Press Release: YT Industries
Ever dreamt of sending it over the trails with that Factory-level feeling like pros competing at the elite level do? Well, now YT is offering both enduro models with a high-performance spec which includes the newest Fox Factory suspension technology. The Capra and Decoy Elite are at the start gate waiting for riders to set personal bests without forgetting to have fun while doing so.
Capra Elite 29 – Performance-hungry, high-tech carbon beast unleashed
|After adding two coil variations of the Ccapra and Decoy with the new Fox 38, we also wanted to offer riders that prefer air suspension the advantage of the burlier forks and latest air shock suspension technology. Both the Capra and Decoy Elite are high-end, destined for heavy duty and have a great hunger for high speeds and gnarly tracks. They will let you succeed on the hunt for the fastest laps and Good Times.—Markus Flossmann, CEO YT Industries|
The Capra Elite 29 is the new high-end version of YT’s most popular rig. The gravity brand is adding a 29’’ bike to the portfolio that includes the latest industry developments and gives riders the best tools to get the job done. The Capra Elite 29 is available in the frame sizes M-XXL. The beloved carbon frame with aggressive enduro geometry is accompanied by the Fox 38 Float Factory fork with 170 mm of travel that was especially developed for hard enduro racing.
The new Fox Float X2 Factory air shock with 170 mm of rear travel offers a wide range of adjustability and gives the rider the support and traction that the trail demands. Additionally, the Capra Elite 29 also boasts increased uphill pedal efficiency thanks to the new SRAM X01 Eagle 52 drivetrain. The bike, which will eat away at the seconds on any given track, includes an improved tire spec with Maxxis Assegai (EXO) up front and fast rolling Maxxis Minion DHRII (EXO+) in the back, and the full-carbon package is rounded off with a Renthal Fatbar Carbon 35 handlebar and E13 LG1 Race EN Carbon wheelset.Decoy Elite – Enduro E-MTB with full carbon frame itching to send it
In line with the Capra, YT is including a high-end variation of the DECOY. The DECOY Elite is an E-MTB and the carbon mullet-build comes in frame sizes S to XXL. True racing vibes are guaranteed thanks to the new Factory level suspension technology from Fpx. The new Fox 38 Float Factory E-bike fork with 170 mm of travel and Fox Float X2 Factory air shock with 165 mm of rear travel deliver all of the revolutionary features and maximal adjustability enduro racers need in order to leave the pack behind them.
This burly E-MTB is powered by the YT custom made 540Wh battery, which is integrated into the frame, giving the bike that truly good-looking design of a real YT. With the smooth feel of the Shimano Steps E8000 motor, the Decoy masters the steepest trails and the 12-speed Shimano XT drivetrain ensures precise shifting. The package is completed with the Fox Transfer Factory dropper, a Crankbrother Synthesis E-Bike Carbon wheelset with front and rear specific rims fitted with Maxxis Assegai (EXO) front and fast-rolling Maxxis Minion DHR II (EXO+) rear tires, and a cockpit with Renthal Fatbar 35 handlebar.
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My new Privateer is more than £2400 less than this with similarly top end suspension components (aluminium frame and one step lower drivetrain spec though) and it has space for a bottle cage and an 80 degree seat angle, geometry doesn't cost money. Seated pedalling is so much better than a bike that weighs as much as a small car and is longer than one too has any right to be, even with the shock wide open.
@gevans14 Attaching a clamp on cage to a £5400 bike is possible but it is ugly and not ideal though.
@f00bar I hate riding with a backpack so much. Yes, it is needed on epic rides but I will do a lot to avoid it. A bike without a cage means any ride over half an hour requires a pack. That's basically unacceptable to me and was a pretty major deciding factor in my bike choice.
I found changing between old and new Capras I had to work a lot more at pedalling uphill I assume because the high compression switch on the Float X2 is not as much of a lock out as the High setting on the Monarch RC3 HV on the older model so yeah there is some bob but I've spent 4 days last week pedalling up a lot of hills including that 5 hour session at FoD and I'm and old man with shit knees. It didn't feel that bad at all.
Don't get me wrong, I'm no fanboi. Price is my motivation, I spent around £2500 on a cheaper model because I'm a weekend warrior, not a racer, the build was great for the money. I can see that other manufacturers are offering great options in the lower end of the prices (I'm considering Vitus, Calibre, Nukeproof, Commencal next).
I use a Deuter fanny-pack with a 750ml bottle, it's fine. Maybe if I was riding all day with no option to refill that would be an issue.
I'm really only piping up because I think there's a lot of slating Capras on things that haven't been an issue for me having owned 2 of them.
