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. E-MTBs are a new breed of mountain bikes and they are incredibly fun to ride, and for that reason alone they are a perfect fit for YT. Our DECOY 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. Because riding E-MTB is like riding downhill with a built-in lift. With one major difference: riding uphill is far more fun than just sitting in the lift chair, and even the flattest trails now mutate into downhill sections.
With the integrated battery, the proportionate frame tubing and a small, unassuming display, you can join any group of mountain bikers without sticking out like a sore thumb. If all this sounds too good to be true, or if maybe you don’t believe us, just take a look at the edits from one of our team riders. No words needed!
Just like on a motocross, our DECOY makes use of two different wheelsizes 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 turn 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. We promise, with our DECOY you will master climbs that you have never even attempted with another mountain bike.
But that is not all. 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 our bikes, we rely on our 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.
The DECOY combines the unlimited on-trail performance of a YT with the advantages of electrical assistance. With E-MTB optimized kinematics, a balanced geometry and an integrated Shimano motor this newly developed frame serves up an agile ride. Out back, we rely on our award-winning, low leverage ratio Virtual 4 Link suspension technology that is supple off the top, supportive at mid-stroke and plenty progressive at end-stroke.
Additionally, we have minimized the pedal kick-back to avoid any negative influences on the suspension action. The highly functional frame design also scores extra points in the looks department thanks to the fully integrated battery and motor. Features like internal cable routing, double-sealed bearings and integrated frame protectors underline our high quality standards and help increase the service life of the DECOY.
“I forgot I´m riding an E-Bike. I don’t need another bike anymore!”
Motor: Shimano STEPS E8000
When it comes to the motor, we have chosen the Shimano STEPS E8000 for its natural ride feel and its 250 W of power that allow the DECOY to master the steepest of climbs. At 2.8 kg, this quiet motor is one of the lightest on the market and thanks to its slim profile it is also easy to integrate in the frame. The lightweight and slim Shimano STEPS E7000 display lets you choose between three support modes to achieve a range of approximately 100 km (Eco). The settings can also be adjusted wirelessly via the Shimano E-Tube smartphone or tablet app.
YT custom battery
The 540 Wh battery is our own development. For dependable performance and long lasting power, we use 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 and is held in place by two dedicated bolts. The battery can be charged both on and off the bike, and the cover is easy to replace in case of damage.
Integrated Power Switch
The On/Off switch is tucked away underneath the toptube, which protects it against damage and dirt while also giving the frame a clean look.
V4L / Virtual Four Link
Our proven suspension technology has been developed together with the YT MOB on the race track and further refined for the unique ride feel of our E-MTBs. The outstanding small bump compliance virtually sucks you to the ground while the great midstroke support really optimizes the use of the available travel. The generous amount of sweet 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.
The FlipChip lets you quickly and easily adjust the DECOY to your riding style. The low position gives you a more aggressive headtube angle, more BB drop and more stability – perfect for fast and rough downhill sections. The high position provides a steeper headtube angle, so you can beat those grueling uphills and snap around tight turns with ease.
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 considerably increase the service life of the bearings to make sure that every DECOY can withstand the abuse that aggressive mountain biking brings with it.
Perfectly integrated guards protect the frame against rock strikes and scratches. The downtube is protected by a skid plate while the chain stay and seat stay guards help reduce the noise from the drive train. To further improve on this aspect, we have equipped our new “Hulk” chainstay protector with braking bumps.
Fork Impact Protection
The Fork Impact Protection prevents damage to the frame in case of a crash or a failure of the Acros BlockLock headset.
Chainsuck Mech Hanger
The Shimano Direct Mount-compatible chainsuck derailleur hanger protects the frame from chain damage to help increase its service life. The Di2 cable is internally routed to protect it from damage as well.
Internal Cable Routing
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. 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. Newly developed Cable Plugs hold the cables in the frame while sealing the ports to prevent any damage. In the downtube, cable guides and cable clamps above the battery protect the cables against damage and help prevent noise while a cable duct leads the cables safely past the motor to the frame ports.
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.