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Bike Check: Comparing Jack Moir, Kasper Woolley & Christian Textor's New YT Capra Race Bikes

Feb 1, 2023
by Ed Spratt  
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Photos by YT Industries

With team rumours season coming to a close it's finally time we get to see the fresh bikes of those switching teams ahead of the 2023 race season. Following the announcement of the YT Mob's return and its new enduro team having the freedom to choose whatever components they want, we caught up with Jack Moir, Kasper Woolley & Christian Textor to see the details of their race builds.

bigquotesWe managed to incorporate our uncaged philosophy to The YT Mob by allowing our riders to choose their components, what they personally like to ride. So riders can spec their bike based on performance and are not forced to run stuff just because of sponsorship. Nothing holds them back to perform their best. I‘m super proud that we’re the only brand that is able to give this advantage to their riders. Markus Flossman, Founder and CVO of YT Industries


Some of the components in the photos have been changed since the three-week team camp. Any changes are reflected in the spec lists.


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Jack Moir
Height: 186cm
Weight: 83kg
Instagram @jackmoir_

Bike Details
Frame: YT Capra 29” XL (-5mm shorter seatstay from L frame)
Fork RockShox ZEB Ultimate 180mm / 75psi 1 token
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate 177psi
Wheels: DT Swiss EX1700
Tires: Maxxis Assegai 2.5 / 25psi / Maxxis DHR 2.4 / 28psi
Inserts: No
Cockpit: Renthal Fatbar 31.8mm 40mm rise and 760mm wide / Renthal Apex stem 50mm
Cranks: SRAM X01 170mm, 32t
Pedals: Crankbrothers Mallet DH
Drivetrain: SRAM AXS X01
Brakes: SRAM Code RSC / 220mm Rotor

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Christian Textor
Height: 183cm
Weight: 79kg
Instagram @texi5

Bike Details
Frame: YT Capra 29” L (+5mm longer seatstay, from XL frame)
Fork: RockShox ZEB Ultimate 180mm, special Charger 3 cartridge (65psi, 0 tokens, HSC -4, LSC -11, LSR -8 )
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate Coil with special tune (low compression) (375 spring, HSC 0, LSC -3, LSR-9, HBO-0)
Wheels: DT Swiss EX1700
Tires: Continental Kryptotal (DH casing, Super Soft) 1.45bar / 1.65bar
Inserts: No
Cockpit: Renthal Fatbar 31.8mm 30mm rise and 760mm wide / Renthal Apex stem 50mm
Cranks: SRAM X01 170mm with Ochain (32t, 9 degrees in the OChain)
Pedals: Crankbrothers Mallet DH
Drivetrain: SRAM AXS X01
Brakes: TRP DH-R Evo with 203mm rotors (Shimano Saint hoses with Shimano Mineral oil)
Headset: Works Components -1 Degree
Extra: Sendhit Nock Handguards V2

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Kasper Woolley
Height: 172cm
Weight: 65kg
Instagram @kasper_woolley

Bike Details
Frame: YT Capra MX M, (seatstay from XL frame)
Fork: RockShox ZEB Ultimate 180mm, (54psi, 0 tokens, HSC 0, LSC -4, LSR -10)
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate (150psi, HSC 0, LSC -1, LSR-13)
Wheels: DT Swiss EX1700
Tires: Maxxis Assegai 2.5 / Maxxis DHR 2.4
Inserts: No
Cockpit: Renthal Fatbar 31.8mm 30mm rise and 750mm wide / Renthal Apex stem 40mm
Cranks: SRAM X01 170mm
Pedals: Crankbrothers Mallet DH
Drivetrain: SRAM AXS X01
Brakes: Shimano XTR (Galfer 200mm rotors and pads)



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All three riders are running custom rear-end choices. Jack is running an XL frame with the 5mm shorter size L seatstays, which give the bike a chainstay length of 438mm. Christian is on the smaller size L frame but has opted for the 5mm longer XL seatstays, which gives the bike a 443mm chainstay length. Unlike Jack and Christian, Kasper has his Capra setup as a mullet and on his size M frame is the XL seatstays.

bigquotesThis is every rider's dream. I have picked everything I’m comfortable on for now, and will get into testing some other stuff next off season. Jack Moir

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While Jack and Kasper are running the RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate air shocks, Christian has opted to run the coil option with a special low-compression tune.

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Christian Textor has been testing out the Crankbrothers Enduro wheels with I9 hubs, but switched to DT Swiss EX1700 wheels after testing.

bigquotesI was very interested in testing the Crankbrothers wheels because the i9 hubs are amazing and the perfect match with the Ochain as you have the most consistent system with the combination. In the end, I didn’t like the bouncy rebound of the carbon rim and prefer the Dt Swiss alloy rims for compliance and durability. Christian Textor

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Just like all of his past race bikes Jack is still running a high front end.

bigquotesI took what I really liked from my old bike and then changed some things that I thought would be better. I have found the freedom to pick what I want to be really cool. It’s nice to not be locked into a certain product. Kasper Woolley

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All three riders have chosen to run full Renthal cockpits. Jack and Christian have their bars set at 760mm wide with Kasper going slightly narrower at 750mm. Jack is the only rider to go above a 30mm rise preferring the 40mm option. For stems, Jack and Christian have again gone for the same option with a 50mm length. Kasper has selected the slightly shorter 40mm stem.

