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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!

Vitus Dominer – DH for under 2k? Review

Vitus Dominer – DH for under 2k? Review

The Vitus Dominer is a more than capable DH MTB with a great spec for £1999

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Vitus is a brand we know a lot about (have a couple in the shed) and write a lot about.

Vitus bikes are generally well designed, look good and offer great value. This DH machine is no different! The question everyone will be asking is, is the Dominer worth the £2k and what are the alternatives at this price point.

First off lets look at the Dominer’s frame and spec.
We have 200mm travel front and back with Rockshox Boxxer Team up front and a Rockshox Vivid R2C on the back. Absolutely no complaints on either of these, both complete performers and retail at around £1100for the pair alone!
The Dominer Frame is T6 6061 Aluminium and looks great. In Vitus’ own words the suspension platform ‘features a floating horizontal shock mount (FHSM) and actual main pivot location (AMPL) designed to provide the most efficient pedalling and suspension action’.

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Drivetrain is Shimano Zee with nice little points like a KMC chain (wouldn’t ride anything else) and every dependable E.Thirteen device. Brakes are also Shimano Zee, in my experience no one but the most burley of racers will notice the difference between the more expensive Saints and the cheaper Shimano Zee’s, especially if you opt to upgrade the Zee’s to the vented pads. We have 203mm rotors front and back and the Zee model is BR-M640.
Wheels duties are provided by Novatech hubs (Vitus own brand) laced onto WTB rims which are tubeless ready. The tyres are Maxxis High Roller 2.4″, some people love them some hate them with a passion, give them a try and see if you get on with them, otherwise flog them off on Ebay and upgrade to Schwalbe or Continental.
Nukeproof 760mm bar with stem and FSA headset – No complaints, maybe worth an upgrade to a wider bar if you are a gorilla or like to pretend to be Greg Minnaar.
Stated weight is just under 17kg, not light but not too bad at all, certainly not in the realms of DH bikes a few years past which weighed in at a hefty 21kg +.

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The Ride.
The Vitus is somewhat surprisingly pretty easy to ride considering it is a 200m travel DH machine. Its not toooooo slack but not at all outdated geo wise (63deg head angle). The Vitus has a pretty neutral riding position and you feel very stable even at lower speeds. Its easy to chuck the bike about and the frame offers a good degree of pop especially when you get the shock dialed in to your weight. It seems like the kind of bike you want to take out in your local woods and piss about on. Remember when you were 14 and would just twat about – this bike makes you want to do that again – but faster.
Its not the lightest bike, you are not going to want to do any enduro loops on it, but if you don’t mind pushing up the steep slopes then this could be the one!
The entire bike is very neutral and considered. Nothing requires an upgrade straight away, nothing will annoy you. The ride is neutral and the tyres are forgiving, the bars are average width and the groupset is dependable. That last coupkle of sentances make the Vitus seem a little boring, its not at all, its massive fun, its just not a thoroughbred race machine and you wouldn’t expect that at this price!

The Vitus Dominer – Available direct at CRC for only £1999

 

 

Alternatives at under £2k

Actually quite a few strong ones!

Norco Aurum offer options: between £1599 and £1885 the more expensive Aurum coming with a Carbon Frame and similar kit to the Dominer with RC Kage rear shock and Boxxer fork, Zee group and maxxis tyres. See the Norco Aurum c7.3 here….

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Another option is the GT Fury Elite with its expensive Fox rear shock and cheaper RockShox Domain R Forks. It is a proven racing frame and offers an unrivaled racing poise and geometry.
You can find the GT Fury here for £1999…

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Scott Voltage FR – £400 Off – Last Few

Scott Voltage FR – £400 Off – Last Few

Great bike here for the money. Very last few remaining so be quick if your in the market for a budget freeride & bike park thrasher.

Scott Voltage FR – Now Only £1099

Scott Voltage FR 30 – 2011 – Now only £1099
150mm-170mm travel with a coil shock and Domain 302 forks. Sram group set with avid brakes and Scwalbe, FSA, Truvativ and Alex finishing kit.

Scott Voltage FR 20 – Now only £1499

Scott Voltage FR 20 – Now only £1499
Same again but with Rock Shox Domain dual crowns and a fox vanilla rear coil shock.

Both absolute bargains!

Watch the video and see exactly how you will (or can) ride these bikes 😉

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Steve Peat World Champion // Book Out Now – £24.99

Steve Peat World Champion // Book Out Now – £24.99

A great addition to any cyclist’s coffee table, get the full photographic insight into Steve Peat’s world championship winning season in 2009. Foreword by the Legendary Rob Warner, Photo’s by Victor Lucas and of course captions and insights from the big man himself!

Get your hands on a glorious glossy hardback copy for only £24.99

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Mountain Bike Christmas Stocking Fillers

Mountain Bike Christmas Stocking Fillers

Here are some great goodies that every mtb rider would appreciate in their christmas stocking alongside the usual satsuma, soap and chocolate gifts. If your buying for a loved one or even just for yourself, here are some low cost mtb components and accessories to trick out your bike in this festive period.
Click on the Images for more info direct at CRC!

Odi Try Lee Designs – Lock On Grips. Something every rider always appreciates to freshen up their steed! £20 at CRC
Royal Racing CoolMax Socks – Great looking performance socks from DH racing brand Royal Racing. What bike rider wouldnt appreciate these more than the usual Marks and Sparks polyester affair! 3 Pack for only £11.98!
IXS Sticker Pack – Everyone loves some stickers, great for plastering on a bike frame, helmet, tool box or van. Young or Old there is something about sticky graphics that turns everybody into a logo freak!Only £3.98!!
MuckOff Wash & Lube Kit – Great prensent for any self respecting (or should that read ‘bike respecting’) mountain biker. Get that thousand pound machine looking new again and well maintained with Much Offs wash and lube kit. Includes Wash spray, both wet and dry lube and a detailing brush. Only £19.99 at CRC with £5 off!
Nokian DH Tube – Perfect for any DH or Freeride riders out there. Everybody gets punctures, so this will sit in a tool box until the next pinchflat emergency! Stock up on them for only £7 each for the 26″ wheel version (common on almost all dh and freeride bikes).

Oakley O Frame DH Goggles – A great gift for any DH rider, definitely not the most expensive Goggle out there at only £28 but it definitely doesn’t skimp on performance or looks! Oakley are one of the worlds biggest sports eyewear manufactures and a massive name in both the MTB and MX worlds. With 15 Colourways to choose from, the O Frame is a great Goggle for any Downhiller.

DirtyHabit I Love DH T-Shirt – At £17.99 and available in 3 different colours this T-Shirt is bound to go down(hill) well with any self respecting Dher.

Wellgo V8 Copy Flat Pedals – Pedals get bashed around alot and often need replacing most often on a bike along with tires and grips. These Wellgo pedals and great value at only £11.99 they are a copy of the absolute classic (and slightly more expensive) DMR V8 Pedal – a firm favorite with many flat pedal mtb rider.
Dakine Angus Belt – Streetstyle belt from the mtb apparel manufacturer. £13.99 and available in 2 colourways!
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MTB Websites

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Dirt Magazine

Downhill Forums (German)


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Descent World

MTB Rider Magazine (German)

Frontline Magazine (German)

Nordic Shore (UK & Norway)

Wallride Magazine (Spain)

Timo Pritzel


Freecaster MTB Videos

Wide Open Magazine

Dirt Masters Festival

HardTail Nation

Dirt Force (German)

Run The Game Magazine (Hungarian)

Hello Darcey (Ultra Cute Female MTBer)

Gravity Slaves

Chris Akriggs Vimeo Channel

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