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Vitus Nucleus VR – Best Budget Lockdown Bike?

Vitus Nucleus VR – Best Budget Lockdown Bike?

As the UK goes crazy for mountain bikes during lockdown, this bargain Vitus offers fantastic value for a capable mountain bike to get you on the trails and out and about during lockdown. We think this is the best bike for under £600!

At this price point there isn’t much in the way of competition. Offerings from Voodoo and Boardman are specced with good OEM parts and components but offer poor frames, with outdated geometry and ill thought through platforms. If you want a bike to ride not only now but in the future, maybe an idea to steer clear of Halfords!
This is Vitus’ cheapest bike in their range and takes inspiration from its more expensive brethren, as a brand they are light years ahead of Halfords own brands like Voodoo and Boardman.

The Vitus comes with a solid groupset from Shimano Altus and hydraulic brakes from Tektro, nothing amazingly fancy in terms of brand but both competent and workable. 180mm front rotor is a nice little touch, for increased performance.

There is a choice of 27.5 wheels and 29 wheels. Personal preference and a simplified view but; 29″ wheels are more suited to a mix trail and road, 27.5″ wheels are more suited to fun, jump and skids. Your choice!

The Suntour suspension forks offer 120mm of travel and are air sprung. Suntour as a brand have come along way in the past 10 years and although they don’t have the same brand recognition as RockShox, these budget forks are more than a match for the budget RockShox models specced on equivalent bikes at this price range.

WTB wheel rims and Tyres are a nice spec. Wheels will manage quite a lot of abuse and the tyres are fine for path and trail. The tyres are possibly one area you may want to upgrade on, depending on what riding you are doing and what trails you are hitting. Schwalbe Magic Mary Bikepark tyres are a great upgrade for riders looking to do more serious off road duties.

Finishing kit on the Vitus looks tasty, with good sized Nukeproof Bars and nice Nukeproof Saddle, Vitus own brand stem is a good size and even the Vitus Grips are lock-on and won’t need an upgrade.

This is the perfect beginner bike and a fantastic bike to start your mtb adventure on. The frame offers a great base to upgrade on should your riding warrant it at a later date. Plus unlike some other brands Vitus are well respected in the mountain bike world and find good resale value should you want to sell on your bike in the future.

The Vitus is available for just £550  exclusively from CRC

 

 

Specialized Stumpjumper ST – Interest Free Deals from £79 a Month

Specialized Stumpjumper ST – Interest Free Deals from £79 a Month

Grab this fantastic Specialized Stumpjumper from just £79 a month with 0% Interest!!!


Frame: M5 alloy chassis and rear end, asymmetrical design, 27.5 Trail Geometry, fully enclosed internal cable routing, 12x148mm dropouts, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, 130mm of travel
Fork: RockShox Recon RL, Motion Control damper with low-speed compression to lockout, 46mm offset, rebound adjust, 15x110mm Boost™ Maxle® Lite thru-axle, 130mm of travel
Rear Shock: X-Fusion 02 Pro RL, Rx Trail Tune, rebound adjust, lockout 190x45mm
Stem: Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
Bars: Specialized Trail, 6061 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm, 31.8mm clamp
Front Brake: Tektro Gemini Comp, hydraulic disc, resin pad, 200mm
Rear Brake: Tektro Gemini Comp, hydraulic disc, resin pad, 180mm
Rear Mech: SRAM SX Eagle
Shifters: SRAM SX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
Speed: 12
Rims: Double-wall alloy, 27mm internal width
Front Hub: Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm thru-axle, 32h
Rear Hub: Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 32h
Front Tyre: Purgatory, GRID casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5 x 2.3″
Rear Tyre: Purgatory, GRID casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5 x 2.3″
Seat Post: TransX dropper, 34.9mm, XS: 100mm, S: 125mm, ML/XL: 150mm Travel
Saddle: Body Geometry Myth 155 S, Body Geometry Henge 143 M/L/XL, steel rails
Chainset: SRAM SX Eagle, Powerspline, 170mm, 32T
Bottom Bracket: SRAM Powerspline
Chain: SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
Cassette: SRAM PG-1210 Eagle, 11-50t
Pedals: Specialized Dirt

No Deposit and pay £79.13 a month for 24 Months 0% Interest Free – at Tredz Cycles Total Price £1899

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Brand-X Ascend Dropper Seatpost Review