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Stopping duties see a completely different setup for each rider. Jack is running SRAM Code RSC brakes paired to 220mm Rotors. Christian has selected TRP DH-R Evo brakes and 203mm rotors, but he's is running these with Shimano Saint hoses and Shimano mineral oil. Finally, Kasper has his bike kitted out with Shimano XTR and Galfer 200mm rotors.

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When it comes to tires Jack and Kasper are matching with a Maxxis Assegai up front and a DHR II on the rear. Both riders have a 2.5" width at the front and a 2.4" out back. Christian has gone to Continental for his tires and was running the Kryptotal in the super soft DH casing for the test camp.


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259 Comments
  • 190 0
 Jack on an XL, meltdown in comments to follow...
  • 144 8
 An XL with the chainstays from the L . . . and the front triangle of a S
  • 35 5
 It does have a -5mm reach headset which adds +15mm of lower headset cup height which takes another 10mm off the reach at least. Much closer to an L reach, but the stack is mega high.
  • 44 4
 YT's XL is closer to most other company's L
  • 23 1
 I just did the math and his adjustments bring the reach down to 471mm and a stack of 640mm, pretty reasonable. Definitely not as small as in the past.
  • 61 5
 @gravitybass: i wanted to look up the reach on their website, but as I am sitting next to my girl I can't type the Y without raising questions...
  • 5 1
 @plustiresaintdead: Good find! And 10mm more travel on the Zeb which reduces reach even more.
  • 31 0
 @plustiresaintdead, according to YT, Jack's decided not to run that reach adjuster. We'll see what he actually ends up with once racing begins.
  • 18 1
 @mikekazimer: Ah gotcha, this is clearly a push from Big Geo trying to get us to run huge bikes. Jack surely prefers the medium Wink
  • 18 0
 With 760mm bars! Impossible!
  • 7 2
 @plustiresaintdead: and the bubble is beginning to show some cracks ... there is such a thing as too long Wink
  • 12 6
 Yeah, the short-reach evangelists are going to lose their minds when they see this.
  • 6 14
flag Svinyard (Feb 1, 2023 at 12:17) (Below Threshold)
 @Muscovir: lol. Reach is stock 487mm on the XL. Straight out of 2018. Then Jack shrinks it with a reach reducing headset that adds a bunch of stack further taking away even more reach.

Lets put it this way, Norco's XL Range bike in size large is 485mm iirc. Jacks final reach is closer to Norco's medium. Not sure this is the example you were looking for bud.
  • 3 0
 I don't even want to know how many "X" I would need.
  • 37 4
 @plustiresaintdead: Having talked setup with Jack personally at a Canyon press event in 2021, he's a proponent of long reach. He said he likes his bikes to be as long as possible in the front and that the smaller frame is a sacrifice he has to make for racing to be able to clear tight turns better.

He also said that he would be generally faster and more comfortable on a longer bike and the shorter reach is a detriment he has to work around. To put things into perspective: His personal trail bike at the time was a size XL Canyon Spectral with 506-510mm of reach.
  • 12 2
 @Muscovir: This is very interesting and I feel like more people should read
  • 7 19
flag plustiresaintdead FL (Feb 1, 2023 at 14:22) (Below Threshold)
 @Muscovir: if he’s such a proponent why doesn’t he race with it?
  • 22 0
 @plustiresaintdead: He's discussed it briefly on one of his past youtube videos. He said they really don't get the time to learn the tracks very well and the shorter bike is easier to correct mistakes when they get offline or forget where they are headed. But if he had the time to learn the tracks intimately before the race, he would run a longer bike. I think it's the one where he was deciding between racing the Spectral or Strive the season before last.
  • 8 24
flag plustiresaintdead FL (Feb 1, 2023 at 14:57) (Below Threshold)
 @shakazulu12: Exactly, he's literally saying that the shorter bike is more advantageous, obviously there are downsides just like with any aspect of a bike. If he thought a longer bike was better he'd race one.
  • 9 0
 @pargolf8: hundreds of enduro bros world wide shed a tear and head to their workshop/ garage to find a hacksaw to trim their (always been too wide for me but its cool) 800 mm bars to a more body size appropriate width.
  • 4 0
 Welp, my bars are way too wide and fat.
  • 3 2
 @mikekazimer: but he seems to still be running the spacer between fork and frame so actually he runs like a 190mm fork like he did with canyon? The he is also using offset bushings to low down the BB?
  • 7 1
 @plustiresaintdead: If I were an elite rider in an enduro race with limited opportunities to sight the courses, I would probably run a shorter reach for the same reason Jack Moir does.

