An E-MTB from YT. Seriously!

Words YT Industries
Date Mar 28, 2019

With the DECOY bike manufacturer YT Industries brings their first E-MTB to the market and proves that the brand can also build toys with batteries that own the steeze. With an iconic design, innovative technologies and an unbeatable performance on the trail, YT interprets the E-MTB topic in its very own way and guarantees customers even more fun while riding. Three models of the DECOY can be pre-ordered from today on via the webshop The first batch will be available mid May.

An E-MTB from YT? Seriously? Those don’t go together. Forget about it!

Whoever thinks that E-MTBs are for old or lazy people has really missed the boat. Until now! The drop of the brand new DECOY will be a wake up call even for the hardest doubters, will demonstrate to the mountain bike world what's possible with an E-MTB, and that they are incredibly fun to ride. For that reason alone they are a perfect fit for YT.

"It's like downhill with a built-in shuttle"
The DECOY opens up a new world of mountain biking. It lets you go further and discover new trails that you would never have ridden before, and it also lets you really make the most of your time on the bike – all of which means more fun. With the DECOY you will master climbs that you have never even attempted with another mountain bike, promised!

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It's a YT: downhill-genes uncaged

An E-MTB from YT must first and foremost be able to prove itself worthy of its downhill genes. That's why, just like on all bikes, YT relies on their proven and award-winning V4L (Virtual 4 Link) rear suspension linkage that literally sticks your bike to the ground, but still has enough pop to launch off every root and enjoy the airtime. The 165 mm of rear travel combined with our new-school geometry creates a trail weapon with extra power, the likes of which you have never seen before. Additionally, YT have minimized the pedal kick-back to avoid any negative influences on the suspension action.

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New-School-Geometry unites ergonomics and performance

The geometry of the DECOY delivers consistent performance on long rides and on every trail, whether uphill, downhill, technical or steep. The steep seat tube angle and the long chainstays ensure awesome climbing performance while the slack head angle settles the bike’s handling and gives you a feeling of control when things get steep and fast. The dynamic reach balances the bike perfectly and makes sure the overall length is kept in check. As a result, the center of gravity is deep and leaves you feeling like you’re sitting in the bike, with a perfect mix of stability and agility at your disposal. The FlipChip lets you adjust the BB height as well as the head tube and seat tube angles to adapt the geometry to your preferences and your type of terrain.

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Technical features: creative solutions

The 540 Wh battery of the DECOY is YTs own development. For dependable performance and long lasting power, it comes with thirty battery cells of the very latest technology – in fact the very same type of cells that Tesla features in their cars. The battery is fully integrated in the downtube, held in place by two dedicated bolts and can be charged both on and off the bike. Powering the 250W Shimano STEPS E8000 engine the DECOY masters even the steepest trails. The engine runs silent, is one of the lightest engines on the market (2.8 kg) and, thanks to its slim design, is ideally integrated into the frame. The lightweight and compact Shimano STEPS E7000 display lets you choose between three support modes and achieve a range of about 100 km (Eco) with the DECOY. As usual, YT also put a lot of love into the details that really make the difference. Technical features such as internal cable routing, double-sealed bearings and integrated frame protection not only emphasize the high quality standards of the brand, but also simplify the handling and maintenance of the bike and extend the lifetime of the DECOY.

29” & 27.5”: Best of both wheels

Just like on a motocross, the DECOY makes use of two different wheel sizes on the same bike – the best of two worlds. The 27.5” rear wheel is fitted with a 2.8” tire that can be run with lower pressure without becoming unstable, which creates a larger contact patch that in return generates massive grip. Up front, the 29” wheel with its 2.4” tire is sharp and direct enough to let you carve through every turn with precision.

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Progressive design

Design plays an important role in the development of new models at YT. Just look at the DECOY: With the E-Enduro you can join any group of mountain bikers without sticking out like a sore thumb. It just looks damn good! The design language is progressive, clean and expresses perfectly both the technological competence and the high quality standards of the brand. From the integrated rechargeable battery to the volume-matched tube sets, the compact display and the material and color design: The DECOY bears the distinctive signature of the YT designers, both inside and out, and thus blends in optically with the existing YT range.

DECOY range

Three built kits of the DECOY are available, each in five frame sizes from S to XXL. Every model is equipped with YTs custom 540 Wh battery, Shimano's STEPS E8000 engine and E7000 display.


CF Pro Race

At the very top of the range, the DECOY CF Pro Race is the right choice if you are looking for a lightweight E-MTB with high-end components, and maximum adjustability. The FOX 36 Float Factory 29” E-Bike+ fork featuring 160 mm of travel and the FOX Float X2 Factory are Kashima-coated and offer first-class damping, control, and adjustability. The electronic XT Di2 transmission provides lightning quick and precise shifting across the 11 gears of the e*thirteen TRS Plus cassette. The lightweight e*spec Race carbon wheels keep the weight down while ensuring stability, traction and security at the same time thanks to the 29”/27.5” size combo. SRAM’s powerful Code RSC brakes have been paired up with 200 mm Centerline rotors to guarantee the best possible braking performance, while the seamlessly adjustable FOX Transfer Factory dropper post and Renthal’s 800 mm wide Fatbar 35 handlebar round out this top-shelf build in style.


