When it comes to packing value in, few can beat YT. The consumer-direct brand has a reputation for offering killer deals, and for 2019 YT looks to have made a few changes. Before we get ahead of ourselves, there are no new bikes, per se, rather there are some new build kits, sizes and of course, all new paint jobs to keep things fresh. The Capra, Tues and Dirt Love bikes have all gotten the treatment, while the Jeffsy lines remain curiously unchanged—perhaps there’s something coming down the road.
The Capra got a major overhaul last winter with new geometry and the addition of a 29er. For 2019, the frame itself hasn’t changed, but YT has done something curious with the build options they offer. There will be two aluminum and two carbon Capras, 0pposed to the two aluminum and three carbon last year. This might be an attempt to keep more bikes in stock, something that YT has had some troubles with in the past.
The AL Base ($2,600) and AL Comp ($3,200) offer a great starting point for riders getting into the sport, or for anyone on a budget. Although it’d be unfair to call either of these two bikes “budget buys,” as they both offer mid-tier to high-end components.
As for the carbon Capra, things have changed a bit. Instead of three levels, there are now only two, the CF Pro and CF Pro Race. Prices are up a bit—for example, the Pro Race now costs $5,500 instead of $5,100—but you do get more for your money. While the 2018 CF Pro Race came with e*thirteen TRS-level wheels, tires and cranks, the 2019 comes with downhill-spec LG1 wheels, tires and cranks (carbon where applicable), which are slightly more expensive. You also still get Fox Factory suspension, a Shimano XTR drivetrain (with e*thirteen cassette) and a Renthal cockpit—these are parts you’re more likely to find on someone’s custom dream build costing double what the CF Pro Race retails for. Even the lower level CF Pro packs a heck of a punch with a RockShox Lyrik RC2 and Super Deluxe RC3, GX Eagle drivetrain and many e*thirteen tidbits for $4,400—there’s no reason to upgrade anything out of the box with either bike.
This fall we saw the release of the aluminum Tues, but sadly in only one model. Now, YT offers an AL Base of the Tues as well, which comes in at $2,900, $400 less than the Tues AL. Apart from switching from Fox suspension to RockShox, the Tues AL Base offers nearly the same component spec as the Tues AL. If you’re just looking for a bike-park smasher of a bike, this could be your ride.
The top-level Tues CF models remain largely unchanged, although they get a fresh coat of paint for 2019. There’s no word on the 29-inch versions we saw at the end of the 2018 World Cup season—but then again we’re barely over a week into the new year.
The Dirt Love is YT’s dirt jumper and the bike that goes back to YT roots. Along with a new color scheme this year, YT has also added in a larger frame size, a boon for taller riders. Coming in at $1,500, the Dirt Love comes with a RockShox Pike DJ, DT Swiss/YT wheels, a SRAM Level TL brake and Descendant cockpit. The Dirt Love isn’t available quite yet, but it will reportedly be starting the second week of February.
While this launch certainly covers most of YT’s lineup, there’re still a few missing pieces, namely the lack of inclusion of an updated Jeffsy. We suspect to see something new as the year unfolds, but in the meantime, you can check out of the rest of the new 2019 lineup on YT’s website.