The man who holds the 2016 World Cup DH overall title enjoys spending his time on trails bikes just like the rest of us. Unlike some of us, he has the choice between some serious artillery in his quiver, a YT Jeffsy 29er and a YT Capra. We get the details of these two steeds for some side-by-side comparison. At the end, you can vote on your favorite, too. - Photos and interview by Dan Severson

Aaron discusses the two bikes in audio.

Aaron Gwin's YT Capra Spec and Details

  • Size: Large, 2016 model year
  • Travel: 160mm front and rear
  • Fork: FOX 36 Float Factory
  • Shock: FOX Float X2 Factory
  • Bars: Renthal Fatbar, 790mm wide, 30mm rise
  • Stem: Renthal Apex, 50mm length, 6-degree rise
  • Brakes: TRP Quadium SL 4-piston
  • Shifters, Chain, Rear Derailleur: SRAM XX1 11-speed
  • Cranks: e*thirteen TRSr Carbon, 170mm length
  • Chainring: e*thirteen Quick Connect Guidering, 32t
  • Pedals: HT X2
  • Bottom Bracket: e.thirteen Pressfit 30, 73mm
  • Cassette: e*thirteen TRSr 11-speed, 9-44t
  • Wheels: e*thirteen TRSr carbon, 27.5, 12 x 142 rear
  • Tires: Onza Citius, 27.5 x 2.4-inch width front and rear
  • Seatpost: FOX Transfer, 125mm travel
  • Saddle: SDG Circuit Mtn, alloy rails
  • Grips: ODI
  • Weight: "Pretty Light"

Aaron Gwin's YT Jeffsy Spec and Details

  • Size: Large, 2017 model year
  • Travel: 140mm front and rear
  • Fork: FOX 34 Float Factory
  • Shock: FOX Float X
  • Bars: Renthal Fatbar, 790mm wide, 30mm rise
  • Stem: Renthal Apex, 50mm length, 6-degree rise
  • Brakes: TRP Quadium SL 4-piston
  • Shifters, Chain, Rear Derailleur: SRAM XX1 11-speed
  • Cranks: e*thirteen TRSr Carbon, 170mm length
  • Chainring: e*thirteen Quick Connect Guidering, 32t
  • Pedals: HT X2
  • Bottom Bracket: e.thirteen Pressfit 30, 73mm
  • Cassette: e*thirteen TRSr 11-speed, 9-44t
  • Wheels: e*thirteen TRSr carbon, 29
  • Tires: Onza Citius, 29 x 2.4-inch width front and rear
  • Seatpost: FOX Transfer, 125mm travel
  • Saddle: SDG Circuit Mtn, alloy rails
  • Grips: ODI
  • Weight: "Pretty Lighter"

photo courtesy of YT

Custom sticker mods on the Capra.

Boostage on the Jeffsy

You've heard Aaron discuss the bikes and you've seen the photos, so now it's time for you to vote on your favorite! This is no easy choice.

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Bike vs Bike - Aaron Gwin's Trail Bikes

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8 comments
  • mrmizzle5

    1/20/2017 7:17 PM

    How do you get a company to produce the exact grip you want, then not run it?

  • general lee

    1/21/2017 5:44 AM

    When it's really more endorsement than collaboration, or what he thought he wanted turned not to feel like he anticipated it would.

  • russthedog

    1/20/2017 9:50 PM

    I think its a dh grip so maybe he just uses it on that?

  • Joshy D

    1/20/2017 10:41 AM

    Don't know who filled out that paperwork for the Jeffsy but there's a couple mistakes....XX1 listed when its clearly XO1 and apparently his saddle has "alloys wheels"
    "pretty funnier"

  • hamncheez2003

    1/20/2017 7:17 AM

    Interesting that Gwin said he prefers the 29er; he said a similar thing when he was with Specialized.

  • russthedog

    1/20/2017 2:37 AM

    can you get those brakes now? If they work for gwin im interested

  • semperfidher

    1/20/2017 3:25 AM

    He doesn't use them...

  • adrennan

    1/19/2017 1:57 PM

    funny that the transfer on the capra isn't kashima coated

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