After two years of development, YT Industries unveils theír all-new 650B enduro bike – the “Capra”. With its aggressive geometry, pretty lightweight carbon frame and well-thought specs it claims to combine top downhill performance with XC-like climbing abilities at an interesting price point.


“Capra Ibex” – the mountain goat – was eponymous for the bike and the main goals during the development: “We wanted to design a unique bike, that feels like a full-grown downhill rig while still going uphill like a xc bike. Of course this goal sounds unrealistic at first, but we still tried to reach them as close as possible” says YT Industries’ CEO Markus Flossmann.

Testing the Capra in Israel
Bryan Regnier put the Capra to the test in Israel

Aggressive Geometry

To achieve the high set goals, YT put a lot of effort in the geometry of the Capra: While the head angle (65,5°) is rather slack to provide maximum smoothness at high speed, short chainstays (430mm) shall keep the bike agile in more technical terrain. The seat tube angle of 75° shall provide an efficient position on the bike.


Frame – strong & light

The Capra uses the same V4L (Virtual 4 Link) suspension-platform as YT’s other gravity oriented bikes. Depending on the build it offers 165 or 170 millimeters of rear travel.


Capra Pro & Capra Comp – The Specs

YT Industries is know for their near-to-unbelievable prices – and the Capra is no exception: Prices of the three available versions range from 3.299 Euro to 3.999 Euro and each of them features finest parts.

A racers dream for 3.999 Euros? - The YT Industries Capra Pro
A racers dream for 3.999 Euros? – the YT Industries Capra Pro

The top-range model “Capra Pro” for 3.999 Euro aims mainly at the racers. It comes with BOS suspension (Deville fork and the new Kirk shock, both providing 170mm of travel), Mavic Crossmax wheels, SRAM X01 drivetrain and Avid X0 Trail brakes. The weight is at only 12.9 kilogram.

YT industries Capra Comp 2
YT industries Capra Comp 2
Capra Pro Capra Comp 1 Capra Comp 2
Fork Bos Deville 170 RockShox Pike RCT3 RockShox Pike RCT3
Shock BOS kirk RockShox Monarch RC3 RockShox Monarch RC3
Drivetrain SRAM X01 SRAM X01 SRAM X0
Brakes Avid X0 Trail Avid X7 Avid X7
Wheels Mavic Crossmax Enduro E13 TRS+ E13 TRS+
Cockpit Renthal Raceface Raceface
Tires Mavic Charge / Roam XL Continental Trail King Continental Trail King
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm
Price 3.999 Euro 3.499 Euro 3.299 Euro

All three models are available in May 2014 and can be preordered now on

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