Vitus Launch Affordable, 140mm Travel Mythique Trail Bike

Oct 3, 2019 at 2:34
by Vitus Bikes  

PRESS RELEASE: Vitus

The Mythique was developed around a proven Horst-link 4-bar suspension design, allowing us to develop an accessible, capable and performance-driven trail bike. Pairing modern geometry with dependable components and a setup that gives you the confidence to progress your riding to the next level. The Mythique is a bike capable of descending as well as it climbs. Watch the smile on your face widen as the Mythique encourages you to get out on the trails and shred section by section.


We focused on ensuring the Mythique used proven modern geometry, solid suspension kinematics and reliable components to achieve that goal. Using a solid alloy frame and proven horst-link 4-bar suspension design we feel that we created a truly accessible full suspension trail bike without compromising performance.


The Mythique comes in 3 spec options and both 27.5” and 29” wheel sizes. The price ranges from £1249.99 to £1599.99.

Mythique 27 VR & VRW & Mythique 29 VR


- Mythique 130mm 6061 Alloy Boost 27.5” frame / 29″ Frame for 29 VR
- X-fusion RC32 Boost 130mm fork
- X-Fusion 02 Pro rear shock
- Shimano Deore M6000 10 speed drivetrain
- Shimano MT-401 brakes
- Schwalbe tubeless ready Magic Mary / Hans Dampf tyres
- 27.5” WTB ST i30 tubeless ready rims / 29″ WTB ST i30 on 29 VR
- Weight: 14kg (set up tubeless) / 14.35kg 29 VR

RRP: £1249.99, $1499.99USD, $2199AUD, €1449, ¥149999, 16499kr

Mythique 27 VRS & 29 VRS


- Mythique 140mm 6061 Alloy Boost 27.5” frame / 29″ Frame 29 VRS
- X-Fusion Sweep Boost 140mm forks
- X-Fusion 02 Pro rear shock
- Sram SX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain
- Shimano MT-401 brakes
- Brand-X dropper seatpost
- Schwalbe tubeless ready Magic Mary / Hans Dampf tyres
- 27.5” WTB ST i30 tubeless ready rims / 29” WTB ST i30 29 VRS
- Weight: 14.67kg (set up tubeless) / 14.97kg 29 VRS

RRP: £1449.99, $1799.99USD, $2499.99AUD, €1699, ¥169999, 18999kr

Mythique 27 VRX & 29 VRX


- Mythique 140mm 6061 Alloy Boost 27.5” frame / 29″ Frame 29 VRX
- Marzocchi Bomber Z2 140mm forks
- Rockshox Monarch R rear shock
- Sram SX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain
- Shimano MT-501 brakes
- Brand-X dropper seatpost
- Schwalbe tubeless ready Magic Mary / Hans Dampf tyres
-27.5” WTB ST i30 tubeless ready rims / 29” WTB ST i30 29 VRX
- Weight: 14.4kg (set up tubeless) / 14.76kg 29 VRX

RRP: £1599.99, $1999.99USD, $2799.99AUD, €1899, ¥189999, 20999kr



Mythique 27 VR & VRW Geo 130mm travel

Mythique 27 VRS & VRX Geo 140mm travel

Mythique 29 VR 130mm travel

Mythique 29 VRS & VRX Geo 140mm travel

Bikes will be in stock mid/late November on both Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles. Customers will be able to pre order the bike on Wiggle.


147 Comments

  • 182 4
 This is what mountain biking needs, more accessibly priced bikes. The best way to grow the sport is to get more young people in, and Vitus, Canyon and others are leading the way. Bravo!
  • 11 4
 This, times a million! I just dont get Canyon's naming, or Cube for that matter.
  • 96 55
 Why do people always want to grow the sport?
  • 58 53
 @IntoTheEverflow: Riding by yourself is legitimately not as good of a time.
  • 61 7
 @IntoTheEverflow: More people = more weight for decisions = more/better trails
  • 45 1
 Totally agree. Mountain biking should be accessable for all budgets. Someone who cant afford an overpriced luxury carbon bike should not be short changed in design, good suspension and well made components. Well done Vitus these are excellent!
  • 65 9
 @IntoTheEverflow: less fat people
  • 11 2
 In the arms race of mountain bikes, my brother and brother-in-law are like the USA and the UK. Though one is bigger than the other, both of their budgets are much bigger than mine. I'm like Taiwan. They give me their hand me downs to counter an imminent Chinese aggressor (I love you dear! I'll.. I'll make dinner tonight. Please don't change the locks on the door.). I love the idea of this bike and other low price but good spec bikes. It will allow me to finally but something new. I'm really interested to know how it rides.
  • 4 1
 @FrEeZa: Canyons naming? Exceed = for XC Sender = for sends Endurace = endurance Grail = (bear with me folks) Stans Grail wheels commonly found on garvel bikes.

