YT Decoy 29 Core 3

YT Decoy 29 Core 3 review: still the best ebike?

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YT has seemingly always been about giving the people what they want. The original Decoy was a pioneering playbike, so what does the big wheel version offer and to whom?

YT Decoy 29 Core 3
YT Decoy 29 Core 3 on the rocks
  • Brand: YT Industries
  • Product: Decoy 29 Core 3
  • From: yt-industries.com
  • Price: £5,699 inc. VAT, customs duties and import costs (shipping and bike box cost not included)
  • Tested by: Benji for 2 months

Full-carbon 29er e-bike with a Shimano EP8 motor and bespoke 540Wh battery that gives out 145mm of travel at the back and is paired with a 150mm travel fork up front.

Three things I liked

  • Not-dead suspension
  • Geometry that shouldn’t work but does
  • It looks rad

Three things I’d change

  • Harsh grips
  • Thirstmaster bottle is fiddly
  • Balloon front tyre is vague
Ooh ducky

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YT Decoy 29 Core 3 Specification

  • Frame // Carbon, 145mm
  • Shock // Fox Float DPS Performance Elite, 230x60mm
  • Fork // Fox 36 Performance Elite Grip2 E-Bike+, 150mm, 51mm offset
  • Wheels // Crankbrothers Synthesis Alloy E-MTB
  • Front Tyre // Maxxis Minion DHF 29×2.5in WT EXO TR 3C MaxxTerra
  • Rear Tyre // Maxxis Minion DHR II 29×2.4in WT EXO+ TR 3C MaxxTerra
  • Chainset // Shimano EM600, 165mm
  • Drivetrain // Shimano SLX 12-speed
  • Brakes // SRAM Code R, 200/200mm rotors
  • Stem // E13 Plus 35, 50mm
  • Bars // E13 Plus 35, Aluminium, 780x35mm
  • Grips // ODI Elite Motion V2.1
  • Seatpost // YT Postman, 170mm
  • Saddle // SDG Bel Air 3.0
  • BB // Shimano
  • Size Tested // XL
  • Sizes Available // S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Weight // 23kg

Geometry for our size XL test bike:

  • Head angle // 65.8°
  • Effective seat angle // 77°
  • Seat tube length // 470mm
  • Head tube length // 115mm
  • Chainstay // 458mm
  • Wheelbase // 1,265mm
  • Effective top tube // 631mm
  • BB height // 38mm BB drop
  • Reach // 483mm

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  • YT Decoy 29 Core 3 review: still the best ebike?
  • thegeneralist
    Full Member

    Sounds rad

    argee
    Full Member

    Sounds like it’s not really falling into any of the categories ebikes are going in these days, it’s got the old 540wh battery, so not really keeping up with the 625/750s of late, and with the reduced travel, it’s not really gone lighter to try and be an SL style ebike, like the obrea rise or levo SL, it’s kind of inbetween, which isn’t really a good thing.

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