Relative newcomer YT, another German direct-buy brand, took top marks in one of our tests last year with its Capra CF trail bike – so we had high expectations for this well priced, impressively specced downhill mahine. How would it deliver when the going got tough?

  • So Good: Balanced suspension and great geometry; smooth, supple yet supportive fork; stable at speed but still agile enough on slower trails
  • No Good: Low spring rate means shock won’t suit lighter riders

Frame and equipment: love/hate looks meet no-nonsense spec

The Tues’s eye-catching frame has some unusual lines and tube shapes, which divided opinion within our test team. The head tube is almost completely engulfed by the down tube and the more bulbous and prominent top tube – a design YT has dubbed the ‘Headbox’ – which helps create one tough front end.

YT’s Virtual Four Link (V4L) four-bar suspension system is packaged nice and

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