Our ultimate bike of the week is the YT Uncaged Izzo, the German model’s trail-inspired short-travel downhill mountain bike.
The Izzo initially launched with 130mm of suspension journey, however this Uncaged bike brings it right down to 120mm and introduces lighter elements.
This specific launch is restricted to 300 bikes worldwide. Let’s take a nearer look…
The Izzo seems nonetheless, and the body cuts by way of a clear, angular aesthetic. The discount in journey is as a result of YT makes use of a shorter-travel shock in the body, in any other case it has the identical body as the 130mm-travel Izzo.
It’s constructed from the model’s Ultra Modulus carbon – the highest stage of YT carbon providing, that means it ought to translate to a stiff and responsive experience.
Unlike many lighter downhill bikes, YT sticks to a chainstay-located pivot reasonably than flex chainstays, sharing the structure with its 130mm-travel Izzos.
The Izzo Uncaged 7 makes use of a Horst-link suspension design, with the rear shock inverted. There is additionally a flip chip on the shock mount. Flipping it to the excessive place from the backside steepens the head angle by 0.5 levels and raises the backside bracket.
As far as geometry goes, our plus-size pattern in its low setting has a 66.5-degree head tube angle, 77.5-degree seat tube angle and 475mm attain.
To help in sturdiness, YT says that each one bearings in the body use extra seals to maintain dust out.
The body has its cables and rear brake hose routed internally and YT says there are foam tubes inside to maintain them from rattling. They are additionally mentioned to be routed over the major pivot to keep away from chafing.
There is ribbed body safety each above and under the driveside chainstay, in addition to on the inside face of the driveside chainstay. There is additionally a piece of protecting movie on the downtube to guard in opposition to stone hits.
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Every fortnight we’ll carry you a detailed first have a look at one of the newest bikes (or frames) to reach at BikeRadar HQ – from street to commuter, gravel to enduro, and every part in between. between the two.
This is our probability to showcase the bike and every part that makes it distinctive earlier than hitting the street or the trails.
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A high-end spec record
The Izzo sells for £6,799 / $7,499 / €6,999 / AU$13,999.
The Uncaged 7 is geared up with a high-end RockShox SID Ultimate fork and matching SIDLuxe Ultimate shock.
YT makes use of distant lockouts for the fork and shock, with a RockShox TwistLoc controller built-in into the handlebar grips.
The bike is geared up with a tasty SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS wi-fi digital groupset. The crankset makes use of a 32 tooth chainring and 175mm crank size on our massive dimension.
SRAM is additionally at a standstill with its G2 Ultimate disc brakes that includes carbon levers.
The DT Swiss XCR 1200 Spline carbon mountain bike wheels are a becoming addition to the construct, and so they have an inside rim width of 30mm.
They’re wrapped in Maxxis Rekon Race 29×2.4-inch mountain bike tires in its EXO dual-compound development.
The downtube has a neat mount for a Fidlock Thirstmaster 5000 water bottle, which attaches magnetically. If you favor to make use of a standard bottle and cage, you might be free to take action.
There’s a SRAM Reverb AXS dropper publish with an SDG Bel Air 3.0 saddle sitting on prime.
The relaxation of the ending package is taken care of by Race Face, with a 740mm huge Next SL 35 carbon handlebar and a 60mm lengthy Turbine R35 stem.
All inclusive, our check bike weighs 12.1kg with out pedals, however with the Fidlock bottle.
We are at present testing the YT Izzo Uncaged 7 and you’ll anticipate a full assessment quickly.