I just think their naming is cheesy lol.
  • 10 1
 @bishopsmike: Less of fat people, fewer fat people.
  • 14 2
 @IntoTheEverflow: More riders = more trail builders = more trails to ride.
  • 18 1
 @brodoyouevenbike: I'd argue there will actually be more technically undemanding trails popping up and the real gnarly trails will be passed out for to a higher proportional demand for easy stuff
  • 14 10
 @rkstar: In which world ? More riders, especially new rider = more people on the trails = more problems with hunters and forest employees and most if not all of those riders will happily ride "secret" stages, cut corners and such but none will go up there to maintain the existing stages or create new ones. Only guys that dig are well seasoned riders that took-up the sport 15 years ago or so when there was nothing appart from hiking trails and created the existing network of stages around here. New riders (same with climbing) only arrive and consume biking same as they go the the cinema or to the gym and will move on after having well used everything in a few seasons.

Aside from that I love seeing good alloy bikes, with well thought out specs for a reasonable price. Nowadays buying the highend stuff hardly makes any sense if you're not into bling bling that's really cool. Only thing I would have loved to see on these bikes would have been shimano trans on all of them instead of Eagle.
  • 16 0
 @Balgaroth: The last two trail maintenance days I was at this year had a rider who had bought his first bike only weeks before. I've only been riding for a couple years and already get to as many work days as the schedule allows. Maybe in your area all newbies are a-holes and you have to be an old veteran to give back but that's a pretty broad generalization to make.
There will always be those that are just dabbling but a truly hooked new rider may just jump in with both feet.
  • 11 0
 @IntoTheEverflow: say it with me... scale of production... sure would be nice if my bike tires were cheaper than my cars...
  • 12 0
 @Adhilt: With you on this one. I volunteer between 300 to 400 hours a year, including leading volunteer work parties ranging from 10 to 30 people in the Seattle and Darrington WA areas. Over 50% of those people are new riders. Every time I am out building, riders stop and ask how they can get involved. Some will fit the model described by @Balgaroth but many will stick with it. The availability of bikes and trails has more than tripled the paying membership of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance in the last 2 years which has a material impact on their advocacy efforts.
  • 23 0
 @ibishreddin: More people riding, more women riding. More women riding, more women you can actually marry. I got mine, but I’m lucky.
  • 4 0
 @IntoTheEverflow: because the sport is bigger, it's getting cheaper
  • 5 1
 @ibishreddin: only while adults move over tho. The real gain for gnarly trails is the significant kids programs popping up from XC NICA to freeride. 7yro sending it. Those baby-bros arent going to settle for BS, low grade boring trails. Those 7yro are already irritated with boring trails (mine and the other kids on his team are too). The future is black...diamond black
  • 4 1
 @PinkStatus: my bike tires are cheaper than my cars... BFG ko2 35s put ya in the poor house..
  • 3 17
flag pancakeflatted (Oct 3, 2019 at 8:59) (Below Threshold)
 well...i don't think this is what the bike industry needs. more online bike sales? great. more whiny people in the bike shop who expect everything to be free or the same price as online.

"You mean it's gonna cost $60 to put a cush core on? I'll just do it myself." Good luck with that pal.

also, service on your cheap bike is gonna cost you a fortune....cos it's cheap.
  • 1 0
 @bishopsmike: I'm big boned.... my mamma told me so.
  • 4 0
 @pancakeflatted: I've owned four Vitus bikes... they hold up just the same as boutique bikes... Spec out an entry to mid level bike from a local shop, Vitus and other online brands will win any day of the week.
  • 11 0
 @Adhilt: maybe all new bikes should come with a shovel.

