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Cotapaxi Teca Windbreaker Review

“Mountain” is in the name of our sport. If there’s one thing the mountains can guarantee, it’s that the weather will be unpredictable. Riding in the ever-changing weather of Colorado, I was in need of an outer layer that could pack away into almost nothing but provide me the protection I needed for the unexpected. Let’s see if the Cotapaxi Teca Windbreaker fits the bill.

Design

The Teca windbreaker is constructed from repurposed polyester taffeta with DWR finish. A unique part of Cotapaxi’s ethos is trying to build technical clothing more sustainably. By using remnant fabric they can save fabric that might otherwise be discarded. This also means that the color combinations are limited edition and will eventually sell out.

The windbreaker features elastic bindings at the hood, cuff, and hem which help the coat have a tighter fit, great for active use such as mountain biking. The hood rotates very well when placed over a helmet.

There are two external pockets. These pockets don’t have any zippers or other methods of closure though, so their utility is limited. There is also an inner pocket that doubles as a stuff sack for packing the coat down.

The full-length zipper is not externally baffled which makes it somewhat less waterproof, but on the balance, very easy to zip and unzip. Cotapaxi advertises this as a windbreaker, not a raincoat, so the weatherproofing is lighter weight.

In Use

That lightweight though is an advantage in many other ways. The Teca is extremely packable and weighs only 4.5oz. This is comparable to something like the Patagonia Houdini that clocks in just under 3oz.

When stuffed into the corner of a pack the jacket is smaller than a fist. This means that I am able to carry this jacket with me on almost every ride weather I am carry a full pack or going with a lighter weight hip pack or feed bag type setup.

This is a key advantage of this jacket. Even if it provides a little less protection than a full rain jacket, compared to a rain jacket left at home it provides much more protection.

In terms of ventilation the Teca jacket has a back vent and is constructed from somewhat breathable fabric. You won’t find zippered vents or hidden vents in the pockets. I suspect this was done to save on weight and size. Which means, if you are getting hot and sweaty just take it off and stuff it in a pocket.

The fit for active use of this jacket is just about perfect. This jacket has the best rotating hood I have used. The body and arms have just enough room for layer but don’t flap in the wind when you’re hauling downhill. The fabric is also pretty quiet so you don’t get that annoying crinkle sound of some jackets.

A Real World Storm

I got the chance recently to test out the Teca in some severe weather while on a ~20 mile shuttled descent. While I and a friend were in a canyon with exits only at each end, we encountered a fierce store complete with heavy rain and hail. The trail turned to a complete muddy soup with clay that stuck to everything. We were left to drag bikes with wheels that would not turn for several miles.

A little bit after this photo, as the rain kept pouring I started to shiver and knew that I needed to warm up. We started with a trailhead temperature of 70 degrees and expected 80s at the bottom. Thankfully though I had my Teca jacket along and I was impressed how quickly it allowed me to get to a comfortable temperature in the rain.

Overall, the Cotapaxi Teca Windbreaker has proven to be an extremely useful piece of kit that lives in my pack on every ride. I haven’t ever been sorry for bringing it along.

Pros:

  • Packable and Light
  • Great Fit
  • Well Design Hood
  • Unique Colors

Cons:

  • Not a Full Rain Jacket
  • No Closure on Pockets
  • Minimal Venting
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Trailforks Locks Down Access To User Generated Content

The popular trail mapping app, Trailforks, announced today that it taking it’s formerly free trail mapping app and severely limiting its use for non-paying users. Here are the things users will be losing in the app unless they pay for a subscription:

  • Access to maps in app, except for a 38×38 mile home area.
  • Heat maps
  • GPX file downloads
  • Unlimited wishlist items

You’ll notice that I specifically say losing. None of these are new features to Trailforks. Trailforks is simply taking user-contributed data and putting it behind a paywall. It’s pretty audacious and pretty amazing that Trailforks expects users to pony up to access the data they contributed without any additional features being added on day one.

The economics of the interaction with the user are all wrong here. Users submit trails, ride reports, updates etc. Without those submissions Trailforks is nothing. However, Trailforks has decided to double-dip by making users work to maintain and contribute new trail data and also pay to access that data that they submit.

The 38×38 mile limit for free users is laughable as well. I regularly ride Telluride, Rico, Fruita, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Crested Butte, and Moab. All of these zones are further than the limited area in different directions. Heck many mountain bike rides are further than 38 miles.

