In 2014, YT changed the landscape of MTB with the YT CAPRA MK1 — a heavy-hitting enduro bike capable of slaying treacherous terrain in its sleep. It rocked the world, offering modern angles and undeniable value that caught the eye of mountain bikers across the globe, and left other manufacturers scratching their heads over its drool-worthy component spec and rapid performance.
Now in its third iteration, the MK3 CAPRA is a refined enduro-sled that vies head-to-head with bikes costing well over twice its price, with its seek-and-enjoy attitude bringing the party wherever there is fun to be had.
Mullet vs wagon wheels. To better suit a broad range of rider needs, all CAPRA models are available in either a full 29″ or MX (mullet/mixed wheel) configuration. Why? It’s a change of personality, with the two wheel size options delivering different ride characteristics on the trail.
While it may seem like a halfway house between 27.5″ and 29″ wheels, there’s a method to the madness here. A mullet setup takes the best of both worlds, combining the fast-rolling performance and control of a 29″ wheel with the agile ride character of a 27.5″ bike.
The large wheel sits up front, ready to eat up chunky terrain, while the smaller wheel resides out back, enabling rapid cornering and enhanced maneuverability for mid-air tweaks. Shorter riders will also benefit from the added rear-wheel clearance on offer as it limits tire buzz on steeper sections.
Choose MX if you’re hunting side hits and getting sideways in the park, and value agility over seconds on the clock.
29″ wheels are the gold standard for racers across the globe, offering enhanced rolling speeds for when every split-second counts. Although less maneuverable than an MX bike, a full 29″ platform elevates grip, with the larger tire contact patch increasing traction on loose surfaces.
The increased wheel size has a higher potential top speed and improves control on gnarly trails. Taller riders will also reap the benefits of 29″ wheels, as they are less impacted by the reduced clearance.
Choose 29″ if you’re looking to shave those times and turn up the pace on any trail you choose.
With four models and two frame materials, the CAPRA spans a range of price points, enabling more riders than ever to get their enduro fix, regardless of their budget. Whichever you choose, know this; at every level, the CAPRA delivers supreme value for money, each spec level disrupting the status quo and delivering performance that punches well above its price tag.
The crème de la crème. Top of the tree. The CAPRA CORE 4 is the pinnacle of the CAPRA line-up. There are no half-measures here; it features our lightest and highest-performing ultra-modulus carbon construction, which keeps the weight low and the on-trail feel sublime. Each component tailors to the needs of demanding enduro athletes — this bike shines when pushed to its limits, if you can find them, that is. It’s dripping with race-ready parts and provides the perfect base to dial in your dream setup.
The CAPRA CORE 3 goes big where it counts, pairing high-quality components with a high-end carbon frame. Light and durable, the high-modulus carbon shares much of the ultra-modulus layup’s performance, landing it at a more obtainable price point with only a slight weight penalty. It features durable, high-performance components that won’t let you down as you scorch your way down the trails. In short, this bike begs to be put through its paces, encouraging confident, full-tilt riding.
Go big, no regrets. The CAPRA CORE 2 is lightning in a bottle: a rare blend of no-nonsense spec and premium performance with a price that’s easy on the wallet. The hydro-formed aluminum frame is svelte, mirroring the looks of its carbon siblings, and crafted with bombproof durability in mind. At this RRP, it’s the ultimate tool for gravity-focused riders seeking a capable enduro sled or a burly bike park crusher, with quality components that have you stoked from the get-go and ready to shred.
Entry-level price point, but far from entry-level performance, the CAPRA CORE 1 is a blast to ride, regardless of your ability. Whether your first lap or your thousandth, riders of all calibers will appreciate the premium aluminum frame and solid component specification. Simple to set up, it’s easy to get the best out of the suspension, and throughout the build, brand-name parts deliver unbeatable value for money. No hyperbole, no compromises — the CORE 1 sets the standard for bikes at this price point.
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