Customer: "what's the shovel for?"
Sales rep: "It's all in the owners manual."
Manual: "Congratulations on your purchase of a new bike. Before riding your bike, please bring the shovel to a work day at your local trail network. Here you will meet other riders who can tell you what you need to know from the rest of this manual since you probably won't read it, and also learn about the trail network and trail maintenance, and other important information to help you decide which bike to purchase next."
  • 1 0
 @IntoTheEverflow: cheaper bikes
  • 1 1
 @IntoTheEverflow: Because it's the most f*ckin fun sport in the world. The more butts on bikes, the more fun the sport gets.
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard: I raced for nica, and the general attitude for trails is always to have fun, but more so to spread the love of riding. Thus: more people = more care for trails, along with new ones.
Riding is awesome and thats why #morekidsonbikes exists.
  • 1 0
 @Matt76: totally agree with that well said...
Am getting one on cycle to work ????
  • 2 1
 @IntoTheEverflow:
Why do you want to come off as an a*shole?
  • 1 0
 @Balgaroth: Sorry to hear that's the experience there. Not here. Our club has added 10s of km of new trails and a bike park. A large part that of is due to newer riders progressing through the various ride zones.
  • 1 0
 @Balgaroth: Couldn't agree more. Used to be able to ride anywhere around here, stealth like. Now there are so many riders we are public enemy number one. Large areas of the mountain (with the best trails) now illegal to ride. We are officially a menace.
  • 1 0
 @ecologist: I love this idea. If not a shovel, at least a rake!

Even better both tho.
  • 33 1
 Actual usable MTB from £1250-1500. Where the parts aren't made of soft cheese and there have actual usable geometry. Gotta be a hit for sure.
  • 47 5
 Sram SX is made of cheese tho
  • 54 1
 @kakkakakka: So ride it until it breaks, and then get an SLX groupset from a German online store for 200 €.

I can't really fault a bike of this level having SX. Although personally I'd rather see the 10-speed Deore group on all models and spend the money elsewhere.
  • 7 2
 @kakkakakka: Deore is not! Maybe not the same range, but swap for a sunrace cassete and you are ready to go!
  • 14 2
 @kakkakakka: How sad is it that 90% of us would prefer the Deore 10 speed!, and thats the lightest build!
  • 1 1
 The tiny Bearings will feel like soft cheese after a few rides
  • 1 0
 @samimerilohi: i second that. !
  • 12 1
 @hamncheez: Yeah, i'd take deore instead of SX/NX allday..
  • 2 0
 @kakkakakka: Yep. I'd take mid range shimano over SX or NX 8 days a week.
  • 1 0
 @Notmeatall: I think the Deore cassette is wide range now, as good or better than Sunrace.
  • 2 0
 @alexhyland: it's not so much that the cassettes range is lacking (11-46 is good) it's that they cheaped out and just yanked the 42cog and bolted on 46cog and call it good. Because of that poor design/engineering the spacing sucks compared to SRAM or Sunrace. Its usable but definitely not ideal. Thankfully they don't have any of that nonsense for their 12sp stuff, which looks be to be super nice.
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard: I gave the cheaper Sunrace 11-42 10 speed, I didn't realise the Deore was 11-46.

I'm pretty happy with the range of the 11-42, though I'm sure an extra get out of jail gear wouldn't go amiss. That being said, I feel like if the hill is steep enough that I need another gear beyond the 42, I'd rather just get off and walk.
  • 17 1
 Nice. From what I've seen, X Fusion suspensions actually seem like solid performers and it's nice to see companies using them. We need more bikes like this.
  • 2 0
 AFAIK they are owned by ex FOX employees.
  • 3 0
 I had an X-Fusion fork on my Scott Voltage FR a few years back. No complaints at all despite a lot of abuse and equal lack of mantainence!
  • 3 0
 I'd trade my Pike for my old Vengeance fork in a heartbeat. It wasn't as supple, but the stiffness and that glorious 20mm axle more than made up for it!
  • 1 0
 The nicest fork i've ever used was a xfusion with their roughcut damper.
  • 2 0
 they are nice, but the all in price to canada would be kind of expensive, the entry level one is pretty close to the rift zone 2/ hawk hill 2
  • 11 0
 I have so much respect for Vitus. I've had the lower range Sommet and have upgraded recently to the CRX model. The frame is amazing and the spec is as good as it gets for the the value, for just over £3k, it's easily on par with equivalent bikes at double the cost.
  • 13 1
 Yep, I think I just found my next bike. Sell the Sram Eagle stuff and buy some good 8 speed Zee and I'm golden!
  • 2 0
 Zee is 10 speed.
  • 2 0
 @phops: @phops: you can use it with 9 or 8 speed sram shifters...
  • 1 0
 @Mondbiker: The idea is to not use any Sram components on the bike and just click the shifter until cog number 8 or 9 comes Wink
  • 10 0
 I kind of prefer the hacked together Shimano m6000 10 speed drive train with the sunrace 11-46 cassette on the cheapest model.
  • 1 0
 Indeed. Have the same set ups on two of my bikes and the shifting is spot on. And range is better than any SRAM 1x11.
  • 11 2
 Sick bike, but I'll give my usual complaint

