2022 YT Industries

Decoy CORE 3 MX

A 29″ / 27.5″ carbon frame full suspension enduro e-bike with upper mid-range components.
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Manufacturer Price

$6,499
Weight50.5 lbs  
FrameCarbon
SuspensionFull, 165 / 170mm
ForkFox Performance Elite Float 38
ShockFox Float X Performance Elite
Wheels29″ / 27.5″ Aluminum
Drivetrain1 × 12
GroupsetSLX, Shimano
MotorShimano 250W 85Nm mid-drive
Battery540Wh
BrakesHydraulic Disc
SeatpostDropper
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Lowest gear

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29 mph

Decoy CORE 3 MX

26 mph

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Sizing
SM

5'0" – 5'5"

MD

5'4" – 5'9"

LG

5'7" – 6'1"

XL

5'10" – 6'4"

XXL

6'2" – 6'7"

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Price History
Reviews
Pinkbike
YT Industries Releases New Decoy Core Models

Dec 2023 · YT Industries

The bikes now have Shimano's EP801 motor, complete with Free Shift technology.

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off.road.cc
YT Industries Decoy 29 Core 3 e-MTB review

Jun 2023

The YT Industries Decoy 29 Core 3 is touted as the brand’s do-it-all e-MTB and several months of testing have proven the company has hit the nail on the head. Despite its comparably short reach and overall length for a modern trail-orientated e-MTB, the Decoy is fun on almost any trail thanks to a welcoming but impressively well-rounded ride. It’s great value for money, too, employing an array of very well-picked components with a reasonable asking price to boot. This is without a doubt one of the very best e-mountain bikes currently available.

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MBR
YT Decoy Core 4 MX e-bike review - MBR

Apr 2023 · Alan Muldoon

Say hello to the 2023 YT Decoy Core 4 MK 1.35. Okay, so the MK1.35 tag isn’t part of its official title, we added that ourselves. But seeing as YT has managed to increase the potential battery capacity from 540Wh to 720Wh (which is a 35% increase) without having to make wholesale changes to the frame, we think it’s a rather fitting addition. Need to know: A flip-chip in the rearward shock mount offers high and low geometry settings Tested here with the new 720Wh battery, but the bike ships with the old 540Wh battery Mixed wheelsize Full carbon frame comes in five sizes – S to XXL Fox Factory suspension has all the adjustability you need and then some How did YT squeeze in the extra juice without messing up the handing of our e-bike of the Year winner in 2021? It completely redesigned the battery, while maintaining the same fittings and mounting architecture. So yes, the new 720Wh battery is backwards compatible with all Decoy models, bar the size S. It’s currently only available as a standalone product for £899, which, as e-bike batteries go, is competitively priced. Best of all, the potbelly profile of the 720Wh battery allows YT up the cell count while keeping the extra weight as low and central in the bike as possible. On our scales the 720Wh battery weighed 4.57kg, which is 860g heavier than the stock 540Wh battery, and increased the weight of the stock Decoy Core 4 from 23.32kg to 24.18kg. Still pretty competitive, but not as light as you might expect for a full carbon frame and high-end build kit that wants for nothing. Still it’s a moot point as all current Decoys ship with 540Wh batteries as standard, but we’re confident that YT will roll out the bikes with the new battery in the not too distant future. Other than the bigger battery option then, it’s business as usual since we last tested the Decoy. It’s still available in MX (170/165mm travel) and full 29in (150/145mm travel) options and it’s designed around the Shimano Steps EP8 motor, with the smaller, monochrome SE E7000 display. The frame is available in five sizes XS to XXL and while the sizing on the Decoy isn’t the most generous, the size L sporting a rather demure 451mm reach, the Decoy feels all the more manageable and manoeuvrable for it. Also the 50mm stem ensures that the fit never feels cramped, and even slows the steering response down a hair to make it easier to correct course mid turn. Suspension As the flagship bike in the Decoy range, the Core 4 get’s Fox Factory level suspension components, bling Kashima coating and all. The 170mm Fox 38 fork and X2 shock both offer 4-way adjustable damping, so if you want a flatter, more stable ride to the Decoy it is relatively easy to achieve by simply cranking up the compression damping. However, we think the Decoy feels best with a lighter more active approach …Continue reading »

Highs
  • 720Wh battery means more fun, reactive ride, premium build components

Lows
  • 720Wh battery means more money

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Mountain Bike Action
LONG TERM REVIEW: YT DECOY MX ELECTRIC BIKE - Mountain Bike Action Magazine

Jun 2022 · Ron Koch

If you like to stay planted to the trail, stable at high speed and want to plow through rough singletrack, the YT Decoy MX is a whole lot of good times.

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Loam Wolf
YT Decoy MX Core 3 –, 2022 eMTB Shootout

Jun 2022

The YT Decoy MX shreds corners, likes to jump, and it has a comfortable and well rounded suspension tune. It's a fun bike all around! Read more now!

