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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 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!!!

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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