Brand-X Ascend Dropper Seatpost Review

Brand X Ascend Dropper Post – £89.99 (with 35% off)
After installation the morning it arrived I then went for an epic trail ride, climbing and descending in the muddy trails of derbyshire dales. Now this is the thing and the revelation, I wasnt expecting much from this budget dropper post but having previously used a Reverb for some time I am astounded that Brand X can produce a better product and retail it at less than half the price! I

Installing everything is easy peasy and quick, maybe a bit fiddly with the internal cable routing but as long as you follow the instructions included its no problem at all. You will need to cut the excess bit of inner cable or possibly outer too depending on bike size. There are no instructions included with the lever kit but installation is pretty much the same.

Triggering feels lighter than that of the reverb, but not too light that you don’t feel it. No annoying noises when the seat is actuated. That slight side to side saddle movement that seems inherent to dropper posts is present but is far less than on the reverb and the least I have ever come across. Seat offset is the same as on reverb so I didn’t feel to far forward or back. Feels much more solid and reassuring yet weighs much less and looks more subtle and stylish than the big money brands.

All in all an amazing product at an astounding price point. I feel this dropper is a real game changer in the market and has really raffled the feathers of the big names. About time too. The 1.5m cable was perfect for my Medium sized Sommet.

  • Pros:
  • low cost
  • solid quality materials yet light weight
  • easy to instal and maintain
  • hardly any saddle swivel inherent to droppers
  • insert measurement markings
  • easy operation
  • optional 2x and 3x kit
  • contemporary subtle stylingCons:
  • need more drop options for taller riders
  • need for longer cable
    Lever could be improved.

 

Top 5 – Flat Pedals

Top 5 – Flat Pedals

In no particular order, here are our top 5 flat pedals.
Our choice is based on price and value, grip, looks and durability – for enduro style riding.
In the interests of sanity, these carry a max price point of £100 cos anything over that is completely unnecessary.
No composite pedals allowed, so just proper hard metal pedals for this review.

 

1. Shimano gr500

Available for £32 from CRC
Previously known as Shimano Saint Flats, these dependable and slim pedals from Shimano offer amazing value with fantastic grip, durability and looks.

At £32 these are by-far the cheapest pedals in this list.
Easy to service with a removable axle and easy to access bearings. 3 Pin lengths for adjustable grip.
The reviewer has spent 2 seasons on this pedal and nothing comes close with the value for money. Make sure you get your pins set up correctly (pins on the outside, longest setting, no pins on the center of the pedal) and they will provide fantastic grip on even flat sole trainers (Vans waffle sole, Adidas flat sole etc…).
Weight is 535g per pair – the heaviest on this review, but reassuringly robust.

  • Unique shape with concave platform for better control and efficiency
  • Extra-wide and especially low profile
  • 3 different pin height settings to match different styles of riding
  • Replaceable pins, screwed in from the back for easy maintenance
  • Extra strong axle

 

2. DMR V12 Magnesium

Currently Only £40.99 (RRP £75) at Chain Reaction Cycles

The DMR V12 flat pedals have firmly established themselves as the original flat pedal design that has survived the test of time. DMR has now redesigned its best selling platform to be larger for increased foot stability, but slimmer to reduce the weight and ensure better ground clearance. This has been achieved without any compromise on strength or durability, making these pedals the ideal choice for aggressive all-mountain, enduro and downhill riders.

Features:

  • Material: Magnesium body, CrMo (cromoly) axle
  • Axle Size: Standard 9/16″ thread
  • Bearing Type: Fully sealed bearings
  • Dimensions: 95x100mm (width x length), 16mm depth
  • Larger Platform Area: 10% more surface area than the classic shape
  • Lower Profile: At just 16mm deep, these pedals are as slim as possible whilst still retaining DMR’s legendary concave feel
  • Lighter Weight: 20% weight saving from the previous model
  • All pins on the pedal are replaceable and tunable for preferred grip
  • Replacement Pins Included: No
  • Weight: 350g per pair

 

3. Nukeproof Horizon Pro DH Flats

Currently on sale at Only £63.99

Designed for DH, but utalized for Enduro, these are the pedal of choice for ultimate grip and durability. They will withstand some proper hard rock strikes and landings. For this reason we find them a fantastic pedal option.

137 5 Star Reviews shows just how much this pedal is loved!