Trailforks plans to charge $1.49 per month for early adopters this month and then raise the price to $2.99 after that. Overall I don’t feel like this was the way to roll out a “pro” option for Trailforks. Giving no consideration to the fact that all the data they are now selling is user-generated seems rather capricious.

Diamondback Release 29 2 Ride Review

Diamondback has recently seen a resurgence in popularity. Their level link suspension system made them again a legitimate player in the trail bike category with their 27.5 Release bikes. Diamondback however has been noticeably missing a 29er equivalent. The Release 29 is their answer, but how does it perform?

The Release 29 is actually based around the same frameset as the 27.5+ Diamondback catch. I believe Eric Porter was riding one of those frames with 29er wheels before the Release 29 was announced. Diamondback wouldn’t give me a straight answer on if the frameset was exactly the same front and back or if anything was re-engineered. The exact same 200×57 size shock is used on both bikes, so the linkage I can assume is pretty close to identical. The geo chart suggests that the bikes are VERY similar.

Geometry and Frame Design

This is unfortunately, in my estimation not a great thing. Looking at the bike on paper the geometry looks pretty dated. The reach on the medium I tested is only 427mm. Seat tube angle leans back at 73 degrees trying to compensate for that short reach.

The problems with the seat tube don’t end with the angles. The design of the level-link suspension means that there is a kink in the middle of the seat tube. As I tested the size medium bike the problems with this kink were immediately apparent.

The first bike I got on, the dropper post wouldn’t even function because the actuation cable was jammed against that kink. The second bike I swapped to I found that even with the dropper inserted as far as I could without damaging the post I was still left with several inches of post above the collar. This resulted in me not being able to get the dropper inserted far enough for my 5’10” frame to fit on the size medium bike.

I am not afflicted with dwarf legs and have never encountered this issue on other size medium bikes. The lack of flexibility of this frame was disappointing. I ended up riding the bike for the day constantly babying the dropper into a comfortable position.

My overly long dropper that I fought all day

Diamondback bills themselves as a value based brand, but speccing a bike with a dropper that won’t fit an average rider is a big miss. Most people purchasing this bike will not want to have to go out and replace their dropper out of the box just to fit on the bike.

The build of the bike has some other odd decisions. The Shimano SLX 11 speed drivetrain was decidedly mediocre and shouldn’t be found on a $2,800 bike. The fox suspension setup was a great choice but, the wheels, frame and other components mean that the entire package feels heavy and sluggish on the trail.

Ride Quality

Some bike feel so amazing on the way down that the weight going up is worth it. Unfortunately, the Release 29 didn’t fit this bill. Undergunned in the suspension and geometry departments for true big mountain enduro riding and way to heavy to be considered a good budget trail machine the Release 29 felt like it was decidedly mediocre everywhere. There are a plethera of purpose build 29ers on the market at competitive prices

The level link suspension was fine but didn’t have any special magic. I think in this case the suspension platform was held back by so many other compromises in this bike.

The short reach could have made a different bike feel snappy and maneuverable. Unfortunately, in this case it mainly felt short.

I really wanted to like the Release 29. I came into riding the bike with high hopes that this would be a great trail 29er. At every turn through, I was left disappointing. I would recommend waiting on the Release 29 till Diamondback reconfigures the frameset with a purpose build 29er design.

Pros:

  • Good suspension spec
  • Competative Price

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Seat tube does not allow full insertion of dropper
  • Poorly specced drivetrain
  • Unsorted geometry with slack seat tube

We’re Back Baby

We’re back! I’ve been pretty quiet in the mountain biking world as a ton of other things, like a global pandemic and the fight to end police brutality have taken center stage in the world.

I found myself a bit lost on how to proceed with EverydayMTB.com. But now, I think I see the way forward.

On the cusp of Covid 19 taking hold in the U.S. I attended the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival. In retrospect, I shouldn’t have been there, but I’ll talk more on that later. Coming out the other end of that experience here are a few things that have been solidified for me on the direction of this site:

  • A strict “no industry bullshit” policy: It’s always been our policy to remain independent from brands and disclose if they send us free gear. That will remain. In addition, expect us to come down hard on products that don’t work or don’t live up to our expectations. We won’t be pulling any punches and we aren’t in the pockets of ANY brands.
  • Representing Riders Who Put in the Work: There is a lot of MTB marketing built around drinking beers, partying, and being “rad”. We love knocking back beers with riding buddies as much as the next rider, but we’ll be focusing on the hard work, grit, adventure, mental toughness, and skill that it takes to take your bike to places you never thought possible. Mountain biking isn’t always pretty and is often painful. We’ll celebrate that.
  • Less News More Reviews: EverydayMTB is a relatively small site and we honestly don’t have the ear of every PR manager at every bike brand. Instead of providing you with the same press release that you’ll find at 10 other sites, we’ll provide you with honest, independent reviews and opinion peices that you can trust are not colored by brand marketing dollars.
  • Encouraging “Riding Local”: In the current health climate of the world, riding local is important. You can expect us to focus less on riding destinations for the time being to protect sensitive communities and environments.
  • More Opinions: Expect to hear more opinions on things like e-bikes, trail design, industry leadership, and technology. You may agree or you may disagree, but we’ll take you along for the ride.

In closing, cheers to a weird and wonderful 2020 riding season! We’re only getting started.

Fidlock TWIST Bottle 450 and Uni Base Review

Bike design is hard. Sometimes designers make compromises that mean that traditional water bottle mounts just won’t fit. I have a bike with this issue, a size medium Kona Process 153. I needed a solution for carrying water bottles on my bike so I decided to try the Fidlock water bottle system with their strap on Uni Base. I’ll mention right at the top that this is not a cheap solution at $52.99 for the entire kit, but I think you’ll see why it might not be a bad deal for some.

The Fidlock Magic

So what makes Fidlock unique? Fidlock’s most import feature is its TWIST mounting system. The Fidlock base features two mounting post with magnets and a center alignment pin.

The bottle features magnets as well and slots for the mounting post to attach to. The slots feature spring loaded clips which mechanically attach the bottle as the magnets pull it into place.

The bottle, after it has been attached, the bottle is held on mechanically, not by magnets alone. The slots in the mount the allow the bottle to twist off the mounting posts and release. If your confused at this point… watch the video.

UNI Base

Beyond the bottle attachment system the kit that I got, also came with the UNI base. The UNI base allows you to mount the base of the Fidlock system without water bottle mounts. Two rubber, ski straps or “zip ties” allow the base to be attached to any frame tubes with a width of 28–62 mm. The base also features a rubber base to prevent sliding and scratching of the frame.

Mounting the system with this UNI base was quite easy. The rubber zip ties make it easy to cinch the base into position. I went with the smaller bottle option at 450 ml / 15.22 fl oz to allow me a bit more choice in my mounting locations. In the end I found I was able to mount the UNI base to the underside of my top tube and squeeze the bottle between the shock and the top tube and down tube junction. Because you don’t need to slide the bottle forward or back to remove it this mounting makes it very easy to get the bottle in and out.

In Use

So with all its fancy magnets and mounting systems, does this thing actually work? Well yes. It actually works amazingly well. I’ve never lost a bottle and it’s stupid easy to get the bottle on and off.

When I first mounted the system, I mounted it with the bottle on top of my top tube. This exposed the one weakness of the Fidlock system. The bottle can be dislodged by a sideways impact. I found that I was knocking the bottle off as I swung my leg across my bike. Changing the mounting to the bottom of my top tube solved this issue and I haven’t had any problem since.

The straps themselves have held tightly with minimum slippage. It’s nice knowing that if I ever want to move the system to another bike or mounting point the straps are completely reusable. My only complaint with the strap system is that there isn’t a great way to deal with the extra strap length. I’ve ended up tucking mine in underneath the already wrapped portion of strap, but a cleaner solution would be nice.

I was curious how the attachment system would deal with getting dirty and I’m happy to report that I haven’t had any issues even in some pretty muddy conditions. If you are just absolutely mud bogging it might become an issue, but I haven’t been able to make the attachment mechanism fail.

The bottle itself is 15.22 fl oz which is smaller in comparison to a “standard” bottle at 22oz. I’ve found it’s plenty of capacity for a normal 1 hour / 10 mile ride where I can go completely pack-less. And for longer rides, it allows me to pack a single extra bottle instead of 2. The valve is a simple “push/pull” type valve that can be opened and closed with teeth or your hands. I do prefer the Jet Valve in Camelbacks bottles but this valve is completely serviceable.

One bummer of the bottle is that you don’t get a choice of cool colors or designs. The choices are grey or grey. For the premium price it feels like I should be able to choose a color.

