Vitus Launches 2019 Mountain Bikes

Nov 1, 2018 at 3:01
by Vitus Bikes  
Photo Cred - Laurence Crossman-Emms

PRESS RELEASE: Vitus

"For 2019 we are delighted to be launching the best looking and best-performing bikes we have ever made. Countless hours of testing and refining have delivered the best performing suspension and component specifications to date, all wrapped in confident colour ways and designs. The result; honest, performance-driven rider focused bikes, the Vitus way of doing things." – John Thompson – Vitus Bikes MTB Product Manager


Nucleus – From £499.99

Welcome to the Nucleus, MBR magazine £500 hardtail of the year three years running. Don’t be fooled by the price, 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.

2019 Vitus Nucleus VR


Alloy frame with modern geometry – (long, slack, low)
120mm fork (27) / 100mm fork (29)
Increased standover clearance
ISCG 05 chain guide mounts
Internal dropper post cable routing
Large volume tyres on 29mm inner width rims

Nucleus 27 & 29 VR Hardtail – UK RRP £499


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: Suntour XCR32 Air 120mm QR
Groupset: 2 x 9 Shimano Atlus (11-36t)
Chainset: Suntour CW15 36 x 22t
Wheels: WTB ST i29 27.5” & 29” Options
Brakes: Tektro HD-M290 160/160 Rotors
Seatpost: Vitus 31.6mm
Tyres: WTB Vigilante 2.3” F / WTB Trailboss 2.25” R
Finishing Kit: Vitus/Nukeproof
Nucleus 27 & 29 VRS Hardtail – £599.99


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: Suntour XCR32 Air 120mm Boost
Groupset: 2 x 9 Shimano Acera (11-36t)
Chainset: Suntour CW15 36 x 22t
Wheels: WTB ST i29 27.5 & 29” Options
Brakes: Tektro HD-M290 180/160 Rotors
Seatpost: Vitus 31.6mm
Tyres: WTB Vigilante 2.3” F / WTB Trailboss 2.25” R
Finishing Kit: Vitus/Nukeproof
Neculeus 27 VRX Hardtail – UK RRP – £699.99


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: Suntour Raidon 32 Air 120mm Boos
Groupset: Shimano Deore M6000 (11-42t)
Chainset: Suntour Zeron 32t
Wheels: WTB ST i29
Brakes: Shimano MT400 180/160 Rotors
Seatpost: Vitus 31.6mm
Tyres: Schwalbe Magic Mary Addix 2.35” F / Schwalbe Nobby Nick Addix 2.35” R
Finishing Kit: Vitus/Nukeproof


Sentier – From £849.99

Playful. Capable. Nimble. Aggressive. Confidence inspiring. Just some of the words from satisfied test pilots that have had the joy of experiencing our award winning Sentier hardtail. With a long, slack and low modern geometry the Sentier is ready to be ridden harder and faster than ever before. It’s a bike you can push to the limit, whatever your skill level.

2019 Vitus Sentier VRX

Photo Cred - Laurence Crossman-Emms
Photo Cred - Laurence Crossman-Emms

Alloy frame with modern geometry (long, slack, low)
140mm fork (27) / 130mm fork (29)
Tyre clearance for up to 2.8″ tyres/PLUS compatible on 27.5inch frame
ISCG 05 chain guide mounts
Internal dropper post routing
BOOST 148mm Bolt through Rear Axle
Tubeless ready with tubeless rim tape fitted and valves included

Sentier 27 & 29 Hardtail – UK RRP – £849.99


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: Rock Shox Recon RL Boost 130mm
Groupset: 1 x 10 Deore M6000 (11-42t)
Chainset: Suntour Zeron 32t
Wheels: WTB ST i29 27.5” & 29” Options
Brakes: Shimano MT400 180/160 rotors
Seatpost: Vitus
27.5” Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.6 F /MAXXIS Rekon 27.5 x 2.6 R
29” Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 29 x 2.5 F /MAXXIS Minion SS 29 x 2.3 R
Finishing Kit: Vitus/Nukeproof
Sentier 27 & 29 VR Hardtail – UK RRP – £999.99