Designed in collaboration with 5-time downhill world champion and three-time Enduro World Series Champion Sam Hill, Nukeproof brings you its Horizon Pro Flat Pedals. Precisely engineered, they give you the ideal balance of fatigue resistance and strength with a minimum weight penalty. These flat mountain bike pedals have a large platform with adjustable pins and angled edges to aid deflection from rock or root strikes.

Prolonged Pedal Life

The Horizon Pro has all the features found on the Horizon Sam Hill. Each pedal body spins on high-quality DU bushings with 2 sealed cartridge bearings to help spread the stress loads from heavy impacts. Meanwhile, a lip seal between the axle end and pedal body helps to reduce ingress of water and dirt prolonging pedal life between services.

Features:

  • Material: Forged 6061-T6 Alloy body with CNC finishing
  • Axle: Cro-Mo, standard 9/16″ thread
  • 2 x high quality DU bushings & 4 x sealed cartridge bearings (Per Pair)
  • Adjustable pin heights
  • Weight: 430g

 

4. OneUp Components Alu MTB Pedals

£89 at CRC

Extremely lightweight and extremely grippy. The OneUp pedals ae a slightyl leftfield choice but a firm favorite with both trail riders and enduro riders.

Thye feature a large platform with plenty of pins. The cartridge bearings are a massive upgrade to the DU bushes that many cheaper pedals feature. They come in 7 colourways to match your bike and the bearings don’t allow the pedals to freely spin – great for when your feet come off!

The OneUp Components Flat MTB pedals feature a tough 6061-T6 aluminium construction and a super-wide platform for increased foot stability over the most challenging terrain. They also have a tough CrMo axle to stand up to you landing the biggest jumps and drops. There’s 10 pins on either side for ultimate grip and the pedal’s thin leading edges are tapered to deflect strikes on rocks and tree roots. Fully sealed beatings ensure smooth operation that lasts.

Features:

  • Body Material: 6061-T6 Aluminium
  • Axle Material: CrMo
  • Platform Size: 115x105mm
  • Pins: 10 per side
  • Height: 8.3-12mm
  • Pin To Axle Distance: 112mm
  • Contoured shape
  • 4 fully sealed bearings
  • Serviceable design with built in bearing extractor
  • Unique cassette tool lock ring
  • Weight: 355g

 


5. Brendog Signature Pedals DMR Vault V2
£88.00

Brendan Fairclough the original flat pedal style for miles rider on the UCI DH circuit. These are his signature pedals and if they are good enough for brendog then they are good enough for you! Gippy as fuck when paired with 510 pedals – no finer or more stylish pedals are available!
We absolutely love these!

DMR Vault V2 Brendog Signature Pedals

The Vault V2 Brendog Signature Pedals are the result of a collaboration with DMR and Brendan “Brendog” Fairclough, one of the most stylish downhill riders on the scene. They offer the same high-quality construction as the standard Vault V2 model, such as the 6061 alloy body and C4130 CrMo Axle but boast a unique colour scheme and Brendog’s decals and signatures.

Wide and Flat Pedals with Reversable Pins

These pedals are ready to take on the biggest jumps and you can be certain that they’ll withstand the landing. They also offer excellent grip, foot stability and clearance, thanks to the 11 pins per pedal, concave-shaped foot bed and thin 17mm profile.

Features:

  • Material: Body: Extruded 6061 Aluminium; Axles: 4140 CrMo Steel
  • Size: 105x105mm with 17mm concave foot bed
  • Tuneable: 11 ‘flipPin’ per pedal can be fitted ‘short’ or ‘long’ to fine tune the grip available
  • Serviceable: High load DU bush and cartridge bearing
  • Weight: 430g (Pair)

Buy DMR Components from Chain Reaction Cycles, the World’s Largest Online Bike Store.

Specs

  • Colour: Black
Vitus Mythique VRS Review

Vitus Mythique VRS Review

The 2020 Vitus Mythique VRS is a fantastic value all mountain and trail bike suitable for a multitude of riding. With a great spec list, competent geometry and great performance Vitus horst-link suspension platform providing full active braking, plus a good pedal platform with great climbing and descending properties

We Reviewed the Vitus Mythique VR a while back and found it to be great value at just £999, with spec list that would be perfect for a beginner to intermediate rider wanting to get out on the trails and into weekend mountain biking with mates at trail centers.
After a few dodgy paint jobs in the past the 2020 Vitus lineup looks absolutely amazing and stylish – the military green VRS looks da bomb!
The VRS is currently available at just £1159 – JUST £160 more than the VR – with possibly £500 more in the value of upgraded parts!