Final Thoughts

The Fidlock system isn’t most likely something I’d recommend for everyone. In my mind it’s mainly a problem solver for clearance and attachment point issues. Adding a second water bottle when you only have a single set of bosses? Want to clear a larger bottle? Those are the types of situations where the Fidlock system shines.

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Pros:

  • Super simple attachment
  • Great for clearing tight spots
  • Robust build quality
  • Don’t need existing water bottle mounts

Cons:

  • Price
  • Strap Organization
  • Lack of Color Options

New Bike Roundup First Half Of February 2020

So many new bikes have been announced that we thought we’d wrap up some of the highlights into once place.

Carbon V2 Ibis Ripmo Follows the Alloy Version

Ibis has released an updated version of it’s Ripmo. Following the lead of the Ripmo AF the new V2 Ripmo carbon features the same geometry as it’s alloy brother. However the carbon frame ends up being nearly two pounds lighter. Ibis also says that the carbon layup is stiffer than the alloy version.

You will also see a jump in prices with the frameset alone costing $2,999 and complete bikes starting at $4,399. For comparison the Ripmo AF starts complete builds $2,999. Which begs the question, for the $1,400 difference could you drop those 2 pounds where it really counts with a baller wheelset and maybe a couple other upgrades?

Check out the new bike here

Commencal Revises Its Meta TR with the Meta TR SX

The Commencal trail bike got a revision that saw the 29er getting a shock length increase to 55mm instead of 50mm. Bumping the rear travel from 130mm of travel to 140mm. That rear travel is also serviced by Rockshox Super Deluxe Coil. All the other geo numbers stay the same.

Commencal is billing this as a trail bike made for fun. Find out more here.

New Transition Scout

The new Transition Scout is still rocking 27.5 wheels but it has upped it’s rear travel from 130mm to 140mm. Up front the bike moves up to 150mm of travel. The bike is now also only offered in carbon. Now more alloy Scouts, at least for the moment. Along with the travel and materials changes the geometry has been revised with a degree slacker head angle and about a degree steeper seat tube angle. The reach and wheelbase have also been stretched out while the chainstays actually grew by 5mm.

Builds start at $4,499. Check out more here.

Jamis Release New Carbon Hardline and Portal

Though not a secret, Jamis formally announced its new carbon versions of their Patrol and Hardline bikes. Formally only available alloy these new carbon bikes will share the same geometry but reduce the weight by 2 pounds and raise the base price from $2,999 for a complete alloy build up to $4,699 starting price for carbon builds.

You can check out more info here.

Lots of Ebike Stuff

Yeah there was lots of “ebike” stuff. But I’ll save that for later.

New Jamis Faultline Full Suspension Bike

Jamis has released a new full suspension bike 29er trail bike. The Faultline features 115mm of rear suspension and a 130mm up front. The rear suspension is driven by a rocker driven single pivot system. This suspension setup is simpler than Jamis’ more complex 3VO system. While simpler, single pivot designs can still be very effective when engineered well, as Kona, Marin and others have proven.

With this simpler suspension, the Jamis Faultline is targeted a cost conscience buyer. The base Faultline A2 has a $1,749 MSRP and the upgraded A1 comes in at $2,199. This puts it in direct competition with bikes like the Marin Rift Zone and Norco Fluid FS.

Builds

As with any full suspension bike in this price range, the build kit of the Faultline A2 is a set of compromises. Front suspension is handled by a budget SR Suntour XCR 34 fork. The rear suspension, however, is a Rock Shox Deluxe Select R which is a pretty good mid-range shock. Drivetrain is 10 speed Shimano Deore and the brakes are also Shimano MT200 hydraulic disk brakes with 180mm front and 160mm rear rotors.

The A2 Build

The build is rounded out with WTB rims laced to formula hubs and WTB Vigilante 29 x 2.35” front tire and Trail Boss 29 x 2.25” rear tire. The rear wheel is a full boost 12x148mm through axle wheel. This is an area where we have noticed that some bike makers cut corners. The bike also comes equipped with KS dropper post out of the box.

The A1 build at $2199 makes a number of upgrades. The rear shock is the RL model adding a lockout and the fork is upgraded to a Rock Shox 35 Gold RL. Drivetrain duties are taken over by SRAM SX Eagle 12 speed and the brakes get a slight bump to the Shimano MT401 series.

