YT, which stands for young talents, is best known for its extremely well-priced direct-to-consumer product line which leans heavily towards the rowdier side of the bike spectrum. To give you a further feel for who this brand is, you only need to take one look at their team roster, which is filled with some of the most iconic names in freeride. They also just randomly signed a guy named Aaron Gwin.
The point that I’m trying to make is that YT is a gravity brand through and through. Their first product was a dirt jumper and they’ve since expanded to include a downhill rig and enduro race bike. Based on that product line, there was one thing missing – a trail bike.
Read our YT Jeffsy CF Comp 1 first ride review here.
CTO Stefan Willared and his team set out to build their version of a perfect trail bike three years ago and after testing everything, what they came up with surprised even them. Their newest is a 29er. Yes, a 29er. But it’s a 29er designed by YT, so it’s not your average trail bike. This new rig has 140mm of travel, one of the slackest headtubes in the category, and a curb scraping low BB.
LIke the rest of the full suspension models in the YT lineup, the Jeffsy uses their Virtual 4 Link (cough *Horst Link*) Suspension. A flip chip on the shock mount allows the rider to adjust the geometry, which can take the headtube angle from 66.9 to 67.6 degrees and adjust the BB drop from 32mm to 24mm.
My only quibble from staring at the geometry chart is the top tube numbers, which seem to be on the shorter end of the spectrum. Of course, you can’t judge a bike by how it looks on paper.
The frame will be available in six different price points. The entry level models are built from aluminum and will retail between $2,699 and $3,499. The carbon versions will cost between $4,399 and $5,999.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the $6k Jeffsy CF Pro comes set up with the best from Fox, SRAM X01 drivetrain, Guide Ultimate brakes, Raceface Next SL Cranks, Renthal cockpit, carbon DT wheels, the works. No wonder the direct-to-consumer model is at the heart of so much controversy.
For more information visit www.jeffsy.com.