With the new SZEPTER CORE 4, YT are launching their first ever gravel bike while at the same time shaking up existing bike category dogmas. Trimmed uncompromisingly for downhill performance and adventure, the SZEPTER wants to impress with an unusual concept at a very attractive € 4,499 price tag. But can it deliver?
German direct-sales brand YT – an acronym for Young Talent – was founded by Markus Flossmann back in 2008. The company is committed to selling premium bikes with high-quality specs at a (comparatively) affordable price. In Markus’ own words “our ‘live uncaged’ mantra reflects the company’s goal to remove boundaries, challenge conventions, and do things better.” In other words, you’re never too old to have fun on your bike and you shouldn’t let anyone hold you back. Up until now, the portfolio of the popular German manufacturer was made up entirely of mountain bikes, although rumours of a YT gravel bike have been buzzing around the web for several years. Now it’s finally here and, at last, we’re able to answer the one-million dollar question: What’s YT’s idea of gravel bikes? And how does it ride?
Read the whole review in our sister magazine GRAN FONDO.
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Words & Photos: Simon Kohler