But I'm not an elite rider, I'm not racing enduro and I'm not riding trails I've only ever seen once before.
  • 1 1
 @plustiresaintdead: that's a nice stack and the reach is similar to my ripmo. Thanks for working out the numbers missing in the article.
  • 2 1
 Most tall guys size down not because they want a shorter reach but because they need a shorter wheelbase. They don’t want the length of the wheelbase to take line options off the table. It’s not really a problem if the seat tube accommodates. It’s easier to make the bike fit the trails than the trails fit the bikes.
  • 6 1
 @pargolf8: everyone knows 770 is where it's at.
  • 18 3
 For some very weird reason there's a legion of guys that seem to feel personally attacked or invalidated by long reaches. Every time an article mentions reach they'll come in droves spewing nonsense like "most racers size down" or something like that. 10/10 times will use Jack Moir and Richie Rude as proof, as well as a "study" published by Enduro.com where they tested on a single track and thus concluded that shorter bikes are always faster.
At some point there was even this rumour around that Jack Moir was something like 195cm tall and that bunch bought into it and got hysterical that he was on a size M or S.

The notion that perhaps old bikes where too short and now we have options and different riders prefer different reaches seems to blow some people's minds
  • 5 1
 @Arierep: Come on, guys feeling personally attacked or invalidated by short reaches is a thing as well, and at least as much of a thing.
  • 3 0
 He is correct. I'm 179cm and I run an L. Tried longer frames but I Steve from Vorsprung in his vid about long bikes was correct. Over a certain size the downsides are bigger than the upside. Both on flat trails and on trails where you suddenly need to move.
  • 6 1
 At 185cm, my bike has a 485 reach, and having ridden the same bike on the size below (460), I would say that 485 is cool and 460 is a blast. The only reason I stick with 485 is to couple my optimum cockpit size for pedalling with a short stem. For DH alone I would stick with 460, unless I had access to lots of high speed courses. 460 is also a lot bigger than my bikes from the 26" era, that I didn't really feel limited on. Still I would enjoy trying one of those huge 2-wheeled boats that are being made these days. It's all about fun and experimenting new things, don't take this too seriously!
  • 3 1
 @spaced: that’s just like, his opinion man.
  • 2 0
 @Richridesmtb: thats where im at!
  • 3 0
 @Arierep: Yes, Jesse, being 168cm, was perfectly fine winning last season on his Medium Altitude, wich has 460mm reach.
  • 2 1
 @andrewbikeguide: if they aren't 800+mm you aren't riding enduro...bro.
  • 2 0
 Another comment about my 485 reach bike, I recently bombed some fire roads with it and it really came alive, looks like it was made for that. But only alpine trails offer the possibility of reaching those speeds...
  • 2 0
 @Arierep: I know a short guy that is just angry. All the time. No idea why.
  • 1 0
 People, we shouldn't forget that they are Pros who are riding 3x faster than us easily. Their riding position is more forwared than ours and I'm not going to speak about their skills. I would say that shorter bikes are easier and more fun for the vast majority of amateur riders. But I'm only a crazy guy who bought a 27.5 brand new bike in 2022 so maybe everithing I wrote it doesn't make sense at all.
  • 3 0
 @Arierep: ha ha i always thought he was that tall too never having bothered to actually check, but i guess not. I on the other hand are 194cm so its XL all the way baby.
  • 1 0
 @spaced: I mean at 179cm you should probably be on a M for this "theory" to pan out. People get so caught up in other peoples setups. Large bikes go faster on open fast trails small bikes go faster on tighter slower trails its really that simple. I'm 188cm and ride Larges and XL but tend to lean towards Larges most of the time but have been on an XL the last couple months and its really that simple. Harder to wiggle through the tech but way confident for plowing the weird shit. Don't overthink it guys they're just bikes.
  • 80 4
 Love Kasper but looks like he is being held hostage!
  • 47 0
 He did just have his jaw wired shut for a couple months (as well as living in a neck brace), probably has some residual effect on his face muscles.
  • 25 2
 Try to look happy for your new team photo shoot on a beach challenge (impossible)
  • 25 3
 @newbermuda: that would explain why in this and the other team post he looks like someone is holding microwaved broccoli and baby shit in front of his nose the whole time
  • 17 1
 Free Kasper 2023!
  • 6 0
 If you check out moi moi tv you can see why - it was f*ing cold when they took the picture! don't be fooled by the palm tree...
  • 61 2
 Pick any parts you like boys…. Strongly suggest they are Sram, DT Swiss and Renthal lol
  • 10 4
 This is a big BS when it comes to suspension. I had a little chat with a top 10 EWS pro about suspension setup. He said that when he got a bike for the first time he wanted to get back to his privateer ohlins setup, after some time engineers were able to custom tune his suspension properly (guess the brand... yes, my "favorite"). But to do this, you need the factory support or a very good independent tuner. So you can have brakes you want, bar you want, but it's not a coincidence they are all running RS suspension (and no, not because they like it).
  • 3 0
 This. Pick anything you like but tyres and brakes are the only differences
  • 5 1
 @lkubica: Jack won on Rockshox and likely more familiar with it. Maybe parts he’s testing is other suspension stuff so maybe cool your jets some.

