Just four weeks after their Brand Relaunch Campaign and the launch of the 2018 JEFFSY and TUES range, YT is hitting the news big time again, presenting the much-anticipated new CAPRA range for 2018.
The YT Brand Relaunch Campaign has established one thing for sure: the guys at YT don’t do ordinary. And the new CAPRA campaign absolutely ties in with their philosophy and founding ideal: The campaign was initially launched with an outstanding cryptic trailer, that has left the public excited for the next big bang YT clearly had up their sleeve. The full launch video is a true testimony of YT’s passion for both the high-quality products they produce and the brand they have created. This is not just another riding video: this 80s horror movie-style launch video is at feature film quality, marking The Return of The Goat – the all new CAPRA.
No doubt this goat is coming to get you.
The CAPRA returns in both 27.5” and 29”
With this bike launch YT absolutely lives up to the anticipation – the CAPRA is now available in both 27.5” and 29”. Both CAPRAs are dialed into a perfect combination of aggressiveness, speed, agility, and handling. The modern geometry with short chain stays, a slack headtube angle and a perfectly adjusted seat angle delivers a full-on downhill machine crossed with the agility and uphill performance of a trail bike. And true to the YT gravity core, the CAPRA also has to master the very same tests the TUES has to pass during its development – as a result, the new CAPRA is delivered with a full-on bike park approval.
The CAPRA 29 offers unbeatable control and stability on fast downhills while being an efficient climber on the uphills. This CAPRA is defined by pedaling efficiency over long distances combined with an impressive downhill skillset. Furthermore, with the FlipChip technology, the geometry can be perfectly adapted to offer even more propulsion on those grueling climbs.
The CAPRA 27 has the playful agility of an enduro bike combined with the gravity genes of a downhiller. The extra suspension travel ensures it doesn’t give any ground when dealing with rough terrain or soaking up sketchy landings – making the bike insatiably fast and addictively engaging, on the ground and in the air.
The carbon models of the new CAPRA come as full carbon frames, including the rocker arm, therefore being 15% lighter and 10% stiffer than the previous model. Furthermore, the headset bearing surfaces of the all carbon headtubes are shaped directly into the carbon itself. This allows for homogenous material distribution in the headtube and for the optimal balance between weight, reliability and performance.
We can see that YT put a lot of work into their research and development when looking at the aluminum frames: these are visually extremely close to the carbon models and are equipped with double air-formed seat stays. Both the carbon and aluminum frames come with internal cable routing to keep things clean and tidy.
For the new generation of the CAPRA, YT has fine-tuned their Virtual 4 Link suspension, ensuring a linear, smooth and responsive suspension action with an ample mid-stroke support as well as a progressive ending stroke. Additionally, the optimized kinematics further reduce the influence of pedaling forces. The result is an outstanding climbing efficiency with optimum climbing position and neutral riding behavior – providing the perfect riding experience. At YT, attention to detail doesn’t stop at the frame design: Complementing the double sealed bearings, all bearing positions are equipped with additional seals to keep water and dirt at bay. Therefore, protecting the bearings and extending their service life.
YT Tailor Made
For their 2018 CAPRA, YT are introducing “YT Tailor Made”. Throughout all CAPRA bikes sizes, they offer a low seat post height in combination with seat posts, that are specifically matched to each of the bike sizes. Therefore, riders can now choose between two to a maximum of three different frame sizes for their body height. Whether the rider prefers a moderate or long reach – there’s now true freedom of choice. Tailor Made the YT way.
YT offer five frame sizes (S-XXL) for the CAPRA 27. Thanks to the smaller size increments, all riders will be able to find just their right fit. The CAPRA 29 will be available in four sizes (M-XXL). The M size bike will fit people of 1,64m and taller. YT advise that for smaller people the lever translations of a 29er would be so high, that a 27.5” will definitely guarantee more fun.
YT has defined Eleven+ as THE DRIVE OF 2018 for their CAPRA fleet. They exclusively use the new 1×11 e*thirteen TRS+ Cassette with a 511% gear range, outperforming traditional 12-speed transmissions by 11%. This 11speed system is not only lighter, but also distinctly more durable and much easier to adjust, making it the perfect package for at least 11% more #GoodTimes out on the trails.
CAPRA 27.5” and 29” Build Kits
The flagship CAPRA CF Pro Race in Liquid Metal is tuned for uncompromising performance. It’s a premium ride with only the very best components: Kashima-coated FOX 36 Float Factory Fork and FOX Float X2 shock with 180mm travel on the 27.5” and 170mm travel on the 29” respectively. This suspension combination is top of the class when it comes to sensibility and maximum adjustability and will keep the rider planted in rugged situations. Furthermore, the CF Pro Race model is equipped with the Kashima coated FOX TRANSFER FACTORY dropper post, providing an infinitely variable adjustment range. The SRAM Code Ultimate brakes with carbon levers as well as titanium components deliver better, smoother, and more reliable braking performance at high speed. The build kit is completed with Renthal cockpit and the e*thirteen TRSr carbon wheels and cranks to name but a few.
The CAPRA CF Pro models are available in two colorways: chalk white/black magic as well as blood red/gore red and are equipped with carefully selected premium components. The FOX 36 Float Performance Elite fork and FOX Float X2 Performance Elite shock with 170mm travel for the 27.5” and 160mm travel on the 29” are equally outstanding in this Performance Elite version as the Factory model. This setup truly delivers excellent responsiveness and racing-level adjustability. The height adjustment range of the FOX Transfer Performance Elite dropper post is infinitely variable, and controlling the post’s return speed as well as making small height adjustments is very easy thanks to the low lever force required. SRAM’s Code RSC brakes offer maximum lever adjustments and the SwingLink technology providing more power, better modulation as well as shorter lever travel.
The CAPRA CF and AL Comp models boast Rock Shox suspension with Lyrik RCT3 forks and Rock Shox Super Deluxe RC3 shock, with 170mm travel for the 27.5” and 160mm travel for the 29” version respectively. The SRAM Code RS brake provides a more positive point of pad contact and better performance, providing the ultimate control right at the fingertips. The e*thirteen TRS+ dropper post with a remote lever shaped like a shifter offers four pre-set seat post height positions with super smooth adjustment.
The CAPRA AL marks the competitive starting point for enduro riders. However, the well-thought out, high value parts are raising the performance bar in this segment, making this version an enticing option for experienced riders, too. The 27.5” and 29” models are available in Teal Blue/BlackMagic. The bikes are equipped with RockShox Lyrik RC forks and RockShox Super Deluxe R shock , with 170mm travel for the 27.5” and 160mm travel for the 29” version respectively. The SRAM Code R brake delivers power and good modulation, while the lever offers adjustable reach – excellent performance not matter what’s ahead on the trail.