CF Pro

The DECOY CF Pro is equipped with the high-performance FOX 36 Float Performance Elite 29“ E-Bike+ fork with 160 mm of travel as well as the FOX Float DPX2 Performance Elite shock. The Shimano XT transmission ensures precise shifting across the wide-range, 9-46T TRS Plus cassette from e*thirteen, while SRAM’s Code RS brakes provide reliable stopping power in any situation. E*thirteen‘s e*spec Plus wheels deliver speed, stability, traction and security at the same time thanks to the 29”/27.5” size combo. The SDG Tellis dropper post and the 800 mm Renthal Fatbar 35 complete the build of the CF Pro and make it the right choice for those who are looking for an E-MTB with a high-performance motor as well as high-end components, but who prefer mechanical shifting.

CF Base

The DECOY CF Base marks the entry into the YT E-MTB category. Featuring a carbon main triangle with an aluminum rear end, the CF Base comes equipped with the RockShox Yari RC 29” DebonAir E-MTB fork with 160 mm of travel and the RockShox Deluxe R shock. The XT transmission from Shimano ensures precise shifting, while the SRAM Code R brakes with their 200 mm Centerline rotors can always be counted on to slow you down when you need to. Up front, the DT SWISS HI900 SPLINE wheels in 29” size bring speed and stability, while the 27.5” Plus version out back provides extra traction and security. The SDG Tellis dropper post and the 800 mm Race Face Aeffect R 35 handlebar complete the DECOY CF Base build.




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+17 Skyler Mammal grambo Shoreboy mrbrett Peter Leeds Timer BenZ person person sospeedy Jonas Dodd twk IslandLife Vik Banerjee 4Runner1 DMVancouver mike ExtraSpecialandBitter Meister
legbacon  - March 28, 2019, 7:13 a.m.

Still think they're for lazy people.


+1 Andrew Major 4Runner1 Meister
Vik Banerjee  - March 30, 2019, 11:42 a.m.

And you'd be right Leg Bacon. Sad in a society that needs anything, but less exercise and more batteries.


+5 legbacon grambo Jonas Dodd IslandLife Vik Banerjee 4Runner1 Meister
Kelownakona  - March 28, 2019, 7:26 a.m.

Me too


+3 grambo BenZ Timer Todd Hellinga ReductiMat 4Runner1 Meister legbacon Beau Miller Jonas Dodd Stretch
Andy Eunson  - March 28, 2019, 8:38 a.m.

The entire point of ebikes is to get uphill faster so you can ride downhill more. Any other reasons to their existence although valid (such as for physically challenged individuals) is a side point.


+12 Mammal Andrew Major legbacon Beau Miller Peter Leeds Timer Cr4w Jonas Dodd Vik Banerjee 4Runner1 ExtraSpecialandBitter Stretch
Ripcraft  - March 28, 2019, 9:38 a.m.

The entire point of mopeds (or "ebikes" for those who like industry terms made up to make them more appealing) is to get uphill EASIER. Getting up faster is a side point.


+3 Niels Meister AJ Barlas
Timer  - March 28, 2019, 5:59 p.m.

So basically a shuttle rig built into the bike itself.

Tbh, I don't get the hate for e-bikes in regions where shuttling is so incredibly common. I also don't get why Europeans seem to accept e-bikes even though they despise shuttling.


+4 Jonas Dodd yahs IslandLife 4Runner1
Cr4w  - March 28, 2019, 6:14 p.m.

As soon as good enduro bikes emerged most of my riding buddies returned from shuttling purgatory.


+8 Skyler Cr4w yahs ZigaK twk Esteban IslandLife 4Runner1 Stretch Meister
Znarf  - March 29, 2019, 5:15 a.m.

It would be a gross generalization (and a wrong one imho) that "Europeans accept e-bikes". Most of my serious (bio-biking) buddies don't accept e-bikes. They feel that e-biking is a totally different sport and not the right one for most of them. (on trails for recreation).

There are however TONS of people who never actually rode their bikes and now ride e-bikes a lot. But most of them will not ride trails, only bikepaths or bike lanes. They often lack skill and our endurance to ride the heavy bikes safely on trails. 

And then there is the group of e-mountainbikers on trails, which consists mostly of fit-ish younger guys too lazy to ride proper bikes. Some of them don't know trail etiquette, because they just ordered their e-bike online after watching rad youtube-vids with loads of skidding and sick e-bike jumps. 

And then there are 0.01% former real bikers, who can't ride because of some health issues or really old age. And if they can ride again on an e-bike, I am all for it. Truth to be told, these cases are pretty rare.

If it was up to me, I´d ban e-bikes on trails, but introduce a special permit for people with a certificate of disability. 

For commuting and general recreation riding (not on trails) an e-bike is LOADS more efficient than your average Best-Ager Mercedes Cabriolet - so I am all for it.


+11 Niels Mammal mrbrett legbacon Velocipedestrian Timer AlanB twk IslandLife Meister 4Runner1
Shoreboy  - March 28, 2019, 9:02 a.m.