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: RockShox Sektor RL Boost T27.5 140mm
Groupset: 1×11 Shimano SLX M7000 (11-46T)
Chainset: RaceFace Aeffect 32T
Wheels: WTB ST i29
Brakes: Shimano MT500 180/160 rotors
Seatpost: Vitus
27.5” Tyres: Schwalbe Magic Mary 27.5 x 2.6 F / Schwalbe Nobby Nick 27.5 x 2.6 R
29“ Tyres: Schwalbe Magic Mary 29 x 2.35 F / Schwalbe Nobby Nick 29 x 2.35 R
Finishing Kit: Vitus/Nukeproof

Sentier 27 VRS Hardtail – UK RRP – £1399.99


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: Rockshox Revelation RC fork 140mm
Groupset: 1×12 SRAM NX EAGLE (11-50T)
Chainset: Sram NX EAGLE 32T
Wheels: WTB ST i29
Brakes: Sram Guide R 180/160 Rotors
Seatpost: Brand X Ascend dropper
Tyres: Schwalbe Magic Mary 27.5 x 2.6 F / Schwalbe Nobby Nick 27.5 x 2.6 R
Finishing Kit: Vitus/Nukeproof
Sentier 27 VRX Hardtail – UK RRP – £1599.99


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: Rockshox Revelation Charger RC Boost 140mm
Groupset: 1x11 Shimano XT (11-46T)
Chainset: Shimano XT 32T
Wheels: WTB ST i29
Brakes: Shimano XT M8000 180-160 Rotors
Seatpost: Brand X Ascend dropper
Tyres: Schwalbe Magic Mary 27.5 x 2.6 F / Schwalbe Nobby Nick 27.5 x 2.6 R
Finishing Kit: Vitus/Nukeproof


Rapide – From £899.99

New for 2019 the Rapide takes all the great characteristics from its Carbon big brother. It’s fast, it’s fun and will put a smile on your face. The alloy boost frameset features tried and tested geometry to allow you to reach your true potential.

6061-T6 Modern Alloy BOOST Frameset
29” wheels
Rockshox 100mm fork inc Lockout
Maxxis 3C Tyres
Tubeless ready with tubeless rim tape fitted and valves included

Rapide Cross Country Hardtail – UK RRP – £899.99


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: Rockshox Rekon RL REMOTE 100mm
Groupset: 1×11 Shimano SLX (11-46T)
Chainset: Suntour Zerpm 30T
Wheels: WTB ST i25
Brakes: Shimano MT-400 180/160 Rotors
Seatpost: Vitus
Tyres: MAXXIS Ardent RACE 3C 29 x 2.2 F / MAXXIS Ikon 3C 29 x 2.2 R
Finishing Kit: Vitus
Rapide VR Cross Country Hardtail – UK RRP – £1199.99


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: Rockshox Sektor RL REMOTE 100mm
Groupset: 1×12 SRAM NX EAGLE (11-50T)
Chainset: SRAM NX EAGLE 32T
Wheels: WTB ST Light i25
Brakes: Shimano MT-400 180/160 Rotors
Seatpost: Vitus
Tyres: MAXXIS Ardent RACE 3C 29 x 2.2 F / MAXXIS Ikon 3C 29 x 2.2 R
Finishing Kit: Vitus


Rapide Carbon – From £1799.99

Ready to race the Rapide Carbon is a dedicated race proven machine aimed at riders looking to reach the podium or the most efficient bike on that all-day adventure. The Ultra-Light T700 HM-UD carbon frame features modern geometry and impeccable handling characteristics optimised for 29” wheels. The Rapide Carbon was born fast

Photo Cred - Laurence Crossman-Emms

Photo Cred - Laurence Crossman-Emms
Photo Cred - Laurence Crossman-Emms

Ultra-Light HM-UD Full Carbon Frame
SRAM 1 x 12 groupsets
29” wheels
Rockshox 100mm fork inc Lockout
Maxxis 3C Tyres
Tubeless ready with tubeless rim tape fitted and valves included

Rapide CR Cross Country Hardtail – UK RRP – £1799.99


Frame: T7-HM-UD Carbon Fibre
Fork: Rockshox Reba RL Remote 100mm
Groupset: 1×12 SRAM GX EAGLE (10-50T)
Chainset: SRAM GX EAGLE 32T
Wheels: WTB ST Light i25
Brakes: SRAM Level T 180/160 Rotors
Seatpost: Vitus 31.6mm
Tyres: MAXXIS Ardent RACE 3C 29 x 2.2 F / MAXXIS Ikon 3C 29 x 2.2 R
Finishing Kit: Vitus
Rapide CRX Cross Country Hardtail – UK RRP – £2499.99


