Current South African Downhill MTB Champion, Johann Potgieter, has just received photos of his new, custom painted, YT Industries TUES team bike, and it is hot.
We caught up with the champ to get his thoughts on the bike, the year ahead, and of course a bike check…
What was your first impression when you saw your new YT TUES Downhill Bike?
My very first impression was “sick, it’s the same colour as my race jersey” [laughs], and of course what a rad looking bike!
Who took care of the custom paint job, and who came up with the look and feel?
The frame was painted by our mechanic, Lars Diedenhofen, who has his own painting company together with my team mate Erik Irmisch, called 70.ID. Erik came up with the look and feel, he is very creative when it come to things like that. Must be the German side [laughs].
Does the bike have any new components that you haven’t run in the past?
Not really. Besides the latest components from SRAM that might be a little bit different than the older ones, we are still with all the same brands that support us for 2020.
What are your standout features of this bike?
I would say the orange fade colour and then our names on the bikes, together with our “Greedy Vultures” slogan.
What do you feel are most important components on a downhill bike, and why?
I would say the suspension and brakes because without those two components working well, we won’t be able to do what we do.
When will you actually be able to see the bike in person and take it on its maiden voyage?
That is a question that I wish I could answer but unfortunately at this point in time I have no idea, as I don’t know when our borders will open for international travel because of this whole lockdown situation. If it turns out that I can’t travel to Germany this year my team will send me the bike later in the year for sure.
With the 2020 season being put on hold and with so many changes to the calendar, when and where do you think your first race will be?
Another question I can’t answer as I have no idea. I hope they will select a team for the World Champs that will happen later in the year in Austria, and if it is possible to travel internationally at that time. That might be my first race, which will be quite a big race for a first one [laughs].
The UCI has announced the new World Cup calendar, which now takes place over a two month period starting in September. Any plans to race World Cups this year?
We were planning to, however as it stands now with my financial situation because of the lockdown and the Rand being so weak against the Euro I am not sure whether I will be doing any. But I really hope I will be able to.
What are your goals and plans for what 2020 now has to offer?
As it stands it doesn’t look like I will be traveling internationally this year, which free’s up a lot of time for me. My goals would be to further build on my youth camps and also to establish an online skills coaching platform for myself, as that is where things are moving towards in the future. Then of course also my coffee business, to try and build it as a brand. Riding-wise I would like to do more social media stuff and videos, which is becoming something I really like.
What do you feel you have missed the most during this lockdown?
I would say definitely working with the youth, as well as those trail rides where you can just go into the mountain and rip some corners and have peace from the outside world. Also, I would have been in Europe right now shredding and racing and I really miss that with all my Greedy Vultures waiting for me that side.
What are you excitedly looking forward to when racing finally gets underway?
To be honest, just to be with all my friends and teammates, challenging each other and having a good time. We are like one big family at the races, so the banter and riding together is my highlight.
Bike Spec Sheet:
Frame: YT Tues CF 27.5 – Size large
Shock: RockShox Vivid R2C
Fork: RockShox Boxxer Ultimate
Handlebar: Truvativ Descendant – 780mm width
Stem: Truvativ Descendant direct mount
Grips: Sensus Lock On
Brakes: SRAM Code
Rotors: SRAM 200mm
Shifter: X.0 DH
Derailleur: X.0 DH 7 speed
Cranks: X.0 Downhill 165mm
Cassette: X.0 DH 7 speed
Chain: SRAM XX1 Eagle
Pedals: Shimano DX
Rims: DT Swiss FR 1950
Hubs: DT Swiss
Tyres: Maxxis Assegai 2.5 DH casing 3C compound
Saddle: SDG I-Fly
Photos by Ralf Schupp.