YT Decoy 29 | A New Option For All Mountain Riders

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Following the success of its enduro focussed YT Decoy with ‘mullet’ wheels, YT launches the Decoy 29 – an all mountain 29er e-MTB with improved climbing capability.

YT Decoy 29
Ghost Ship Green Pro model

When Andi went on the launch of the YT Decoy, he came away impressed. Further testing on UK soil left him just as impressed with the YT e-MTB package, though he did note that pedal strikes on climbs were something he had to adapt to, with its ‘low’ chip setting being something he’d only use on a fireroad climb before a big DH descent. It looks like the new YT Decoy 29 is targeting riders like Andi who are looking to pedal up the fun stuff as well as down.

The press release from YT reads:

‘After the DECOY proved doubters wrong and demonstrated that EMTB’s can look good, feel great and deliver plenty of ‘Good Times’ both up and down the trails, YT embarks on a new mission with their new DECOY models. Both the Pro 29 and Base 29 model are categorized as all-mountain bikes as both geometry and kinematics of the bike have been adjusted for longer rides and highly efficient uphill performance, while 150 mm of travel still unleash that addictive adrenaline rush on technical downhill trail sections; very much to the liking of brand ambassador and World Enduro Super Series Champion Manuel Lettenbichler.’

‘”I was stunned the first time I got to ride the DECOY 29. I was wondering how it would feel to handle an EMTB with 29’’ wheels? In short: unbelievable. The stoke was real powering up steep, technical uphill sections and sending it back down the trails. I am used to big hits and high speeds with my background and I have to say, this bike is just rad. YT has created a perfect all-rounder and new possibilities to send it in the upcoming season.” – Manuel Lettenbichler, YT Family Member’

YT Decoy 29
For all mountain riding

YT Decoy 29 Geometry

Sizes  SM  L  XL  XXL
Top tube565 mm587 mm608 mm631 mm654 mm
Reach422 mm442 mm462 mm482 mm502 mm
Stack615 mm620 mm624 mm633 mm642 mm
Seat tube length400 mm420 mm445 mm470 mm495 mm
Chainstay458 mm458 mm458 mm458 mm458 mm
Head tube angle65.5°/66°65.5°/66°65.5°/66°65.5°/66°65.5°/66°
Seat tube angle (eff)77° / 77.5°77° / 77.5°77° / 77.5°77° / 77.5°77° / 77.5°
Seat tube angle (act)72° / 72.5°72° / 72.5°72° / 72.5°72° / 72.5°72° / 72.5°
BB Drop 37 / 31 mm37 / 31 mm37 / 31 mm37 / 31 mm37 / 31 mm
Wheelbase1190 mm1213 mm1235 mm1259 mm1283 mm
Head tube length95 mm100 mm105 mm115 mm125 mm
BB Height339 / 345 mm339 / 345 mm339 / 345 mm339 / 345 mm339 / 345 mm
Standover Height745 mm732 mm719 mm709 mm698 mm

The Decoy 29 leaves the mullet wheels behind and introduces new geometry to make it more suitable for steep and technical climbs, as well as improving comfort on longer rides. Both the head and seat tube angle are steeper, and the chainstays are longer. This should allow more pressure to be added to the front wheel on climbs. There’s still a geometry adjusting Flip Chip, which drops the BB by 7 mm and results in a 0.5°-slacker head and seat tube angle. The Shimano E8000 motor and 540 Wh battery are the same across all the Decoy models.

YT Decoy Pro 29 Gallery

YT Decoy Base 29 Gallery

Chris Hilton, CTO YT Industries, says: “Our current DECOY is made for riders that want an EMTB capable of riding a variety of aggressive off-road trails, but with a special emphasis on more technical and gravity or enduro oriented riding. While this is great for a lot of people, there are others that seek something different and the DECOY 29 could be a better choice. It’s ideal for people that live in less demanding or flatter terrain, but still want to have a real off-road EMTB. Whether you choose the DECOY or DECOY 29, YT’s EMTB bikes are always dedicated to real off-road riders, just like our other mountain bikes. For sure they can take you to the ‘biergarten’ also, but only after you ride every trail you can find.”

The new YT Decoy 29 will come in ‘Pro’ and ‘Base’ models. The Pro 29 model comes with a FOX 36 FLOAT Performance Elite E-Bike+ fork and 150 mm travel, plus FOX FLOAT DPX2 Performance Elite rear shock, 12-speed Shimano Deore XT drivetrain, and SRAM Code RSC brakes. The Base 29 model has the 150mm RockShox Yari RC fork and RockShox Deluxe Select rear shock, 12-speed Shimano SLX drivetrain and SRAM Code R brakes. Both the Pro 29 and Base 29 models come with DT Swiss wheels and Maxxis Minion DHR II tyres. The Pro model comes in black or two tone ‘ghost ship’ green, while the Base model comes in black or tow tone blue.

How much is the new YT Decoy 29?

The Decoy Base 29 is £3,999 / €4,399 / $4,399
The Decoy Pro 29 is £4,999 / €5,599 / $5,599

How much does the YT Decoy 29 weigh?

Claimed weight for the Decoy Pro 29 is 23.3kg, and 23.9kg for the Base 29 model.

YT Decoy 29
See it, ride it?

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

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