I actually spent $100 to rent the 2020 enduro for the day. Ran it at 25% sag, and it bobs like a DH bike out of the saddle--so much so that it feels like the bike moves more up/down than forward when standing. I was really surprised at this, because all the reviews claim its the best pedaling enduro bike of 2020. Its as though they were all paid to say this. I did, however, absolutely love how the 2020 enduro performs descending. But the climbing reviews really have me scratching my head. Hands down, despite really wanting to be blown away by the enduro, the capra murders it on the climbs (without using the climb switch).
I dont think the capra needs the new x2 w/ its super firm lockout. even unlocked, it absolute destroys the new enduro in terms of out of the saddle efficiency. I think reviews are relative, and maybe the specialized is a big improvement over the old one, or compared to other lbs brands, but it makes the capra feel like an xc bike when it comes to climbing. i regularly hit 2000ft climbs on my local trails no problem, and I often climb standing up to break up the hour long climbs w/o issue.
Took them just three months to replace my broken chainstays with the same chainstays, that will break again. Had to call them 5 times to be allowed to send the bike to them.
Also had to replace all the e13 parts(except the front wheel), because they broke.
YT is good if you plan just looking at your bike and not riding it often.
YT is a DTC brand that offers great value to customers by taking out distributor and store margins. Premium bikes, smart componentry, great value. Tough bikes for people who want to rip gravity rides and don’t care about the parking lot show n tell.
The whole story of the brand inception hinges on the owner seeing kids who rip crappy bikes who couldn’t afford good ones.
And then they launch a dentists version.
Read the back story on the company that is supposedly the "brand's DNA"
I struggle to see how a $9k+ price point fits the brand. Does it provide value relative to other premium brands? For sure. Does the YT target consumer even consider other premium brands? Or is YT now trying to sway premium brand buyers into switching to YT? What factors does a premium buyer consider most when purchasing, value, support, service, image, warranty...
It is extraordinarily rare for a premium consumer to trade down to a lower price point even if the value proposition is stronger - they are not inherently value buyers. Trying to take a price-is-no-object consumer and getting them to make a purchase based on price is contra to almost every known consumer behaviour.
They will however have some Pro Race buyers trade up, no doubt. Hopefully the added margin offsets the cost of offering the sku.
..and they're seemingly forgetting one key attribute of buying premium through LBS above service: discounts. Few people pay full pop premium bikes (if you do, you're a fool and need a new LBS). So the actual value slope YT offers isn't as high as claimed on paper... and then consider service, included tune ups, the build, set-up, part swapping...As I said, I struggle to see how these high price points fit the YT brand/business.
Everything else is just noise. You don't like them offering a premium spec version of their models, cool, nobody is putting a gun to your head saying you have to buy it. I just don't get what's so upsetting here. It's a bike company, they see a market opportunity for a high-spec model. Fine who cares?
also, 9K canadian is 6K USD. the value is absolute insane relative to other brands. look at the enduro. $6500 gets you an NX drivetrain.
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even if has crashed into a hiker
That said the bike is now a very good aggressive trail and park bike. I’ve done plenty of 6K’ climbing days on it with no regrats, not even a single letter...
See Commencal Meta AM 29 for aggressive geometry.
$3600 delta is pretty crazy.
My thought is that YT was scared to loose some sells with all the other brands releasing their 2021 range mid 2020 with this new burly and fancy suspensions.
Mind you, it prepares you for waiting, which when buying a YT, you better be ready for.
The main downside is that you won't get as far with a 500wh battery with the shimano compared to a bosch with the same battery. But it also has things that are better. For instance the tweak ability is better and you can do updates without having to visit the dealer. Also trail mode is still one of the most natural feeling assist modes out there.
One thing about the bosch 2021 software upgrade is the ECO mode now has a lot more usable torque. But you are still going to smash a regular mountain bike on hilll climes. I'm sure there is a slight loss of range, but you should get 70+ km running ecco (just note I have not tested the total range on ECO)
As for multiple batteries, the Trek system is fantastic, the battery can be swapped out in seconds, the handle makes handling simple, there is some quality engineering in their setup. I run multiple batteries and its great.
BTW specs of new Shimano have been leaked:
"fast rolling"= DHR2
I can't even
Or is that factory level need to know only..
An IZZO build option with the new 35 mm RockShox SID would be great, please.
b/c they spent $6500 for a bike w/ an NX drivetrain and aluminum wheels (spesh)
2021 fox factory 38 and fox X2, and fox transfer. that's the best you can get from fox. That's $2200 in fox bits right there.
open your eyes dude.