For 2023, Propain introduced a revised version of their MTB all-rounder, the Tyee, which drifts into the new season with a fresh new look but relies on the same, proven PRO10 rear suspension system as its predecessor. As usual, the Tyee is available in countless wheel size and travel variants, while the spec can be customised using the German manufacturer’s extensive online configurator. We tested the new Tyee for you to tell you what it’s capable of.

Propain Tyee 2023 | 170/160 mm (f/r) | 15.9 kg in size XL | € 6.684 | manufacture website

The Propain Tyee has changed a lot over the past decade, rolling through the transition from 26” to 29” wheels, with some 27.5” and mullet options along the way, plus new looks and frame materials. For 2023, the German manufacturer has redeveloped their proven all-rounder from the ground up, ushering in a new era for Propain. The latest descendant of the Tyee features not only a new geometry and revised kinematics, but also a new frame silhouette with an adapted shock link and internal headset cable routing. The rear suspension was designed to be stiffer and to offer more tire clearance, while the rear brake mount now sits between the chain- and seat stays instead of on top of the chainstay.

As usual, Propain allow you to customise the spec of your Tyee using their extensive online configurator. The rear suspension generates 160 mm of travel across the board, which can be combined with either a 160 or 170 mm fork. The frame is available in both carbon fibre and 7075 aluminium versions, and can be configured with several different wheel size options. Depending on the frame size, the new Tyee rolls on 27.5″ or 29″ wheels, with the latter option allowing for a mullet conversion.

The new Propain Tyee 2023 in detail

As mentioned above, the new Tyee forgoes cable ports in the head tube. Instead, the rear brake line and shifter/dropper post cables disappear into the frame through Propain’s in-house SixPack headset, which routes them through a small port at the bottom of the stem directly into the headset. The proprietary two-piece spacer system ensures a tidy look and allows you to fine tune the cockpit, though making adjustments is a little more time consuming than with a conventional headset. The cables are routed through the frame and securely clamped at the ports, ensuring a tidy look and quiet ride. Moreover, they no longer run below the bottom bracket and only reappear briefly at the transition between the main frame and swingarm – awesome!

The cables disappear into the frame through the bottom of the SixPack stem, which was designed specifically for the Tyee and allows you to fine tune the stack height.
The cables then run through the frame and are securely clamped, ensuring a quiet ride.
The cables reappear briefly at the transition between the main frame and swingarm.

Propain also revised the chainstay protector, as the previous version was too hard, causing an annoying rattling noise on the trail. The updated protector is softer and longer, preventing chain slap more effectively. In addition, there’s enough room for a big water bottle in the main frame, while two bosses under the top tube serve as a tool mount. That said, you’ll have to choose between a big water bottle and your trail essentials, simply because there isn’t enough space to carry both at the same time, even with the biggest XL frame size. This is forcing you to come up with a custom solution or to use a conventional tool strap. For bike park sessions, however, you could just leave the water bottle in the car and carry a tool strap with a spare inner tube or a mini tool.

The old chainstay protector really needed an update! Propain finally addressed the issue and now the Tyee is nice and quiet.
Having a tool mount on your bike is awesome! With the Tyee, unfortunately, you can’t use it in conjunction with a water bottle in the cage.

Propain’s in-house configurator

As usual, the Tyee is available in several pre-configured builds that can be customised using Propain’s extensive online configurator. However, this year’s version comes in a total of 4 spec variants – one more than its predecessor. All variants are available in three different colours and, depending on the frame size, can also be ordered as a mullet bike.

The Price2Ride model is the gateway to the Tyee dimension and is supposed to offer plenty of performance for little money. It comes equipped with Formula suspension and Formula Cura 4 brakes. Although the suspension provides a solid basis, it can’t compete with FOX and RockShox’s top tier suspension components. However, it’s a whole different story with the Formula Cura 4 brakes, which have already convinced us on several occasions in the past. A SRAM GX drivetrain, BikeYoke DIVINE dropper post and NEWMEN Performance 30 wheelset round off the overall consistent spec. Prices for the alloy version start at € 3,599 while the carbon models retail from € 4,199.

The Price2Ride variant of the new 2023 Propain Tyee.

The alloy version of the SHRED² variant retails at € 4,484, its carbon counterpart sets you back € 5,084. The spec includes a beefy RockShox ZEB Ultimate fork and matching Super Deluxe Ultimate coil shock, which both deliver impressive performance on the trail. SRAM supply a reliable GX drivetrain and powerful CODE RSC brakes, while fellow Germans NEWMEN provide the EG30 alloy wheelset. The choice of dropper post and tires doesn’t leave anything to be desired either. The SHRED² model is definitely our top recommendation if you’re looking for a solid spec for a reasonable price.

The SHRED² variant of the 2023 Propain Tyee.

The Phantom variant costs € 6,109 or € 6,709 depending on the frame material and served as the basis for our test bike.

Phantom variant of the 2023 Propain Tyee.