The VRS features an additional 10mm of travel over the VR – giving it 140mm both front and rear – more than enough for a trail bike and matching the 140mm on the higher priced Escarpe. The VRS features exactly the same frame design as the VR but with the longer travel X-Fusion Sweep RC forks and the longer stroke X-Fusion 02PRO-R 200 x 56.

Compared to the VS the VRS is coming in with a budget dropper post instead of the standard ridged seat-post of the VR – dropper posts are an essential component of trail riding nowadays and would have been the first upgrade to the VR, so its great to see this on the VRS!
The VRS also comes with a SX Eagle 12 Speed drivetrain – more range than the 10 speed drive of the VR and also comes with a SRAM SX Crankset instead of the Suntour!

We are impressed with the Mythique VR and for just £160 more the Mythique VRS looks absolutely perfect!

The 2020 Vitus Lineup is selling like hot cakes at the moment -especially while CRC are running 20% off the list price. So if you want one, best to snap it up quick before they sell out. Stock is shifting as soon as it gets to CRC or Wiggles warehouse!

The Vitus Mythique VRS – with 20% off – Just £1159 at Chain Reaction

Vitus Escarpe VR Review with SRAM NX Eagle

Vitus Escarpe VR Review with SRAM NX Eagle

Well blooming heck, this is a bit tasty isnt it! The Vitus Escarpe VR complete bike available at just £2299 – with a spec list that makes for great reading!
Vitus are Chain Reaction Cycles own ‘budget’ in house brand of bike, and the budget tag isn’t anything to be put off by, because these bikes mean business.
It has no less than 7, 5 star reviews here….

We have ridden countless version of the Escarpe over the past few years and we were very impressed by the competent handling and surprising build quality for such a cheap bike. This 2020 incarnation looks fantastic with its sleek lines and the great suspension platform stays the same.

The Vitus Escarpe VR features some great components at this price point. Nothing on paper will let you down and nothing obvious needs changing straight away, even for the more serious MTBers out there. Even the tyres are great out of the box – usually even around this price point, complete bikes will be lacking in the rubber – but the Maxxis Minion DHF up front is sound and the Rekon rear is a good climber.

The frame offers 140mm of travel, a slight increase on previous years, and should be just great for most styles of riding. The Escarpe is designed to ridden aggressively and can handle the rough stuff well. The 150mm Rock Shox Lyric forks enable you to plough through rocks at speed and although a slight miss match with the rear end, the geo is just right. The Lyric Forks are really top of their game at the mid range market – they offer a lot of adjustability and match well with the rear shock. You wont find a better fork on any bike for under £3k.

Check out that rear shock the RS Deluxe Select + RT, tuned in for the Escarpe platform – loads of adjustably and tokens included – gives a fantastic dialled in ride for both climbing and descending. The 140mm of travel genuinely feels more – having riden both the Sommet and the Escarpe there is not too much difference in the amount of travel both offer – especially when the rear shock is dialed in well, you wont find yourself being left behind on the descents, the Escarpe can handle anything the Sommet can even with 20mm less travel.

 

We love the expensive SRAM chainset and NX Eagle 12 speed Groupset. The Sram Guide T brakes shouldn’t let you down and are really dependable stoppers – realistically your only worthwhile upgrade would be to Hope E4’s, thats not to say the SRAM Guides are the second best brakes on the market, but you really wont need much more power than these on a trail bike. The Brand X dropper post is a dependable performer, no hassle, no flashing lights and relatively simple to service compared to more expensive models, it will serve you well!

Plus points:
• Great suspension platform with excellent geometry.
• 12 Speed group
• Dialed rear shock and forks.
• Looks amazing.
• Fantastic Value.

Negatives:
• Slightly heavier than expected at nearly 15kg, but still no fatty.
• Slight miss match on front and rear travel, won’t bother most but could prove to be a bit wallowy up front unless you get your suspension set up 100% correctly.
• Brand X dropper comes with mixed reviews, although not seem much better at this price point.
• Has competition from the longer travel Vitus Sommet – and doesn’t out-climb its big brother by much.
• Seat tube on the frame is loooong – make it difficult to get the seat really low for some riders – choose your frame size wisely especailly if you like to get the seat down low!