Frame: T7-HM-UD Carbon Fibre
Fork: Rockshox SID RL Remote 100mm
Groupset: 1×12 SRAM XO1 EAGLE (10-50T)
Chainset: SRAM x1 carbon EAGLE 32T
Wheels: DT Swiss X1900 Spline 25
Brakes: SRAM Level TL 180/160 Rotors
Seatpost: Vitus 31.6mm
Tyres: MAXXIS Ardent RACE 3C 29 x 2.2 F / MAXXIS Ikon 3C 29 x 2.2 R
Finishing Kit: Vitus


Escarpe – From £1599.99

From pushing the limits at your local trail centre to all day epics behind bars, the Escarpe combines the perfect balance of fun and efficiency. With 140mm travel the Escarpe makes the perfect trail bike, holding its own when the going gets rough thanks to its modern geometry. The Escarpe doesn’t believe in one size fits all, that’s why we offer you the choice. 27.5” or 29”. There’s an Escarpe for the way you ride.

2019 Vitus Escarpe VRX


6061-T6 alloy frame with modern aggressive geometry (long, slack, low)
140mm suspension travel
ISCG 05 chainguide mounts
Internal dropper post on all models
BOOST 148mm Bolt through Rear Axle
Metric Trunnion mount shock with sealed bearing upper shock mount
Tubeless ready with tubeless rim tape fitted and valves included

Escarpe 27 Trail Bike – UK RRP – £1599


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: ROCKSHOX Sektor RL Boost 150mm
Shock: ROCKSHOX Delux R
Groupset: 1×11 SRAM NX (11-46T)
Chainset: SRAM NX 32T
Wheels: WTB ST i29
Brakes: Shimano MT-400 180/160 Rotors
Seatpost: BRAND X ASCEND dropper
Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.6 F / MAXXIS Rekon 27.5 x 2.6 R
Finishing Kit: Vitus/Nukeproof
Escarpe 27 & 29 VR Trail Bike – UK RRP – £1999.99


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: ROCKSHOX Revelation CHARGER RC Boost 150mm
Shock: ROCKSHOX Delux RT
Groupset: 1×12 SRAM NX EAGLE (11-50)
Chainset: SRAM NX EAGLE 32T
Wheels: WTB ST Light i29 27.5 & 29” Options
Brakes: SRAM Guide R 180/180 rotors
Seatpost: BRAND X ASCEND
27.5 “ Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.6 F / MAXXIS Rekon 27.5 x 2.6 R
29” Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 29 x 2.5 F / MAXXIS DHR II 29 x 2.4 R
Finishing Kit: Nukeproof/Vitus
Escarpe 27 & 29 VRX Trail Bike – UK RRP – £2999.99


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: FOX 36 FIT Grip 2 FACTORY Boost 150mm
Shock: FOX DPX2 FACTORY
Groupset: 1×11 Shimano XT (11-46)
Chainset: Shimano XT 32T
Wheels: DT Swiss M1700 Spline 30 27.5” & 29” Options
Brakes: SRAM Guide RE 200/180
Seatpost: BRAND X ASCEND
27.5” Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.6 F / MAXXIS Rekon 27.5 x 2.6 R
29” Tyres: Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 29 x 2.5 F / MAXXIS DHR II 29 x 2.4 R
Finishing Kit: Nukeproof/Vitus


Sommet – From £1699.99

The Sommet, much like it’s Carbon brother is everything you need in an enduro bike at a more accessible price. It’s confidence inspiring and handles technical downhills with ease thanks to its modern aggressive geometry. If you’re aiming for the enduro podium or want to push your riding to the limits on your favourite trail, the Sommet is with you all the way.

