Last year saw YT debut the Decoy enduro E-MTB, as a mullet mountain bike with a 27.5″ wheel out back and a fast rolling 29″ wheel up front. Now, the brand have seen fit to bring back symmetrical wheel sizing, launching the YT Decoy 29, slotting into the e-bike line-up as an “all-mountain” E-MTB. As is true of the mullet Decoy, the 29er Decoy is equipped with 150mm of rear wheel travel, and a 150mm travel fork, but the geometry is somewhat less aggressive, said to offer the same exhilarating downhill performance but with even better climbing characteristics.

YT Decoy 29 all-mountain E-MTB

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Aside from the fact that 29″ wheels roll faster, other factors that might contribute to those claimed improved climbing characteristics are presumably the steepend seat tube and head angles, shifting the rider’s weight forward for a more efficient seated position with respect to the bottom bracket, and a more responsive, less wandering front end. The head angle is just 0.5 degrees slacker than the Decoy at its slackest, at 66 degrees, while the effective seat tube angle sits at a steep 77/77.5 degrees. The E-MTB’s geometry is adjustable via the use of a flip-chip; changing both the seat tube angle and head angle by 0.5 degrees, while concomitantly changing the BB height by 7mm.

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YT Decoy 29 Pro build in Ghostship Green

To account for the larger rear wheel, the BOOST 149x12mm YT Decoy 29 frame has a longer chainstay than its sibling mullet, measuring in at pretty lengthy 458mm, consistent across the S-XXL frame sizes. Such a long chainstay would, I imagine, also help to keep that front wheel firmly on the ground on super steep ascents. Tyre clearance is sufficient to seat 2.4″ Maxxis Minion DHRII tyres on 30mm internal width rims. With a 50mm stem, reach figures stretch out from 422mm in size small, to 502mm on the XXL.

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Motoring the Decoy 29 E-MTB is the Shimano E8000 drive unit, paired with YT’s custom removable 540 Wh battery.

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Two models of the YT Decoy 29 are offered; an entry-level Base model weighs in at 23.9 kgs, while the Pro build is a little on the lighter side at a claimed 23.3 kgs. The Base build features a Rockshox Yari RC fork, and Deluxe Select shock, Shimano’s SLX 12 speed drivetrain, DT Swiss H1900 Spline wheelset and SRAM’s Code R brakes with 200mm rotors, front and back.

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YT Decoy 29 Base Model in Two Tone Blue

In the upper echelons, the YT Decoy 29 Pro build suspension is serviced by FOX 36 Float Performance Elite EBike+ forks, paired with a DPX2 Performance Elite shock. The bike rolls on a DT SWISS H1700 Spline wheelset, driven in part by the 12 speed Shimano XT drivetrain, and stopping power is provided by SRAM’s premium Code RSC brakes, clamping 200mm rotors front and back.

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Pricing and Availability

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The YT Decoy 29 is available now direct from YT, with both models offered in the Black Magic colorway. The Base model will set you back $4,399 and is also available in Two Tone Blue while the Pro model Decoy is a pricier $5,599, additionally available in the Ghostship Green colorway.

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Jeff
Jeff
2 years ago

Isn’t there an entire website devoted to motorcycles that you started since they were such a hot commodity? I am guessing that the web traffic on that site is so low that you have resorted to posting about these motorcycles on the bicycle site in hopes to get some traffic for your advertisers.

Please stop.

Or please post about gas powered motorcycles too so I don’t have to go to another website to read about them as well.

gringo
gringo
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Self important motorcycle ‘jokes’ / references dont make you look cool…..just saying.

Andy
Andy
2 years ago

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A pedelec is not a motorcycle, if you can’t understand the difference please educate yourself.

Jeff
Jeff
2 years ago
Reply to  Andy

it is a cycle with a motor, not sure how that is confusing for people to understand?

When I google the definition of a pedelec (when did that word get invented) I see the word “motor” a few times. Hence the “motor-cycle” comment.

If someone has a pedal assist internal combustion motor does that still qualify as a pedelec in your mind?

Also, kinda fu**ed up to joke about someone being sexually assaulted.

Ol' Shel'
Ol' Shel'
2 years ago
Reply to  Andy

These are electric motorcycles with a crank-actuated throttle. Motor + Bike = Motorbike.

A conventional motorcycle has a wrist-actuated throttle. I guess that means that motorcycles are also human powered.

On a less snarky note, what are the power output levels required to get these e-mopeds to apply full power? Is it difficult, or very, very easy. How easy are they to pedal, really?

Greg
Greg
2 years ago

I don’t foresee bike magazines or websites putting an end to reporting on pedal assist bikes anytime soon, obviously. People love them and click the links to read the reviews, which is the whole reason these sites exist in the first place. And the idea that someone can be so miserable over what type of bike some other total stranger is riding is laughable. Or sad, really.

Ol' Shel'
Ol' Shel'
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg

Or you could acknowledge that these are being used on non-motorized trails, and that bicycle riders are concerned about the inevitable problems that this will create. And there’s nothing ‘sad’ about wanting to keep trails open to bicycles.