We think for the money and LOOKS (yummy), this Vitus is in a league of its own.
27.5 wheelsize or 29 wheelsize – you decide!
Get it direct at CRC for only £2299, available in 3 sizes.

Also available from CRC sister (owner) site Wiggle! Check out their 0% interest free deals if thats how you roll!


Providing every rampant run with 140mm of rear travel, the Escarpe gives an unbeatable trail-riding experience, allowing you to climb to the highest highs and drop back down with confidence and composure.

High-Performance, Alloy-Framed, Full Suspension MTB

This VR model comes kitted out with a top-end 150mm RockShox Lyric Select Charger RC fork and 140mm RS Deluxe Select+ rear shock to bear the brunt of every bump and bang on your way across the mountain. It also comes with SRAM 1×12 NX Eagle gearing, SRAM Guide T disc brakes, plus internal dropper post routing for the Brand-X Ascend dropper post. This venturesome Vitus rolls you smoothly and steadily on its WTB ST Light rims and 2.6” wide Maxxis 3C tyres, to give a tubeless-ready, high-grip and easy-handling experience as you weave your way to off-road excellence.

• Escarpe 6061-T6 alloy 27.5” frame with boost spacing and modern aggressive geometry
• 140mm rear suspension, 150mm front suspension
• SRAM 1×12 NX Eagle groupset
• Brand-X Ascend Internal Dropper Post
• Metric Trunnion-mount shock with sealed bearing upper shock mount
• Maxxis Assegai / Minnion tyres
• Tubeless-ready Maxxis 3C Tyres with tubeless rim tape fitted and valves included

 

Built, Tuned and Tested
Rest assured that each bike is fully built, tested and tuned by Wiggle’s team of qualified bike mechanics to ensure your bike arrives in perfect condition. Find out which size fits you by clicking the size chart tab.

Note: Manufacturer may reserve the right to change the specification of that listed or shown on this page.

Buy Vitus Bikes from Chain Reaction Cycles, the World’s Largest Online Bike Store.

Also available from CRC sister (owner) site Wiggle! Check out their 0% interest free deals if thats how you roll!

Wellgo V8 Copy Pedals Review (£5.99)

Wellgo V8 Copy Pedals Review (£5.99)

wellgo pedals

Wellgo V8 Copy Pedals (Long Term Test)

I have used these on my ‘do it all’ trail bike for over 18 months, it gets ridden at least once a week throughout the year. These pedals have never let me down. They offer good grip, good durability and look decent! They are £5.99, yes bloody £5.99!!!!!! So cheap you can buy load of them and fix them to random objects around the home.
Like many people, i loved the shape of the old DMR v8 & v12, these pedals are a direct copy of them. (The new shape DMR v8 & v12 are completely horrendous – so thin that your foot rests on the axle and provides absolutely no grip even with the long pins!)
They have outlived my old Shimano GR500 Saint Pedals by over a year. They have outlived my old DMR v12 pedals by 6 months. They are proper quality and get jet washed all the time (with zero shits given). The pins are nice and long and work well with waffle sole shoes or Adidas. They feel bombproof and reassuringly heavy. Don’t be put off by the reflectors shown in the stock photos, they come off easily with an allen key!
The shape is suitable for a shoe size 11, loads of grip and easy to find the pedal after a dab. Bearings run nicely with a mid pace so wont be spinning around looking to catch a shin. These are really very good and for £6 they are an absolute bargain!!

I have absolutely no idea why anyone would spend £120ish on pedals, an expensive pedal will not make you faster!

Buy Wellgo’s, be happy, save money and spend the money you have saved on something that actually will improve your riding like better tyres, cockpit setup or suspension tuneup!

Wellgo V8 Copy Pedals only £5.99 From CRC

Vitus Mythique 27 VR Review

Vitus Mythique 27 VR Review

Vitus Mythique 27 VR review

The Mythique is the Brand New trail bike from Chain Reaction Cycles in house brand Vitus. With 130mm of travel front and back on a developed horst link 4 bar linkage this is a bike designed to handle a multitude of mtb duties.

The lowest priced version in the Mythique lineup offers unbeatable value with a RRP of just £1250 (currently available for just £999) and puts it at the absolute bargain basement of full suspension mountain bikes.

