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  • I’m going to be after a new bike in the new year to replace my last-of-the-line 26″ Five. The obvious choice is another Five but once I’ve put a reasonable spec on the configurator thing I’m looking at £4k. Four grand!

    So looking around at other stuff – my riding I’d describe as technical trail riding with some enduro racing thrown in so my requirements are 650B, 140>160mm travel and long and slack. Budget, I don’t want to spend more than £3k so that brings up the obvious one – the YT Capra. The top spec carbon thing with BOS suspension and Crossmax wheels etc is just over £3k and the less gaudy coloured one is a fair chunk less.

    What else is out there thats rated? Anything I should be looking at from the big manufacturers like Trek, Spesh etc?

    My brand loyalty to Orange is pushed at £4k for a Five!

    poisonspider
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    Get the YT, you won’t regret it.

    I went from a 26″ Five to the Capra and it is like night and day in comparison.

    rockhopper70
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    That carbon Cannondale Jekyll from Paul’s is £2K.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    Any of those Jekyll’s left at Paul’s?

    Or Kona process 153s on very good deals at wheelbase

    rockhopper70
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    Don’t know, the one in my basket keeps on getting removed!

    I’d have a Canyon Strive before a Capra

    rockhopper70
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    Yes they are, in all sizes.

    Premier Icon tom.nash
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    After so many threads on here about shockers with orders and customer service from YT or Canyon, I woul dbe snapping this up before it goes!
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/vitus-bikes-escarpe-pro-suspension-bike-2015/rp-prod124011

    Or this from your LBS, incredible ride and spec.
    http://enduro-mtb.com/en/the-review-whyte-g-150-scr-works-150-mm-enduro-bike/

    #SupportYourLBS 8)

    glasgowdan
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    Capra isn’t the be all and end all! It has many rivals that ride just as good, better and with a bit more class. I’d stick them all on a wheel, spin it and throw a dart. Enduro bikes are all so similar just now it’s daft thinking there’s much point deliberating 🙂

    Premier Icon orena45
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    Orbea Rallon

    Recently went from a 26″ Five to a (2015) Rallon and loving it so far

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    I’d consider the Canyon Spectral too.

    No shapeshifter to worry about/add weight, great geometry and a lot more versatile for most UK riding than a 160mm enduro sled.

    jimjam
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    glasgowdan

    Capra isn’t the be all and end all! It has many rivals that ride just as good, better and with a bit more class.

    I’m not sure about the “class” thing, the Capra is a nice looking bike but I agree, it’s not the be all and end all. People seem to buy it purely based on the spec and crow about what a great bike they have because it’s got shiny bits.

    I had my reservations about the Capra when I saw the geometry and that’s been confirmed any time I’ve ridden one (albeit briefly). If you look at the tt on a medium capra compared to say, a Reign it’s 40mm shorter. So what you might say, well if I’ve got 170mm of travel I’m going to want the stability to exploit that.

    glasgowdan
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    From the ad for that Vitus above

    The rear axle is the now industry standard 142mm x 12mm E-Thru platform

    Hahahaha! Oh, sh*t.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    haha, it probably was… when they wrote that

    glasgowdan
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    By class I mean less common! 😉

    Premier Icon Sir HC
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    If you wan’t to replace the 5, then I would suggest a Trance. Wind the forks up to 160mm and it will more than capable for enduro racing and imho a better trail bike than a long/slack enduro bike will be.

    Bit over budget (carbon frame):http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-gb/bikes/model/trance.advanced.27.5.1/25013/90558/

    Less over budget: http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-gb/bikes/model/trance.27.5.1/25011/90560/

    I can’t fault my Trance, descends and climbs/pedals equally as good. Did contemplate a Reign and in the future a Reign is likely to replace my DH bike.

    Hob Nob
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    So looking around at other stuff – my riding I’d describe as technical trail riding with some enduro racing thrown in so my requirements are 650B, 140>160mm travel and long and slack. Budget, I don’t want to spend more than £3k so that brings up the obvious one – the YT Capra. The top spec carbon thing with BOS suspension and Crossmax wheels etc is just over £3k and the less gaudy coloured one is a fair chunk less.

