A 29in wheel trail bike might not have been quite what everyone was expecting from the German company YT, a brand well renowned for its big-hitting, long-travel bikes. Will its first foray into the world of big wheelers create the same buzz as its now legendary Capra though?
YT wanted to ensure the Jeffsy fitted in with the rest of the bikes in its line-up, so designed it around a short stem and riser bar. The stumpy head tube also allows for the stem to be lifted/lowered on the steerer tube to help riders get bar height just where they want it.
The V4L suspension system pumps out 140mm of rear wheel travel, all of which is tamed using Fox’s Float DPS EVOL shock in a bid to deliver a supportive stroke that can be used to push hard and ride fast. There are two geometry settings that are easy enough to switch between thanks to the flip chip located in the rearmost shock mount, letting you slacken the head angle out from 68.9 to 67.6 degrees, which in turn drops the bottom bracket by 8mm.
Chainstay length is dependent upon which size frame you go for, with the small and medium sporting a 435mm chainstay while the large and extra-large use a lengthier 440mm offering in a bid to balance handling.
Other points to note include the Boost 12×148mm rear axle spacing, plenty of integrated chainstay protection, room for a water bottle (albeit the custom YT cage only) and, for the most part at least, external cable routing. Interestingly, although the back-end gets the Boost treatment, YT is using non-Boost (meaning the front wheel isn’t as stiff as it could be) 140mm Fox 34 forks and with the shorter offset up front.
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The concept of “hygge” is, by all accounts, all the rage this year. A slough of books about “how to hygge” are on the market in the UK alone this year. The Guardian even endevoured to produce a good longread about the whole shebang.?All to the amusement of Danes for whom the word is more of a ingrained feeling than a concept requiring an instruction manual.
Hyg. Hygge. Hyggelig. ?This simple Danish word has captured many imaginations. Other languages have a similar word – gemütlichkeit in German or gezellig in Dutch but in Danish the meaning is taken to the next level. It often gets translated as “cosy”, but that is sadly inadequate. I’m going to get to how or if hygge relates to transport, but I need to lay down a baseline first.
My standing example when I have to explain the concept to foreigners took place when I was in my 20s. A group of male friends and I met at a friend’s flat on a dark, November evening with pizza and beer to watch a Champion’s League match. Cue the usual boy banter and piss-taking. Until one of the guys looked around and said, “Lars… don’t you have any candles?” Lars had forgotten. He promptly hopped up to get them and light five or six of them, adding a “sorry” as he sat back down. A calm settled over the group and the football evening continued.
In the winter months, candles are the prerequisite hygge prop. Indeed, Danes burn more candles than anyone else in the world. The focus on hygge in the international press – ?and a slough of glossy womens’ magazines – however, seems to be focused on baking cookies and moping under a duvet on the sofa whilst wearing slippers/wooly socks and sweatpants like a rejected character in Sex and the City. If that is the image we’re going to get slapped with in Denmark, we need to do some serious brand damage control.
I’ve been asking other Danes for a couple of decades how they define hygge and I went on an asking spree before writing this article. While the general concept of hygge is etched delicately into the nucleus of our every cell, there is a slight divide in the interpretation, which may be a recent development. The debate is about whether you can hyg by yourself or whether you need to be at least two people.
If you ask the older generation, most are adamant that it takes at least two to hygge tango. Many members of the younger generation, on the other hand, are fine with the idea of being able to hyg alone. If you told me that you were home alone last night and enjoyed a good book on the sofa with a cup of tea, I won’t ask if it was hyggeligt, although you might offer the comment that you hyggede with yourself. Yes. It’s a bit confusing. Personally, I find it most hyggelig when I spend time with one or more friends. At the end of it all, you can declare to each other “good to see you! It was hyggelig!” Home alone on the sofa, there is no one to say that to.
Right then. How does this apply to transport? Copenhageners, rumour has it, are predisposed to transport themselves in great numbers by bicycle each day. 56% of the citizens of the Danish capital, at last count. Urban cycling is certainly the most anthropologically-correct transport form for city dwellers. It provides independent mobility but still allows for interaction – conscious or sub-conscious – with the urban landscape and, not least, the other homo sapiens that inhabit it with you.
To be honest, I’ve never heard anyone say that it was hyggelig to ride a bike to work. That might just be because we don’t often associate such things with transport. Avid cyclists will preach that cycling is “fun” as their primary messaging aimed at encouraging others to join their tribe. While I might, if forced, admit that cycling each and every day in Copenhagen is enjoyable, I would never use “fun”. Indeed, I’ve declared here on this blog that “cycling isn’t fun, it’s transport”.
Let’s slip under the surface for a moment. I dare to assume that the sub-conscious interaction with one’s city is one of the key strengths to growing and/or maintaining cycling levels. I’ve been asked in all seriousness several times through the years if cyclists wave at each other in Copenhagen – like I suppose they do in other parts of world where they are a rarity on the streets. However cute that might be, what a monumental task – waving at thousands of people all day long. And none waving back. But the subliminal sense of togetherness – something few realise – is there. The simple urban anthropological contentment at sharing a city with other humans – in a human form on a bicycle as opposed to boxed in and invisible in a car – is everpresent.
