Vitus Reveal their Updated Range of Hardtails and Trail Bikes for 2021

Sep 10, 2020
by Vitus Bikes  

The Vitus Hardtail range has been the foundation of the brand since we relaunched back in 2009 and continues to provide an accessible entry into the sport we all love without compromise in performance. In 2020 we also launched our Mythique trail bike with the goal of providing the best entry-level trail bike on the market. For our 2021 range, we have refined the specs across the board and are pretty stoked to share the range with you.

Vitus Nucleus Range

The Nucleus isn’t your run of the mill entry-level mountain bike. It’s the foundation of the Vitus mountain bike range, with aggressive geometry designed to get you hooked. For 2021 all models now come with 1x groupsets.

Nucleus 27 VR, VRW & 29 VR

- SR Suntour Air Forks (120mm 27 VR 100mm 29VR)
- Box 1x8spd Drivetrain – Narrow Wide Chainring and Clutch Rear Mech
- WTB i30 Rims
- WTB Vigilante/Trail Boss tyres
- Tektro M275 Brakes
- Internal dropper post cable routing

RRP: £549.99 / € 649.99 / $649.99
Weight: 13.95kg (27 VR/VRW) 14.30kg (29VR)

Nucleus 27 VRS & 29 VRS

- SR Suntour AIR 120mm Forks
- Shimano 1x10spd M5100 Deore Drivetrain
- Tektro M290 Brakes
- WTB i30 Rims
- WTB Vigilante/Trail Boss tyres
- Internal dropper post cable routing

RRP: £699.99 / € 799.99 / $799.99
Weight: 14.08kg (27 VRS) 14.16kg (29VRS)

Vitus Sentier Range

This multi-award winning hardtail is capable, playful and confident over all terrain. The 2021 Vitus Sentier is ready for the aggressive hardtail trail riding we all love.

Sentier 27 & 29

- X-Fusion RC32 Boost 130mm
- Shimano Deore 1x10 Drivetrain
- Tektro HD-M290 Brakes
- WTB ST i30 Tubeless-ready rims
- Schwalbe Magic Mary / Hans Dampf tyres

RRP: £849.99 / € 949.99 / $999.99
Weight: 13.38kg (27) 13.33kg (29)

Sentier 27 VR / VRW & 29 VR

- Marzocchi Bomber Z2 (140mm - 27 // 130mm - 29)
- Shimano Deore 1x11 Drivetrain
- Shimano MT410 brakes
- WTB ST i30 Tubeless-ready rims
- Schwalbe Magic Mary / Hans Dampf tyres

RRP: £1,099.99 / € 1,299.99 / $1,299.99
Weight: 13.64kg (27 VR / VRW ) 13.82kg (29 VR)

Sentier 27 VRS & 29 VRS

- FOX 34 Float Rhythm Series (140mm - 27 // 130mm - 29)
- Shimano SLX/Deore 1x12 Drivetrain
- Shimano MT520/510 brakes
- WTB ST i30 Tubeless-ready rims
- Schwalbe Magic Mary / Hans Dampf tyres

RRP: £1,399.99 / €1,599.99 / $1,699.99
Weight: 13.48kg (27 VRS ) 13.67kg (29 VRS)

Sentier 27 VRX & 29 VRX

- FOX 34 Float Performance Series (140mm - 27 // 130mm - 29)
- Shimano XT/SLX 1x12 Drivetrain
- Shimano SLX brakes
- WTB ST i30 Tubeless-ready rims
- Schwalbe Magic Mary / Hans Dampf tyres

RRP: £1,599.99 / €1,799.99 / $1,999.99
Weight: 13.10kg (27 VRS ) 13.30kg (29 VRS)

Vitus Rapide Range

The race proven Rapide range transfers the power directly to where you need it, providing rapid response and sharp handling.

Rapide 29

- Rockshox Recon Silver RL 100mm W/ Oneloc
- Shimano 1x10spd M4100 Deore Drivetrain
- Shimano MT401 Brakes
- WTB i25 Rims
- Schwalbe Racing Ray/Racing Ralph Tyres

RRP: £899.99 / €999.99 / $1,099.99
Weight: 13.21kg

Rapide 29 VR

- Rockshox Reba RL 100mm W/ Oneloc
- Shimano 1x11spd M5100 Deore Drivetrain
- Shimano M6100 Deore Brakes
- WTB i25 Rims
- Schwalbe Racing Ray/Racing Ralph Tyres

RRP: £1,149.99 / €1,299.99 / $1,399.99
Weight: 12.52kg

Rapide 29 CRS

- Rockshox SID Select 100mm W/ Oneloc
- Shimano 1x12spd M7100 SLX Drivetrain
- Shimano M6100 Deore Brakes
- WTB KOM Light Rims
- Schwalbe Racing Ray/Racing Ralph Tyres

