With Red Bull Rampage this Friday, we’re starting to get a look at what some of the athletes will be riding. It’s usually the same frame they ride most of the year, but the attention that surrounds the event is a good reason for some new paint, and the terrain is enough to consider swapping a few key components.
This is Ethan Nell’s fourth custom YT Tues Rampage frame and YT says that they’ve been working on it for months.
“The TUES celebrated its tenth-anniversary last year and over the years we have come up with thousands of illustrations and graphics for campaign launches, stickers, patches, and logos,” says Dennis Dastig, the YT senior graphic designer. “We wanted to pay tribute to the heritage of the brand, the TUES, and also this event this year, which is why we have developed a collage with endless detail. Every time you look at the bike you will find a new detail you didn’t recognize yet.”
YT says that they wanted to make the Tues look distinct from the Tues World Champ frame that the YT Mob was racing. YT went with a “wild and loud” theme. Riesel Design crafted an intricate sticker bomb collage in the form of a wrap.
“You have to be a real fiddler to get it right. Making sure there are no ripples or bubbles and ensuring that all shapes are aligned on every edge when sticking every piece of the film together is certainly extremely time consuming and requires a high level of attention to detail. We are stoked about how it turned out and hope that Ethan is stoked too. As a rider myself I get excited about Rampage every year. Seeing a rider like Ethan at the start gate with a frame we have worked on so hard for months is thrilling.”
Nell added his thoughts on the frame and gave some insight into how he runs his bike for Rampage in a press release.
“Just got the bike and I am stoked! Regarding the setup, I pretty much run the same setup for Rampage that I do all year round: super stiff, slow rebound, 27.5’’ in the front, and 26’’ in the rear. I’m super picky about having 26” in the rear so I don’t hit my butt on the wheel yanking for flips and spins. Having well-bled brakes, good suspension settings, and fresh tires for maximum grip help a lot as well. I’m usually riding similar features, steep freeride lines, and jumps all year long so my setup I run for Rampage works great for all of it!”
- Frame:YT Tues CF size S
- Fork: Fox Factory 40
- Shock: Fox Factory Float X2
- Wheels: Stans No Tubes Flow mk4
- Brakes: Sram Code RSC
- Cranks: Sram XO
- Handlebar: Spank Spike
- Stem: Spank
- Seat: Errant Seat co
- Tires: Michelin
- Grips: Sensus
- Drivetrain: SB One single speed
- Pedals: Spank Oozy