2019 Vitus Sommet

Photo Cred - Laurence Crossman-Emms

Modern alloy frame with advanced geometry – (long, slack, low)
170mm fork travel, 160mm rear travel
Tyre clearance for up to 2.6″ tyres
200mm front 180mm rear brake disc
ISCG 05 chainguide mounts
Internal dropper post on all models
BOOST 148mm Bolt through Rear Axle
Metric Trunnion mount shock with sealed bearing upper shock mount

Sommet 27 Enduro Bike – UK RRP £1699.99


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: MANITOU Mattoc COMP Boost 170mm
Shock: ROCKSHOX Delux RT
Groupset: 1×11 SRAM NX (11-46T)
Chainset: SUNTOUR ZERON 30T
Wheels: WTB ST i29
Brakes: Shimano MT-500 203/180 Rotors
Seatpost: BRAND X ASCEND
Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 3C 27.5 x 2.5 F / MAXXIS Minion DHF 3C 27.5 x 2.5 R
Finishing Kit: Nukeproof/Vitus
Sommet 27 VR Enduro Bike – £2099.99


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: ROCKSHOX YARI CHARGER RC Boost 170mm
Shock: ROCKSHOX Super Delux R
Groupset: 1×12 SRAM NX EAGLE (11-50)
Chainset: SRAM NX EAGLE DUB 32T
Wheels: WTB ST Light i29
Brakes: SRAM Guide RE 200-180 Rotors
Seatpost: BRAND X ASCEND
Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 3C 27.5 x 2.5 F / MAXXIS Minion DHF 3C 27.5 x 2.5 R
Finishing Kit: Nukeproof/Vitus


Sommet Carbon – From £2999.99

The Sommet Carbon is the choice of 4-time Red Bull Fox Hunt winner Colin Ross, it’s a confidence inspiring 160mm enduro bike. The Sommet handles technical downhills with ease, thanks to the modern aggressive geometry. Take your riding to the limits on your favourite trail or reach for the podium at your local enduro, the Sommet is with you all the way.

2019 Vitus Sommet CRX


Modern carbon frame with advanced geometry – (long, slack, low)
170mm fork travel, 160mm rear travel
Tyre clearance for up to 2.6″ tyres
200mm front 180mm rear brake disc
ISCG 05 chain guide mounts
Internal dropper post routing
BOOST 148mm Bolt through Rear Axle
Metric Trunnion mount shock with sealed bearing upper shock mount

Sommet 27 CRS Enduro Bike – UK RRP – £2999.99


Frame: T7-HM-UD Carbon Fibre
Fork: ROCKSHOX LYRIC CHARGER 2 RC Boost 170mm
Shock: ROCKSHOX Super Delux R
Groupset: 1×12 SRAM GX EAGLE (10-50T)
Chainset: SRAM DESCENDANT EAGLE DUB 32T
Wheels: WTB ST Light i30
Brakes: SRAM Guide RE 200/180 Rotors
Seatpost: BRAND X ASCEND
Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 3C 27.5 x 2.5 F / MAXXIS
Minion DHF 3C 27.5 x 2.5 R
Finishing Kit: Nukeproof/Vitus
Sommet 27 CRX Enduro Bike – UK RRP – £3499.99


Frame: T7-HM-UD Carbon Fibre
Fork: FOX 36 FIT GRIP 2 FACTORY 170mm
Shock: FOX DPX2 FACTORY
Groupset: 1×11 Shimano XT (11-46T)
Chainset: Shimano XT 32T
Wheels: DT Swiss E1700 Spline 30
Brakes: SRAM Code R 200-180 Rotors
Seatpost: BRAND X ASCEND
Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 3C 27.5 x 2.5 F / MAXXIS
Minion DHF 3C 27.5 x 2.5 R
Finishing Kit: Nukeproof/Vitus


E-Sentier Electric Trail Hardtail – £2399.99

E-Curious? Open up new adventures, a new kind of fun with the E-Sentier, based on the hard charging geometry of our award winning Sentier hardtail. If you’ve ever wondered if bionic legs would make trail riding even more exhilarating you need to ride our E-Sentier. Combining the turbo charged pedal power of the Shimano Steps drive system with the trail blasting fun of the Sentier_

SHIMANO STEPS MTB Power E7000
Eco, trail or Boost Power modes
140mm Front suspension
2.6” Maxxis 3C Tyres (Compatible up to 2.8”)
Dropper Seat Post
4 piston brakes


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: ROCKSHOX Recon RL 140mm
Motor: Shimano e7000 STEPS
Groupset: 1×10 Shimano Deore (11-42T)
Chainset: Shimano FC-E8000 34T
Wheels: WTB ST i29
Brakes: Shimano M520 4 piston 203-203 Rotors
Seatpost: Nukeproof/Vitus
Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.6 F / MAXXIS Agressor 27.5 x 2.5 R
Finishing Kit: Nukeproof/Vitus