Geometry

We haven’t had a chance to ride a Faultline yet, but by the numbers it looks like this may be a bit more of a conservative bike. With a relatively 67.5 degree head tube angle and conservative reach and wheelbase numbers I would expect the Faultline to feel a bit more upright and sensitive to bar input. The seat angle is reported at 74.5 degrees which is not very steep.

Chainstays are 445mm which is a bit on the longer side. For comparison a Marin Rift Zone’s chainstays are 425mm and the head angle is a full 2 degrees slacker at 65.5 degrees.

Conclusion

On paper the Faultline looks like a bike that someone who likes a more “old school” feel would enjoy. If you’d like to check out the Jamis Faultline in more detail head over to: https://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/faultline-a1.html

Salsa Introduces New Rangefinder Hardtail

Salsa has introduced a new entry level trail hardtail, The Rangefinder. This new hard slots in ever so slightly beneath their long running Timberjack lineup. Available in both 29 and 27.5+ configurations the Rangefinder starts at an entry level price of $1,099.

That entry level price will get you a 10-speed Deore drivetrain, Shimano MT201 2-piston brakes and a SR Suntour XCR 32 120mm air fork. You also do get a Trans-X dropper post, which is a welcome sight to see coming standard on a entry level bike.

On the flip side there are still a few old vestiges that we’d rather see disappear. Both the base build and the upgraded SX Eagle build come with a 10 x 141 mm QR rear hub. At this point it feels like 12 x 148 mm rear through axles should be ubiquitous. 29″ versions of the bike come with WTB Trail Boss G2 Comp 29 x 2.6″ tires, while the 27.5+ versions are fitted with the WTB Range Comp 27.5 x 2.8″ tire.

Geometry

The geometry of the Rangefinder is pretty conservative. The headtube angle is a relatively steep 68.5 degrees and the chainstays are a relatively long 439mm. The seat tube angle falls right in with most hardtails at 74.6 degrees and the reach on a size medium is relatively spacious at 444.4mm.

Features

The Rangefinder frame comes with two water bottle mounts in the front triangle, plus additional mounts on the underside of the down tube and on the top of the top tube. This allows the Rangefinder to accommodate extra tool / supply storage including bolt-on top tube bags such as Salsa’s own EXP Top Tube Bag. Thee frame also features internal cable routing for the rear derailleur, dropper post and rear brakes.

Even with these features as I look at the Salsa lineup between the the Rangefinder and the Timberjack I’d have to favor the base build Timberjack for most buyers as a recommendation. The Timberjack, for $150 extra in price gives you a 130mm fork and alternator dropouts in the rear that allow you to run singlespeed, QR or through-axle along with adjustable geometry. You also get a degree and a half slacker head tube angle and 19mm shorter chainstays.

Some riders may find the Rangefinder a more comfortable bike to start on, but I would encourage thinking about your options up just a tiny bit in the Salsa lineup.

Waterfly Hip-Pack Review: Can a Budget Hip-Pack Work?

In the world of mountain biking we quickly become accustom to buying MTB specific products. We have our own shoes, our own shirts, our own sunglasses etc. So can a hip pack not specifically designed for mountain biking compete with purpose designed products such as the Dakine Hotlaps? We put this question to the test when Waterfly sent us their two bottle fanny pack.

As listed on Amazon the “Waterfly Fanny Pack with Water Bottle Holder Unisex Hiking Waist Packs for Walking Running Lumbar Pack fit for iPhone iPod Samsung Phones” is $20.99 as apposed to the usual $50 – $100 that you expect to spend with a better known brand. We just be calling it “The Waterfly Hip-Pack” from now on. As a side note, you will also have an actual product name to tell people about when they ask you what you are carrying.

Product Features

The Waterfly Hip-Pack features two waterbottle holders on either end of the pack. These have elastic and the top for retention and mesh contruction for the bottle pocket. The bottles are also held in by cinch straps that come down accross the bottles or cinch the pocket closed if there is no bottle present. These cinch straps work very well to give the pack and bottles and “glued to your body” feel when riding.

The center pack feature 3 different compartments constructed from water resistant nylon. Each have a zipper closure. The zippers have proven robust. The compartments also have internal mesh organization pockets and a key clip. The sheer volume of this hip pack is enormous. It is wide enough to fit long items like a shock pump and deep enough to fit bulky items like a handheld GPS.

The back and strap of any hip-pack are critical to creating a comfortable load bearing system. The Waterfly Hip-Pack uses a corrugated venting material that provides padding and venting on the back and sides The straps themselves are nice and wide and the buckle system tightens by pulling out on each side and retention clips help to take up the extra strap length.

