It surely has to be the Holy Grail of any longer travel enduro bike – one that descends like its super long-travel DH brethren, while also climbing like its more agile sibling, the trail bike. YT claims that its latest generation Capra does just that.
While not quite hyperbolic, YT certainly come across as confident that its new enduro bike is nigh-on as capable down the hills as its World Championship winning Tues DH bike, and as climbable as the Jeffsy. Phrases like “we created a full-on downhill machine crossed with the uphill performance of a trail bike,” and “incredible combination of trail bike agility and traction and downhill standard” litter the press release. It almost makes you wonder why YT bothers with any other model.
The Capra’s metric length shocks (250mm on the 27.5in bike, 230mm on the 29er) mean low leverage ratios for an easily controlled suspension stroke, while the design and testing means it’s approved for full-on bike park use.
The frame uses YT’s ‘Virtual four-Link’ system, which it says it’s tuned for better off-the-top sensitivity and increased mid stroke support, for better grip and a neutral pedalling platform.
The launch video for the new Capra could not be more unlike the usual ‘dude-bro’ shredit