    Only you said you wanted something long & slack rather than about average.

    £3k, there are plenty of bikes i’d consider over a Capra. In fact I wouldn’t consider one at all.

    “All that glitters is not gold”.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    I’ve only spoke to three Capra owners properly but none were fully happy with their bikes, weight seems to the main gripe – alu and carbon versions.

    jimjam
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    glasgowdan – Member

    By class I mean less common!

    Ah right. I hear ya. Commonality wouldn’t bother me if it was sorted though.

    Hob Nob

    £3k, there are plenty of bikes i’d consider over a Capra. In fact I wouldn’t consider one at all.

    “All that glitters is not gold”.

    Do you have a Reign Hob Nob?

    jimjam
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    Do they still do that horrible thing midway through the travel where you feel the bike grow? You’d be G-ing out through a corner or compressing over something and it felt as the rear wheel had just broken away from the frame.

    I had a Glory and rode a few Reigns and they all did this. Not sure if I’m explaining it right, but they just blew right through the last 30% of their travel, badly unsettling the bike as it shifted weight. Other people I’ve spoken to noted the same characteristic. I’d be keen to get a second hand frame, assuming they’ve remedied this quirk.

    Cheers for comments so far.

    So looks like the Capra is an average frame with average geometry with lots of top spec shiney bits?

    Had a look at the Giants – don’t really float my boat.

    Saw the Vitus on CRC – looks ace so thats going on the list.

    Not even thought about the Whytes – last time I took notice of a Whyte it had Maverick forks!

    jimjam
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    Had a look at the Giants – don’t really float my boat.

    Oh come on, this could be you 🙂

    [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVFxuzopjMw[/video]

    Hob Nob
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    I’ve never even thrown a leg over an older Reign/Glory so I don’t know about that sensation?

    The current one doesn’t seem to do anything like that – they are, like nearly every DW bike i’ve ridden pretty active in the middle of the travel though & personally I find it could have been designed with a bit more progressiveness towards the end of the travel, as it’s got a slightly higher leverage ratio than most, it can bottom out a bit too easily.

    Nothing that can’t be remedied with some volume spacers in the shock though, to be fair. That’s me nitpicking though – I appreciate not everyone will have such a spectrum of use for theirs.

    jaffejoffer
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    last years process 153 Dl can be had for <£3k

    jimjam
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    Hob Nob

    personally I find it could have been designed with a bit more progressiveness towards the end of the travel, as it’s got a slightly higher leverage ratio than most, it can bottom out a bit too easily.

    Nothing that can’t be remedied with some volume spacers in the shock though, to be fair. That’s me nitpicking though – I appreciate not everyone will have such a spectrum of use for theirs.

    That sounds suspiciously like the older ones, albeit not to the same extent. I’ll have to figure out a test ride if I decide to go any further, which shouldn’t be too hard. Geometry looks spot on though.

    Premier Icon Mintyjim
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    Obviously you should be buying my almost mint Bird Aeris in the classifieds!!

    poisonspider
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    People seem to buy it purely based on the spec and crow about what a great bike they have because it’s got shiny bits.

    I didn’t, I got the cheapest one available at the time. I bought it because it had good reviews and was killer value for money. Isn’t that what most people consider when they’re buying a new bike?

    I’m not suggesting the YT is the be-all and end-all cos I’ve not ridden every bike available (and I suspect neither has anyone else on here), however the OP said he had already narrowed it down to the YT and (as an owner of one) I was merely confirming his choice as a good one.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Have you given any thought to clownwheels? BMC Trailfoxes were horrible value at RRP but the prices got absolutely slashed. The basic spec isn’t brilliant but I think you could find a 2014 model for well under your budget and spunk the rest on geegaws. Love mine, it’s not massively slack what with being a 29er but the wheelbase for my medium is as long as some XLs, and longer than my old DH bike. It’s a big unsubtle brick of a thing

    Yeh, been looking at the Orange Segment but when I get into 29ers I’m into a whole other world of not having a clue! 650B I can just about get my head around and I just get a feeling that 29″ would feel a bit unwieldy for twisty/jumpy stuff for my short arse size.

