Johann Potgieter’s new YT Industries Tues Downhill MTB has to be one of the hottest bikes we’ve seen! After spotting the release of the bike photos, we immediately got in contact with Johann to hook up this bike check interview feature. Enjoy…
New year, new bike, and your new YT Tues look incredible. What was your impression when seeing it for the first time?
Thanks so much! Yeah I thought it looked like something from the lunar space module [laughs]. Incredible paint job!
Give us a rundown of the design and colours featured on this year’s bike?
So Erik and I both have different kit sponsors and look different so the design was inspired to both look professional and cool, but at the same time to fit with whatever colour kit we would have this season.
Who takes credit for the design and custom pain job?
That would be our mechanic, Lars Diedenhofen from 70id – @70.id.
How much does the new bike differ compared to your current rig?
Currently I have a size large 27.5 downhill bike and the new bike will be a 29er with slightly different geometry and a different reach. I haven’t really ridden it yet so it would be interesting to see how it feels.
How do you feel the 29er option is going to suit you and your riding style?
I’m not quite sure. I have shorter arms and legs and that’s why I always opted for the 27.5 version, but with some testing and good setup who knows how fast that bike will be. I really can’t wait to start riding it and playing with the setup. All the top guys who have ridden it have been faster on it immediately, so it’s definitely a very good bike and I have high hopes.
Surely you’ll be trying out the mullet version. How do you feel this setup will suit you and your riding style?
Yes I think that was the idea. A mullet is essentially the best of both worlds so I think that is going to be the best thing. Also less tire buzz [laughs]!
Take us through the setup and components on the bike?
Because of the Covid situation I haven’t been over to Europe yet to test it out so I can’t really comment on my personal setup yet, but in terms of build setup we will once again be running the DT Swiss wheels and a full SRAM setup. For the first time ever I will be running an air shock at the back which will be an interesting change for me.
What are your favourite features of this bike?
I always love the Boxxer front forks and the Code brakes. These are the high performance products and I love taking those things to the limits. The Maxxis tyres come a close 2nd, to be able to feel what they do underneath you in terms of grip and control.
Racing-wise you have been killing it on the local circuit with close battles against Theo Erlangsen What are your thoughts on your form, racing and the season so far?
Yeah we had a good start to the season so far. I feel my confidence is really good and I feel good on the bike. I’m not sure how conditioning wise I will be feeling on the longer and rougher tracks in Europe, but I am feeling fit at this point and the conditioning will come if I spend some time slamming the bigger tracks.
What are your goals for 2021?
My goals is to build the sport and make it bigger through my camps, so as to try and get more riders into the gravity scene and of course to perform well in the races I take part in. The actual result doesn’t always bother me that much, it’s more a case of how I was feeling on the bike and if I managed to give my best with how I performed on the day, and conditioning and fitness plays a big role in that department.
Bike Spec Sheet:
Frame: YT Tues CF 29
Shock: Rockshox Super Deluxe Air
Fork: Rockshox Boxxer Ultimate
Handlebar: Truvativ Descendant
Stem: Truvativ Descendant
Brakes: SRAM Code
Shifter: SRAM X.0 DH
Derailleur: SRAM X.0 DH
Cranks: SRAM X.0 DH
Cassette: SRAM DH 7 Speed
Chain: SRAM XX Eagle
Pedals: Shimano Saint
Rims: DT Swiss Fr 1950
Hubs: DT Swiss
Tyres: Maxxis Assegai DH Casing with 3C Compound
Photos by Ralf Schupp | @thesureshot.tv.