YT Decoy Review: Big on travel, big on value, huge on fun!

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This wasn’t my first YT Decoy rodeo, I had been on the launch of this impressive e-MTB, but now it was time to tackle my local terrain on this stealthy carbon e-Bike.

When YT announced that it had created an e-MTB, it took many of us by surprise. YT are a gravity oriented mountain bike brand with enduro, trail and downhill bikes making up their range, why on Earth would they want an e-MTB? It turns out that the reasoning is pretty simple. If you want to ride down more you have to get to the top first, and what better way to do that than on an e-MTB.

To simply release a Jeffsy or Capra with battery and motor bolted on would have been relatively easy for YT, and with the brands, aggressive pricing, an e-Bike of this ilk would have probably sold like hotcakes, but YT wanted something a little more special.

yt decoy cf pro first look
The Decoy brought the sun today.

From the very start, the YT Decoy was designed to disguise the fact that it has a battery, motor and related gubbins. A slick carbon frame carefully hiding a custom battery, a power button beneath the downtube and even clever component choices such as the smaller E7000 display, all handpicked to make the Decoy look more like a downhill bike rather than an assisted e-MTB.

The Decoy was launched earlier in 2019 and at the time the bike was probably the best thought out e-MTB on the market, now with the year drawing to an end will we still feel the same about the YT or has technology moved on and left the Decoy behind?

The Bike

yt decoy cf pro first look
Stealthy carbon.

At the launch, all the journalists got to ride the top of the range YT Decoy Pro Race in a yellow finish with Kashima coated suspension and Di2 XT gearing. For my home test, I was sent the YT Decoy Pro.

The Pro version of the Decoy doesn’t get flashy Kashima coated suspension, nor does it have Di2, but actually that suits me just fine. At £1000 less than the Pro Race bike you still get the same carbon frame, same custom battery and the same Shimano STEPS E8000 motor, but to save a little money you get black sanctioned Fox suspension and a cable operated rear mech.

yt decoy cf pro first look
Featuring the on-trend reverse mullet.

After seeing a Di2 rear mech being smashed to smithereens during the Decoy launch I didn’t much fancy the idea of a possibly very expensive repair in the near future. As for the suspension well the CF Pro still uses impressive, e-Bike specific, Fox 36 Performance forks with 160mm of travel, and a Fox Float DPX2 Performance Elite rear shock with ample tuning options.

Specification

  • Frame // YT Decoy Carbon frame with intergrated battery 29in Front and 27.5+ rear
  • Front Suspension // FOX 36 FLOAT Performance Elite E 15QRx110 BOOST, 44mm Offset
  • Rear Suspension //FOX FLOAT DPX2 Performance Elite230x65mm
  • Wheels // Front: 29in e*thirteeen e*spec Plus alloy 31mm internal widtch 110x15mm Rear: 27.5in e*thirteeen e*spec 35mm Inner width, 148x12MM
  • Tyres // Front: 29X2.50, MINION DHF II EXO Rear: 27.5X2.8, MINION DHR II EXO
  • Shifter // Shimano XT
  • Rear Derailleur // Shimano XT Shadow Plus 11-speed
  • Crank // Shimano XT 165mm
  • Cassette // e*thirteeen TRS e*spec Plus 11-speed all steel 9-46t.
  • Saddle // SDG RADAR MNT YT Custom White | Silver
  • Seatpost // SDG Tellis 31.6mm | 125mm/150mm/170mm Drop
  • Handlebar // Renthal Fatbar 35 black, 30mm rise, 800mm width
  • Stem // Renthal Apex 35, 40mm
  • Headset // Acros AZX-260 high cap
  • Brakeset // SRAM Code RS 4pot, 200mm rotors front and rear
  • Grips // ODI Elite Motion Lock-on
  • Motor System // Shimano Steps E8000 25KM/H 250W
  • Battery // YT Custom battery 540wh
  • Mode Switch // SW-E7000 On-bar
  • Display // Shimano E7000 monochrome
  • Sizes// S,M,L,XL,XXL
  • Claimed Weight// 22.2kg size small, tubeless, no pedals.
  • Price // £4,999

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