Video: Vitus Gravity Project Ep. 1 - Kyle Strait & Callum Morris in Belfast

Oct 3, 2023 at 14:39
by Vitus Bikes  

Words: Vitus

The Vitus Gravity Project is the start of an open-ended, access-all-areas development story to help push the boundaries of Vitus gravity bikes. Starting with our first prototype mule, the VT-01. By sending our athletes Kyle Strait, Joe Smith, and Callum Morris to some of the world's biggest downhill races and freeride events, we’re going to learn, test, and develop ideas that will guide our future mountain bike design.

There’s no deadline, no launch date, and we’re probably not going to make any money. But what we will do is gather learnings that only this type of real-world testing can provide, and pass on any performance benefits to the real, everyday riders who ride our bikes.

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Design Engineer, Orlando Appleby, had been working on what we are now calling the VT-01 (VT for Vitus, 01 because it’s the first prototype) as a passion project. When Vitus began speaking with Kyle Strait about coming on board, the development team was floored with the details and introspection Kyle offered in bike setup and development. We knew Kyle was more than a rider, he was a partner for the whole team.

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Vitus has the engineering talent in house, and with a swath of skilled riders — including Hardline podium alumni Joe Smith and Callum Morris — to support, it was time to show off just how committed we are to the process and our athletes.

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Episode one kicks off with Vitus athletes Kyle and Callum spending a day testing with Orlando and Product Manager, Ben Irwin, and R&D Engineer, Chris Brown, at the test tracks near Vitus HQ in Northern Ireland. The next day, the team heads to the Belfast office to discuss the origins of this latest prototype as well as walk through the process every Vitus bike goes through before landing at your local trail.

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Callum Morris is a young, up-and-coming rider itching to make it on the World Cup Downhill circuit. Kyle Strait has been a professional racer and rider since before Cal was born and has more riding experience than most will see in their lifetime. Vitus seeks input from all points on the spectrum when it comes to creating a bike. Mash that intel with our own team’s tenacity for getting loose on the trails and the result is a winner.

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Dig in and enjoy all the gritty details, then make sure to stay tuned for future episodes. Next stop: Joe Smith and Kyle Strait take on Red Bull Hardline!

Current VT-01 Geometry & Tech Specs

The setups Kyle, Callum, and Joe are currently testing
Reach: 465mm / 470mm / 475mm (via adjustable headset)
Stack: 638mm
Chainstay Length: 450 / 455mm (DH) or 430 /435mm (Rampage)
Headtube Length: 110mm
Headtube Angle: 63°
Wheelbase: 1290.5mm (@ 470mm Reach & 450mm CSL)
Bottom Bracket Drop: 20mm
Fork Offset: 48mm
Shock Size: 225 x 75mm to achieve 200mm travel

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Head to VitusBikes.com to learn more

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10 Comments
  • 15 0
 Looks like Ben Affleck
  • 2 0
 can't unsee it now
  • 9 7
 In Belfast? More like Rostrevor 35 miles up the road on tracks me and my brother hand dug a decade or more ago, still great tracks all this time later.
  • 3 1
 What? Video clearly says Rostevor and nowhere in here does it say the track is in Belfast, just Northern Ireland.
  • 11 8
 @bhowl: people like you are the reason I only post once every couple of year or so on this website, I need to be reminded why I shouldnt bother posting anything. It says in maybe the 5/6th paragraph “test track near Vitus HQ” I was merely stating in my own funny kinda way that in a country as wee as this one 35 mile isn’t considered near. Not trying to be negative or awkward. Great to see Kyle strait riding trails me and my brother built. That’s my pinkbike posting quota used up until at least 2024
  • 3 1
 Looks like a Norco Sight. They just spray painted it and slapped a double crown fork on it.
  • 1 1
 it kinda does, but the swingarm is longer and higher up on the seat tube
  • 3 0
 The way the top tube lines up with that rear triangle is giving me more of a Transition Sentinel vibe.
  • 6 0
 It is another four bar horst bike, though it does have 200 travel, adjustable chainstay length, adjustable reach, 290 / 297 / 275, can fully insert a 240mm dropper, threaded BB, full external routing, additional low friction pivot seals and has progression settings. Same same but a bit different
  • 1 0
 Please make sure to sell frame only as well as the full build. That’s one of the the best things you can do to help out young, up and coming riders!







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