YT Industries’ 3rd generation Capra is being offered in a carbon fiber frame only, with options for a full 29” or MX (Mullet) wheel setup with dedicated frames for each. A 170mm travel, 38mm stanchion fork leads the way on top of the 29” front wheels and is paired with 170mm rear travel on the MX version or 165mm on the 29er. Though the looks are quite similar to the outgoing Capra MK2 and it shares the same V4L Horst Link suspension design, this is a whole new bike with updated geometry, kinematics and features.
YT makes two levels of carbon fiber frame, which differ in the carbon fiber materials used. The Ultra modulus frame is the lighter of the two and comes equipped on the top-end Uncaged 6 build and the Core 4 model tested. Dropping down to the Core 3 model, you receive the slightly heavier but equally strong and stiff High modulus frame, so aside from a slight loss of agility you should be supported for all the same hard charging as the “premium” layup ultra-mod frame.
The YT Capra MK3 is available in 5 frame sizes – S-XXL – in both wheel size options, to fit riders from 5’1”-6’8” (150cm-200cm). The seat tube lengths are low across the board and insertion depths are relatively long, allowing riders to size up or down according to their preferences. At 6’2” (189cm) I opted to ride the XL, though with 20mm increments in reach between each size I could have gone up or down to suit more specific terrain.
Plus the geometry on this bike can handle the toughest enduro and bike park tracks, without going too far into the limo-spec wheelbase territory. The 29” and MX versions have their own specific geometries but are typically within 0.5 degrees or 5mm for each measurement. Both models feature a flip chip to raise and lower the bb and modify the head and seat tube angles in the process, but we reckon the vast majority will opt to run the Capra in the low mode full-time as it’s still a pleasant machine to pedal.
The 29” bike in the low flip chip setting sports a 64.2° head angle that is paired with a 77.6° effective seat tube angle. The XL has a 487mm reach, 643mm stack and 470mm seat tube, and all sizes have a bb drop of 27mm below the axles. Chainstays on the XL and XXL are 443mm, dropping down to 438mm on the smaller sizes. The resulting wheelbase on the XL is 1277mm, which is becoming quite average for an XL size of this kind of bike.
YT reworked their frame construction to allow for a water bottle in the mainframe, opting for an asymmetric design that allows for a good-sized water bottle in a side-loading cage. They’ve made these changes without removing the identity of the bike – there’s no mistaking this is a Capra. The top tube has rivets added for fixing a spare tube or tool strap, there’s a Sram UDH, boost rear end, integrated ZeroStack headset and PF92 BB. YT added an extra seal to the frame pivots to help keep crud and water out, refined their frame protection with a ribbed chainstay guard and bolt-on downtube guard, and increased heel clearance to keep rub to a minimum.
YT continues to use their signature Virtual Four Link (V4L), Horst Link suspension design, but has added a clevis to drive the rear end of the shock and free up some space in the front triangle for the water bottle.
Anti-squat has been increased to around 100% at sag in all cogs and falls throughout the travel to minimize the effects of chain tension under hard compression instances. This should give relatively firm pedaling characteristics when seated, but it will be susceptible to some pedal induced bob when standing up and mashing. The lockout lever on the Float X2 shock is easily accessible, so riders may still benefit from using it on smoother climbs or harder pedaling efforts.
Anti-rise sees a slight increase over previous YT Capra generations too, sitting at around 70% at sag and falling off deeper into the travel to allow for better suspension recovery when braking through harsh compressions.
The leverage ratio progression has been lowered slightly from the outgoing model, but still sits at a high 33% for the overall stroke on the 165mm travel 29” frame. This should give enough support to resist bottom outs on high volume air shocks as well as offering coil shock compatibility without the need for a progressive spring.
The MX version is largely similar in the characteristics of its 170mm travel rear end, save for some increased progression to handle the biggest hits better since it’s targeted as the more bikepark-friendly machine.
The £3,999 /$4,499 /€4,499 Core 3 build is the entry level available in the new Capra just now, but certainly still a capable build that forgoes a little adjustment, with an increased weight. Above the Core 4 tested is the bling-spec Uncaged 6 version, using the ultra-modulus frame equipped with the RockShox Flight Attendant suspension; AXS gearing and Reverb dropper; and a set of carbon fiber Crank Brothers Synthesis wheels to attain a suitably high £7,799 /$9,499 /€8,999 price tag.
The £4,999/$5,999/€5,999 Core 4 build tested features a purposeful and aggressive component spec that’s designed to withstand the rigors of the rowdiest enduro racing and bike park ripping. You get the Kashima coated and highly adjustable Fox 38 and Float X2 factory suspension package to provide the important control at race speed. There’s a full XO1 Eagle drivetrain with 10-52t cassette and a Descendant carbon crank. Braking power is provided by Sram Code RSCs with dual 200mm rotors. The wheels are Crank Brothers’ excellent Synthesis Enduro Alloy I9, which are wrapped in a EXO+ casing Maxxis Assegai MaxxGrip (F) and DHR2 MaxxTerra (R) combination. The cockpit is supplied by Renthal in the form of their aluminum Fatbar and Apex stem combination, and seating is provided by the YT Postman dropper post and SDG Bel Air III. The XL bike tested tipped my scales at 34.2 pounds when all was said and done. Customers can choose between the “Black Magic” colorway tested, or a “Nox Blue” alternative for a brighter look, in both the 29” and MX wheel versions.