But is the Vitus Mythique a capable bike for a beginner? Looking at the component list we think so! Vitus have always offered exceptional value bikes with the Sommet and the Escarpe out performing bikes nearly double their respective values. The Vitus Mythique offers the same style suspension platform featured on the more expensive Escarpe with similar performance in kinematics.

With 130mm of travel you can be assured the bike will handle both XC and gravity orientated duties with aplomb. The X-Fusion forks and shock might not be the best suspension units, but we have gone a long long way from ‘budget’ suspension of the 2010’s – most beginner to intermediate riders will not feel much difference between these and more exotic brands such as Rock Shox and Fox. The bike is designed to get you out riding and enjoy mountain bike trail-centres and loops.

The Vitus suspension platform offers a good pedalling platform with minimal bob while climbing. If you have the rear shock set up correctly it should climb like a hard-tail when pedalling seated. No more excuses not to have a full suspension bike!!
Our review of the Vitus Mythique is based on 4 years of riding Vitus Bikes in the most gruelling of Peak District Terrain. We are talking long trail loops, loamy tracks, singletrack, downhill runs and canal paths – just every type of riding that a mountain bike should be capable of. The Vitus manages it all!

Even with its budget price the Vitus Mythique offer some real stand out components that would be at home on bikes costing loads more. The Schwalbe tyres are exceptional and you couldn’t ask for a better front tyre than the Magic Mary – used by many fast enduro riders.
Usually the first thing you would look to upgrade on a bike this price is the tyres – most bikes would come with the (frankly awful) WTB fast rolling tyres.
The Hans Dampf and Magic Mary are absolutely perfect!

The 10 Speed Shimano Deore drivetrain is a solid performer – although not a 1 x 11 speed offering, it still has a 11 to 46 rear cassette which will give you the same range as most older 11 speed sets – enabling you to ride up the steepest slopes.

The budget Shimano brakes will offer good stopping power, but at the bottom end of the market the heavier riders may find they want to upgrade to a more powerful brake later on. 180mm rotors are a nice touch, many biies at this price come with smaller 160mm rotors and the larger rotor size increases braking performance on longer descents.

WTB St i30 rims built onto Vitus own brand hubs look solid performers and the black spokes give the bike a lovely look.

Nukeproof contact points including bars and saddle are a lovely finish, great solid kit and something that shouldn’t require changing any time soon. At 800mm wide the bars offer a good width and a refreshing change from the days of stock handlebars being undersized.

Lovely finishing bits of a KMC chain and Across Headset with a Suntour BB means the Vitus Mythique hasn’t been overlooked or undersold in the parts you don’t see.

Head-tube angle of 66deg is perfect for the length of the bike and sit nicely with the travel – offering up-to-date geometry.

Weight is pretty good too at only 14.2kg – the will not be many bikes under £2500 that will be lighter.

The Vitus Mythique offers absolutely unbelievable value with a finishing kit found on bikes costing £600 more. The travel and geometry of the bike is suited to beginner and intermediate riders alike and will offer great stability and confidence on the steeps, slopes and climbs of the peak district and wales.

PROS:

Tyres are fantastic!
Groupset is unbeatable at this price.
180mm brake rotors.
Vitus suspension platform is fantastic and similar to the Escarpe and Sommet.
Vitus bike traditionally have good resale value.
Easy to source spares from CRC or Wiggle.
Nothing is better value!

Cons:
No dropper post at this price! – Thats your first upgrade if buying!
Paintwork is quite thin, will chip easily.
Finish on some shipped bikes can be a bit dodgy – cables too long and gears not indexed correctly.


Conclusion!!
After 4 years riding both the Escarpe and Sommet I would personally be more than happy to do a season on this Vitus Mythique. It will handle the best of UK riding with ease and with a few upgrades (like brakes and dropper) it will handle gravity duties as well as XC loops.
Beginners would feel absoultely perfect on this bike, while intermediate riders would require one or two upgrades to feel at home.
Best bargain bike of the year! Absolutely. You have no reason to undersell yourself by buying a hardtail now!

Available at CRC for just £999.00 with free shipping!
A true bargain at £999 and will sell out fast! Be Quick

Or also available at Wiggle for £999.00 plus available with 0% interest free finance!!!

