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2019 YT Capra 29 AL Base Bike (discontinued)

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2019 YT Capra 29 AL Base Bike
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Great Trailbike Option for Heavy Riders

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The Good:

Beefy frame doesn't flinch under beefy riders. Brakes that can stop time. Suspension doesn't feel overworked when a Clydesdale decides to let it rip through rock gardens and root runs.

The Bad:

Stock tires are slow rolling and lack the grip this bike deserves. Overall pedaling feel is very sensitive to rear sag. Not happy going slow.

Overall Review:

I demoed a lot of bikes before throwing a leg over the Capra. What set the Capra apart for me was that I could setup the bike for good small bump response without blasting through the travel on bigger and faster hits. I later found out why; the Capra's rear suspension was designed to be progressive enough to be compatible with both air and coil shocks. I've heard from other riders (usually 50 pounds lighter than my 220 pounds) that they never used the last 1/3 of rear travel and felt that it was a bit of a waste, I seem to be able to get deep into the travel without fully bottoming out.

When you lean this bike over and plow over some mid-corner roots, the bike never delivers the drama your mind is expecting. I over-steered all over the place until I got used to how well the Capra can hold your intended line. The frame can take a dual-crown fork, so maybe that has something to do with it.

Either way, I was surprised by how many of my favorite descents became brakeless runs with the Capra. And when you do need to slow it down in a hurry, the 200mm rotors front and rear clamped by Code R 4-piston brakes leave little to be desired. Again, with all the weight transferring to the front the bike continues to track where you point it without squirming or shuddering. The confidence this bike gave me led me to immediately order knee pads, because when things eventually do go wrong I'll be going so fast that I won't get to choose how I hit the ground.

My only sore spot about the bike was the stock tires and how poorly it seemed to pedal uphill. Replacing the stock dual-compound Maxxis DHR2 with an Aggressor on the rear made a measurable difference on my local loops. I replaced the front DHR2 with a MaxxTerra compound Maxxis DHF in the 2.5 Wide-Trail format, which helped it to transition from corner to corner more consistently and really seemed to help on the damp roots that litter the trails here in North Georgia. I improved the uphill pedaling by reducing sag to somewhere in the 25% range. At 30% the rear will never step out unexpectedly or buck you, but you really feel the pedal bob. Just 5% less makes this feel like a trail bike with 4 water bottles strapped to it.

The Capra is the kind of bike that makes you examine the time in your life when you were a Weight Weenie and how much you wasted bending and breaking things. You would have been so much happier with a pound more metal in your frame (in the right places of course) and wider rims with fatter/tougher tires. I already have a bike for racing XC and going uphill as fast as I can, and it's a hardtail designed for the mission. For everything else, I reach for the Capra knowing I'll be fast enough to never be last up the hill on the group rides while leaving everyone for dead on the descents. Oh, and don't forget you can get all this capability for around $2,500.


Product YT Capra 29 AL Base Bike
Model Year 2019
Riding Type Enduro / All-Mountain
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
M (low, high), L (low, high), XL (low, high), XXL (low, high) View Geometry
Size M (low, high) L (low, high) XL (low, high) XXL (low, high)
Top Tube Length 583 619 642 664
Head Tube Angle 65.5°, 66° 65.5°, 66° 65.5°, 66° 65.5°, 66°
Head Tube Length 95 105 115 120
Seat Tube Angle 76°, 76.5° 76°, 76.5° 76°, 76.5° 76°, 76.5°
Seat Tube Length 420 445 465 490
Bottom Bracket Height 348, 357 348, 357 348, 357 348, 357
Chainstay Length 435 435 440 440
Wheelbase 1199 1223 1252 1274
Standover 699 723 735 745
Reach 445 465 485 505
Stack 618 627 636 640
* Additional Info All measurements are provided in mm unless otherwise noted
Bottom bracket drop: 28mm (low), 19mm (high)
Wheel Size 29"
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details Hydro-formed aluminum frame, stealth seatpost routing, seat stay and chainstay protection
Rear Travel 160mm
Rear Shock RockShox Super Deluxe R, 3-position, 230mm x 60mm
Fork RockShox Lyrik RC, Boost 15mm x 110mm, 44mm offset
Fork Travel 160mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Headset Acros AZX-203, high cap
Handlebar Race Face Aeffect R 35, 20mm rise, 780mm width
Stem Race Face Aeffect R 35, 50mm length
Grips ODI Elite Motion V2.1 Lock-on
Brakes SRAM Code R with Centerline rotors (200mm front and rear)
Brake Levers SRAM Code R
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM NX Eagle
Chainguide e*thirteen TRS, I05
Cranks SRAM Descendant 6K DUB, 170mm length
Chainrings 32 tooth
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB press-fit
Pedals None included
Chain SRAM GX Eagle
Cassette SRAM PG-1230 Eagle, 11-50 tooth, 12-speed
Rims DT Swiss E 1900 Spline wheelset, 30mm inner width
Hubs DT Swiss E 1900 Spline wheelset, 15mm x 110mm front, 12mm x 148mm rear
Spokes DT Swiss E 1900 Spline wheelset
Tires Maxxis Minion DHR II, 29 x 2.4"
Saddle SDG Radar MTN, white/grey, YT custom
Seatpost SDG Tellis dropper, 150mm or 170mm drop
Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
Seatpost Clamp Standard single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 12mm x 148mm
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts No
Colors Deep Blue/Magnesium White, Concrete Gray/Black Magic
Warranty 5 years main frame, 2 years swingarm and other YT components
Weight 32 lb 3 oz (14,600 g)
Miscellaneous Virtual 4-Link rear suspension with Flip Chip technology
DT Swiss QR rear thru axle
Includes tool kit: torque wrench, shock pump, allen key, and anti-slip paste
Price $2,599
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