YT introduces a Core 2 version of its alloy Capra Mk3 enduro bike

YT Capra Core 2 alloy
(Image credit: YT)

YT has released a cheaper version of its alloy MK3 Capra with a new Core 2 spec dropping a decent amount of change off the bottom rung of YT's best enduro mountain bike

YT already has an alloy version of the Capra with its Uncaged 9 model which features an Ohlins and SRAM GX build spec. The frame itself maintains an almost identical visual appearance and features list to the carbon models. Built to tackle the toughest enduro courses, the Capra Core 2 is equipped with 170mm travel in the front and 165mm at the rear (MX version has 170mm rear travel). The geometry of the cold-forged, hydro-formed, and double-butted aluminum frames is the same as the carbon Capra models and it features the same suspension kinematics as well. YT has even managed to engineer space for a bottle underneath the shock just like the Carbon model.

YT Capra Core 2 alloy

The 29-inch wheel version of the Capra Core 2 (Image credit: YT)

The Core 2 version will be available in both 29er and MX (mixed-wheel mullet) setups and as with the carbon models, the rear ends of each frame feature wheel size specific chainstays in order to get the best ride quality from the chosen wheel setup. Whether it's hunting for top speeds with a pair of 29er wheels or sending it at the bike park with the more playful MX configuration.

Frame detail from the YT Capra Core 2 MTB

The geometry of the alloy model is identical to the carbon versions (Image credit: YT)

The bike will come specced with a 170mm Fox 38 Float Performance fork and Float X Performance rear shock. SRAM's budget NX drivetrain handles shifting and the Code R brakes are paired with 200 mm Centerline rotors. The Crankbrothers Synthesis Enduro Alloy wheelset is fitted with gravity-ready Maxxis DHRII and Maxxis Assegai tires.

The full 29er build will weigh in at 16.4kg, the MX is 100g lighter. Pricing for both bikes is set at $3,399/£3,199/€3,199, a $600/£600/€600 saving over the existing alloy MX only Uncaged 9 build. For full details and to buy the bike, check out YT-Industries.com (opens in new tab).

Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. Based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK right on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro and, most recently, gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotlands wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect and the muckier side of Cyclingnews 


Rides: Canyon Strive, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg