PRESS RELEASE – The Return of the Goat
The New 2018 YT Capra 27 & 29
Rumors have flown about for the better part of the last year of YT releasing a new version of their popular all-mountain bike, the Capra. The Capra – which means goat in latin – shares a lot of aesthetics with the previous version of the bike but for 2018 it has been made more capable with a claimed 10% stiffer frame that is also 15% lighter. The frame also had to pass the same tests that their Tues bike passes, which Aaron Gwin has proven to be a very capable sled on the World Cup. Options of either a 27.5-inch wheel with 180mm of rear wheel travel or 29-inch with 170mm of travel are also now available with a series of options for alloy or carbon frames.
YT say that the suspension has been fine-tuned to provide more a more linear curve that provides ample mid-stroke support and enough end stroke support to balance the bike out. They're still utilizing their Virtual 4-Link suspension system, which is based on a Horst-Link design.
What is perhaps the most interesting attribute of the new Capra is the sizing. YT have called their new philosophy "YT Tailor Made" and it's essentially resulted in the bikes becoming longer but the brand has been more aggressive with seat tube lengths, making it possible for riders to choose between two to three frame sizes to suit their needs. Build kits for the bikes also feature appropriately lengthed dropper-posts for the sizes. The larger sized frames – XL and XXL – feature chainstays that are 5mm longer than the smaller sizes, going from 427mm to 432mm on the 27.5 and 435mm to 440mm on the 29.
Aside from sizing the geometry is similar to others, with the 27.5 featuring a 65-degree head angle and a 75-degree seat tube angle – 68-degree actual. The 29-inch wheel option adds some adjustability, with riders able to select a high or low position by way of a flip-chip at the rear eyelet of the shock, adjusting the BB height within a 10mm range. Flipping the chip changes the head and seat tube angles as well, with a 65–65.5-degree head angle and 75.5–76-degree effective seat tube angle. Add in 170mm of travel and the 29-inch version is one aggressive bike.
2018 YT Capra 27 Geometry
|Seat Tube Length:||400mm||420mm||450mm||470mm||490mm|
|Chainstay Length (Effective):||427mm||432mm|
|Seat Tube Angle:||75º|
|Seat Tube Angle (Actual):||68º|
|Head Tube Length:||97mm||109mm||120mm||130mm||135mm|
2018 YT Capra 29 Geometry
|Seat Tube Length:||420mm||445mm||465mm||490mm|
|Chainstay Length (Effective):||435mm||440mm|
|Seat Tube Angle:||75.5º/76º|
|Seat Tube Angle (Actual):||66º/66.5º|
|BB Drop (Low/High):||-25mm/-15mm|
|BB Height (Low/High):||351mm/361mm|
|Head Tube Length:||95mm||105mm||115mm||120mm|
YT has always been known for their competitive pricing and the new range continues on that trend, with the starting point for an alloy 2018 Capra being 2,499 USD (2,299 GBP / 3,349 CAD) and the entry level for a carbon Capra starting at 3,699 USD (3,399 GBP / 4,999 CAD). The top of the line CF Pro will set back riders 5,199 USD (4,699 GBP / 6,899 CAD).
To view the full range and more details head to YT Industries.