Other small details include a reflective patch with a loop for attaching a rear light, a carrying handle and a hidden opening between the back padding and the pack that can be used to tuck in the straps or stow a larger piece of clothing in an emergency.

In Use

I have to say, coming from a brand that I had never heard of, my expectations were low. Out of the box though, I was pleasantly surprised by the initial fit and finish of the product. The fabric while lightweight seemed tough and in most places the stitching looked pretty good. The only area where visually I wasn’t 100% happy with the pack was the top of the water bottle holders the edges in my opinion could use a little bit more of a finished edge. But, that being said there haven’t been any durability issues in that area. The buckles function the same as something like an Osprey Savu, but don’t have the same heavy duty feel.

Riding with the Waterfly Hippack has been surprisingly comfortable. The cinch straps around the water bottles hold the pack even when heavily loaded close to the body. They also double to secure the water bottles and I have yet to lose a bottle while carrying this pack.

As mentioned before the space in this hip pack is cavernous. I can fit the kitchen sink in the pack and is doesn’t have that tight around my stomach feel. The suspension is the honestly the best of any hip pack I have tried. The zippered pockets have functioned well and I haven’t broken any of them which is a good sign.

The only significant wear that I have inflicted in my testing period is a small hole from my “butt buzzing” the pack on my rear tire. This is just kind of a by product of carrying hip packs on a 29er in general and not anything specific to this pack.

Final Thoughts

To answer the question posed in the title, Yes, a budget hip-pack can work. Now the question is, is it a good investment? I’m unsure. Looking at packs such as Osprey you’ll have lifetime warranty and a proven brand standing behind the product. That has some value to most people, the question is if it’s something you need for something like a hip-pack solution. The answer will vary for different users.

As far as functionality of hip-packs go, I don’t think anyone has a corner on the market. The Waterfly Hip-Pack performs on the trail well. You’ll have to decide for yourself if the name brand is worth the extra cost.

Waterfly Provided This Pack For Review

Pros:

  • Great storage volume
  • Low price
  • Holds tight to your body

Cons:

  • Not from a known, name brand.
  • Buckles don’t have quite the same quality.
  • Some durability concerns
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New Aluminum Jeffsey With Updated Geometry for 2020

YT recently refreshed their 2020 bikes, but noticeably absent was a refreshed Jeffsey aluminium version. Year after year the Jeffsey aluminium has presented a compelling value for the budget conscience trail / enduro bike buyer. Well the Jeffsey aluminum is now back and it has undated geometry, bringing it back in sync with it’s carbon counterpart.

Both 29″ and 27.5″ versions of the bike are available in a single base build. Unlike some other manufacturers that offer higher component specs to those that still want a metal frame, YT has opted to make this a decidedly budget build. That being said, the Jeffsey spec is no slouch and will punch above its price tag in many respects.

Suspension

In regards to suspension, a RockShox Yari RC is up front in either 160mm (27.5″) or 150mm (29″). The balance of the suspension is handled by a RockShox Deluxe Select rear shock with 160mm (27.5″) or 150mm (29″) of travel. The rear suspension also includes a flip chip that makes the head angle 0.5 degrees steeper and raises the bottom bracket.

Components

YT tends to use branded parts such as a Raceface cockpit and DT Swiss M1900 wheels. However, for the dropper post YT has opted to go with a house branded YT Postman with small and medium bikes receiving 125 mm drop, larges 150 mm drop and XL – XXL getting 170 mm of drop.

Braking and drivetrain are all handled by SRAM. Guide T 4-piston brakes provide the stopping power. The lowest end, SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain is provided. This may be a disappointment to some but you have to remember that we are talking about a $2,299.00 bike and I think YT has placed a priority on suspension and brakes in their spec. Which I think will serve most riders this bike is geared towards well.

Geometry

As mentioned earlier the geo now matches the carbon version of the Jeffsey. You get a head tube angle of 66 degrees and seat tube angle of 77 degrees. The reach on a medium is 450mm and chainstays are 435 mm. On the XL and XXL an extra 5mm is added to the chainstays in an effort to keep the bike more balanced for larger riders.

The YT Jeffsey aluminum looks to again provide a really great value to bike buyers looking for an affordable full suspension bike. It does however have stiffer competition with other manufacturers such as Ibis with their RIPMO AF throwing their hat in the ring. Find out more at: https://yt-industries.com