RRP: £1,799.99 / €1,999.99 / $2,099.99
Weight: 11.14kg

Rapide 29 CRX

- Rockshox SID Ultimate 110mm W/ Oneloc
- Ritchey WCS Cockpit
- Shimano 1x12spd M8100 XT Drivetrain
- Shimano M8100 XT Brakes
- WTB KOM Light Rims
- Schwalbe Racing Ray/Racing Ralph Tyres

RRP: £2,499.99 / €2,799.99 / $2,899.99
Weight: 10.53kg

Vitus Mythique Range

As seen in the Pinkbike Field Test, our goal with the Vitus Mythique was to provide an accessible entry into full suspension mountain bikes without compromise on geometry or performance. For 2021 we have made some subtle upgrades including a dropper post on our base model and Shimano 1 x groupsets across the entire range.

Mythique 27 VR / VRW & 29 VR

- X-Fusion RC32 Fork & O2 Pro R Shock - 130mm F & R
- Shimano 1x10 M4100 Deore Drivetrain
- Shimano MT401 Brakes
- WTB i30 Rims
- Schwalbe Magic Mary/Hans Dampf Tyres
- Brand-X Ascend Dropper

RRP: £1,249.99 / €1,499.99 / $1,499.99
Weight: 14.82kg (27 VR / VRW) 14.90kg (29 VR)

Mythique 27 VRS & 29 VRS

- X-Fusion Slide Boost RC Forks & O2 Pro R Shock - 140mm F & R
- Shimano 1x11 M5100 Deore Drivetrain
- Shimano MT401 Brakes
- WTB i30 Rims
- Schwalbe Magic Mary/Hans Dampf Tyres
- Brand-X Ascend Dropper

RRP: £1,499.99 / €1,649.99 / $1,799.99
Weight: 14.93kg (27 VRS) 15.1kg (29 VRS)

Mythique 27 VRX & 29 VRX

- Marzocchi Bomber Z2 Rail Fork & Rockshox Monarch R Shock - 140mm F & R
- Shimano 1x12 SLX/Deore Drivetrain
- Shimano MT501 Brakes
- WTB i30 Rims
- Schwalbe Magic Mary/Hans Dampf Tyres
- Brand-X Ascend Dropper

RRP: £1,649.99 / €1,899.99 / $1,999.99
Weight: 14.6kg (27 VRX) 14.91kg (29 VRX)

Limited quantities of our 2021 Hardtail range will be available on launch with our retail partners Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles with Mythique coming into stock next week. Vitus bikes are available worldwide and for up to date international pricing please check our retail partners website and select your country in the dropdown.

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  • 54 0
 So glad to see a 1x10/11 drivetrain on an entry level bike, more companies need to do that
  • 9 0
 100% agree. I think the 2x has finally died in terms of trail bike standard equipment. Shimano and SRAM are naking good spec 10/11 speeds at low price points and with other brands (Box and Microshift) becoming more reliable in their lower spec stuff, its only a matter of time. Trickle down tech is awesome and Shimano and SRAM do it way better than most.
  • 10 17
flag nfontanella (Sep 10, 2020 at 7:32) (Below Threshold)
 @constantly-broken: I'd take shimano 2x10 over sx eagle which has been popping up on a ton of entry level bikes. At least the 2x10 works well and you can easily just swap on a narrow wide chainring and have 1x. With sx you're stuck with an entire garbage drivetrain
  • 12 1
 @nfontanella: I had fully planned to ditch the SX drivetrain on my base Capra, but decided to run it until it broke. Hasn't broke yet and I'm beginning to not think about it as a liability as much.

But, when it DOES fail, I'll be swapping to the M5100 1x11 drivetrain. Not going to screw around with the microspline adaptor when the Deore 11s has fantastic range.
  • 3 2
 @nfontanella: You'd need to swap the ring, add some spacers to fix the chainline and swap the rear cassette and derailleur. The 2x10 derailleurs do not work with wide-range (46t) cassettes.

Honestly, I'd take SX. Even if the derailleur breaks (which it very well might) you have a solid if heavy 12 speed cassette that will work with either Shimano or SRAM 12 speed shifters/derailleurs.
  • 2 1
 @nfontanella: a mate has been running SX on his "budget build" do it all hardtail since the SX came out. This thing had taken a beating and has not broken yet. The cranks have held up way longer than I thought (I gave them 6 months or less) and the BB has only JUST started to show signs of needing to be replaced. I am not the biggest of SRAM, but these have impressed me. Will I rush out and buy a set? Not for me, but for one of my kids bikes, for sure. I still run the SRAM GX 7 Speed, Descendant cranks and Code Rs that came on my Sender, run them until they break THEN upgrade.
  • 24 0
 The 650$ model now comes with a one-by drivetrain from Box!? Wow what a bargain. Vitus has upped their game once again! (Last year’s entry model still had a two/by drivetrain). What’s next? A dropper post as a standard on all models?
  • 1 2
 It's a nice touch but is it really 8 speed ?
  • 39 0
 @dglobulator: 8 speed ain't dead Wink We thought 1x8 with a wide range cassette, narrow wide chainring and clutch mech was a better choice than a 2x9 Smile

Hope you like the range!

