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YT Introduces Alloy Capra Pro Models

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To some, this comes as surprising news. Why bother putting high-end parts on aluminum frames, especially when we’re talking about a brand like YT that offers high enough value that you might as well just go carbon. But to others–probably a lot of others considering YT’s rowdy following–it’s long overdue. Aluminum has a reputation for being tougher. The truth is more complicated than that, but even die-hard carbon fans will be a little more careful laying down a carbon bike or loading it into a pickup. Aluminum just feels more abuse-ready. So why should it be considered a compromise?

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So, YT today raised the ceiling for the spec on its aluminum Capra. The Capra Aluminum Pro is available in both 29- and 27.5-inch versions, and prioritizes suspension quality in its build. The Fox Performance Elite DPX2 shock and 38 Performance Elite Grip2 fork are no-compromise for any Kashima-blind suspension connoisseur. Equally alloy are the trusted DT Swiss E1900 Spline wheels and e*thirteen cockpit. Though it’s not all bling. The GX drivetrain is downright sensible, though the Code R brakes lack the power-boosting Swinglink levers. For a bike with “pro” in its name, these models are a pretty impressive $3,500.

Of course, those who do choose alloy to save money aren’t forgotten. The entry-level alloy Capra Base returns with a Zeb fork, Super Deluxe shock, DT Swiss E1900 wheels and SX drivetrain for an impressive $2,700. The coil-sprung Shred build and mid-priced Comp build both stick around for now.

Photos: Sterling Lorence

Find them at us.yt-industries.com/capra