E-Sommet – From £3199.99

E-Curious? Supercharge your ride with the award-winning E-Sommet. Designed by passionate mountain bikers to handle the most technical descents thanks to its aggressive geometry based on our hard charging Sommet enduro bike. The E-Sommet puts a smile on your face when you realise you are gliding back up for another run after smashing your local downhill trail. Experience the buzz of carving corners with pedal assist on both the climbs and the descents_

SHIMANO STEPS Motor
Aggressive Enduro Geometry (long, slack, low)
Eco, trail or Boost Power modes
Fast charging battery, 80% in 2hrs
170mm Front / 160mm rear suspension
2.8” Tyre Clearance
4 Piston Brakes
Tubeless Ready

E-Sommet Electric Enduro Bike – UK RRP – £3199.99


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: ROCKSHOX Yari RC Boost 170mm
Shock: RockShox Super Delux R
Motor: Shimano e7000 STEPS
Groupset: 1×10 Shimano Deore M6000 (11-42t)
Chainset: Shimano FC-E8000 34T
Wheels: WTB ST i29
Brakes: Shimano M520 4 piston 203-203
Seatpost: BRAND X ASCEND
Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.5 F / MAXXIS
High Roller II 27.5 x 2.5 R
Finishing Kit: Nukeproof/Vitus
E-Sommet VR Electric Enduro Bike – UK RRP – £3799.99


Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: ROCKSHOX Lyric CHARGER 2 RC2 170mm
Shock: ROCKSHOX Super Delux RC3
Motor: Shimano e8000 STEPS
Groupset: 1×11 Shimano XT/SLX 1×11 (11-46)
Chainset: Shimano FC-E8000 34T
Wheels: WTB ST Light i29
Brakes: SRAM Guide RE 200-200
Seatpost: BRAND X ASCEND
Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.5 F / MAXXIS High Roller II 27.5 x 2.5 R
Finishing Kit: Nukeproof/Vitus

Vitus Bikes are available exclusively on Chain Reaction Cycles and Wiggle.

Check out the 2019 Vitus MTB Look Book.

