The YT CAPRA 29 CF Pro Race looks fast just standing there. Its stealthy looks, the oversized tubes and the low slung top tube hint at what the bike was designed to do.

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best enduro bike 2020

YT CAPRA 29 CF Pro Race | 170/170 mm | 14.52 kg | € 5,299

YT’s customers are spoilt for choice. Once you’ve decided on your budget and the appropriate build spec, you’ll have to choose between 27.5″ and 29″ wheels, one of two colour options and the frame size. Because of the short seat tube on the CAPRA, you can usually choose between two frame sizes for the desired top tube length. The last time we had this bike in our group test, we chose a size XL and found it somewhat cumbersome, so we went one size down to an L this time around. Since YT haven’t yet introduced their 2020 models we had to resort to the 2019 model for this group test. As usual for YT, the € 5,299 carbon bike comes specced with top-notch components, pairing an 11-speed XTR drivetrain with an E13 cassette. The wheels and tires also come from E13. Only the best would do for the dropper post and suspension, with YT speccing FOX Factory components throughout. The package is rounded off by a Renthal cockpit, which matches the look and the dimensions of the bike perfectly.

Perfect
The ergonomics of the Renthal cockpit are spot on and YT have paid attention to the details. While a lot of brands spec their bikes with cheap, hard grips, YT ship theirs with high-end ODI grips.
Securely clamped
You won’t find any rattling cables on the CAPRA. The clamps at the cable port effectively keep everything in place.
Maximum freedom
The low drawn top tube gives most riders the choice between at least two frame sizes. If you like your handling agile, go for the smaller size. For maximum stability, bigger is better.
No Limit
There are no limits for the rear suspension of the CAPRA. No matter how big and fast the blows, it flattens everything.

YT Capra 29 CF PRO Race Gr. L

€ 5,299

Specifications

Fork FOX 36 Factory GRIP2 170 mm
Rear Shock FOX FLOAT X2 Factory 170 mm
Seatpost FOX Transfer Factory 150 mm
Brakes SRAM Code RSC 200/200 mm
Drivetrain Shimano XTR / E13 32 (9-46)
Stem Renthal APEX 40 mm
Handlebar Renthal Fatbar Carbon 35 800 mm
Wheelset E13 LG1 EN Race 29

Technical Data

Size M, L, XL, XXL
Weight 14.52 kg


Very square
The E13 tires have a very square profile and used to buckle quite easily in hard-packed berms. However, they’ve been updated and the new version is a lot better.
Superfluous
There is a flip chip to adjust the geometry, but we always rode the bike in the low setting.
No room
The design of the frame doesn’t accommodate any water bottles, so you’ll always have to bring along a backpack or hip bag.

Geometry and size of the YT

At YT, riders are spoilt for choice. Not only with the wheel size, but also with the frame size. This is made possible by the short seat tubes of the CAPRA. On size L, the reach is rather short, but if you choose the go for the XL, things start looking a lot better. If you’re particularly tall, there’s even an XXL model available. The CAPRA’s seat tube angle is rather slack, but we still wouldn’t recommend the flip chip’s steeper setup.

Size M L XL XXL
Seat tube 420 mm 445 mm 465 mm 490 mm
Top tube 584 mm 621 mm 645 mm 667 mm
Head tube 95 mm 105 mm 115 mm 120 mm
Head angle 65.0° 65.0° 65.0° 65.0°
Seat angle 75.5° 75.5° 75.5° 75.5°
Chainstays 435 mm 435 mm 440 mm 440 mm
BB Drop 25 mm 25 mm 25 mm 25 mm
Wheelbase 1,203 mm 1,227 mm 1,256 mm 1,279 mm
Reach 440 mm 460 mm 480 mm 500 mm
Stack 621 mm 630 mm 639 mm 644 mm
Helmet Troy Lee D3 | Goggles Oakley Crowbar | Jersey Wild Roots Sports T | Shorts Fox Flexair

The YT CAPRA 29 CF Pro Race 2019 on the trail

At 180 cm tall, the pedalling position on the size L is neither too compact nor too stretched. However, you’re sat very far over the rear wheel, making you feel like you’re pedalling the bike from behind. Apart from that, the E13 tires are slow-rolling and although you’ll get to the top of every trail, you’ll have to take your time doing so. On the descents, you’re still nicely integrated between the big wheels on the size L, making you feel unstoppable. As with the RAAW and Norco, YT don’t spare any costs in varying the chainstay length to suit the frame size. On the size L, the chainstays measure 435 mm, which is perfectly suited to the somewhat short 460 mm reach. In open corners, the weight distribution on the bike is spot on, ensuring plenty of grip on both wheels. However, the tread profile of the E13 tires is very square, making them lose grip suddenly.

