The 2019 Downhill MTB World Cup season is about to kick off and South Africa’s Johann Potgieter is ready with his brand new YT TUES. We caught up with Johann to get his thoughts on the new bike and well as the upcoming season.
You’ve just received your new YT Tues Downhill bike for the 2019 season. How would you best sum-up the new beast?
It’s the ultimate race machine!
How much does this bike compare and differ from last season’s bike?
It’s pretty much the same except this season we have a custom paint job and I am running the bike with a little bit of a longer reach.
Tell us about the custom paint job and how much impute you had in the design?
Basically I didn’t have much input but the aim for the paint job is for the frame to go really good with the new Boxxer forks that we got from RockShox, and I must say it’s a great combo!
What were your first impressions when riding the bike?
First off was how good the suspension was working. RockShox has an updated damper in the new Boxxer and I have to say they have stepped up the game. Brand new Maxxis tires also hook up really good, however this was a bit harder to feel as my first ride was in the snow [laughs].
How would you best explain the ride and feel of the bike on the trails?
It gives really good feedback, is stiff and it gives a “poppy” ride because the bike is progressive.
What is your highlight feature of the YT Tues?
The V4L (virtual 4 link) suspension system is the best thing ever.
Which components on the bike are your favourite?
The suspension and the tires because it’s all about performance.
With the 2019 race season about to kick off, how are you feeling going into the season?
I’m feeling pretty good on the bike at the moment but at the same time I’m not sure how the longer bike will affect my results. I guess only time will tell.
What are you plans and goals for the 2019 season?
Just to be the best I can be. It’s a pretty weird thing in downhill but when you cross the finish line you will know, doesn’t matter what the result.
Which races are you looking forward to most?
I would say the Dirtmasters in Winterberg and the IXS race in Klinovec. I did well in both last year and I like the tracks.
Just a shout out to my new coffee bar, Pottie’s Coffee and then of course to all my sponsors who have made this possible for me – YT Industries, Dragon Energy, TrailTech Cycles and my team, Team Racing Dudes!
Frame: YT Industries Tues CF 27.5 – Size Large
Fork: RockShox Boxxer Ultimate
Shock: RockShox Vivid R2C
Handlebar: Truvativ Decendant
Stem: Truvativ Decendant
Wheels: DT Swiss FR 1950
Brakes: SRAM Code
Cranks: X0 DH 165 mm
Derailleur: X0 DH
Cassette: X0 DH 7 Speed
Chain: SRAM PC 1190
Pedals: Shimano DX
Seat: SDG I-beam
Photos by Rick Schubert.