The name alone of the Goldrush spec variant says it all. The FOX Factory suspension comes with a fancy Kashima coating, which might look great, but doesn’t bring any tangible advantages to the trail compared with FOX’s Performance series with black stanchions. A brand-new SRAM Eagle Transmission XX drivetrain ensures smooth shifting while powerful MAGURA MT7 brakes provide reliable deceleration. American manufacturer Crankbrothers supplies the Synthesis carbon wheelset, which was designed with compliance in mind. Prices range between € 7,644 and € 8,244, which isn’t all too bad considering the high-quality spec.

The Goldrush variant of the 2023 Propain Tyee.

Our 2023 Propain Tyee test bike

Our test bike is largely based on the pre-configured Phantom variant but has a longer-travel, 170 mm RockShox ZEB fork instead of the standard 160 mm Lyrik. At the rear, we kept swapping between the air and coil versions of the RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock. This setup offers countless adjustment options (i.e. high and low-speed compression damping), allowing you to fine tune your ride to suit your needs and riding style. The American component colossus also supplies the SRAM CODE RSC four-piston brakes, which are paired with 200 mm rotors front and rear. The new Tyee comes standard with an integrated rear brake-mount adapter, which allows you to swap the standard disc for a smaller 180 mm rotor at the twists of a hand. In our opinion, it would make more sense to be able to swap between a 200 and 220 mm rotor, because 180 mm discs don’t do justice to the character and intended use of the bike.

We`ve tested the Tyee with an air and coil shock.
The brake mount is now safely tucked away between the seat- and chainstays.

Our test bike also features a 170 mm RockShox Reverb AXS electronic dropper post. While this ensures a clean look and butter-smooth operation, it could do with slightly more travel. Long-legged riders should choose a longer-travel, cable operated dropper (i.e. BikeYoke) from the configurator, which offers more freedom of movement and also saves you some dosh! Our Tyee features SRAM’s brand-new Eagle Transmission X0 drivetrain, which attaches directly to the frame thanks to the UDH mount. SRAM’s new pods take a bit of getting used to, but Propain already use their Infinity clamps, which make it easier to set up your bike to suit you.

The new SRAM Eagle Transmission X0 drivetrain is secured directly to the frame.
SRAM’s proprietary Infinity clamps make it easier to align the pods.

Our test bike rolls on a NEWMEN AL30 alloy wheelset, which has worked flawlessly throughout this test. A few laps into the test, we swapped the standard Schwalbe tires for heavier, more robust MAXXIS rubber. The additional rotating mass gave the Tyee a tad more high-speed stability and suited our test tracks better. We combined a 2.5” MAXXIS ASSEGAI in the soft MaxxGrip rubber compound and EXO+ casing at the front and a 2.4″ Minion DHR II in the tough DoubleDown casing and harder MaxxTerra compound at the rear. This combo is a great choice for all-round purposes. For the cockpit, Propain rely on their in-house components, combining a Sixpack stem and matching alloy handlebars, which we cut down to 790 mm. The only things we didn’t like were the ultra-thin grips, which offer very little cushioning. Riders with big hands should invest a few euros to upgrade the grips.

We cut down the Sixpack handlebars to 790 mm.

The geometry of the new Propain Tyee 2023

The new Propain Tyee is available in 5 sizes, XS to XL. All sizes feature a flip chip to adjust the geometry, but on sizes M to XL this also serves to adapt the frame for a mullet setup. Sizes XS and S are 27.5” only, while L and XL are designed for 29” or Mullet. Medium is available as either a full 27.5” build, or a 29” / mullet spec.

With a longer 170 mm fork, our test bike in size XL combines 500 mm reach and 480 mm seat tube, which is pretty long. Unfortunately, that’s also the case with all other the sizes, which makes it hard to choose the size based on your desired reach. As usual, the bottom bracket is pretty high, which has a greater influence on the character of the bike. We recommend playing around with different flip chip settings and stack heights. Chainstay length is 430 mm on all variants with a 27.5″ rear wheel, and 445 mm on all models with a big 29” wheel. Countless manufacturers adapt the chainstay length to ensure consistent handling across all sizes.

The geometry of the 2023 Propain Tyee (170 mm fork)

Size XS (27.5″) S (27.5″) M (27.5″) M (29/Mix) L (29/Mix) XL (29/Mix)
Top Tube 528 mm 559 mm 588 mm 592 mm 620 mm 647 mm
Seat Tube 380 mm 400 mm 425 mm 425 mm 450 mm 480 mm
Head Tube 90 mm 110 mm 125 mm 105 mm 115 mm 125 mm
Head Angle 64.1° 64.1° 64.1° 64.1° 64.1° 64.1°
Seat Angle 77.5° 77.5° 77.5° 77.1° 77.1° 77.1°
BB Drop 7.8 mm 7.8 mm 7.8 mm 23.8 mm 23.8 mm 23.8 mm
Chainstay 430 mm 430 mm 430 mm 445 mm 445 mm 445 mm
Wheelbase 1157.3 mm 1190.3 mm 1222.3 mm 1235 mm 1264 mm 1294 mm
Reach 400.5 mm 425.5 mm 450.5 mm 450.5 mm 475.5 mm 500.5 mm
Stack 579.3 mm 597.3 mm 610.3 mm 624.4 mm 633.4 mm 642.4 mm
Helmet Troy Lee Designs D4 Carbon |Goggle Oakley Airbrake MTB | Jersey Rapha Men`s Long Sleeve | Pants Mons Royal Virage Pants | Shoes FOX Union BOA | Socks Stance ICON Crew

The new 2023 Propain Tyee 2023 on the trail

For this test, we hooked up with the people from Propain in Santa Coloma de Farners, Spain, which is exactly where we produced our Light-eMTB group test a couple of months ago (and also the humongous eMTB test for our sister magazine E-MOUNTAINBIKE). As a result, we were already familiar with the local trails. We also spent a day at the local bike park, Pure Riding, where we were able to put the Propain through the wringer and test it thoroughly in all its different settings on the fast, rough trails.

When making your way to the trailhead under your own steam, the Tyee places you in a front-heavy pedalling position, which puts a slight pressure on your hands on level ground, but keeps the front wheel planted as the gradient gets steeper. Especially with the coil shock, the rear end bobs slightly, making it worth reaching for the climb switch on long climbs. However, this isn’t easy because the shock is mounted upside-down, and as a result, you’ll have to reach a long way down to flick the lever, or even get off the bike if you’re not a contortionist.

When you drop into a trail to shred your way back down into the valley, the Tyee strikes with agile, playful handling from the get-go. Even with the coil shock, the rear suspension is surprisingly stiff, providing bags of pop and support, making it easy to flick the rear end from one corner into the next, and to really turn the heat up on flowing trails. The suspension provides insane amounts of reserves, gobbling up nasty hits without abruptly passing them on to the rider. However, the stiff rear end translates into a major lack of traction, especially in off-camber sections and with sudden braking manoeuvres. Switching to an air shock makes little sense, because the light shock tune exacerbates the super-progressive nature of the PRO10 rear suspension system. During this test, we used a more robust rear tire with the tough Doubledown casing, which has better damping qualities and allows you to run lower air pressures for better traction.

With its high bottom bracket, the Tyee positions you on top of the bike rather than integrating you between its wheels, which makes it easier to spontaneously change your line on flowing trails but at the same time robs you of confidence on steeper, faster trails. Once again, the higher rotating mass of the tires inspires more confidence, albeit at the expense of agility. However, this was still the best choice for our bike-park session. Furthermore, when the going gets rough, the long seat tube can get in your way. When swapping to a smaller rear wheel, you’re integrated deeper into the bike. If you do so, you should also adjust the stem height accordingly, to prevent having to shift your weight too much in flatter sections – turning the flip chip into the lower setting increases this sensation. The choice of wheel size and geometry adjustment should allow you to adapt your bike well to the trail conditions.

Who should take a closer look at the new 2023 Propain Tyee?

The Tyee is the all-rounder in Propain’s portfolio and continues to fulfil this purpose. If you’re looking for the one bike for everything, the Tyee might be exactly what you’re looking for, provided you’re happy to take it down a notch on very steep, fast trails. Despite the generous travel, the new Tyee is more of a conservative trail bruiser than a rowdy enduro banger, but at the end of the day that’s exactly what makes it the versatile, practical everyday bike it is. Propain’s extensive configurator allows you to customise the spec of your Tyee down to the smallest detail. In a nutshell, the new Tyee proved an excellent companion for all sorts of riding, from flowing home trails to the occasional bike park session.

Our conclusions about the new 2023 Propain Tyee 2023

The new 2023 Propain Tyee drifts into the new season with a fresh new look and countless clever updates, some of which make it a lot quieter than its predecessor. The four pre-configured builds are well thought-out and as usual Propain’s extensive online configurator allows for countless customisation options. On the trail, the Tyee proves an excellent companion in a wide range of riding situations, from flowing trails through the local woods to the occasional rowdy bike park session – provided you’re happy to make a few sacrifices!


  • As quiet as a mouse on the trail
  • Agile and nimble
  • Rear suspension provides tons of support
  • Excellent online configurator


  • Long seat tube somewhat restricts freedom of movemen
  • Fast, rough trails call for a vigilant riding style
  • Tool mount can’t be used in conjunction with a water bottle

For more info, please visit Propain’s website.

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Words: Peter Walker Photos: Nathan Hughes, Peter Walker

About the author

Peter Walker

As editor-in-chief, Peter is as much a man of action as he is of words. This expert, screw-driver-flexing two wheeled-whizz has many envy-inducing characteristics, including a background in motocross, several EWS race plates to his name, and more than 150 recorded days at Whistler Bike Park. However complex the bike and however steep the trail, he’s probably already nailed it, twice. Oh, and he can do it all on skinny tyres too. When it comes to guiding consumers, Peter cut his teeth at Vancouver’s oldest bike shop and now puts pen to paper on the daily translating this know-how into our editorial plan. When not tearing up Stuttgart’s local trails while testing bikes, he loves nothing more than loading up his self-renovated VW T5 and hitting the road. The fact that he’s a trained paramedic gives his colleagues reassurance out on the trails. So far we haven’t had to call him by his alias ‘Sani Peter’, so here’s hoping he keeps it right side up for the rest of his time here!