Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

YT Jeffsy has arrived!

Posted by Matt | January 31, 2017 | 9 comments so far

YT Industries Jeffsy AL
So, my YT Jeffsy AL has arrived! Actually, I’ve had it a week or two but I’m just waiting the opportunity to ‘blood’ it for the first time.

The way the trails are at the moment, I’m not anxious to take the bike out. I know I’m being a little wet about this, but having ordered some protective car vinyl off eBay it’s been too cold in the garage to put the damn stuff on. On the flipside, knowing that I have the vinyl in my possession means I’d be equally annoyed to take the bike out and scuff it up. First world problems and all.

The delivery of the bike itself was a moot subject for a while. Just before Christmas, with no intention of a bike purchase anytime soon, Big Al (these days, not-so-big Al) posted the YT sale up on Facebook. The opportunity to buy a decent bike with a high spec for just £1299 plus delivery was too good to miss but that doesn’t mean I didn’t find my prevarication gland flaring up.

By the time I’d resolved that Yes, it was a good deal and Yes, a 140mm 29er would suit me well and Yes, I needed the large that YT recommended for my height, they’d sold out. So that was the end of that. Except…

The next morning, the large size was showing a note to say more in stock 21.12.2016. Again, work distractions and so on meant that by the time I was ready, the note was gone and they were sold out. The next day, the same thing and the same result. By the third day I thought I’d just jump straight in and started the purchase process, only to find that my credit card company didn’t want to let me hand money to a German company out of the blue. By the time I’d then phoned them, got it sorted out and returned to the purchase process I assumed it would have timed out. But it turned out the system let me complete the process and gave me an order number.

Weeks passed and apart from the confirmation email I heard nothing. From the moment I placed the order, the site had shown resolutely that the bike was sold out in every size without variance. I wondered if I would actually get the bike, when sometime mid January I got an email to say the bike was dispatched and on its way!

So the photo you see here is of the bike as it was first assembled, with a set of very old V8-copy pedals on just so I can scoot it up and down the road. The Jeffsy fits me just like YT said it would. The bike was very securely boxed, build up was dead easy (needing the handlebars attaching and the wheels fixing into place and not much else) and that’s pretty much where I am now. First impressions from the obligatory ride up and down the road and the classic kerb test are this will be an enjoyable ride.

We shall see…


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. Dandy says:

    Looking good; no excuses about an outdated bike now, just rider error 😉

  2. Kev says:

    Looks sweet. Come on then I know you have weighed it in the man cave so spill the beans, huh?

    Oh and for once, D’Andy is right! 🙂

    • Matt says:

      I haven’t *actually* weighed it myself but YT claim it’s about 31lbs – not light, but it doesn’t feel heavy TBH. It was the one factor against the bike really but I’m really glad I went for it.

      I haven’t yet switched to tubeless or even taken off the multiple warning labels so that will shave some weight 🙂

      A switch in time to 1x and a carbon bar would also help, as would putting a Butcher/Purg combo on the wheels but there aren’t too many obvious areas to lighten at the moment.

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  4. Mat-S says:

    That is very, very pretty. Looking forward to seeing you out on it – get some tape and guards and go, slithering around on something that slack is hilarious…

    on that note, may I humbly suggest the Spesh Hillbilly Grid as having transformed the ability of my Commencal to ride Ranmore mud?

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