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YT Capra CF Pro Race

The Capra has won people's hearts worldwide

YT Capra CF Pro review

The verdict of our most recent YT Capra review went something like this…. “A monumental spanner in the works for this enduro test. We knew it was coming, what we didn’t know was quite how brilliant it would be. It is one of the most significant developments in mountainbiking for some time….It’s a bike up for anything whatsoever. It delivers A star on pretty much everything, from specification to geometry or performance or pricing and visually it wins the game before you hit the trail. It blows everything out of the water by a mile, no other bike gets anywhere near it.”

“no bike seems to have grabbed the imagination of riders around the world as much as the Capra”

 

Clearly some big talking. So what’s changed since that review of a year ago? In short nothing….but lots more. Since its launch no bike seems to have grabbed the imagination of riders around the world as much as the Capra, certainly not since bikes like the Santa Cruz Bronson or Nomad. But it’s better than either of those bikes in so many respects. But not just those colourful Californian bikes – nearly every other 160/170mm offering on the market.

All systems go

The success rocked the company such was its demand after its launch. Today, it’s very much the go-to all-round bike of many riders, certainly here in the UK – if you can get one. Once it was the Orange Five that ruled UK trail/enduro riding but now it’s the YT. Riders have pushed up in travel and reduced weight at the same time to ride increasingly tougher terrain. Now there’s more travel, better componentry for starters, and why buy a 33lb 140mm travel bike when a 170mm Capra weighs in under 30lb? Well you’d be crazy too that’s why!

Six foot plus riders should look to the aluminium Capra rather than the carbon one for the large will definitely be too small and whilst we are huge fans of Bos dampers – especially the Deville which featured on this bike previously – the new Fox 36 clad Capra is still sporting one of the best singlecrown fork ever made. Damper wise the new air can from Fox does take some fiddling to get ina good place but otherwise its all systems go – you get one of the best specification bikes in the world, one of the lightest long travel trail/enduro bikes currently available at a price that will almost always get you asking “what’s the catch?” Well there is none.

Of the six versions available of the Capra, four in carbon and two in aluminium you will be more than happy with each of them. And why not pick up a Tues downhill bike whilst you’re at it? And why have one average bike when you can have two great ones. One of the easiest choices you’ll ever make. Capra AL1 plus a Tues AL COMP for less than £4000 – job done.

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