Photo Cred - Laurence Crossman-Emms



84 Comments

  • + 116
 Too affordable.
  • - 23
flag onek5 (Nov 1, 2018 at 5:35) (Below Threshold)
 Not if you ride it hard. I had one. Never buying a Vitus again
  • + 13
 @onek5: Mine was an absolute beast, not exactly light tho
  • + 12
 Still smoking the f*ck out of guys on "proper" bikes on my 2015 Sommet. Absolutely love it!
  • + 4
 @onek5: mine had a pasting. Was fine.
  • + 3
 @excavator666: f*cking love my 2015 VR. Still going strong so she is
  • + 3
 @excavator666: sommet jumps so well.
  • + 24
 These bikes are killer! I spend a lot of time on an Escarpe riding knarly rocky trails when I'm in Spain and every time I think, I wish my bike felt more like this, the one that I paid 1100 more euros on that starts with an S. Unfortunately I have to stick with mine for a while but a few months ago I bought my wife a Sentier and I find myself sneaking off with it Smile
  • + 41
 That's a lot of euros for a Schwinn.
  • + 0
 @igxqrrl:
I've never seen a Schwinn with a dpx2
  • + 12
 Awesome value for money and frequently you can find them on chain reaction cycles for 30% off which is killer value for money. Just keep in mind that if you are importing one to the states you may need to pay an 8% import duty, but CRC frequently has duty paid sales to look out for. As an ex Escarpe owner, the one drawback of the Escarpe and Sommet is the internal dropper routing is kind of awful short so if you change the dropper get either a hydraulically actuated post or an externally routed dropper. The seat tube is cut off by the suspension and unless your over 6 foot you probably won’t be able to run a post with greater than 125 mm of travel. Great bike for the money if you don’t mind dealing with some difficulty with seat posts.
  • + 2
 That was the one and only major problem with my Sentier as well. You could only drop the seatpost about 150mm into the frame. Because there is a kink in the seat tube. What a stupid design!! Sweet bike otherwise though.
  • + 14
 Damn that sommet is sick. For sure a contender for my new bike next season. ????????????????
  • + 2
 Getting them to Canada is pretty expensive Frown
  • - 2
 @BEEner: khsbicycles.com/bikes/2019-khs-models/sixfifty-7500-19 Pretty much the same bike bar the rear end, plus closer to home for you
  • + 1
 @doe222: Not quite but the silhouette looks similar. The attraction to the Vitus is the value. They are so awesome but by the time you pay the prepaid duty... they aren't any different from anyone else.
  • + 1
 @BEEner: the mega's are still a steal even with the 900$ prepaid duty when you compare them to canadian/american brands. Even on par with commencal
  • + 1
 @LOLWTF: I haven't looked in a while but is that all it is? Hmm may be doable then! Luckily, Nukeproof actually has a dealer network here in Canada and they are still offered at great prices. They are way easier to get than Vitus.
  • + 1
 @BEEner: what dealer network are we talking about? Never heard of that and ordered one from CRC last year
  • + 2
 @LOLWTF: If you look on Nukeproofs own website... they have dealers set up as well. I personally almost bought one from Canada Cycles on Vancouver island. Something else came up on sale elsewhere so I didn't end up pulling the trigger.
  • + 1
 @BEEner: ha, good to know! Cheers mate
  • + 1
 @BEEner: $77 is expensive?
  • + 2
 @src248: 77$ does not include the customs which will be happy to rape you for more than a grand
  • + 1
 @src248: lol ya the 77$ is just to send it and pray to god then don't look at the box and decide to skip the duty. They will get your for more than the prepaid option if you go that route.
  • + 1
 @LOLWTF: last time I bought (most of a bike) from them it was maybe $100 for customs, that was for around $800 of bike if I remember... does it really get that bad?
  • + 1
 @src248: it gets that bad. Got to be careful buying bikes outside of Canada. Chain reaction cycles always ends up with duties, used to never be this way but I just check “pay duties” at checkout because I know I’ll have to pay them anyway. jensonusa I have never been billed with duties.. wonder if they would slam duties if you ordered a bike through them.
  • + 1
 @nateisgrate: no, Jenson guarantees you won't have to pay duties
  • + 2
 @BEEner: True! But if you manage to get one at a discount (I bought the 2nd top tier carbon model for $3,300 cad when it was on sale), the 500 CAD duty and import tax doesnt seem so bad.
  • + 15
 YAY Affordable bikes on Pinkbike...
  • + 10
 Had a Vitus Escarpe 2015 for three years. Great bike, It survived alot of beating in the local bike park and on the rough trails around my hometown.
  • + 9
 Still the best deal in mountain biking. I love the look on my friends faces when I tell them I got my base model 2017 Sommet on sale for $1575.
  • + 7
 Had my Vitus Sentiner VR 29'r now for almost a year. Upgraded the fork to a 140 mm Pike, and some other bits..Great value, and it rides well. CRC pays all the duty fees to the USA, so that was nice. And yeah, I'd buy another Vitus..
  • + 5
 I recently bought a Sommet Carbon frame for 1130€ on Chain reaction and it is the best decision I've ever taken. The only downside it is that the derrailleur hangers are not available anywhere!!!
  • + 12
 We are working on getting replacement hangers available ASAP!
  • + 1
 @VitusBikes: I can't find the sizing or geometry for the 2019 bikes anywhere. Have they changed for the escarpe 2019?
  • + 1
 @VitusBikes: looking forward to those replacement hangers. Need one for myself.
  • + 2
 I have a Vitus Dominer 2017 for a year now. The rear hanger is the same design with the 2 bolts than on 2017 Sommet or Escarpe.
I applied some loctite on the screw and after a complete season of downhill in very rocky and rough terrain (in the south of France) and full days or riding, I had zero issue with the rear derailleur hanger. Everything stood perfectly in place.
About the other screw, nothing to complaint about neither. I didn't have to tighten a single bolt.
Only issue after a whole season was some creaky noise when I pedaled. I unscrew the bottom bracket and the mountain system, cleaned eveyrthing, re greased and remount everything => creaking gone.
  • + 6
 Damn those prices are just so good.
  • + 5
 And those are the list prices! You can expect to see them for 20-30% less on CRC during off seasons. I ride mine like I stole it because it feels like I practically did.
  • + 2
 The escapre is a great bike, but like everyone else I had nothing but problems with hangers. A friend recently bought a 2018 Escarpe 29 and it has an updated hanger, the rear axle now passes through a plate at the top of the hanger, as well as the old two bolt system. It seems to be a great upgrade over the older hanger! Unfortunatley I have cracked two frames now, bought a Transition to replace it...
  • + 1
 @VitusBikes my hardtail has recently been stolen (Cube reaction TM 201Cool and I am waiting for the insurance money to come through but as soon as it does I will be replacing it with the new sentier VRX, looks proper aggro for a hardtail
  • + 5
 There's some serious value here. Really like the look of them as well
  • + 1
 So the Sommet, all decked out with every goodie you would want, was listed on CRC. I guess I left the web browser open for too long (they listed 1 left). I finally pulled the trigger, just to get my money refunded back because it sold out. Lesson learned....
  • + 1
 And 26 aint dead... there's a 26" Nucleus for kids - looks stunning