Vitus Bikes
  • 3 0
 @VitusBikes: Not knocking, just thought it was a typo:-) Aren't there big jumps in the gears though, or isn't it noticeable?
  • 7 0
 @dglobulator: Yeah, with a 42 tooth large cog. It's a really great drivetrain to put on a cheap bike aftermarket, really can help make low end bikes more capable for cheap.
  • 8 0
 @dglobulator: there are a couple of bigger jumps compared to 11/12 speed groupsets but not that noticeable.
  • 4 0
 @VitusBikes: Congrats on these new bikes, they look like amazing fun!

Now that you signed Rob Warner, aren't you going to let him get a bit wild on one of these in an edit and then let him do his own commenting over it? That'd be the main reason to have him on board, isn't it? Let him do the riding AND the talking!
  • 2 0
  • 2 0
 I've been waiting for a bike like this for my daughter, who's outgrown her 24" wheeler, and everything budget for 1.5m riders has 2x. This just went on her Christmas list, lucky girl!
  • 1 0
 @VitusBikes: I would happily use 8 or 9spd over 10, 11 and 12spd anyday if the large ratio was still there. The box prime 9spd works well and doesnt require 2 or 3 shifts a time to feel like youve changed gear.
  • 2 0
 @VitusBikes: great choice, I wish more manufacturers start working with Box and microSHIFT for their entry level bikes!
  • 2 0
 @dglobulator: If you are after big jumps you can always get 12 speed GX with 42-52 jump Smile
  • 1 0
 @winko: Yeah, but that's the low gear for when everything else fails, isn't it? It implies that the 10-42 have decent spacing you can work with. I suppose they just look it as a way to undercut the aftermarket that offers separate low gears we've seen for 10sp and 11sp drivetrains.
  • 25 5
 Something there for most peoples tastes, and finally all the weights!!! No bike review or bike part sold should be done so with showing how much things weigh. Not a weight weenie as such but it's got to be in the top 3-5 considerations of most people when shopping for bikes and bits. Nice one Vitus!
  • 10 35
flag ricochetrabbit (Sep 10, 2020 at 5:10) (Below Threshold)
 No it isn’t. I don’t give a shit about weight. Never crosses my mind.
  • 22 5
 @ricochetrabbit: You're not most people. You are one person!
  • 10 6
 @dglobulator: You're not most people. You are one person!
  • 3 12
flag ricochetrabbit (Sep 10, 2020 at 6:41) (Below Threshold)
 Ok. And? The original poster said weight has to be in the top 3-5 considerations when shopping for a bike. And it’s not for me. Literally never crossed my mind @dglobulator:
  • 10 1
 @ricochetrabbit: 'top 3-5 considerations of most people'. You stating 'no it isn't', is just you, not most people. Just because you don't consider it doesn't mean that most other people don't also. I don't always buy the lightest thing I see but I want to know the weight so I can consider the options. I'm not going to pay £100 extra for a rear mech just to save 50 gms, but if there are two comparable ones I like, of a similar price, I'll chose the lighter one. To do that I need to know how much it weighs first. Vitus have listed all the weights for the whole range so people can apply that logic if they choose to.
  • 2 7
flag ricochetrabbit (Sep 10, 2020 at 9:12) (Below Threshold)
 I get it. I just don’t care. @dglobulator:
  • 2 4
 @dglobulator: You stating weight is "a top 3-5 consideration for most people" is just you, not most people, until you site some sources. I don't look at weight either, and I'm willing to bet that it is a top consideration like you say, but if you are going to call someone out saying that their opinion is wrong and just their opinion, you should back it up with more than just your own opinion.
  • 1 4
 @ricochetrabbit: agreed, my own weight can fluctuate by 5 pounds from day to day, plus variations in clothes I wear or tools I bring along, a few pounds here or there on the bike itself is meaningless
  • 4 0
 I agree, weight does matter. Some people don't like EMTB's simply due to they are too heavy. Not sure how you can go buy a bike and say I don't care how much it weighs, because I like the geometry, brand name, colour and looks. How a buy rides and feels to you is the most important factor, but extra weight can definitely affect how it rides, especially when pedalling uphill...
  • 5 0
 @ricochetrabbit Your profile pic checks out.
  • 1 2
 I stick to bike parks and lift assisted or shuttle. I hate pedaling. @RowdyAirTime:
  • 2 0
 @ricochetrabbit: ha, ha. If only riding bike parks or shuttling, yes weight does not matter. The rest of us have to pedal to the top to have fun coming down, so weight does make a difference...
  • 15 1
 I ride a Vitus Sommet, very happy with it. The main thing holding it back is the rider's skill.
  • 13 0
 As always, fair prices from Vitus.
  • 2 17
flag freeridejerk888 (Sep 10, 2020 at 5:09) (Below Threshold)
 Well they premade catalog frames from Taiwan so yes very cheep. Just like khs
  • 9 0
 Lol, the 2021s are already all sold out. This market is nuts. The Mythique is a pretty tidy package. The only downside is the long seat tube on the larges for us short legged dudes/dudettes.
  • 10 0
 We have stock of some hardtail models with the Mythique arriving in stock next week. Although demand is huge at the moment so we don't expect stock to hang around too long!