    Trimix
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    I’ve tested the Whyte for a long weekend of local and trail centre riding. Liked it a lot, but its a lot of money compared to say the YT.

    The CTD shock was not adjustable on the fly, which is a shame.

    If you ignore the top spec on the YT its price is still hard to beat. Id see if you can borrow one for a spin to see if it suits you.

    jimjam
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    poisonspider

    I didn’t, I got the cheapest one available at the time. I bought it because it had good reviews and was killer value for money. Isn’t that what most people consider when they’re buying a new bike?

    Well I can’t speak for most people but the first thing I consider is geometry. Second would probably be kinematics/dynamics, how the bike rides. Componentry would be almost irrelevant because I usually throw everything out and put my own bits on. Reviews would be equal last as 95% of them tend to be bullshit these days. I used to put more credence in reviews until I saw some of the reviewers riding and realised they were pretty crap, that and a marketing manager explained to me how they could and would collapse any magazine just by removing their adverts if they didn’t get favourable reviews (believe that if you want).

    Value for money is a bit of a grey area, debateable and subjective. To me if a bike has terrible geometry it’ll never ride well, so the componentry or perceived value therein is academic. When I first saw the Capra announced it struck me how close the geometry was to the Lapierre I’d just snapped in half and that bike was dog shit.

    poisonspider
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    So looks like the Capra is an average frame with average geometry with lots of top spec shiney bits?

    A bit harsh. 😐

    Didn’t mean to come across like that 😉

    b r
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    Obviously you should be buying my almost mint Bird Aeris in the classifieds!!

    Can’t be any good if you’re selling it already 😉

    Had a good look a the Aeris and that also features on the list but I can’t quite think it looks a little “thrown together”? In all seriousness, I’d love to know how they ride.

    Just looking at Cotics website and I’d love a Rocket. Wonder if I could do a budget build with last years bits etc…

    poisonspider
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    Well I can’t speak for most people but the first thing I consider is geometry. Second would probably be kinematics/dynamics.

    With the greatest respect to ‘most’ riders, I doubt they would be able to tell how a bike is going to ride based on the geometry numbers on paper, let alone the implications of ‘kinematics/dynamics’. I doubt many would even know what it meant never mind being able to predict it.

    Yes a steep head angle = twitchy, long wheel base = stable, low BB = lower c.o.g, etc etc but the a half degree here and a whopping full degree there that separates many of the bikes in a specific genre, nah, don’t think so!

    Plus, the static numbers are meaningless when you factor in suspension design and sag, rider size, rider ability to position themselves correctly etc.

    Whilst I accept some reviews may be bullshit, I suspect it would be more well documented if a bike was universally rated by magazines (because they were afraid of adverts being pulled) but was actually a turkey.

    (I can’t imagine that applies to YT, they’re not big enough to bring a magazine down through pulling adverts!!)

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    I have to admit I struggled a bit with the new geometry at first, maybe I’m too short at 5’8″ to ride a medium with its 620mm top tube.

    It was wicked fast though.

    I’m with child now so I’m down sizing to just one hardtail until such time that I have more time! Motorbikes went last month 🙁

    poisonspider
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    DaveyBoyWonder – Member
    Had a good look a the Aeris and that also features on the list but I can’t quite think it looks a little “thrown together”? In all seriousness, I’d love to know how they ride.

    Just looking at Cotics website and I’d love a Rocket. Wonder if I could do a budget build with last years bits etc…

    Contrary to what I said earlier DBW, ignore anyone who says ‘you should by xyz’, half the fun of getting a new bike is the searching and comparing options. Read as much info as you can from a range of sources (including magazine reviews), then just go with your gut and pick something. It’s such a personal thing, nobody has the same priorities and ability to assess all the data, that’s why there’s so many options. Let’s face it, there’s no such thing as a crap bike these days.

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