Direct-sales brand YT Industries' new carbon enduro bike offers more for less

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 10

YT Industries Capra Pro

Pros:

  • The race-ready build kit and class-leading performance

Cons:

  • That we have to give it back

Product:

YT Industries Capra Pro review

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Price as reviewed:

£3,186.00
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Shortlisted for Bike of the Year 2014

Shortlisted for Bike of the Year 2014

With clean flowing lines to the lightweight carbon frame, uber-cool graphics, dialled geometry and build kits that are out of this world given the pricing, it’s easy to see why the YT Industries Capra Pro became an internet sensation when it first launched back on February 27 2014.

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But can the Capra really deliver on its promise of climbing as well as it descends? Plenty of brands have made equally bold claims in the past, but few have lived up to the hype.

The Capra Pro is the flagship bike in a three-model range, and as such the spec reads like a who’s who of all the best enduro components. But this isn’t simply a well-dressed bike at an incredible price; the frame quality is also first-rate.

Drawing inspiration from leading bands such as Scott, Specialized and Trek, the high modulus carbon Capra frame has a feature list that’s every bit as impressive as its spec. Highlights include the tapered head tube, PF30 BB shell with ISCG tabs and 142x12mm rear dropouts. The frame even has integrated seat and chainstay protectors for a blissfully quiet ride.

Suspension

All three models in the Capra family share exactly the same frame, sporting YT’s signature V4L suspension. But thanks to the longer stroke Bos shock on the Pro edition it pumps out 170mm of travel instead of 165mm.

YT has worked closely with Bos to make the pedal platform more pronounced than on the Vip’R shock that came on the Wicked Pro (the lever action is also lighter), but it’s still not lock-out firm like the RockShox Monarch Plus.

Still, it does reduce pedal bob and really helps load the front end for better cornering traction on flatter trails, without having to change the air pressure in the shock or adjust the high and low-speed compression settings.

Up front, the 170mm Bos Deville fork uses 20mm lowers for improved stiffness and gets high and low-speed compression, and rebound adjustment to match the dials on the rear shock. It has an impressively smooth action, and if it weren’t for the air valve on top of the left-hand leg you’d swear it was coil sprung.

Components

The YT was the only bike on test to come with an upper chain guide and it was the only bike that didn’t drop its chain. While this is relatively easy to remedy on the other bikes, it shows that YT is really sweating the details, which include a Reverb Stealth with 150mm drop, instead of the more common 125mm, and shorter 170mm XO carbon crank arms for extra pedal clearance.

Performance

It’s incredibly rare that we get on a new bike and instantly think that we wouldn’t change a single thing, but that’s exactly how we felt after our first ride on the Capra Pro in the Forest of Dean.

So instead of the usual swapping of the bar and stem or moaning about the sizing or some particular aspect of the geometry, we simply focused on fine-tuning the spring pressures and damping on the Bos suspension to get the bike to feel balanced on the wet, slippery trails.

Three days later, on the rough, high-speed, rocky descents of northern Italy, the Capra’s geometry and superbly supple Bos suspension totally blew us away, providing unparalleled levels of grip and control. But make no mistake; the Capra isn’t simply a 170mm-travel point-and-shoot DH bike, even if it wouldn’t feel out of its depth on a World Cup downhill track.

This bike is super-easy to pick up and manoeuvre, making it every bit as agile as it is capable. It also has plenty of pace when you stomp on the pedals, so grinding to the top of a mountain or sprinting up a punchy singletrack climb on a timed race stage won’t needlessly tax your energy levels.

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This review is from the May 2014 issue, along with the Kona Process 153 DL, Trek Slash 9 and Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon.

Verdict

YT has taken the fundamental shape of the Wicked Pro, improved the rear suspension, added 650b wheels and lopped off more than a kilo in weight thanks to the carbon frame. Yes, the price has crept up, but given the spec and the leap in performance, the Capra Pro is easily worth every euro and cent. With 170mm of travel the Capra Pro sounds like a lot of bike, but it really does deliver on its promise of riding the climbs like a trail bike to blast the descents like a DH rig. As such, it’s the new benchmark enduro bike against which all others will be measured.

Details

Frame:High Modulus carbon/alloy chainstays, 170mm travel
Shock:BOS Kirk
Fork:BOS Deville, 170mm travel
Wheels:Mavic Crossmax Enduro, Mavic Charge 2.4in/Roam XL 2.3in tyres
Drivetrain:SRAM XO1 1x11 cranks/shifter/r mech, E13 XCX+ chain guide,
Components:Renthal Fatbar 780mm, Renthal Duo stem 40mm, RockShox Reverb Stealth
Sizes:S, M, L
Size tested:L
Weight:13.76kg (30.3lb)
Head angle:65.2°
Seat angle:70.8°
BB height:350mm
Chainstay:433mm
Front centre:760mm
Wheelbase:1,193mm
Down tube:760mm
Top tube:610mm
Reach:445mm
Wheel size:650b
  • I have size M and I am 5’10 (178cm) and it fits perfectly.

