The New YT Izzo Path Bike, In for Check
The time period path bike has virtually grow to be meaningless. In a approach, it’s simpler to outline path bikes by what they’re not designed to do — particularly race cross-country or downhill — quite than what they can do, which is just about all the things else. However “all the things else” means various things to totally different riders relying on using model and the native terrain, which maks “path” the broadest class inside mountain biking by an extended shot.
Just a few months in the past YT introduced the Izzo, a motorbike the model describes as “an excellent mild instrument for traditional path using” and “a true on a regular basis mountain bike.” It’s a short-travel 29er, providing 130mm of suspension journey entrance and rear, and clearly the bike is designed to climb effectively with out sacrificing an excessive amount of on the descents.
I’ll be testing the Professional construct ($3,899 MSRP) which sits one notch above the entry-level Comp and two clicks under the Launch Version.
All YT Izzo builds begin with a carbon body and a tried-and-true, four-bar suspension design. A flip chip gives excessive and low positions to dial within the geometry by half a level.
Beginning on the entrance, the Izzo has a 66° head tube angle, which might be steepened to 66.5° in excessive mode. The Izzo, like different current bike releases, sees chain keep lengths shift primarily based on body measurement. The additional-large mannequin I’m testing has 437mm chain stays, whereas smaller sizes sport shorter, 432mm stays. The thought is to supply the same really feel for riders throughout all the dimensions vary.
YT gave the Izzo a steep 77° seat tube angle (77.5° in excessive mode) to put the rider in a robust place on the climbs. The attain on my measurement XL is 492mm with a 1240mm wheelbase, and the underside bracket drop might be set to 40mm or 35mm, relying on the place of the flip chip.
Cable administration and routing on the Izzo is in depth. Along with the standard dropper submit, shifter cable, and brake hose tunnels, there’s additionally a information for the included shock distant on the Professional construct I’m testing. In locations the place cables momentarily emerge from the body, slick guides and port covers preserve all the things tight and sealed.
A single set of bottle mounts is out there within the entrance triangle, together with threaded bolts beneath the highest tube for mounting a correct body bag or instrument. The body itself seems to supply ample clearance for the included 2.35″ tires.
In the intervening time, the Izzo is simply accessible in carbon, and but in some way YT manages to maintain the least costly construct priced a buck beneath $3,000.
Historically, one of many causes massive bike manufacturers have resisted on-line gross sales is that they’re afraid shoppers received’t be keen or capable of assemble a brand new bike appropriately. However ask anybody who has unboxed a YT mountain bike and so they’ll inform you it’s typically an excellent expertise. In a approach, it’s like having the bike store come to you.
All the packing materials is sturdy and well-designed, and the included instructions are surprisingly clear and detailed. YT makes the method enjoyable, splashing the letters RTFM throughout the quilt of the directions booklet and together with decent-quality instruments for meeting. I believe that even when this have been somebody’s first bike, they might haven’t any drawback assembling and dialing within the Izzo utilizing solely the included instruments and directions.
My media take a look at bike arrived with the tires pumped stuffed with air and with contemporary Muc-off sealant sloshing round inside them. (Shopper bikes usually ship with tubes put in.) How did I do know the tires shipped with Muc-off inside? Effectively, on my first roll down the driveway I used to be sprayed with the pink goopy stuff by a 1cm gash within the entrance tire. A single tire plug has the rubber rolling pretty much as good as new.
A set of tubeless valves was included within the bike field, together with additional cable port plugs, steerer tube spacers, bolts, and varied reflectors. Fortunately the reflectors and cassette “pie plate” have been included within the field, quite than on the bike, saving me treasured setup time.
The YT Izzo Professional comes with a SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain and SRAM G2 RS brakes. A Fox Efficiency Elite 34 fork and shock deal with suspension duties. The DT Swiss MT 1700 wheels function a 30mm inside width rim which pairs effectively with tires within the 2.3- to 2.6-inch vary. Talking of tires, YT specs quick rolling, light-weight, 2.3-inch-wide Maxxis Forecaster tires with EXO casing entrance and rear.
Consistent with its short-travel persona, consumers will discover 760mm bars and a 60mm stem (measurement XL) on the steering finish. On the reverse finish there’s a YT-branded, SDG Radar saddle. There’s additionally a YT Postman dropper submit, providing 170mm of journey on XL and XXL builds. Relying on the body measurement, the included dropper submit journey varies between 100mm, 125mm, 150mm, or 170mm.
Some of the shocking options on the Professional construct is the addition of a grip-shift, rear shock lockout distant. It’s commonplace to see one in every of these on a race bike, however even then it’s usually an aftermarket addition. This does restrict grip decisions when it’s time to place contemporary rubber on the bars, however many riders might discover this to be a handy function.
In response to the YT web site, the Izzo Professional (measurement small, with out pedals or a bottle cage, however with tubes) weighs 27.3lbs. My XL truly weighs a smidge over 30lbs (30.04 to be precise) with pedals, however with out tubes or a bottle holder.
Hit the path
Now that I’ve shaken the Izzo down like a mob boss, it’s time to hit the path. I’ll be using the bike on my native trails the place a light-weight, short-travel bike ought to excel, and I’ll additionally put in some lengthy stage-race-like days within the mountains. Keep tuned for the total assessment.