So the message from that video is that we should all fear e-bikes, and that those who ride them are 'pricks'?

As for the name of the bike (from the Oxford dictionary):

Decoy : 'A person or thing used to mislead or lure someone into a trap'

Not sure I understand the name or marketing angle...

+3 Mammal Niels IslandLife
Pete Roggeman  - March 28, 2019, 9:59 a.m.

Yeah, the message of the video is unclear. I think it's great that YT goes to such lengths to create splashy launch videos, but if the message doesn't land, they become expensive, forgettable, relics.


+1 Niels
[user profile deleted]  - March 28, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

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+1 Todd Hellinga
Cr4w  - March 28, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

Expensive forgettable relics is what we will call the current and next few generations of e-bikes. Compare an AMP B5 to a current Specialized Evo 29.


yahs  - March 29, 2019, 9:02 a.m.

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Meister  - March 31, 2019, 8:23 a.m.

The message says Rad Bike more fun, less shuttle. Problem with pedal assist is people want this purist thing, like disc brakes on road bikes. Get over it. But most of all E-bike riders do need to be educated on possible conflict with other trail users mtb, hikers, horses etc. just like all mtb. riders.  

E-bikes are going to become a thing we will all have to deal with them, we need to make decisions that are thought through,  not knee-jerk reactions.


+6 Shoreboy Mammal mrbrett Timer sospeedy IslandLife 4Runner1 Meister
grambo  - March 28, 2019, 9:10 a.m.

"With the E-Enduro you can join any group of mountain bikers without sticking out like a sore thumb."

Nope. You'll still stick out like a sore thumb, better hope all your friends give up and buy an ebike too.


+2 IslandLife 4Runner1 Stretch Meister
yahs  - March 29, 2019, 10:58 a.m.

"It lets you go further and discover new trails that you would never have ridden before”

“you will master climbs that you have never even attempted”

“you can join any group of mountain bikers without sticking out like a sore thumb”..

Because you are lazy.


+9 legbacon Mammal Timer Cr4w Brigham_Rupp Jerry Willows person person Todd Hellinga IslandLife 4Runner1 Stretch Adventurepew Meister
tashi  - March 28, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

YT and NSMB: the bikes I buy and the websites I frequent in the future will be the ones that don’t involve motors, no matter how swag the steez nor how lit I can get.  I stan  mountain bikes, not mopeds.


+7 Velocipedestrian legbacon Mammal BenZ Timer person person Todd Hellinga IslandLife 4Runner1 Adventurepew Meister
yahs  - March 28, 2019, 4 p.m.

Hard pass....I skipped the article and came straight to the comments. NSMB posted this for a joke right? Is it April 1st already?


0 yahs Meister
AlanB  - March 28, 2019, 5:59 p.m.

It had me checking the calendar. Maybe someone in marketing screwed up and released the video too early?


+3 legbacon person person 4Runner1
Mammal  - March 28, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Lame motorbikes.


+4 Znarf legbacon IslandLife 4Runner1
Esteban  - March 28, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

> With the E-Enduro you can join any group of mountain bikers without sticking out like a sore thumb. It just looks damn good!

They are very clear about who's their market: wannabes.


+2 Znarf legbacon
Cr4w  - March 28, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

To be fair that is a huge market. Think of all those free thinkers who change bikes when pros changes sponsors.


+2 Mammal IslandLife
Silk  - March 28, 2019, 11:22 p.m.

Ahhhh HAHAHAHA.... 

Long live the Shore.


Brigham_Rupp  - March 29, 2019, 1:16 a.m.

’m super curious if a moto-style wheel setup is really relevant to MTB or if this is just the latest industry direction to drive the market. I don’t have a ton of experience with dirt bikes, but they’re just so different considering the torque, the throttle, the weight, body position... is a smaller, fatter rear really going increase performance? In this case, it feels even more suspect, like YT is trying to blur the lines even further between MTB and Moto even though riding electric assist is lightyears away from having a throttle. 

Re: ebikes? I’ve tried to change my mind but it just feels so wrong to me.


+2 legbacon 4Runner1
mike  - March 30, 2019, 5:19 a.m.

The Death of our sport!!!!! .


+2 4Runner1 legbacon
Meister  - March 31, 2019, 8:26 a.m.



+1 4Runner1
ReductiMat  - March 30, 2019, 11:10 p.m.

The question I'm left wondering, is the spindle on the crank 29.99mm?

Won't anyone think of the stiffness.


0 legbacon Meister
4Runner1  - March 31, 2019, 9:09 a.m.

if it has power, it’s not a mtn bike. It’s a moped.


T-mack  - March 31, 2019, 6:49 p.m.

Some guy rpped by me on an Ebike today as we were climbing up the road. All I could think about was how shitty of a time he must have trying to ride that 60 pound bike down the trails. I don't see the benefit of them but if people are happy to lug them around then so be it.


D-man  - April 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

You must be new to riding, DH bikes used to be 50+lbs back in the day and the ride wasn't shitty.


-1 Stretch
E-wok  - April 4, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

All you haters need a wee poke and a hug 😘


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