YT’s Capra CF was one of the most talked-about bikes of 2014 – a superb value and highly razz-able package that proved a hit with trail centre warriors and privateer enduro racers alike. Carbon fibre isn’t for everyone though and bumps the price up. The Capra AL brings an almost identical frame in alloy, and at an even more gobsmacking price. We couldn’t wait to throw a leg over this two-grand beauty.

Frame and equipment

The Capra AL’s hydroformed front end is bolted to aluminium chainstays and the same carbon seatstays used on the CF, with YT’s V4L four-bar suspension set-up delivering 165mm (6.5in) of rear wheel travel. A tapered head tube, 12x142mm rear axle and PF30 bottom bracket boost stiffness, cables can be routed internally or externally, and there are ISCG-05 chain guide tabs.