www.chainreactioncycles.com/vitus-nucleus-26-kids-mountain-bike-2019/rp-prod173139
  • + 3
 Yes to all. But no steel hardtail?
  • + 2
 I like the shape of the Escarpe 27 VRX! And the pricing of all of them, hah.
  • + 2
 I still rate my 2014 Nucleus, the only weak point seems to be the QR rear axle.
  • + 1
 Whats the problem ??
  • + 1
 @themountain: I much prefer thru axles for strength and ease of use.
  • + 2
 Vitus are you guys looking at bring the VRX xt build to the 29 sentier anytime in the future?
  • - 1
 I wish I could say I liked my Vitus Escarpe, but compared to similar travel bikes, the suspension was way too rough and my biggest problem was the rear hanger. If you take the photo of the blue and orange Escarpe and zoom in on the rear hanger, you'll see those tiny bolts attaching them to the frame. About 12 times in the first year I've had the bolts snap and/or the hanger snap. The mounting holes for the derailleur are not invincible and got a little bigger everytime it broke, which obviously creates a whole new issue. Finally got a Wolf Tooth hanger, and as long as the bolts were tightened at least before and after a ride, it worked well. The upper shock mount bolt constantly fell out, most likely because the tiny bolt/hardware couldn't handle the sideways forces. But they seem way bigger this year, so it shouldn't be a problem. Their warranty service was good considering that they had to ship parts from Ireland to California.
Hate to write bad reviews on a company, but if you ride hard, don't buy this bike. If you ride casual and slow, I don't think you'll have a problem with this bike. Best suggestion: don't skid or do anything similar. The whole dang bike kinda shakes and the suspension components and rear hanger feels and sounds like it wants to snap. If you can avoid anything that makes it do that, you should be fine.
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 Props for the meticulous and cold-headed takedown.
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 Sorry to hear you have had some issues with your Vitus Escarpe, it sounds like you don't have the suspension set up correctly as we have optimised our suspension leverage curve to be anything but rough. Drop us a DM and we can try and get you sorted ASAP!

The current Masters Downhill World Champion Colin Ross rides an Escarpe as his training bike and he certainly isn't "Casual and slow" Wink

Vitus Bikes.
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 I had an issue with my hanger that actually turned out to be an improperly machined seat stay on my 2016 Sommet VRX. @VitusBikes worked with me to diagnose the issue and sent me out a new seat stay free of charge. never had any issues with the hanger since. I also didn't experience any harshness from the rear sus paired with the monarch+ that it came with. Not saying this wasn't what you experienced just that this a single anecdote. My anecdotal experience with Vitus has been 1) great customer service when there is an issue. 2) great suspension performance.

10/10 would buy again.
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 @freestyIAM: I didn't really explain much on the suspension. Riding pro level trails with drops and hard hits, the suspension is great. But on normal trails it just doesn't work very well.
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 @onek5: That is interesting because having looked at the escarpe's LR, linkagedesign.blogspot.com/2014/11/vitus-scarpe-29-2015.html, its regressive until sag and then totally linear. If I've got my sus theory sorted, then you'd expect it to actually sit high in its travel through to sag (or if you are a glass half empty type of guy you'd say its lacks small bump sensitivity) and then remain linear through the rest of its travel through to bottom out, with the air shock being the only source of progressivity. I'd think this kind of LR would be better suited to an average Joe rider than a pro rider as the pros typically need lots of progressivity to handle the forces they encounter. Mere mortals like me, not so much and IME I struggle to get full travel from progressive suspension designs.

When you say it felt harsh, do you mean it feels harsh off the top or on bottom out? In light of your self diagnosed hard riding style, I'd imagine the harshness you describe is hard bottom outs and I'd suggest throwing some volume reducers in the positive air chamber.