Kasper had good results on Fox but maybe he wants to see what the RS stuff is like and has Fox stuff on retainer
  • 5 0
 @AznKiDrew: You can win on anything provided that you have good factory support. Noone on top rides on a stock suspension, be it rs, fox or anything else. It's not about what Jack is familiar with, he is not adjusting to suspension, rather, the suspension is built to his liking, all the damper guts are custom, it only looks like something you can buy in shop.
  • 1 5
flag up-left-down-right (Feb 1, 2023 at 16:14) (Below Threshold)
 I suspect thru pure speculation, that the teams ASX derailers must have stronger control spring then stock. An throw a DSD runt cartridge into the fork, an now you have a sram blackbox fork.
  • 29 0
 Nice setups with proper handlebar width.
  • 5 2
 THIS
  • 29 0
 Bet ya $ money Kaspar's bite point doesn't wander.
  • 22 0
 Interesting that these guys are using 31.8mm bars in the 750mm-760mm width range.
  • 14 0
 I also prefer the smoother feel if 31.8mm, all 35mm bars feel harsh and inctease armpump. Even oneup with their flex design can not really get the smoothness of the old gold standard... Never had any trouble in terms of longevity... Smart and against the marketing hype
  • 3 2
 @txcx166: I always felt like 31.8 was even unnecessary. The idea that bars slipped too much as null and void when you consider that bmx dudes have infinitely more leverage on their bars and don’t have much problem with slippage running 22.2 clamp diameter. As mentioned too, the fatter the bar, the harsher it feels too. I actually scored some steel 22.2 bars for my trail bike (a la bmx) and have been feeling it so far.
  • 3 0
 @x-rider: I tried OneUp bars because of the hype and ended up with sore hands, no matter where I rotated them. So I went back to my preferred 31.8 dia bars (Nukeproof Carbon V2) and no more soreness
  • 2 0
 35mm bars don't really make sense, maybe for carbon bars but not for alloy
  • 2 0
 Despite what the pinkbike podcast claims the guys are correct. Super long bars maybe made sense when the reaches were shorter but if you add longer reach + super wide bars you get too stretched.
  • 2 0
 @panthermodern: A BMX handlebar is WAY different than a mountain bar. Structurally, a wider diameter doesn’t help a narrow handlebar with a cross brace.
  • 1 0
 31.8 bar squad, checking in.
  • 1 0
 Are these alloy or carbon 31.8 bars? Alloy bars + 31.8 clamp would be as flexy/comforting as you could go on the handlebar scale. Interesting.
  • 28 7
 and the debate of fox vs. rockshox has been answered.
  • 6 12
flag Andrew-Woyak FL (Feb 1, 2023 at 10:28) (Below Threshold)
 It indeed has not.
  • 2 20
flag johannensc FL (Feb 1, 2023 at 10:35) (Below Threshold)
 No they got to choose brakes, wheels(maybe but probably not) and tires. Everything else is clearly sponsored
  • 88 6
 @johannensc: There are no sponsors. The team is inspired by the #LIVEUNCAGED philosophy of YT. The riders have full freedom to choose their spec, it just so happens they all like Rockshox at the moment, but who's to say by the middle of the season they're not on Ohlins or Fox, it's totally their decision.
  • 15 53
flag Alexanz1 FL (Feb 1, 2023 at 11:11) (Below Threshold)
 @The-YT-Mob: Were you guys just encouraging the team to #LiveUncaged when the team "took a break"? #YTSucks
  • 4 18
flag Monkeyass (Feb 1, 2023 at 12:43) (Below Threshold)
 Yes it has. Ohlins is way better than both
  • 13 0
 @The-YT-Mob: very cool, this cant be a cheap way of running a team for you guys. well done on taking the plunge on this style of team. I'm extremely curious to see how their component choices develop throughout the season
  • 2 2
 @The-YT-Mob: so is the team buying all the components at publicly available prices? and do they have access to the support that being a rockshox sponsored rider would give, for example?
  • 2 1
 Yep and the winner is Ohlins. Seriously though, unless you are willing to get custom tunes, Ohlins is the way to go. They were hit and miss in the past, but now, the build quality is on par with the others. The main thing that stands out is compression adjustment. The HSC and LSC can be ran full closed to the point where the bike feels super firm on jump lips, but will still blow off on hard hits.
  • 1 0
 @The-YT-Mob: Are they free to pick up individual component sponsorships? Or just come to your HQ and grab what they like from the stockroom?
  • 4 0
 @L0rdTom: Why would they buy them at publicly available prices..? Even if you work at your LBS you get to buy at cost + 10%, and i'm sure YT has some exposure marketing swing to make it cheaper than that.
  • 3 0
 @Alexanz1: #alexsucks
  • 17 1
 "All three riders have chosen to run full Rental cockpits."