Highs
  • Fun and well-rounded ride

  • Suspension tune overall

  • Looks good

  • Reliable! Stayed tight and quiet

  • Wheel spec

  • Balanced angles (HT and ST)

  • Short, snappy rear end

Lows
  • Sizing

  • 200mm rotor spec

  • Motor felt underpowered

  • Small battery

  • Fell back on chunky DH tracks

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BikeRadar
YT Decoy Core 4 MX review

May 2022 · Alex Evans

A poppy and playful ride that offers addictive fun, but comes at the expense of outright speed and stability

Highs
  • Easy-to-remove battery

  • Supportive suspension

  • Synthesis wheelset

  • Intuitive ride

Lows
  • EXO+ casing tyres

  • Battery capacity

  • Geometry compromises

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MTB Mag
[Tested] YT Decoy MX Core 3

Mar 2022 · Ian Collins

For the last few months I've been ripping around on YT's Decoy MX Core 3. It's the first mixed wheel e-bike that I've ridden

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E-Mountainbike Magazine
YT DECOY MX CORE 4 – In our big 2022 eMTB group test

Mar 2022 · Jonas Müssig

With its powerful Shimano EP8 motor, 540 Wh battery and capable suspension, the YT DECOY MX CORE 4 stands for uncompromised trail fun. But is it just a mean downhill machine or can it impress with its all-round qualities? To find out, we pitted the YT DECOY MX CORE 4 against the most exciting bikes of the season in our big 2022 eMTB group test.

Highs
  • High fun-factor on flowing trails and jumps

  • Excellent comfort for long rides

  • Capable suspension

Lows
  • Short-travel dropper post

  • Tires with fragile casing

  • Long seat tube restricts choice of frame size

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Geometry
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Specs
Build
Fork

FOX 38 PERFORMANCE ELITE, 29“ | 170 mm Travel | 110 x 15 mm Axle | 51mm Offset Grip2 Damper, Adjustable High- and Low-Speed Compression and Rebound, Air Pressure

Travel170mm

Spring TypeAir

Shock

FOX FLOAT X PERFORMANCE ELITE, Shock Length: 230 mm | Shock Stroke: 65 mm ≙ 165 mm Travel | 2pos-Adjust | Custom Tune Adjustable Low-Speed Compression, Adjustable Low-Speed Rebound, Air Pressure

Travel165mm

Headset

ACROS AZX-260, Block Lock I High Cap I 2 Spacer 5 mm I Flatcapset

Stem

E13 Plus 35, Length 50 mm | 35 mm Clamp | Rise 0° | 7050 AL

Handlebar

E13 Plus 35, Rise 35 mm | Width 800 mm | 9° Back Sweep | 5° Up Sweep | 7050 AL

Saddle

SDG BEL Air 3.0, YT Custom | Width 140 mm I Lux-Alloy Rail

Seatpost

YT POSTMAN, Ø 31.6 mm | 125 mm Drop (Frame Size S-M) | 150 mm Drop (Frame Size L) | 170 mm Drop (Frame Size XL-XXL) | MMX-Remote

TypeDropper

Grips

ODI ELITE MOTION V2.1, Lock On

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

SHIMANO SLX, M7100 | Shadow Plus | 12-fach

Crank

SHIMANO EM600, Crank Arm Length 160 mm

Shifters

SHIMANO SLX, M7100 I 12-speed I 2-Way-Release

Cassette

SHIMANO SLX, M7100 | 10-51T | 12-speed I Hyperglide+

Chain Guide

E13 e*SPEC Plus, 2 Bolt | 34-38T | Compact Slider

Brakes

SRAM CODE R, Rotor CENTERLINE Ø front 200 mm / rear 200 mm Adjustable Reach

TypeHydraulic Disc

Wheels
Rims

CRANKBROTHERS SYNTHESIS ALLOY, Front: Aluminum Rim 29“ | Inner Width 31,5 mm | Front Hub 110 x 15 mm | Rear: Aluminum Rim 27,5“ | Inner Width 31,5 mm | Rear Hub 148 x 12 mm

Tires

FRONT: MAXXIS ASSEGAI | REAR: MAXXIS MINION DHR II, Front: Tire Size 29“ x 2.5 WT | EXO Casing | 3C MaxxTerra Compound | Tubeless Ready Rear: Tire Size 27,5“ x 2.6 WT | EXO+ Casing | 3C MaxxTerra Compound | Tubeless Ready

Electric Components
Motor

SHIMANO EP8, Torque 85 NM | Power 250 W I E-TUBE PROJECT APP

Battery

SMP YT CUSTOM, Removable | 540 Wh Capacity | 36 V

Display

SHIMANO E7000, Monochrome I 35 mm

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