You may already have heard of YT Industries. Having made a name for themselves with high-end yet affordable bikes they’ve also been in the news recently after expanding their group of talented pro riders with names like American Cam Zink (Freeride) and Frenchman Bryan Regnier (Enduro), joining more veteran riders like Andreu Lacondeguy.
So by now, you might think YT Industries sell bikes. That’s the impression we had before spending a week of riding around Israel with them on “Mission Capra”, early February. Turns out, they’re all about promoting good times! The packaging just happens to be some great mountain bikes.
Earlier this week, YT uncovered their new Enduro/All Mountain bike – the Capra (goat in Latin). A 160\170mm, carbon framed, high spec machine, designed to suit pro riders on the Enduro World Series on one end, and regular shredders just like us on the other.
A few months prior to the launch, we were contacted by YT Industries as they were looking for a spot to do some final tests to the production models. At the same time they were going to provide the very first journalists a chance to try them out, together with freshly signed enduro athlete Bryan Regnier. “Mission Capra” was kicked off!
This visit was different from guiding any other mountain biking vacation, as we had to answer bike testing needs this time – adapting the schedule and the trails to the exact demands and expectations of “Mission Capra”, so that out of just 5 riding days, we would get the very best that this machine has to offer.
Our plan consisted of combining shuttle run days in Mishmar Ha’emek and Ofer Forest for some enduro style singletrack, the Sugar Trail in the desert for its altitude difference and fast and flowy character and sessions at our local freeride spot to check Capra’s big hit capabilities.
We’ve found the whole crew of YT to be extremely passionate about making excellent high-end mountain bikes, and needless to say, being among the first in the world to ride the Capra was awesome. The bike delivers exactly what YT Industries stand for – good times!
We made sure to provide YT and crew with some excellent home made humus sandwiches, hoping this new addiction will bring them back again when they have some new bikes to test…
Check out some more photos, video and information about the bikes in this VitalMTB slideshow: