The Capra sits above the Jeffsy and below the Tues in terms of intended use and travel, the Core 4, is part of YT’s range of bikes that are designed with core riders who want to wheel a bike out of the box and get cracking. Price-wise the Core 4 sits above the Core 3 and Uncaged 9 bikes, but with YT having done away with model years, it’s probably best to not pay too much attention to the bike numbers.
The Capra is YT’s long travel enduro machine and in its 29″ guise is definitely better suited to racing and big mountain days than its MX counterpart that features a different back end, and a considerably amount more progression on its suspension curve. The current Capra 29 is less progressive than the older model.
The Core 4 seen here is very much ready to go from the off. A high modulus carbon fibre frame helps the Capra feel light despite its intentions of some serious action. Fitted to the frame are Fox Factory dampers, a 38 and an X2 unit. Drive train and brakes is all SRAM, XO1 Eagle and Code RSC respectively. Wheels are a Crankbrothers Synthesis alloy rim and Industry 9 pairing, shod with Maxxis EXO+ rubber. Renthal cockpit and YT dropper round out the spec.
With all the high and low speed adjusters, the car park setup was slightly more involved than a bike without them, but any real adjustment gets done once the brake pads are bedded in and the speed starts to climb.
The Capra Core 4 comes in sizes Small, Medium, Large, XLarge and XXLarge.
The size Medium sports a 447mm reach with a 420mm seat tube. Head angle in the ‘Low’ position is 64.2 degrees with a seat tube angle of 77.6 degrees. Chainstays are 438mm across the sizes and the Medium has a wheelbase of 1228mm.
Dunkeld was the location for the Capra’s first outing and some heavy overnight rain but blue skies meant that the woods were drying but particularly greasy. The rock and root predominant in this part of the World would make things treacherous to say the least.
On the ups, the rear end does feel very active at the top of the travel, so the Firm switch on the X2 shock definitely helped save any energy from being wasted, and on longer rides will certainly be well used. That said, the Capra doesn’t feel like you’re riding a 170mm bike up the hills. A claimed 32.83lbs certainly isn’t weighty for a bike of this calibre.
Climbing grip when things got steep certainly was impressive and I found it easy to keep my weight centred to keep the grip high when required. The lively opening portion of the travel does help when it comes to techier climbs as you know fine well that the rear tyre is going to stay well-glued to the deck.
After an opening descent to get the brake pads heat cycled, I the Capra felt familiar and confidence-inspiring from the get-go. On flatter, choppy trails, it didn’t feel like I was trying to get a 170mm 29er moving but when things started to spice up or a hefty compression presented itself, there was enough bike left on tap to take the hit and ride it out.
It was when the ground started to point downwards and the hits kept coming that the Capra started to sing. Feeling very much like a shorter travel bike when I needed to use some body English but just as happy when I opted to aim for a risky line without getting out of shape.
With the ground being so ruthlessly slick that day, I feel like the dampers will need some finer tuning, but for now, it feels like a bike that’s ready to charge hard. I might be pleasantly surprised though as, for an opening ride, the Capra performed very well indeed.
You can check out the YT Industries Capra Core 4 on their website here.