  • Will Burroughs

    Hi, I have just ordered a Capra CF Comp 1. Couldn’t decide between the 1 and 2 and in the end I went for the 1. I want the bike to be my allrounder for now and used for a mixture of trail centres and uplift days. Would the Comp 2 have been a better choice in regards to climbing easier or is there not much in it?

  • Andrei

    I am also 175cm. Did you go for the large or medium one? How does it feel?
    Thanks,
    Andrei

  • Mick Atkinson

    Hi George I’m also 5’9″ which size did you go for? And was it the right choice?
    Kind regards
    Mick

  • ChrisI

    A large size for someone 1.83-1.85cm tall will be far too big. FAR TOO BIG. =;)

  • Danny Milner

    Well it’s the size we tested and we were perfectly happy on it. Bear in mind the Capra is nearly 30mm shorter in wheelbase than the Mondraker Dune and Giant Reign for an equivalent size. Don’t know the reach measurements off the top of my head but they are published elsewhere on the site.

  • Neil Hayes

    Really? I’m 177 (.5!) cm and have just ordered a medium. Website says 174-184cm is a medium.

  • adam

    Thanks! That’s a relief!

  • Danny Milner

    No, that’s spot on.

  • adam

    I’m 178cm or 5’10… I’ve just ordered a large….Have I made a mistake?

  • Mark Giddings

    Hi Mark

    I’m 5’7″ too …………… just wondered how you got on with the small ………. all good or would you, in hindsight, have ordered a medium ??? any advice appreciated many thx mark

  • Dai Watson

    I reckon its going to be ok, after all, the size guide goes to 5’8″ for small.
    I’ve just ordered one!

  • Simon BearGrylls Harris

    Hi I’m also 5.6″ and am itching to buy the Capra pro, it stats if I use the measurement configuration I should be a small but am also concerned about making an expensive mistake? Any advice would be really welcome…

  • Dai Watson

    I’m nervous about the sizing, I’m 5’6 and a small is recommended. I currently ride a small cotic rocket which feels on the limit of compact for me. The top tube is 15mm shorter on the capra, I’m slightly concerned by this. Any short riders out there who can offer an opinion?

  • Dai Watson

    Hi Mark, was small ok for you in the end? I’m 5’6, I currently ride a bike with a 15mm longer top tube than the small capra

  • Simon Collis (MBR editor)

    It’s going to be a bit tight. Might depend on your style. Most people are moving towards bigger bikes and your size won’t leave much room for manoueuvre.

  • Simon Collis (MBR editor)

    Yes, it’ll be too small

  • Omnomnom

    Hi, I’d like to know – would be L too small for 6’6 ?
    Thanks

  • David Johnson

    hi sorry to re start an old thread but i am just over 6ft.3in with a inside leg of 35in would i get away with the large or will i be better looking at another bike ?

  • George

    I’m having a similar sizing debate. I’m 5ft 9 or 175cm – yt suggest getting the medium but top tube looks short. Should I stick to their guide or go large?

  • Mark Mackenzie

    Hi Rosco, I’m 5ft 7 and I’ve ordered a small so i know what you mean.

  • Rosco

    I’m 5’6 and YT says to go for a small but I’m afraid of making an expensive mistake. Any oppinions?

  • Simon Collis (MBR editor)

    Hi Brian. See above – our rider is 5ft 11 and he found the L a good fit. Up to about 6ft 1in you should be fine. How tall are you?

  • Simon Collis (MBR editor)

    Hi Maggers – you’ll be fine. Our test rider is 5ft 11 and he rode a L.

  • Brian Birnie

    How tall was the test rider & how was the sizing for this ride?

  • Maggers

    Re: sizing. I’m 182cm and should be a M but ordered a L. I based this on reviews saying the cockpit felt cramped. I figured the issue is leg length with a 150mm dropper, but I run my seat post high so think I’ll be OK. Is that correct or will the bike simply feel too big? Cheers

  • Oseydoux

    Thanks Simon. 😉

  • Simon Collis (MBR editor)

    You’ll be OK — just!

  • Oseydoux

    Thank’s for this helpfull review. Question about the size : Do you think L size is well for people mesuring between 1.83 to 1.85 cm ?

  • Chris Davidson

    how come no magazine like MBr and others as well as reviews like bike radar etc didn’t notice this when setting up suspension when they tried and tested this bike as would have TRC on off sticker on the side and red lever, YT not so attention to detail for there mistake, like selling a 2.0L engine but it’s a 1.6 when you get it

  • Chris Davidson

    No worries Simon glad to help ya,can’t wait to get one still

  • Simon Collis (MBR editor)

    Thanks for letting us know, Chris. I’ve edited the specification accordingly.

  • Chris Davidson

    unfortunately i got email from YT as i asked about the BOS DEVILLE 170mm fork , it comes with the normal version not TRC version as they said was a mistake on there part