Why is it that a BC based Canadian website can't ask companies for the Canadian MSRP for press releases?
  • 2 0
 No distribution?
  • 2 0
 @bok-CZ: CRC sells to Canada. But Canadians don't generally buy full bikes from CRC because of the steep duty rates we pay to import complete bikes. Bike parts, okay at 13% tax here in Ontario and 0% duty. But inna full bike, it's 13% tax plus 13% duty! You'll pay 26% on top of the advertised price.
  • 4 1
 I agree with @kiddlivid however. Canadian pricing would still be nice.
  • 2 0
 @privateer-wheels: I expect they quote the price in the country of origin. Quoting Canadian prices would be exchange rate dependant. Would still be nice though.
  • 1 1
 @mgrantorser: well they give this much:

"RRP: £1249.99, $1499.99USD, $2199AUD, €1449, ¥149999, 16499kr"

That's more than country of origin.

Canadian prices may very well be indexed on USD however, or EURO, who knows. That is a good ooint. They may want it to float.
  • 5 0
 Our retailers use fixed pricing for the currencies stated in the press release. Any other currency is based off UK pricing and will fluctuate based on the FX rate of the currency you pay in. Hope this helps!
  • 2 0
 @VitusBikes: makes perfect sense. No fixed Canadian pricing - indexed on UK and exchange rates. Thanks for the clarification.
  • 2 0
 If you price out a similar bike on conversion, the taxes, shipping, and duties are around $700. Kills the deal. Meanwhile, they ship at cheaper prices duty paid by CRC at times to the US. Even if you knew the msrp, it wouldn't tell you the actual price until you put it in your cart.
  • 2 0
 @JayUpNorth: Yeah, use the duty paid option to see you get reamed on duty. Take a chance on bulk shipped and it could be even worse because of courier handling fees.
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: yeah, i've read it can be worse on r/mtb. I was a bit off though, it is $600ish.
  • 1 0
 @JayUpNorth: complete bikes are subject to 13% duty, and whatever your PST is.
  • 3 0
 @bok-CZ: Vitus is owned by Chainreaction Cycles / Wiggle, just the same as Nukeproof & Ragley and so on. I almost forgot, there is distribution, but that is Hotlines (U.K.) buy guess what? That also is owned by CRC/Wiggle.

For the Record, amongst other bikes, we have (my family) a Sommet 27.5 & Escarpe 29. They are both exceptional! I replaced my old Transition Patrol with the Escarpe 29 VRX based on how good my Son's Sommet is.
Whatever you opinion of CRC is, they have done wonders for this small French brand which would have probably disappeared otherwise.
  • 1 0
 @wythall1: small French brand - correction, they are Estonian. Smile
  • 2 0
 What if it was an Ontario based Canadian website eh?
  • 1 0
 @gnarterrorist: Double correction! They started in France in 1970 as a frame builder. It's on their website
  • 1 0
 It's still been an issue even with rocky, Norco and Kona I recent releases
  • 1 0
 @VitusBikes: love my Sentier. May go full squish with one of these.
  • 10 3
 those prices in € are sweet. If only there was no brexit bullshit and Vitus would still be available through CRC next year...
  • 1 0
 Hopefully CRC makes the available through Bike24 (CRC bought Bike24 in 2017) or something.
  • 1 0
 @mlangestrom: didnt know that, thanks for useful info!
  • 2 0
 @mlangestrom: WCRC are selling Bike24 back to the previous owners by the end of the year
  • 2 0
 @ChuckNorrisUK: Ok :/ Well, to bad for WCRC, in these brexit times I'd try to keep some connection to the continent.
  • 9 1
 2 grand and specced better than my santa cruz tallboy i paid way more for.
  • 4 0
 Can someone explain this for me- The lightest build also happens to be the cheapest. And it weighs only a pound more than my carbon 29er with carbon rims carbon bars carbon cranks? It weighs only a pound and a half more than the $8,000 Santa Cruz hightower? You could buy 5 of these and still have a few hundred bucks left over for the same price!
  • 11 0
 No dropper
  • 3 0
 The 'better spec' bikes, vrs & vrx, have power spline crank sets from the SRAM SX eagle trans, where the VR has a suntour crank with external hollow tech style BB. The powerspline Bb weighs a fair bit, and if you ask me has no place on a 1k plus bike whether hard tail of FS. It will also only last about 800 miles, less if the bike is well used in the winter months. Had a hard tail about 10 year ago with this powerspline bb fitted, and was forever changing it. When I change the crank set to an external bb hollow tech type, I was suprised how much weight it took out of the bike. Now with the arrival of SRAM SX eagle, Powerspline has re appeared as part of the cheapest option SX trans. There is a dub Bb crankset option for SX, but only seen it on one 2020 bike to date.
  • 3 0
 @ballardski: SX needs to not exist anymore.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: powerspline is pants. NX 11spd was ok, SX only exists as SRAM wants everyone on 1x12, so had to make an eagle as cheap as NX 11spd. Result, eagle SX, pants.
  • 2 0
 I have a Full aluminum Specialized Camber FSR and it weighs in at 28.6 Lbs with a 31 func multi-tool and full water bottle. Before dropper installation it was around 24.2 Lbs.
The only carbon on the entire bike is a single headset spacer.