Man, you'd think they could afford to buy their own at this level
  • 15 2
 Kasper looks a little concerned....
  • 11 0
 What a min. We haven't even broached the topic that someone has chosen... on their own will, to run something other than Maxxis tires when Maxxis are available.
  • 3 1
 Smartest choice you can make honestly
  • 14 2
 Why does Kasper look like he's being held hostage?
  • 57 2
 blink twice if you want to go back to Yeti
  • 2 1
 Maybe that's his "smile for the camera" face? Just like Chandler from Friends:

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  • 3 1
 hurry up and take the photo smile
  • 8 0
 I wonder what happens to the actual rear travel, geo and kinematics as the swap chainstays. It's not just stretching the rear end, it's dynamic as the bike compresses. Might be in the noise, but for the arm chair engineer in us all..
  • 12 0
 Another point of note... All choose aluminum wheels.
  • 5 0
 It seems most Enduro racers do. Carbon are strong but when you crack em' they're done and my understanding with Enduro rules you can't swap out parts you brake. An aluminum rim can be hammered back into place...I believe Moir did just that with a rock once. Still looks like most DH guys are on carbon rims though so take that for what you will.
  • 7 0
 I’d be interested to hear why these guys are running the regular Fatbar cut to 760 rather than the Fatbar Lite, which comes at 760 full length (unless it’s just a detail that was left out of the bike checks).
  • 14 7
 Fatbar lite is 760 only with a 35mm clamp. The 31.8 lite is 740. 35mm bars are dumb
  • 5 0
 @johannensc: The 31.8 Fatbar Lite comes at 760. www.renthal.com/cycle/fbl-30mm
  • 4 0
 @johannensc: 31.8 Lite used to be 740, but now all Lite bars are 760. Changed a couple years ago I think.
  • 5 6
 ... and long bars go the way of long bikes, hand in hand with tire inserts. It's funny how new ideas get filtered out in practice
  • 2 1
 @sanchofula: I don't think tyre inserts are going away any time soon.
  • 8 1
 The team mechanic will have some fun :
*TRP brakes with saint hoses and shimano mineral oil
*XL frame with L seatstays
*Martini. With Gin, not vodka, Stirred for ten seconds while staring at a bottle of unopened vermouth
  • 9 0
 Nice to see YT step into enduro in a big way. GL guys!
  • 7 0
 Interesting to see how Jack prefers a shorter chainstay and the others prefer the longer...
  • 1 2
 He hangs it off the back quite a lot which favors shorter chain stays.
  • 1 0
 He's got the longest legs to compensate...
  • 5 0
 @somebody-else: hanging off the back would actually favor longer chain stays. Shorter chain stays mean you need to put more weight on the front wheel.
  • 1 0
 Seems like they are all arriving at a close overall wheelbase length though
  • 1 0
 @spaced: you can tell him he rides his bike the wrong way and that it’s the wrong size…
  • 3 0
 @somebody-else: or maybe... your observation is wrong since physics still apply.

Also I agree with his size decision.
  • 6 0
 @spaced: first 2 rounds in Australia... He said he runs bigger size when he rides in more well know man mde tracks in Australia
  • 2 0
 @PauRexs: that makes 100% sense. You need less body movement on most man made tracks and you don't get front wheel traction issues unless they are flat AF.

