YT CAPRA 29 CORE 4
Mountain Bike Rider|October 2021
Will we enjoy another fairytale shred into the sunset on YT’s latest Capra?
Jamie Darlow

£5,849.69 / 29in / yt-industries.com

NEED TO KNOW

165mm enduro bike with 170mm fork, slack geometry, and bottle-ready full carbon frame

New Capra comes as a race-focused 29er, or a mullet park bike with 5mm more travel

Spot on spec, with Fox Factory suspension and SRAM X01 on the Core 4

IIn the interests of full disclosure, the YT Capra and I are old friends. I had the previous generation as a long-term test bike three years ago and I still catch myself mindlessly flicking through old mbr copies with pictures of the two of us together. Good times. It remains to this day my favourite test rig.

In the three years since rating the Capra 29 CF Pro Race 10/10, a lot has happened in the world of enduro – the competition is stiffer and components and suspension are more capable, meaning the Capra needs to have progressed too. What was great three years ago could feel mediocre when judged by today’s standards.

This is YT’s third version of the Capra after launching the original bike back in 2014. The Mk3 comes in two guises: the 29in version with 165mm travel, 170mm fork and an enduro race attitude, and the MX with mullet wheels, an extra 5mm at the rear, and park rat pretensions. There’s a difference in kinematics between the MX and 29 too, the former is slightly more progressive to suit its more racy design. What happened to the 27.5in Capra? Well, YT reckons it learnt enough about how well mullet bikes work from the launch of the original Decoy e-bike to drop it altogether.

Both the 29er and the MX are offered at two different price points. YT employs two different levels of carbon frame, Ultra Modulus for the higher-specced bikes, and High Modulus for the Core 3 models. The UM layup is lighter, although YT couldn’t put a figure on it.

The top-end bikes are called Core 4, for £4,999 the bikes come with Fox Factory suspension, SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain, Code RSC brakes and Crankbrothers Synthesis wheels. Core 3 will cost you £3,999 and gives you Fox Performance Elite suspension, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, and Code R brakes. There is one more option, a Launch Edition MX bike at £6,699 with Cane Creek DB Kitsuma Coil shock and RockShox Zeb Ultimate fork, although you’ll have to move fast if you want to get one as there are just 100 being made.

Speaking of ordering, the price listed for any bike on the website isn’t the total amount you’ll actually pay when you come to tap in your credit card details. YT includes the UK VAT in its list price, but the shipping costs, customs duties and a few other fees are only added at the final step of the checkout process. To make things clearer I think the brand really needs to be upfront about the costs from the outset, just like rival Canyon is.

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