Doing our best to keep up with demand Smile

Vitus Bikes
  • 4 0
 @VitusBikes: Thanks, they're great value, so it's not surprising. Please make your seat tubes shorter in the next revision Smile
  • 3 0
 X2 on the overly long seat tube. I had a Sommet and it was a great bike, my kid rides it now. I was considering another one for him pretty soon because he's grown out of the small and will be tall enough for most large frames soon. but the seat tube on the large is just too long. Probably will end up going with a Ripmo AF or a Commencal for that reason alone. If it weren't for that the Vitus would have been my first choice because it's such a good value for a bike that rides really well.
  • 1 0
 @VitusBikes: Congratulations for bringing great bikes at an affordable prices. I'll bet they sell extremely quickly.
  • 11 1
 The word is nucular. Nu-cu-lar.
  • 5 0
 The Sentier VR seems to be a ridiculously good value. A 140mm Bomber Z2 at 66° HTA, Deore 1x11 with 11/51 gearing, a BrandX dropper, legit tubeless tires,180mm rotors, under 30lbs..... all for $1300? Awesome.
  • 3 0
 Vitus is killing with those prices! for 2k you get 15 kg trail bike that you can ride anywhere from local trail to bike parks! this is game changer for a lot of people who would like to step in into MTB! Bravo! Also geometry spot on!
  • 1 0
 Really hard to beat for the price. Not many compromises on that one.
  • 6 0
 All of those look really good. Nice to see some sensibly priced bikes.
  • 3 0
 Prodded my mate to get one of these as soon as the email landed from CRC! None of this pre-order for delivery next year rubbish!
  • 1 0
 Still have a big gripe with the Mythique... I get that it's a cheaper FS, but the linkage mounting through the seat tube means you can't run a dropper post more than like 150mm deep into the tube on a women's small, which won't work for a lot of droppers. It's currently running a 27.2 x 100mm BX post with a shim on my gf's bike, which works but isn't ideal.
  • 1 0
 Really enjoy by Escarpe 27 VRX. I'd buy another Vitus in a heartbeat. Don't like a stock component? Good thing you'll have money left over to buy what you want when you go this route. Waiting on a pair of Hunt wheels for mine as I type this.
  • 1 0
 Hey @VitusBikes, I've got a 2017 Escarpe VRX XT, which I'm really enjoying... Ya know what would be cool? Being able to buy the Mythique 27 as a frame and shock, so I could get the updated geo without giving up the top notch build my '17 had (and some upgrades along the way).

It'd be great to do that vs. go through the trouble of selling my old bike, buying a new complete, or swapping all the components between the two, and the like. Cheers.
  • 1 0
 Back in late July I ordered my son a Mythique 27.5 from CRC mainly cuz it was literally the only bike I could find for him in his size large. I could not find anything even remotely comparable in the states. Well last weekend I took it for a 2 hour ride and WOW what a fun and capable bike! My usual ride is a 170mm enduro 29er which after riding my sons Vitus, feels like a pig. Kudos to Vitus. keep at it!
  • 3 0
 Kudos for calling the wheel size what it really is: 27. Not 27.5 marketing BS.
  • 2 1
 27.5 is dead?
  • 2 0
 Now...the next guy trying to spec NX, SX on a 2k$ bike...heck maybe even GX... gets a "punch to the face".
  • 2 0
 Mythique 29 vrx or Polygon Siskiu T?
  • 1 0
 ...or Marin. So many good choices!
  • 1 0
 @schooledrider: Marin Rift Zone was on the list too.
  • 1 0
 It's always good to see budget bike with good geo. Too bad the nucleus has qrs though.
  • 1 0
 Vitus rockx!! Period !
  • 1 3
 The logo on the downtube looks stoopid. Other than that they look like nice bikes.
  • 1 0
 Their previous logo was better.

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