Carbon doesn't Have *everything* to do with weight.
  • 1 0
 @CamberDaddy: your totally right. My carbon Vitus crx is light, but not that light as they say the frame was built in carbon more for strength. I have an alloy GT full sus, that bike is as light as the Vitus.
  • 7 0
 'Affordable' bikes have never looked so good
  • 3 0
 Love Vitus. I have an escape 29, sommet crx, sentier 29 vr and last year built a bike using a necleus vrx frame. Fab bikes, and that's not Inc the escape 275 & zircon 29 vr I've sold on. Last year and now the 2020 bike price points have gone up, and there is no escape entry bike for 2020 so this model was needed. Like the use of the latest bomber z2 fork on some of there models, but as for 1x12 sram sx I've not used yet, but I've noticed that a lot of bike manufacturers are using this transmition on there 1k bikes along with a powerspline cartridge bb on the cranks. Come on, a powerspline on a 1k bike, my experience of powersplines is that after 8 months the cartridge will need replacing, and it weights a tonne!!!
  • 7 0
 I'd thay that my lithp is part of my Mythique.
  • 6 0
 they just shot and killed the pb buy/sell haha
  • 2 1
 Calibre (UK shipping only for now) has been doing a decent job at this for a while as well. Good to see Vitus hit a better price point. Not as cheap as Calibre and only 10sp (instead of eagle like Bossnut) but still great to see even competition. Norco Fluid at 1800$ (with dropper etc and eagle) is a great option too.

www.gooutdoors.co.uk/15903684/calibre-bossnut-mountain-bike-15903684

Part of me wonders why YT isnt crushing this space tho? They have the brand, distribution network and demand...just need to do a lower price point build and actually make enough of them.
  • 1 0
 Probably because they already sell out of the bikes they build with higher margins so fast it wouldn't make sense to waste capacity on something else that would make them less money
  • 1 0
 So on price point the lower end bike £1200 is worth ever penny, know its low end spec.. and maybe upgrade at a later date, once drive chain wear out etc .But this gets me on the dirt and riding.
Should I opt for the middle spec bike that has a dropper and 140mm fork?
X fusion any good
  • 4 0
 Nice. Not utterly garbage, and a reasonable price.
  • 2 0
 If you don't get hit with gobs and gobs of duty/tax.
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: for years us riders in Britain have had to pay way more for bikes and parts than people across the Atlantic, my Marzocchi 888 were still more with 30% off in the UK than they were in the US at retail, by quite a bit too. in the late 90's we'd occasionally see US magazines and the prices been paid were scandalously cheap compared to what we had! it's about time our pricing got more favourable. If people on the other side of the ocean have to pay more tax then so be it!
  • 1 0
 @aidy: I think it means we just won't buy them hombre. Better deals to be had over here on better bikes.

You do realize you are talking to a Canadian right? Not an American? You realize our currency is different and have exactly the same struggle as you - our currency takes a massive hit when translated to American. And Canadian prices have to be jacked up. Same as you.

Not sure why you would wish more tax on anyone. That's a bit odd.