Generally too long bikes struggle in those 2 extremes. Too flat so you lose out on front traction (especially given him liking short rear ends) and rapid changes in gradient as you need to shift your body relatively fast and if you are too stretched your bike decides what's your weight balance, not you
  • 9 1
 I’m surprised no one is running tire inserts?
  • 2 30
flag Andrew-Woyak FL (Feb 1, 2023 at 11:02) (Below Threshold)
 They are, they literally have to to ride like that, detail just didn’t make the cut most likely
  • 26 1
 @Andrew-Woyak: Nobody is running tire inserts currently.
  • 3 29
flag Andrew-Woyak FL (Feb 1, 2023 at 11:05) (Below Threshold)
 @The-YT-Mob: dang, you guys must be stoked on flats or 50 psi one of the two
  • 8 8
 another koolaid product bites the dust.
  • 7 0
 @Andrew-Woyak: Pretty sure Jack never ran inserts with Canyon - just DH casing and higher pressures (28 psi).
  • 12 1
 Imagine him busting his rim and trying to get a cushcore off/on trailside...
  • 4 2
 @thustlewhumber: 5 seconds with a pocketknife
  • 8 13
flag jwdenver (Feb 1, 2023 at 13:53) (Below Threshold)
 Nobody that actually rides a lot uses inserts.
  • 14 6
 @jwdenver: You alright mate? Did the inserts hurt you? Half the enduro field runs inserts.
  • 5 3
 @Jvhowube: all the videos of Richie Rude ripping the back tire and Cush Core right off mid corner doesn’t do much to make me think they help much at all. Or the other half of the enduro field.
  • 3 1
 valves appear to be CC though
  • 3 0
 They run air inside their tires. Works pretty good.
  • 7 0
 If I didn't have to worry about making my rims last a few seasons I wouldn't be running inserts either
  • 6 1
 @somebody-else: You are aware that the current reigning champion ran Cush Core front and rear when he won the overall last year, right? I'm not advocating that everyone runs it, just saying there is a reason for it. I used to destroy my rims by mobbing through fields of square edges in Moab, haven't done that once since I put cush core in the rear.
  • 2 0
 @Jvhowube: and the champ the year before didn’t, and neither does the DH champ Pierron. I ran them for a season on the DH bike a few years back, and I won’t be using them again. Expensive, time consuming, messes with spoke tension and provided less benefit than hassle in my experience. If they work for you, that’s great.
  • 2 0
 @somebody-else: funny you mention spoke tension…I’ve had an issue with that on my DH bike with cushcore, constantly loose spokes
  • 2 0
 @bikerdre: it’s why I got rid of them.
  • 1 0
 @bikerdre: I think people run too low of pressue thinking that cushcore will save them. I have seen cushcores cut through basically all the way around the rim. Where the foam overlaps the rim edges isn't that thick. I run a large Vittoria air liner but still run non-insert pressures. The insert is just defensive for big hits.
  • 1 0
 @ksilvey10: I Can see that, thats for the insight
  • 7 0
 Jack s on an XL! I need a new bike!
  • 4 0
 It's interesting to see that even with the choice of any product they'd like, they all choose Rock Shox. The brake choices are interesting too... At lease we can all agree that Renthal is awesome!
  • 6 0
 31.8 and narrow bars!
  • 2 0
 @j-t-g: 760 is Narrow? I remember running 680s with a 110mm stem.
  • 7 0
 Notably preferred components: Zeb 180 Ultimate, SRAM AXS X01 drivetrain
  • 7 2
 Some fox/shimano bois up above simply cannot accept this
  • 7 7
 ASX is preferred because ease of swapping in/out parts, (bars, frames, swingarms) on the go. It's not a performance advantage.
  • 7 1
 What’s with all these peasant builds running old, outdated, unrideable drivetrains?
  • 7 0
 All three running size XS water bottle
  • 5 0
 Those drivetrains are all placeholders. They're all riding the new SRAM drivetrain, just can't have it pictured on their 'race bikes' yet.
  • 5 2
 Please explain to me that, If you can choose anything, why go for a carbon SRAM X01 crank over CaneCreek eeWings? I can see most other components because of personal preference etc, and RockShox because they had their engineers at their disposal. (Also has none of these riders tried Trickstuff Maximas?)
  • 4 1
 Because cranks don't matter.
  • 5 0
 That is sweet that they can customize the bikes so easily and also pick parts that they prefer. Good job YT!
  • 3 0
 Can anyone point me in the direction of the little rubber grommets they've got around rear brake lines that stop the cables rattling in the ports? Been looking for a clean option like those for a while.
  • 2 0
 On this topic, I want little rubber plugs for the holes in my frame from having axs. Anyone have a clean long lasting solution for this? Lots of mud is getting in there
  • 2 0
 @DCF: I just ordered and received a new Nukeproof Mega frame which came with gear and brake hose cable guides that sit in frames as well as actual plugs in the case of AXS. Not sure what other brands provide these but you might have to go bike shop hunting (I couldn't find any sold separately online myself).
  • 6 0
 Check the YT webpage and search for the article number 502908 or "cable plug set capra mk2 & mk3"

www.yt-industries.com/products/parts/capra/mk2-2018-2021/455/cable-plug-set-capra-mk2-mk3
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 @StifWhip: Seem to get these with a lot of different bikes now, I've received them with the last 3 Santa Cruz frame I've had.
  • 4 0
 Interesting how they're mixing the frame sizes. Talk about adjustable geometry!
  • 4 0
 Jack is also running a shorter reach headset it seems, weird that this is not mentioned.
  • 4 0
 Curious as to why Textor is running Saint hoses on his DHR evos. Wonder what benefit that has over the standard hoses.
  • 1 0
 Longer banjo keeps the brakes cooler
  • 1 0
 @MmmBones: also a narrower brake line I think. I’m wondering what kind of change that would cause as well
  • 2 0
 @Keegansamonster: it’s a high compression hose so a firmer feel from the brake
  • 2 0
 Didn’t notice until now but that dropout appears molded for SRAM’s new hanger/derailleur that Jesse Melamed is running. I wonder when these guys are gonna get that new mech?
  • 4 0
 Whatever comments they want! Damn!
  • 4 0
 So do YT just buy the components the riders want to use?
  • 7 0
 They can probably just call up a company and say "Jack Moir wants to run your stuff" and get it for free at worst.
  • 3 0
 OneUp EDC tool looks to be the go to tool for EWS these days...er I mean EDR.
  • 4 0
 EDC, EWS, EDR, too many eeee's
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 @The-YT-Mob: agreeeed
  • 1 0
 @The-YT-Mob: what about the E-EDR-E?
  • 1 0
 How does the components choice actually work? Is YT going out and buying the parts or is there an agreement from the suppliers to get their components on the bikes in turn for the great promotion?
  • 4 0
 They probably get it for free, who doesn't like "free" advertising just for the cost of a few parts?