To be honest, in the hundreds and hundreds of interviews I’ve done about cycling in Copenhagen, no journalist has ever asked if there was an element of hygge to it. Until last week… thanks to the current hyggepocalypse that is raging. Many, many journalists, however, have asked about the correlation between being consistently ranked as the world’s “happiest” nation and our cycling habits.
First of all, on THAT note, the actual question asked in the survey is “are you content with your life?” Not quite the same as “are you happy”, is it? It gets morphed into headline friendly “happy” after the fact. Look at the Top 10 happiest nations for 2016. Seven of them – including all the Nordics – are countries with a high standard of living, cradle to grave health care, six weeks of annual holiday and strong secular cultures. Cycling doesn’t have much to do with it.
Hygge is not exclusive to the Danes, however. It is merely an extension of the firepit. Besides serving an important role for security, warmth and preparation of food, the firepit was the adhesive that brought a tribe together. After a long day of hunting and gathering or warfaring, it was around the firepit that the tribe would gather. To eat, talk, tell stories. I suppose the television has replaced the firepit in many ways. Nevertheless, Danes just keep on firepitting in their own way. Seeking out the simplicity of togetherness.
So cycling in itself may not be regarded as hyggeligt, but there are still ample opportunities to enjoy the company of a friend as you cycle, with Best Practice infrastructure and what we call “conversation lanes” in Copenhagen. Whatever the season.
There can certainly be bicycle-related hygge, but the bicycle is merely a prop that makes it possible. Like chatting outside a bar in a cargo bike.
Cykelkokken at work.
Copenhagen’s renowed Bicycle Chef – Cykelkokken – Morten serves up gourmet food from his cargo bike and my god it’s hyggelig. Holding hands with someone you love while cycling is also hyggelig, but again… the bike is a mere prop.
Bring your own bbq.
I would argue that on some level, cycling is the firepit of transport. People gather at red lights. Not eating, talking or telling stories with each other, but they are elbow to elbow with other members of the urban tribe.
A long series of firepit moments in the morning rush hour.
Warming themselves with the tightly-woven urban fabric on a deep but important sub-conscious level.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Haibike has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement to be the first official e-bike sponsor of the Sea Otter Classic
ST. CHARLES, Ill. (BRAIN) — The Chicagoland Area Bicycle Dealers Association show is growing in size to fit companies interested in exhibiting at the February show, which is set to return to the Pheasant Run Resort in St
Trade show does away with consumer day and aligns with earlier product cycle in effort to unify industry under one show. FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Eurobike organizers have announced new dates for the 2018 trade show
Love them or loathe them, e-bikes are here to stay. Here are the five most brilliant/unique/crazy specimens we spotted at Eurobike 2016.
A full-suspension tandem is already pretty niche, but the eTandem FS has a motor on board too. The spec list on this bike includes parts we haven’t seen for nearly five years, and imagine the looks you’d get riding this past another rider, leaving your riding companion at the rear to hang their head in shame.
It may not be much of a looker, but the Delite GT Touring could pave the way for commuters of the future. The bike includes full suspension and voluminous Schwalbe tyres, which should create a comfortable ride, while Bosch’s CX motor cranks put out a maximum torque of 75Nm. The bike can be upgraded too to include satellite navigation.
Even taller children can join the e-bike ‘revolution’ with the Trenoli Ruvido. It has been designed with a slightly smaller frame, rolls on 24″ wheels and sits somewhere between a hybrid and a mountain bike.
This German bike has added a big, powerful motor to a downhill mountain bike with eight inches of suspension at each end. Sandwiched between the cranks is a motor that produces a colossal 90Nm of torque, which could spell the end to your uplift days. Rotwild has also designed the bike with those inevitable crashes in mind, with an e-bike control unit and display much smaller than on other electric bikes, very sensible.
This 27.5 plus bike packs 140mm of suspension travel at either end and the integrated motor comes courtesy of Shimano’s E8000. This choice of motor allowed Bionicon to design a bike with a slammed rear-end and probably the shortest chainstays seen on an e-bike so far.
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REMAGEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Johannes C.
RICHMOND, Calif. (BRAIN) — The German component brand Syntace has named Cycle Monkey its U.S. service partner, distributor, and brand manager.
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — For years Ritchey told dealers asking for complete bikes that it wasn’t going to happen while its OEM component sales represented such a large portion of its business. The thinking is a component maker shouldn’t compete with its customers by offering complete bikes
Eurobike is the world’s biggest bike show and the venue of choice for many of the world’s biggest manufacturers to unveil what’s coming for the following season. BikeRadar are there in force to bring you the latest announcements.
Held in Friedrichshafen, Germany every August/September, the show sees tens of thousands of people in the bicycle trade descend upon a cluster of enormous Zeppelin hangars, packed full of the latest bikes, components, clothing, protective wear, gadgets… If it’s something to do with cycling, this is the place to show a product.
The BikeRadar team are hitting the show floor to check out the hottest new gear and give you our thoughts on it. We’ll update this page throughout the show, so bookmark it and keep checking back for the coolest new stuff as we get our hands on it.
Anti-lock brakes could soon become the norm for e-bikes thanks to technology developed by German company Brake Force One. The system, which we spotted at this year’s Eurobike, uses actuators and sensors on a modified version of Brake Force One’s H20 water-filled brakes, and is set to be available in early 2018.
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