YT Industries enter the gravel market with their Szepter Core 4 and 3 models

The YT Szepter gravel bike
(Image credit: YT Industries)

YT Industries enters a new era with the development of a gravel bike range made up of two models, the Szepter Core 4 and Core 3.

The company was founded by Markus Flossmann in 2008 to give talented riders access to competitive dirt jump bikes. YT stands for Young Talent and reflects its founder’s approach to life: no matter the age, it is never too late to explore your hidden talent or passion and try something new. 

YT mainly focuses on mountain biking and offers a wide range of products from downhill and enduro to trail bikes as a direct-to-consumer brand. Renowned for quality and price, their bikes have seen success at Red Bull Rampage, Downhill World Championships, and World Cups. YT bikes and carried athletes to major titles. 

They now have taken all that gravity experience and thrown their hat into the already crowded best gravel bike market with the new Szepter.

The new bike is aimed at mountain bikers and existing YT customers looking for an additional bike that can extend the scope of their riding all year round and cater to the needs and lifestyle of gravel riders, leisure cyclists, and commuters.

YT Industries Szepter gravel bike

The Core 3 eating up gravel (Image credit: YT Industries)

Design and geometry

YT have altered the gravel rule book with several tweaks to the 'norm'. By increasing the top tube length, they have made a longer bike that should improve stability, especially when riding on the drops. 

While many gravel bikes have a headtube angle of around 72-73 degrees, YT has gone for 69.3 degrees, with the addition of a suspension fork giving an increased stack height and a more upright body position. The combination generates increased rider confidence, comfort, and safety.

Along with a 74.3-degree seat tube angle that YT claims will improve efficiency and deliver improved climbing characteristics. It's a dramatic change in the gravel geometry playbook.

The YT Szepter Core 4 gravel bike

The dramatic curves and angles on the head tube  (Image credit: YT Industries)

With their frames on the Szepter models, YT used advanced carbon fiber technology intending to achieve a perfect balance between stiffness and compliance in the three key areas. Upfront the cockpit is brand-new and inspired, oddly but remarkably similar to a gladiator's helmet. The front-end stiffness along with the suspension fork that comes as standard on both models should add further comfort and control.

In the center, the bottom bracket area is an essential point where the frame tubes and surfaces join and YT has aimed to create maximum stiffness in this area to avoid flex and waste power.

And in the rear a claimed all-new sophisticated connection from the seat stay to the bottom bracket creates lateral stiffness while still allowing for vertical compliance in direction of the seat tube. This in theory generates a certain amount of flex to improve comfort and grip. Alongside the new generation of damped dropper posts that again should create a unique feeling of comfort while delivering the required stiffness toward the bottom bracket. 

All this combined has qualified the Szepter frame for ASTM 3 classification (the classification for Fiber Reinforced Carbon Composite Structures), which basically means the frame is suitable for hitting small jumps and rough trails.

The YT Szepter Core 3 gravel bike

The YT Szepter Core 3 model (Image credit: YT Industries)

Key componentry

YT wanted to include features that would add comfort and be practical for those long days in the saddle. Drawing inspiration from their extensive MTB knowledge, they have added what they believe to be a cornerstone for the development of a gravel bike, a suspension fork. The emphasis is on off-road performance, comfort, and fun. Both Core 4 and Core 3 models rely on the RockShox Rudy XPLR with 40mm worth of travel.

Both models come with a very cool-looking rear mudguard, it's a fully integrated design aimed at keeping the dirt at bay. It creates a stealth-like look and is sure to create a Marmite debate among riders.

YT Industries Szepter gravel bike

The very cool-looking rear mudguard (Image credit: YT Industries)

While all models feature 700 x 42mm tires, the tire clearance allows the rider to ramp up grip and comfort in poor conditions by fitting 700 x 45mm wide tires.

With four rivets on the top tube and two on the seat tube there is plenty of on-bike storage mounting options. Additionally, a mounting cut-out with two different mounting positions for water bottles is featured, so riders can use the YT-specific ‘Fidlock’ baseplate and Thirstmaster bottle combination which looks pretty cool. These can remove and mount generic bottle cages if you prefer.