Regarding the bolts coming loose on the suspension mounting/linkages, every single bike I've ever owned has had bolts come loose. Its part of the deal when you go rattling down a mountain at mach chicken. Regular bolt checks to proper torques with some light locktite on the threads of bolts that repeatedly come loose is all that's required. Not a design flaw, just a regular part of owning/maintaining a bike.

Oh and one last thing, I had what I swore up and down was some looseness/knocking from somewhere in the rear triangle and thought it was some worn out or loose pivot. Maybe similar to what you're describing. Turns out that it was actually the shock with an off the top knock caused by some air that had slipping past the IFP (said air in the damper meant that it took a few mm of actuation before it encountered any oil thus had 0 damping in those first few mm of travel and that translated into a feeling of knock). A shock service sort it out and hasn't been back since (over a years now). Wouldn't be a bad idea to remove the shock, depressurize and cycle it to see if are experiencing a similar issue with your shock.

Cheers
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 @freestyIAM: @freestyIAM: I had my shock at 10% sag for bike parks. Tried anywhere from 10-30 at home, couldn't find anything I was happy with.

Self diagnosed riding style? Eh. I was told by 5 of my coaches that I ride my bike too hard.

I generally tighten the bolts before every ride, yet even then they'd still fall out sometimes.

Now that you mention it, I did notice that. Tried new bolts and had the shock rebuilt by Fox.

note: it is sold now.
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 @VitusBikes: Nice work. The Dominer and Sommet are excellent.
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 I bought a 2017 Sommet VR and I've been riding it for a year with no trouble. I have to mention that I added some bolt fixer on those bolts you talk about and others from the rear suspension system. The bike rides amazingly, especially on rough descends, but if I had to say something I'm not satisfied about is the paint job. It's just that every time a single little rock smashes the frame a piece of paint falls. That could be a normal issue but it also falls when you accidentally touch softly a tree, a wall or whatever.
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 Anyone ride a Sentier? Looks like just the ticket for a 130mm 29er winter hardtail....... Am I missing something?
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 I've got a 2018 27.5 Sentier VRX and I love it, the geometry is dialed and the components are great for the price. I've taken it off some decent drops and generally thrashed it and the bike as a whole has held up great. The only issue I had was that I managed to destroy the ratcheting mechanism in the rear hub (luckily at the top of the climb) but I brought it up with ChainReactionCycles and they shipped me a new wheelset as soon as possible. I mainly ride trail however I've taken it to a few park days and it's done great on everything but the rocky tech.
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 Yop...me ...got a Nucleus for wintertime and its great!!
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 Before giving them bike of the year please have a problem with one of them. I broke a shaft in the fork on my 2018 Vitus sentier and it took the warranty department 5 weeks to fix it. Horrible customer services
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 Great looking bikes, is the Sommet frame unchanged from last year?
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 Chain set.
Is that what Brits call a drive train?
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 A herd of chainrings is called a chain set. They were once commonly found in groups of as many as three. Do not confuse with the "front cassette", which does not exist.
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 Will the sentier be available as a frame only, would love to do a custom build on 1
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 The 2018 Sentier frames are currently available for a really good price on CRC! The specs are all the same as listed for the 2019, though they may have made other small changes or geometry tweaks for 2019
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 Escarpe? I just had a Finding Nemo flashback..
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 Uh, wow-that's a huge range of bikes. Fantastic prices, gheesh
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 The Sentier frame looks remarkably similar to the Nukeproof Scout.
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 @vitusbikes: when will these be available on CRC/Wiggle?
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 tres a mei tres a mei, oui lala
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 no dominer ?
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 Unfortunately the Dominer has been delayed and will not be available until Feb 2019.
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 No DH bike for 2019?
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 Unfortunately the Dominer has been delayed and will not be available until Feb 2019.
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flag patrickbatemanworldtour89 (Nov 1, 2018 at 7:39) (Below Threshold)
 @VitusBikes: Thank f*cking God. A whole assload of E-bikes and no downhill bike though?

What the f*ck is happening to this sport?
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 @LoganKM1982: Late release because it takes a while to get a DH bike to gel with an electrically assisted drivetrain.
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 @VitusBikes: with 29 wheels I assume?
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 @LoganKM1982: Vitus E-Sommet is an absolutely phenomenal bike. You should try one before gettting all upset every time you read something about an ebike.
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