The YT CAPRA remains a fairly priced, hard-hitting enduro bike.

Despite having gone for the smaller size, the plush suspension of the YT demands a lot of input from the rider to successfully navigate tight sections. However, there is little that will slow it down on fast, demanding sections of trail and the bike impressed our test team with its enormous stability. The suspension swallows up obstacles and holes of any size, making the CAPRA stick to the ground. The tuning of the progression is very good, allowing you to effectively use all of the available travel without harshly bottoming out. If you want to launch off small lips or rollers, you will need to work hard to get the bike airborne – it isn’t very playful.

L or XL? As plush as the suspension is, we recommend size L for riders as tall as 180 cm.

How does the YT CAPRA 29 CF Pro Race compare to the competition?

The YT CAPRA 29 CF Pro Race is comparable to the Nukeproof Mega 290C. You’ll find both at the front of the pack in very demanding terrain. The geometry of the size L CAPRA is a little more agile but the suspension of the Nukeproof is more supportive. Ultimately, neither of them are very playful. The Nukeproof has the upper hand on the climbs with its steeper seat tube angle.

Tuning tip: swap the tires | if in doubt, we recommend going for the smaller size on the CF PRO Race model

Riding Characteristics

12

Uphill

1
  1. sluggish
  2. efficient

Agility

2
  1. cumbersome
  2. playful

Stability

3
  1. nervous
  2. confident

Handling

4
  1. demanding
  2. balanced

Suspension

5
  1. harsh
  2. plush

Fun Factor

6
  1. planted
  2. poppy

Value for money

7
  1. terrible
  2. very good

Intended Use

XC

8

Trail

9

Enduro

10

Downhill

11

Conclusion

The YT CAPRA 29 CF Pro Race eats the roughest trails for breakfast. It impressed our test team with its enormous stability and carries tons of speed through the most demanding terrain. The components and workmanship are top, and the value for money is good too. If you like going fast, this is the bike. But don’t expect to be in a hurry when going back up.

Tops

  • very stable in rough terrain
  • plush suspension
  • top spec and workmanship
  • good value for money

Flops

  • seat tube angle too slack
  • the E13 tires lose grip very suddenly

You can find out more about the YT CAPRA 29 CF Pro Race at yt-industries.com

The test field

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best enduro bike 2020

All bikes in test: Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 LTD | CUBE Stereo 170 SL 29 | Giant Reign Advanced 29 0 | Ibis Mojo HD5 | Norco Sight C1 29 | Nukeproof Mega 275C RS | Nukeproof Mega 290C Pro | Orbea Rallon M-LTD | Pole Stamina 180 LE | RAAW Madonna V2 FOX Factory Built | Rocky Mountain Slayer Carbon 90 29 | Santa Cruz Megatower CC X01 Reserve | SCOTT Ransom 900 Tuned | Specialized S-Works Enduro 2020 | Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert | Trek Slash 9.9 X01 AXS | Yeti SB150 T2 | YT CAPRA 29 CF Pro Race

Words: Christoph Bayer Photos: Christoph Bayer / Finlay Anderson / Markus Frühmann

About the author

Christoph Bayer

When work doesn't feel like work, then you've probably done everything right. Luckily, that’s exactly what Christoph did. He loves biking and the tech talk surrounding it (to the detriment of his girlfriend Toni), photography and travelling the world. He has been with ENDURO almost from the start and as editor-in-chief, he's responsible for making ENDURO the most progressive and exciting magazine in the industry. Of course, he still writes a lot of content himself, reviews almost 100 bikes a year and rides his bike almost every day. The alpine trails around his hometown serve as the perfect testing grounds. He doesn't have a classic 9 to 5 routine – sometimes he's in the office, sometimes he'll take his laptop to sit in the garden and sometimes you'll even find him working remotely from his van parked at one the best riding spots in the world. For Christoph, work-life boundaries are fluid and he likes it that way.