Cheapest Way to Send a Bike! Post a Bike to Europe

Cheapest Way to Send a Bike! Post a Bike to Europe

How to send a bike in the UK & How to send a bike to europe!
Cheap Bike Delivery!

Post your bike to UK for under £30 or European Destinations for under £35.
If you are selling a bike or frame on Ebay, it’s best to offer delivery if you want top dollar for your item. Loads more buyers will be interested if they can get it delivered to them, rather than having to drive a few hundred miles at the weekend to pick up.

You can also potentially ship to Europe and open up buyers in super rich, mountain bike loving countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria. If the parts are right, buyers in these countries WILL pay a premium for the right kit, especially now the £GBP has dropped against the €Euro. How to Send a bike to UK or Europe for less than £35!

Summary of the cost of posting a bike to both the UK and Germany.

These prices update and change regularly so please check on the respective website to get the updated price and T&C.
Prices shown are with shipping agents – these sites have contracts with the large courier firms (DPD, UPS, DHL etc…) they resell courier services direct to the public for highly reduced rates. It is 99% of the time cheaper to book via one of these shipping resellers than direct through the courier itself.
Once you have booked and paid for your delivery, the shipping agent will provide the address slip you will need to fix to the parcel. Then the respective courier will collect the parcel at the agreed date. You are responsible for correctly stating the parcel dimensions are weight, securely packaging and making sure you are in when the courier comes to deliver.
All shipping agents offer insurance for loss or damage (above the standard £50 or £100). I personally wouldn’t bother, as long as your bike box is properly packaged up with loads of bubble wrap etc… then UPS and DPD especially are always reliable, but if that’s going to play on your mind then delivery insurance normally costs between 5 to 10% of the insured value. Most couriers have excellent tracking services. (Top tip, stick your weigh label on twice on opposite sides of the parcel + leave one inside the parcel + write the to or return address on the actual box in pen – leaving almost no room for mixups, loss or error)

Where to get a Bike Box?
Quite a few bike boxes are available to buy on ebay – or its worth looking on your local facebook marketplace or swap page if anyone local to you is trying to get rid of one.
Also worth asking nicely in your local bike shop if they have any they are getting rid of!

Best couriers to use?
Generally everyone has a horror story to tell about every firm. I would say try to stick with the delivery firms that employ full time drivers with liveried vans and uniforms rather than using casual and part time couriers.
UPS, DPD, FedEX, TNT, Parcelforce/GNS to name the majority

Best way to pack!
Loads of bubble wrap!
Full size bike boxes will fit a bike with the forks and rear wheel attached (front wheel removed).
Smaller size bike boxes will require the removal of the front forks and possibly also the rear wheel.

In both cases the handlebars should be removed and you can zip tie these securely to the frame with the brake and gear cables still atatched to the bars.
Pedals will have to come off, but cranks and mech should stay on (for safety it might be worth boxing these off with additional cardboard and bubble wrap!)
WARNING!!! If you are sending via air freight (e.g to USA) PLEASE PLEASE remember to let the air out of your tyres and most importantly out of your shocks – so many stories of forks and rear shocks seals being destroyed during air travel.

WARNING Number Two!!! ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS post to the registered address that came with the PayPal payment (presuming you used PayPal as payment provider). Scam numero uno is for the thief to pay via a legit PayPal account and then ask you to change the shipping address to something else. This means that even with your proof of delivery – the thief can claim their money back with PayPal and claim the bike wasn’t delivered to them.
ALWAYS POST TO THE ADDRESS REGISTERED WITH THE PAYPAL PAYMENT TO GET SELLER SECURITY!
Should the buyer wish to change the address and you feel its a legitimate reason – cancel the payment and get them to issue payment again with the updated address.
Thanks for listening and happy selling and posting!!!

Quoted bike box is a FULL SIZE BIKE BOX – size is 136cm x 75cm x 20cm (Weight 15kg)




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To Germany
From £102







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They are best as international deliveries although do offer domestic services as well.

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Full Size Bike Box
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with a full size Bike Box
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IPostParcels is an affiliate of DHL in the UK.

UK Bike Delivery
The maximum size parcel the handle is 70x70x70 and 25kg.
Not great for a bike box – but could work well for posting a set of wheels or a bike frame.
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International Delivery
They handle up to 120cm long for international deliveries! So depending on the size of your bike box this might be perfect!
They offer 2 to 3 day delivery to Germany
From £27


 

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