in heaven
for them and YT but a nightmare for Gwin’s
competition. We’ll find out in the months
Up front: Gwin uses a Fox fork with
Renthal Fatbars and stem. Onza’s Citius
tires complete the package.
Sweet looks: The SRAM X0 rear
derailleur is a thing of beauty.