Inspired by Gwin – developed on the race track. In 2017, we were over the moon when Aaron Gwin won his second World Cup championship on the TUES. Maybe that's why we were so hungry to make the 2018 bike even better...
During two years of racing on the toughest tracks in the world, Aaron and the MOB have delivered incredible feedback in our quest to (once again) take this bike to the next level. The result: TUES X GWIN. The Gwin bike combines incredible control with maximum speed; it's a ruthless machine that's programmed to win.
Style meets confidence. The real-world feedback of our freeriders – Rampage heroes Cam Zink and Andreu Lacondeguy leading the way – is the reason this new-generation TUES is also the life of your park party. It's a playful style merchant that just begs to be sent off unreal monster drops before shooting loose whips from the hips at Crankworx.
What's best for steep and rowdy: aluminum or carbon? Truth is, it's entirely up to you. The aluminum TUES is no less remarkable than its carbon brother
Our carbon frames deliver ideal stiffness and ultimate reliability at impressively low weight. Using a monocoque production technique, tube walls get extra thickness only where required to resist the intense forces in critical areas. By using fibers of different strengths and optimizing the layup, we create stiff yet lightweight frames that withstand even the gnarliest of maneuvers. Carbon frames form the core of our PRO models, which also feature the finest components.
The AL model was made specifically for lovers of high-quality aluminum bikes. Yet the modern geometry and impressive component specification – which it shares with its carbon brothers – make it the first choice for many more. The elaborately-designed frame sets new standards in aluminum workmanship: the multi-butted, hydroformed tubes not only keep weight down and strength up but embody the look of a true YT.
While designing the new TUES CF we paid particular attention to synchronizing every suspension element to work together as one: frame kinematics, hydraulic damping curves, and spring force. The Virtual 4 Link suspension system is based on a low leverage ratio – and it's a major factor in giving the TUES its superior characteristics. A rapidly rising spring curve provides a lot of midstroke support: this creates more grip for turning and braking, and optimal use of travel on big jumps. Despite being very sensitive off the top, the progressiveness and support gives the TUES the pop to get airborne easily – and helps keep your legs fresh during sprints, too.
Amazing small bump compliance in the first part of the travel gives the next-gen TUES more grip than ever: it's practically glued down in rough ground, holding lines even better than before. We've reduced the endstroke progression by 5%, without giving up any of the massive bottom-out reserves of the TUES. It's made the rear a little bit plusher for a boost in comfort and control to ensure both traction and control even during the biggest hits. The evolution of the TUES may look subtle, but let’s be honest – that’s what the last tenths of a second between victory and defeat always look like.
“I’m loving my new TUES. The bike has always been awesome so we just wanted to refine it. The bike is switching directions super snappy and is easier to accelerate while pedaling. We also made it a little plusher and increased the stability when charging into the rough stuff. It’s stable at World Cup speeds while maintaining the playfulness that makes the bike so fun to ride.”
Aaron Gwin, five times World Cup Overall winner, iced coffee connoisseur, legend
All Carbon Frame
Our all carbon frames are voluminous, rigid and light. We achieve this by using our advanced monocoque production techniques: The tube walls vary in thickness, putting material where it's needed for strength and reducing weight everywhere else. The result are frames with exceptional rigidity, reliability and the very lowest weights.
Real-world ready: despite using a 150mm rear axle, the rear triangle features a narrow profile to avoid coming in contact with your shoes.
The contact surfaces for the integrated headset are preformed directly in the carbon structure. The homogeneity of the material in this area creates the ideal balance of weight, durability and performance. The ZeroStack design with integrated bearings ensures a long service life, while the mounting dimensions allow the use of ZS49 / ZS56 Reach Adjust headsets – pro level adjustability for everybody.
Race-Specific Advanced Sealing Concept, Axial Lip-Seal (RASCAL)
In addition to the industry-standard internal seals of our high-quality, double-sealed full complement bearings, we use self-developed sealing washers, that protect all suspension linkage bearings and keep water and dirt at bay. Their axial lip seals increase the useful life of the bearings considerably to make sure that every TUES can withstand the burden of heavy racing use.
Perfectly integrated guards protect the frame against rock impacts and scratches. Made from super-tough and wear-resistant PA 66, the downtube protector is bolted on and can be easily replaced. It is designed to wrap around the bottom bracket and thus provide extra protection for the side walls of the downtube in this critical area. The chain stay and seat stay guards also help keep the noise down, so that the only sound you’ll hear on the trail is that braaaaap! we all love so much.
Integrated Chainsuck Protection Mechhanger
Should things get a little rough, the inconspicuous chain suck plates protect the frame from damage caused by a dropped chain. This keeps sensitive areas out of harm's way and helps prolong your frame's service life.
V4L / Virtual Four Link
Even better for 2018, our proven suspension technology has been further refined together with Aaron Gwin on the race track. It is responsible for providing outstanding small bump compliance that virtually sucks you to the ground as well as great midstroke support to really optimize the use of the available travel. And the nice pop makes sure you can get airborne at a moment’s notice. So you don’t bottom out harshly even after hitting the biggest jumps, the ending stroke spring curve is very progressive. V4L supports you around the sag point, ready to absorb obstacles but without being affected by pedaling forces.
Our trademark feature, the voluminous transition of the tubes to the steering head, adds incredible stiffness to this critical area of the frame. The design of the HeadBox is optimized for use of dual-crown forks: The elaborate shape serves as a solid stop for fork bumpers while allowing us to optimize the wall thickness to make sure the frame comes with the lightness we are looking for in a modern frame.
World Cup ready: the internal routing ports are formed directly in the carbon and guide the cables cleanly around the number plate.
Internal Cable Routing
Developed in-house, details like internal cable routing with built-in cable guides underline our claim to fame in the world of high-quality carbon bikes. For ultimate protection, the cable is almost entirely hidden in the frame, while the perfectly integrated ports and cable clamps make for a super-clean look. Race-ready: the full-length cable guide is held in place by a bolted clamp in just one area, making it easy and fast to swap cables when needed.
Custom Rear Axle
Developed in-house, our self-locking thru-axle features an insertion aid, which makes assembly easy and safe even under difficult conditions. To minimize the contact points with the rear triangle, the rear axle is also completely sunk.
Single Sided Hardware Access
MOB-pit approved: All the linkage hardware can be fully disassembled and assembled from one side of the bike. This makes maintenance easy and fast, since you no longer have to turn the frame around to work on it – just like you like it for racing.