We pay more a lot more for certain things by the way, now and back in the 90's. Hope being one branch that sticks out in my mind
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: I do indeed Realise that both your currency and stuff are different.My only experience of Canada is a trip to Whistler and thinking i was going to get arrested in the airport and i won't lie, it wasn't a cheap place but the bits i needed for my bike didn't seem that overpriced and the food in the supermarket was extremely expensive.Though i wouldn't particularly wish more tax on anyone i'd certainly wish a bit less on stuff over here some time! Especially fuel lol.
  • 1 0
 @aidy: I believe this should make you very happy?

Less tax for you on more good stuff.

m.pinkbike.com/news/britain-to-remove-tariffs-on-non-eu-bicycles-following-no-deal-brexit.html
  • 3 0
 Looks like a great bike! I’ve had a Vitus Nucleus for 5 years, such a good value bike!
  • 2 0
 Good to see a company making a solid bike that someone who has less than $2500 to start with can get a nice FS bike and their kit and ride. Good job Vitus!
  • 2 0
 Prices in every currency but Canadian? Thanks CRC.

FYI, for Canadians, you'll be hit with 26% duty/tax, above and beyond the purchase price.
  • 2 0
 You must be in the center of the universe...Toronto. BC does not charge PST on bikes, nor does Alberta, as they don't have one.
  • 1 0
 @woofer2609: PST, GST, whatever you want to call it - same crap different pile. You will pay a sales tax on the bike, no? Or....really no, and they are exempt in BC/AB from any sales tax.

Yeah, Toronto. 26% includes 13% sales tax.

Anyone and everyone in Canada will pay (if dinged at the boarder) 13% duty and whatever your % sales tax.
  • 2 0
 @privateer-wheels: Really no. Bikes are PST exempt in BC. Alberta doesn't have a provincial sales tax (yet).

Maybe CRC could ship them piecemeal so they fall under the parts duty.

Put the drivetrain and brakes in separate boxes. Pull the fork off the frame etc. With the amount I save I can pay velofix or the lbs to deal with internal routing.
  • 1 0
 @eh-steve: Alberta has 5% GST. That would apply no? BC also has a 5% component of GST that I believe applies to bikes, while the 7% PST does not?

Am I incorrect?

Yeah, as soon as you ship an "assembled" bike, you are pooched.
  • 3 0
 @privateer-wheels: no getting around GST since it's federal ( for the provinces that didn't go hst or did and reverted). So yes 5% GST in any province. BC is 7% PST but exempts bikes and bike parts (but not e-bikes). Probably one of the reasons people were so pissed about HST coming to BC, we lost various exemptions (also, it was shoved down our throats without consultation). Once we went back to GST+PST we got back our exemptions, but they increased PST on used private sale cars to 12% (used to be only 7% to buy privately and 12% from a dealer).

A bunch of boomers still don't get that one, trying to sell their camry online like, "Save tax!" It's 12% no matter what Gary. No one wants your burgundy Camry.
  • 1 0
 @eh-steve: "No one wants your burgundy Camry."

That is gold!
  • 3 0
 Nice way to get into a modern frame for not a lot of dough. Lots of value here.
  • 1 0
 All the kinematics look bang on and are an improvement over the legacy system. The rocker plates look cheap though, but other than that small gripe, I don't see any reason this won't be my next bike.
  • 2 0
 Darn good spec for the price ... Still not too sure abt the SX drivetrain tho, but I havent tried it so wont judge it til i do.
  • 1 0
 This is so good to see, decent well spec'd bikes at prices that are more realistic for a large group of shredders, hopefully before long there is a lot of choice across brands in this price range.
  • 2 0
 Funny vitus can somehow make an affordable bike with decent group set, yet a lot of companies charging 3x this still have the same entry level components. Good job vitus!!
  • 1 0
 Would it be easy and relatively inexpensive to swap out SX for Shimano SLX? Hopefully a rear wheel swap isn't required.

