YT Industries launch a brand new Capra which is their most affordable version yet

Rider in woods on new YT Capta Core 1 mtb
(Image credit: YT Industries)

Founded by Markus Flossmann in 2008, YT Industries offers a wide range of products and they regularly feature high in most lists of the best downhill mountain bikes and the best enduro bikes. They have also recently dipped their toe in the crowded gravel bike market with the Szepter Core 4 and 3.

However, the brands main focus is on mountain biking and gravity is integral to the brand with their bikes carrying riders to success at Red Bull Rampage, Downhill World Championships, and World Cups. 

Central to the YT Industries lineup is the Capra which was first launched back in 2014. They have continued to expand the number of options available to riders with the launch of the all-new Capra Core 1 and an updated Core 2 GX, which come both in 29-inch and MX wheel size configurations. 

The new YT Industries Core 1 in sludge green

YT Industries Core 1 (Image credit: YT Industries)

With their latest models, YT are hoping to impress both professionals and rookies alike, thanks to what is claimed to be their perfect mix of technology, state-of-the-art design, and incredible on-trail performance.

What looks like a standout feature in the latest models is the wheel-size-specific frame design. The MX edition has shorter chainstays to help soak up big hits, while the 29-inch ups the chainstay length for improved climbing performance. Larger frame sizes receive an increased rear center length, which should ensure balanced handling for riders of all heights and gives plenty of options if you're deciding on a purchase.

YT Industries Core 2 GX being ridden downhill

YT Industries Core 2 GX (Image credit: YT Industries)

Capra Core 1 

Core 1 is the brand's new entry to the Capra platform and aims to bring plenty of bang for your buck. Available in five sizes with both MX and full 29-inch configurations, and features a gorgeous looking 'Sludge Green' aluminum frame.

The RockShox ZEB Base delivers 170mm of travel up front, controlled by the latest spring-backed IFP architecture Rush RC damper. At the back, there is the custom-tuneable RockShox Super Deluxe Select R. A new feature allows you to add your numbers to the suspension guide on the YT website, which then gives you their recommended settings to aid rapid setup.

The Core 1 comes with an impressive spec featuring four-piston SRAM DB8 brakes that ensure reliable stopping power and use mineral oil for lasting reliability. The 200mm SRAM Centerline rotors provide ample control, while the SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain features a 12-speed 11-50T cassette enabling plenty of climbing ability.

An E*thirteen TRS chain guide and Base cockpit add an aftermarket feel, and Sun Ringle Duroc Comp SD37 wheels take care of rolling duties and paired with a Maxxis Assegai and DHR II combo, will give plenty of grip. The YT Postman dropper post is now longer than ever, 200mm for size XXL, 170mm for XL/L, 150mm for M, and 125mm for size S.  Finished kit by an E*thirteen cockpit, ODI grips, and an SDG Bel Air 3.0 saddle. 

Close up of the Core 1 rear shock

The custom-tuneable Super Deluxe Select R on the Core 1 (Image credit: YT Industries)

Capra Core 2 GX 

The Core 2 gets an upgrade to the Core 2 GX and while the existing component list remains the same, there is a shift in the drivetrain department. A new SRAM GX Eagle groupset is added with a 10-52T cassette, which is more than capable of providing crisp, reliable gear changes. The Core 2 sees the YT postman dropper changes across the range too.

With gravity being fundamental to YT brand philosophy, the Core 2 should shine in this department and handle descending easily with a highly specced suspension setup. FOX 38 Performance fork and Float X rear shock combination are proven performers and are made to handle almost anything when the trail bares its teeth. 

The impressive lineup continues with Crankbrothers Synthesis Enduro Alloy wheels that are wrapped in Maxxis Assegai and DHR II. With SRAM Code R brakes and matchmaker mounts, they again should deliver unrivaled confidence on steep terrain. Like the Core 1, the finishing kit is an E*thirteen cockpit, ODI grips, and the classic SDG Bel Air 3.0 saddle.  

Front fork on the Core 2 GX mountain bike

The Fox 38 fork on the Core 2 GX (Image credit: YT Industries)

Core 1 spec

Side view of the YT Industries Core 1

(Image credit: YT Industries)
  • Frame: Alloy V4L 170mm
  • Fork: RockShox Zeb Base 170mm
  • Shock: RockShox SDLX Select R
  • Seatpost: YT Postman 125mm-200mm dropper internal
  • Drivetrain: SRAM NX Eagle, 12 speed
  • Brakes: SRAM DB8 200 F/R
  • Wheels: Sun Ringle Duroc SD 37 Comp
  • Tires: Maxxis Assegai and Minion II 
  • Price: $2,699.00 / £2,699.00

Core 2 GX spec

Side view of the YT Industries Core 2 GX

(Image credit: YT Industries)

  • Frame: Alloy V4L 170mm
  • Fork: Fox 38 170mm Fox Float 
  • Shock: Fox Float X
  • Seatpost: YT Postman 125mm-200mm dropper internal
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
  • Brakes: SRAM Code R 200 F/R
  • Wheels: Crankbrothers Synthesis Alloy
  • Tires: Maxxis Assegai and Minion II 
  • Price: $3,299.00 / £3,299.00

The YT Mill Showrooms in the UK, USA and Germany offer test rides for all available models in the YT Core range, all year round. If your location isn’t near a Mill, then the Rolling Circus demo events bring the whole demo fleet to a variety of locations across the globe. The dates for this year’s demo tour will be announced soon and find more information at YT Industries (opens in new tab).

Paul Brett
Staff writer

Based in Edinburgh, Paul Brett is a staff writer for BikePerfect.com. He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.


An award-winning photographer, when not riding a bike, he can be found at the side of a cyclocross track or a downhill mountain bike world championship shooting the action. Paul has been the founder, editor and senior writer for Proper Cycling magazine that has seen him travel the world interviewing some of the biggest names in mountain biking and writing about some of the biggest cycling brands.


Rides: Scott Spark RC Team Issue, Ribble 725, Bergamont Grandurance Elite


Height: 176cm


Weight: 85kg