As a consumer direct brand, YT's product line is laid out in a first come, first serve basis and its Uncaged models offer upper level components that veer away from the most common brand names.
Two new models with mixed wheels have entered the chat; the Capra MX Uncaged 9 and Decoy MX Uncaged 9 eMTB. The duo share the same "Deeper Purple" paint scheme mixed with yellow highlights on the Ohlins TTX22M coil shock and RXF38 M.2 fork with 170 mm of travel.
Capra MX Uncaged 9 Details
• Wheel size: 29 / 27.5"
• Travel: 170 mm front / 170 rear
• Frame material: Alloy
• Head angle: 64° / 64.3°
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
• CS length: 433, 433, 433, 438, 438 mm
• Reach: 424, 444, 464, 484, 504 mm
• Weight: 16.10 kg / 35.49 lb (size S, claimed)
• Base price: €,3,799, £3,799, $3,999 USD, $5,599 CAD
The alloy model also receives a clever cable port in the head tube.
Even though this is the Capra MX Uncaged, the build revolves around a full aluminum frame that rides on their V4L Horst-Link suspension design with all the design attributes and geometry as the carbon version. The alloy option drives the price down to $3,999 as is completed with a full SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, Code R brakes, and Crankbrothers Synthesis Enduro wheels wrapped in a trusted Maxxis Assegai/DHR II combo. The cockpit is finished with a Renthal Fatbar and Apex stem with YT's in-house Postman dropper post. Maybe the biggest change of all though, is a change in bottom bracket standard, the Capra MX now runs a BSA 73mm threaded.
Five sizes spread the reach from 424 mm for a small to 504 for the XL and head angles of 64-degrees in the slackest setting. There are also two sets of size specific chainstays; 433 mm on the S, M, and L frames while the two larger sizes grow by 5 mm to 438. Specifications Geometry
YT Decoy Uncaged 9 MX
Boasting a longer travel fork and 165 mm of rear wheel travel, this is YT's longest travel eMTB to date. Although the carbon front triangle is the same as the Decoy Pro 29, the alloy rear end, 27.5" rear wheel, and 170 mm fork alter the geometry in an aggressive manner. The head angle now sits back at 64.4º when in the low setting.
Like the Capra MX, the Decoy MX features a size run of five options, but the reach is roughly 20 mm shorter per size while the single-size chainstays rest at 442 mm. The TTX22M rear shock rebound is adjusted for the two larger frame sizes that come with firmer springs. Underneath the Swedish gold damper is enough clearance for a water bottle as well.
Decoy MX Uncaged 9 Details
• Wheel size: 29 / 27.5"
• Travel: 170 mm front / 165 rear
• Frame material: Carbon front, alloy rear
• Head angle: 64.4° / 65°
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
• CS length: 442 mm
• Reach: 407, 427, 447, 467, 487 mm
• Battery / Motor: 540 Wh / Shimano EP8 85 Nm
• Weight: 23.50 kg / 51.81 lb (size S, claimed)
• Base price: €6,999, £6,399, $7,499 USD, $10,499 CAD
A full Shimano XT drivetrain and Ohlins TTX22M coil rear shock are popular workhorse components.
YT favors the Shimano EP8 motor across their E-bike range that produces a maximum of 85 Nm of torque and uses a custom fitted 540 Wh battery to bring the total weight of the Decoy MX Uncaged 9 build to 23.5 kg. Aside from SRAM Code R brakes, the $7,499 USD build is rounded out with a Shimano XT drivetrain, including 160 mm crank arms. Specifications Geometry
Yep, 2x is superior to 1x in every way.
No one will ever support a frame mounted front derailleur ever again though.
Lastly, in 37 years of crashing, I've broken EVERY part except grips, seat posts, and, wait for it, front derailleurs.
Besides, 2x was impossible to roll switch. 1X seems to do alot better and that is cool. As for weight, most 1X cassettes are indeed pigs. my Garabaruk 10-46 is like 290g which is equivalent to a good 9 speed road cassette and it has been going strong for a long time. I have zero desire to ever have a FD on a mtbike ever again.
I've seen so many more frames written off because of damaged or seized in threaded BBs than I have issues with PF BBs. Most shop dudes I chat with say the same, with some exceptions. It's so weird to me the disconnect between what mechanics prefer to work on and what customers prefer, and both groups having reasons why.
PF gets a lot of hate because it's easy to hate, and syncs with the popular memes of this generation of bikes. They're just damn good.
“I ain’t never been to jail!”
“I take care of MY kids!”
Either you optimize for one and the other is crap, or you compromise on both.
99% of issues of pressfit stem from loose tolerances, either in diameter or alignment.
620ml for the CAPRA; 475 ml for the DECOY. I think that not too bad, TBH.
What a weird way to start a press release. It's almost as if they wrote it, got it approved and then realized they should just acknowledge off the bat that they can't forecast worth shit so that they'll catch a break in the comments section. Also, offering Ohlins as an OE option doesn't make you a special snowflake in 2022.
I totally recognize the YT supply chain issues, but putting high end suspension/mid-high components on an aluminum frame seems to be somewhat uncommon despite riders calling for it.
As a consumer direct brand, YT's product line is laid out in a first come, first serve basis = By the time these are available for purchase we will only have XXS and XXL in stock.
Every other YT bike release has been a total mic drop. (Capra 29, Decoy, Izzo, current gen Jeffsy, Tues base) This release has not only fallen flat, but taken a nosedive IMO. Trailheads used to be full of Capras. If they hurry and get more alloy mullet models made, we may see it again.
Tangent: They hired an Amazon guy, AKA a guy who specializes in combo of low sale price and high volume, which is exactly what YT was. It seems like they're going the other way to higher margin now? Commencal gonna eat their lunch if they continue down that road.
My Norco Sight L is only juuuust OK for me at 440mm STL and I've changed the cranks to 165mm.
Im sorry but life is too short to be chasing a brand for product. Its not the 80's. Figure it out.
reminds me of the 2022 scott spark release:
People don’t love threaded BB’s. They hate poorly installed press fit bearings.
These guys did the best bro-science look at this paradigm using the Pros actual bikes on an actual EWS course. Applicable for the masses not riding straight, steep, super-gnar.
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