Service at the races is free anyways for pros.

According to the Texi interview, Rock Shox was even there at their training camp.
  • 3 1
 @JohSch: okay this says everything.. they just agreed to run RS for the moment cause it helps them with this to have factory suport in their concentration camps...
Also RS seemed to love so much Jack for their advertorial... I mean these guys have the real $
  • 3 0
 Big +1 for Galfer rotors & pads from me. Made a big difference to my XTs.
  • 4 0
 YT makes some sweet bikes, wouldn't mind having an Izzo.
  • 3 1
 It's a wonderful bike. I like it more and more every time I ride it. If you ever get one, throw 4 spacers in the fork (total) and go up a size on the shock spacer to save time. You'll be set after that.
  • 3 1
 im surprised not a single one of them is on the new fox live valve system, especially considering YT specs it on one of the capras.
  • 3 0
 @moroj82: that was rockshox flight attendant. Same same but different but same.
  • 2 1
 Maannn…..too much screen time, must get my eyes checked….I thought the headline said ‘Bike Check: Comparing Jack Moir, Knolly Warden & Christian Textor's New YT Capra Race Bikes’……
  • 2 0
 Does anybody know what changes can we expect by changing the TRP hoses to Saint? Also i thought the mineral oil was the same for both
  • 2 0
 I'm speculating here, but this is what I did on my bike: I run Magura brakes, and on the rear, I run a Shimano hose that I spliced with a Magura banjo using a TRP hose coupler. The reasoning behind it is that Shimano hoses have a smaller inner diameter and a slightly different design, making their hoses stiffer. This reduces the slight flex in the hose that can cause a slightly spongier feel in the rear brake vs the front. The longer the hose, the more lever throw/sponginess you feel in a brake due to the flex in the hose. So by running a regular Magura hose in the front and Shimano in the rear, my brakes feel more identical. Pair that with hc3 levers that have a leverage adjustment, and my front and rear feel exactly the same. Unless you're really picky about lever feel, it's not worth the faf, but I'm an aspie, so inconsistency drives me crazy. PS, if you're going to use the TRP coupler, use the banjo and olive meant for their respective hoses on each side for the best fit.
  • 1 0
 I used to run a 400lb spring on the 2015 model, which has way more progression than the new frames. Even that feel very noodly and unsupportive.
  • 1 0
 Yes, the v3 has a lot more support and pop off the top; not as plush and laid back.
  • 3 0
 They all chose 31.8mm diameter bar/stem combos, hmmmmm
  • 8 0
 nothing new, 31.8mm > 35mm
  • 5 0
 35mm too stiff. Looks better, functions worse.
  • 3 1
 so Jack went from a size Small Canyon to an XL... what is happening with bike sizing
  • 3 0
 Canyons is among the weirdest.
  • 1 0
 YT XL is like a Canyon L. He also runs a -reach headset.
  • 3 0
 Big question is "Why no inserts?"
  • 2 0
 DH casing > inserts if you can manage rim hits/get free wheels
  • 2 0
 @diabsoule: Us po folks who don't get free wheels are stuck using DH casings and big inserts to save our wheels Frown It's a real drag up the hill
  • 1 0
 @ksilvey10: Yeah, DH casing and CC Pro inserts for me. Trying out DD though but its basically the same weight. ‍♂️
  • 1 0
 @DuRietz: I run 28 psi w/exo+ in my rear wheel and inserts (don't like the squish Low Pressure feel) and I swear increasing tire pressure has reduced the tires lifespan (cracking/worn knobs). I'd be interested to try DD's even without inserts in the hope that they just last longer.
  • 2 1
 Love the pro bike checks; not sure why jack doesnt attempt using a rear insert after almost losing the title except for luck with a rock and blowing up his tire at sugarloaf.
  • 2 0
 Interesting that all 3 chose RockShox rather than Fox, and SRAM rather than Shimano drivetrain. Coincidence?
  • 3 2
 BIIIG up to my man George for securing a place as a race mechanic with the YT team.. a well deserved and earned position bro.. smash it!!
  • 3 0
 is that Panie as Jacks mechanic??? Fantastic!
  • 3 0
 Can steer a bike too
  • 2 1
 SUSPENSION: when you see 0 with Rockshox, i am pretty sure that means "middle" or "neutral" now. It doesn't mean open. It goes +/- from there
  • 2 0
 Jack using exo +?or just exo casing?
  • 6 0
 Downhill
  • 2 1
 Moir's red bike looks like it has the works headset and Textor has a 40. Description seems to be backwards for this.
  • 10 0
 The bikes changed since the photos were taken - Jack's no longer running the reach adjust headset pictured, and Textor is now running a -1 angleset.
  • 1 0
 All of them running Rockshox and SRAM AXS... I wonder if that was a choice?
  • 2 0
 Are they all running fully closed HSC? Since you count from closed...
  • 2 0
 New RS standard is that the default setting is in the middle of the range and they go +/- from there. They also have the hydraulic bottom-out dial which is separate from lsc/hsc.