The comments on here suggest SX is hybrid bike quality, not really meant for serious off road riding.
  • 3 0
 Damn I bought my bike used for $1400
  • 1 0
 I was just thinking this would tank the used market. I'm ok with that because it may have to drop prices across the board if people no longer think you can sell your old bike to help as a down payment on a pricey new one.
  • 2 0
 Looks nice reminds me of a process
  • 2 0
 Are they gonna sell framesets? $500-$750?
  • 1 0
 Right on! Looking good on price and geo but what’s with the
bent seat tube?
  • 2 0
 Found the bike I’m getting my wife!!! Woot!!!!
  • 2 0
 Suspension graphs in a press release, I like it!
  • 1 0
 why are companies so set on putting low end 12 speed on bikes - no one wants it!
  • 1 0
 Maybe they could pump out some 29er DHR’S and SULTANS for TURNERBIKES!
  • 1 0
 Look like old gen Norco Sight. Rebadge
  • 1 0
 If it handles like one, then shit, it's a great deal!
  • 1 0
 Did Mike Tyson name this? I thought it read "mythic" but it's "mythique"
  • 2 0
 What is sx?
  • 7 0
 Take the shittiest drivetrain sram has to offer aka. NX and roll it around in a sewer and you'll get the shittiest of shit of a drivetrain. Sram SX.
  • 2 0
 @fluh it's short for SUX
  • 1 0
 FINALLY !!! a bike with less than 3000% markup
  • 1 0
 What is the big issue with SX?
  • 5 0
 Nothing really... I hear and believe it works fine- if it gets set up properly. It’s just a questionable upgrade over the Deore M6000 in a lot of ways, especially considering the intended market.

-It’s a very heavy drivetrain, mostly because of the huge cassette. Who wants to pay more for heavier parts? M6000 1X is lighter, even with a porky full-steel cassette of its own.

-Some people question the durability of the mostly plastic derailleur in crash situations. SX also reported to snap under shifting if the B tension goes out- Never heard of that happening on M6000.

-Some people have complained about the need for constant readjustment of limit screws, B screw, cable tension etc, to achieve proper shifting. This is bad for new riders, (the target market of this bike) who may not be knowledgeable enough to tune their drivetrain properly. This may lead to a poor riding experience, or even broken parts as mentioned above. M6000 will last months without the need to be fiddled with, once the cables have stretched. 12 speed demands a lot of precision from such a bargain group set. It’s much easier to manufacture a reliable, consistent 10 speed system cheaply, and M6000’s rock solid reputation proves this.

-SX isn’t even proper ‘Eagle 500%’ range. An 11-50T cassette offers only moderate advantage over an 11-46T, especially considering that -2T on the front chainring would make up the difference, and be a wiser choice for the intended demographic. New riders will probably never push the 11T on the trail anyways, so what’s the point of that extra range and weight?
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 @alreadyupsidedown: Thank you for the in depth review. I think some pinkbikers forget that this bike is marketed to the average or beginner mountain biker. Yes it may be heavy, but if it shifts then what do they care? I have been running NX cassette and RD (but upgraded cranks to GX) for a long time with not issues. I just dont get why people bash basic and affordable groups. It gets them on the dirt. Isn't that the point?
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 @Primo123: I’m gladly it made some sense! I really don’t have a ton of experience, just tying to sum up what I’ve heard and read. I have a SRAM Apex 1 system on my gravel bike, (basically 11spd NX) and it’s great. The shifting isn’t the smoothest, but otherwise it seems to be a quality product, and I love the tactile shift-lever action.

You’re definitely right that as long as it shifts, that’s what matters. I too, think it’s silly that people bash NX when it’s basically the same as GX. (I believe bearings in the jockey wheels, and removable pins in the parallelogram are the only differences?)

For people like you and me, these affordable group sets are great because we know how to treat them properly and get the most out of them.

But for beginners... I think that’s where the problem is. These bikes will not always be treated well, and drivetrains with more speeds simply need more attention to tune and maintain. SX makes this problem worse with its complexity and fragile design. Think of an old 2x5 or 2x6 roadbike... Those can go for years without proper maintenance. That is not the case with modern 11/12spd. 9/10spd are a little more forgiving, and I believe strike a better balance for beginners.

In reality I don’t think there is a problem with how these Vitus bikes are specced though. The base model with Deore is the one the true beginners will buy, and the rock solid Deore will do it’s job for them. The two upper models are clearly aimed at a more advanced rider, who has some cycling experience, but still wants a smoking deal, and should hopefully be able to keeping the 12spd running properly.
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 @alreadyupsidedown: Great point. I didnt realize how fragile the SX RD is which could cause headaches in the long run in terms of service and adjustment.
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 For riders with a lisp
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 Nice looking bike for the price, but not available yet?
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 Size L available for preorder on Wiggle
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 So cheap they had to remove the chain protection.
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 Throwback to 2017!
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 Not to shabby.
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