The YT Szepter Core 3 gravel bike

Wireless SRAM Force gearing features on both models (Image credit: YT Industries)

Another interesting feature again lifted from their MTB knowledge is the addition of a dropper post, but it's only the Core 4 that features the RockShox Reverb AXS XPLR (with a 50mm or 75mm drop dependent on frame size). The Core 3 comes with a static seat post. 

YT Industries Szepter Core 4

The Core 4 comes with a dropper post (Image credit: YT Industries)

The whole package and looks on the YT Szepter Core 4 and 3 ooze class and the mountain bike influence are clear to see. The coloring options are eye-catching and the addition of design tweaks and utility features make for an interesting option. 

For more details on the bike and how it rides, check out our first ride review of the YT Szepter Core 4.

YT Szepter pricing and availability 

The Core 4 model costs $4,499 / £4,399 / €4,499, while the Core 3 version comes in at $3,299 / £3,199 / €3,299. Both bikes are now available to order from YT-Industries.com

YT Industries Szepter Core 4

The Szepter Core 4 in action (Image credit: YT Industries)

Tech specs: YT Szepter

YT Szepter Core 4

YT Szepter Core 4 gravel bike

(Image credit: YT Industries)
  • Frame: Ultra modulus carbon in Assault Green and Machine Light Grey
  • Fork: 40mm RockShox Rudy Ultimate XPLR
  • Reach: 398mm (size medium)
  • Head angle: 69.4 degrees
  • Seat tube angle: 74.4 degrees
  • Bottom bracket drop: 61mm
  • Drivetrain: SRAM Force Wide DUB, 33T chainring, 10-44 12-speed cassette, SRAM Force XPLR ETAP AXS derailleur 
  • Gears/brakes: SRAM Force ETAP AXS HRD, rotors 180mm/160mm
  • Wheelset: WTB Proterra Lite i23
  • Tires: WTB Resolute
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb AXS XPLR, 50mm drop sizes S-L, 75mm XL-XXL
  • Saddle: SDG BelAir V3
  • Bar and stem: Zipp Service Course, bar width 440mm (M-L), stem length 70mm
  • Sizes available: S-XXL
  • Weight: 9.9kg (size small, claimed)
  • Price: $4,499 / £4,399 / €4,499

YT Szepter Core 3

YT Core 3

(Image credit: YT Industries)
  • Frame: Ultra modulus carbon Assault Green and Machine Light Grey
  • Fork: 40mm RockShox Rudy Ultimate XPLR
  • Reach: 398mm (size medium)
  • Head angle: 69.4 degrees
  • Seat tube angle: 74.4 degrees
  • Bottom bracket drop: 61mm
  • Drivetrain: SRAM Rival1 Wide DUB, 33T chainring, 10-44 12-speed cassette, SRAM Rival XPLR ETAP AXS derailleur 
  • Gears/brakes: SRAM Rival XPLR ETAP AXS HRD, rotors 180mm/160mm
  • Wheelset: WTB Speedterra i23
  • Tires: WTB Resolute
  • Seatpost: Zipp Service Course
  • Saddle: SDG BelAir V3
  • Bar and stem: Zipp Service Course, bar width 440mm (M-L), stem length 70mm
  • Sizes available: S-XXL
  • Weight: 9.8kg (size small, claimed)
  • Price: $3,299 / £3,199 / €3,299
Paul Brett
Staff writer

Paul has been riding bikes for as long as he can remember. From racing mountain bikes in the 1990s to endurance riding on the North Coast 500. He put his knowledge of all things cycling to good use when Paul founded his own adventure and cycling magazines back in 2018, Proper Adventure and Proper Cycling, which has led him on some memorable experiences. 


From riding with and interviewing World Champions to riding bikes all over the world. Based in Edinburgh he has the stunning riding locations that Scotland has to offer on his doorstep and has recently embraced the freedom and adventure of gravel riding.


Rides: Scott Spark RC Team Issue, Bergamont Grandurance Elite, Standert Kreissäge Team Edition


Height: 176cm


Weight: 85kg