  • 3 0
 @ksilvey10: Thanks! So minus is more open I assume
  • 1 0
 @timmy1701: just think lefty loosey..
  • 2 0
 @timmy1701: Yes, that is correct. It's more similar to how MotoX bikes do stock suspension settings. There's a baseline then you go softer or stiffer from there. Rockshox is just standardizing it's "baseline" setting
  • 1 0
 @THE-YT-Mob will in the future for normal customer to choose the own components, just like propain does with their bikes?
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what the deal is with the Shimano hoses/Oil being used on the TRP DH-R brakes? Is this some top secret upgrade?
  • 2 0
 I'm speculating here, but this is what I did on my bike: I run Magura brakes, and on the rear, I run a Shimano hose that I spliced with a Magura banjo using a TRP hose coupler. The reasoning behind it is that Shimano hoses have a smaller inner diameter and a slightly different design, making their hoses stiffer. This reduces the slight flex in the hose that can cause a slightly spongier feel in the rear brake vs the front. The longer the hose, the more lever throw/sponginess you feel in a brake due to the flex in the hose. So by running a regular Magura hose in the front and Shimano in the rear, my brakes feel more identical. Pair that with hc3 levers that have a leverage adjustment, and my front and rear feel exactly the same. Unless you're really picky about lever feel, it's not worth the faf, but I'm an aspie, so inconsistency drives me crazy. PS, if you're going to use the TRP coupler, use the banjo and olive meant for their respective hoses on each side for the best fit. TLDR: Shimano hoses are stiffer due to their thicker walls and smaller inner diameter = firmer lever feel.
  • 1 0
 It's so nice of Jack and Christian to share their chainstays with each other Smile
  • 1 0
 Why Pros don't use tyre inserts? Is it for the ease of putting a tube in case of a flat?
  • 3 4
 "Jack is running an XL frame". Standing beside a bike and using a bike, not the same thing. I expect a XL with 420 reaches by his first race
  • 3 3
 375 spring for a 79K rider??! take a hint YT! the capra is still way too progressive...
  • 1 0
 Also where do you get Rockshox springs in 25 lb/in increments?
  • 1 0
 the age of "have what you want. Finally...
  • 1 0
 why DT EX1700? There is DT EXC1501. Jack used it in previous season.
  • 2 0
 1501 is the carbon rim, right? I think he only ran that on the practice bike
  • 1 0
 Do i see an Ergon Saddle on Jacks Bike???
  • 1 0
 Are the suspension settings listed from open rather than closed?
  • 3 0
 Probably from the middle. That's the new Rockshox standard. Everything is set "neutral" and goes +(stiffer) or -(soft) from there.
  • 2 0
 @ksilvey10: ohh true! Cheers mate, that makes sense looking at it now.
  • 1 0
 Casper looks like he just lost Wilson
  • 1 0
 They have a smile, like after a visit to the dentist.
  • 1 0
 No team brake sponsor?
  • 20 0
 No team sponsors Wink Each rider can choose their own spec
  • 2 0
 @The-YT-Mob: None at all? Have the riders picked up personal component sponsorship which would explain why the builds are so similar?
  • 4 3
 @The-YT-Mob: As long as its rock shox, DT Swiss and Renthal. Brakes is the only interesting choice there.
  • 16 0
 @mark-88: The riders don't have personal component sponsors either. Their bikes truly represent what they feel (& have tested) performs best for them. But hey, maybe you will see some mid-season changes, we'll keep you posted.
  • 3 1
 @The-YT-Mob: Are the riders allowed to take on personal component sponsors?
  • 1 1
 What's the length of the reach adjust headset? -7mm?
  • 20 0
 -5mm from Works, but Jack decided to not use it after 2 weeks of testing (hence it's not mentioned in the article)
  • 6 0
 @The-YT-Mob: That's very cool of you to give some feedback/clarifications here in comments section.
  • 2 2
 They could all benefit from shorter cranks
  • 1 0
 I'd like to hear reasoning here.
  • 1 0
 @DuRietz: lower weight, fewer pedal/crank strikes, better maneuvering ability, less stress and pain in the knee and hip, more glute activation, faster initial acceleration. Also easier to wheelie/jump

The world would be better off if 155mm or shorter cranks were standard on all bikes that arent XXL frame size, with gravity riders and women/children going even shorter.

The average person is running cranks that are at least 20mm too long.

They should run oval chainrings too.
  • 1 0
 Cool bikes
  • 1 0
 No 35mm bar clamp stems?
  • 1 1
 Is the bike with bottle cage still uncaged?
  • 1 0
 .-
  • 2 3
 So that would be ShiTPRakes then. I'll let myself out...
  • 2 0
 YOU GIT!
  • 1 2
 Hopefully the team can get warranty frames!
  • 1 3
 Scor has cooler e bikes! The purple one is dope.
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