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The Vitus 2019 range overview – their best-performing bikes ever

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There are almost 30 revamped and reworked bikes in the 2019 Vitus range – their best performing models yet. That’s a lot of fresh new bike action to check out, so we’ve created this handy at-a-glance guide to help you digest the full selection.

From the sub-£500 Nucleus all the way to the pro-standard Sommet CRX, these bikes have caused frothing in the mouth throughout the bike industry and media.

The range includes carbon racing beasts, enduro warriors, and DH doyens, with many of the models based on podium-pace stock.

“For 2019 we are delighted to be launching the best looking and best-performing bikes we have ever made,” said John Thompson, Vitus Bikes MTB Product Manager.

“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.”

Read on for the complete 2019 line-up.

See the full 2019 line-up at Chain Reaction Cycles

Vitus Nucleus – the all-rounder

The Nucleus won MBR magazine’s £500 hardtail of the year three years running, but this isn’t your typical entry-level mountain bike. It’s the foundation of the complete Vitus MTB range, with a pedigree way ahead of its price.

There are three spec profiles, the Nucleus VR  (pictured), VRS, and VRX. The VR and VRS are both available in 27.5″ and 29″ formats. There is also a women’s specific Vitus Nucleus – the VRW. With a female-friendly geometry and lowered top bar, its spec matches that of the standard VR.

Vitus Nucleus 275 VR Vitus Nucleus 29 VR Vitus Nucleus 275 VRS Vitus Nucleus 29 VRS Vitus Nucleus 275 VRX Vitus Nucleus 275 VRW

Vitus Nucleus range highlights: 

  • 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

 

Vitus Nucleus model specifications:

Nucleus VR Nucleus VRS Nucleus VRX
Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: Suntour XCR32 Air 120mm QR Fork: Suntour XCR32 Air 120mm Boost Fork: Suntour Raidon 32 Air 120mm Boost
Groupset: 2 x 9 Shimano Atlus (11-36t) Groupset: 2 x 9 Shimano Acera (11-36t) Groupset: Shimano Deore M6000 (11-42t)
Chainset: Suntour CW15 36 x 22t Chainset: Suntour Zeron 32t
Wheels: WTB ST i29 27.5” & 29” Options Wheels: WTB ST i29
Brakes: Tektro HD-M290 160/160 Rotors Brakes: Shimano MT400 180/160 Rotors
Seatpost: Vitus 31.6mm
Tyres: WTB Vigilante 2.3” F / WTB Trailboss 2.25” R Tyres: Schwalbe Magic Mary Addix 2.35” F / Schwalbe Nobby Nick Addix 2.35” R
Finishing Kit: Vitus/Nukeproof

 

Sentier – the advanced hardtail

 

The award-winning Sentier hardtail is renowned for its long, slack, and low geometry, and these popular properties have been retained for the 2019 model. Ready to be ridden harder and faster than ever before, it’s a bike you can push to the limit whatever your skill level.

There are four 2019 Vitus Sentier models available, the base model and VR in 27 or 29″ formats, the VRS, and the top of the range VRX (pictured).

Vitus Sentier Vitus Sentier 29 Vitus Sentier VR Vitus Sentier 29 VR Vitus Sentier VRS Vitus Sentier VRX

Vitus Sentier range highlights: 

  • 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

 

Vitus Sentier Model specifications: 

Sentier 27 & 29 Hardtail Sentier 27 & 29 VR Hardtail Sentier 27 VRS Hardtail Sentier 27 VRX Hardtail
Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: Rock Shox Recon RL Boost 130mm Fork: RockShox Sektor RL Boost T27.5 140mm Fork: Rockshox Revelation RC fork 140mm Fork: Rockshox Revelation Charger RC Boost
Groupset: 1 x 10 Deore M6000 (11-42t) Groupset: 1×11 Shimano SLX M7000 (11-46T) Groupset: 1×12 SRAM NX EAGLE (11-50T) Groupset: 1×11 Shimano XT (11-46T)
Chainset: Suntour Zeron 32t Chainset: RaceFace Aeffect 32T Chainset: SRAM NX EAGLE 32T Chainset: Shimano XT 32T
Wheels: WTB ST i29 27.5” & 29” Options Wheels: WTB ST i29
Brakes: Shimano MT400 180/160 rotors Brakes: Shimano MT500 180/160 rotors Brakes: Brakes: SRAM Guide R 180/160 Rotors Brakes: Shimano XT M8000 180-160 Rotors
Seatpost: Vitus Seatpost: Brand X Ascend dropper
Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.6 F /MAXXIS Rekon 27.5 x 2.6 R 27.5” Tyres: Schwalbe Magic Mary 27.5 x 2.6 F / Schwalbe Nobby Nick 27.5 x 2.6 R Tyres: Schwalbe Magic Mary 27.5 x 2.6 F / Schwalbe Nobby Nick 27.5 x 2.6 R
29” Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 29 x 2.5 F /MAXXIS Minion SS 29 x 2.3 R 29“ Tyres: Schwalbe Magic Mary 29 x 2.35 F / Schwalbe Nobby Nick 29 x 2.35 R No 29″ models available
Finishing Kit: Vitus/Nukeproof

 

Vitus Rapide – fast and furious

 

New for 2019, the Rapide captures many of the dynamic characteristics of the carbon-framed Rapide Carbon. Extremely fast, it’s alloy boost frameset features sleek geometry that’s most comfortable in a racing environment.

There are two Rapide models; the Rapide Cross Country Hardtail, and the Rapide VR Cross Country Hardtail

Vitus Rapide Vitus Rapide VR

Vitus Rapide range highlights: 

  • 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

 
Vitus Rapide model specifications:

Rapide Cross Country Hardtail Rapide Cross Country Hardtail VR
Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: Rockshox Rekon RL REMOTE 100mm Fork: Rockshox Sektor RL REMOTE 100mm
Groupset: 1×11 Shimano SLX (11-46T) Groupset: 1×12 SRAM NX EAGLE (11-50T)
Chainset: Suntour Zerpm 30T Chainset: SRAM NX EAGLE 32T
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 Carbon – built for speed

 

The Rapide Carbon a ready-to-race, cross country mountain bike, providing efficiency and speed for all-day adventures. The Ultra-Light T700 HM-UD carbon frame features modern geometry and impeccable handling characteristics optimised for 29” wheels.

There are two models in the Rapide Carbon range, the Rapide CR Cross Country Hardtail, and the Rapide CRX Cross Country Hardtail.

Vitus Rapide CR Vitus Rapide CRX

Vitus Rapide Carbon range highlights:  

  • 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

 
Vitus Rapide Carbon model specifications:

Rapide CR Cross Country Hardtail Rapide CRX Cross Country Hardtail
Frame: T7-HM-UD Carbon Fibre
Fork: Rockshox Reba RL Remote 100mm Fork: Rockshox SID RL Remote 100mm
Groupset: 1×12 SRAM GX EAGLE (10-50T) Groupset: 1×12 SRAM XO1 EAGLE (10-50T)
Chainset: SRAM GX EAGLE 32T Chainset: SRAM x1 carbon EAGLE 32T
Wheels: WTB ST Light i25 Wheels: DT Swiss X1900 Spline 25
Brakes: SRAM Level T 180/160 Rotors 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

 

Vitus Escarpe – the downhill doyen

 

The Escarpe combines fun and efficiency for a thrilling riding experience worthy of any rider. With 140mm travel the Escarpe makes the perfect trail bike, holding its own when the going gets rough thanks to its modern geometry. With the choice or 27.5” or 29” wheels, there’s an Escarpe for everyone.

There are three Escarpe models, the Escarp 27 Trail Bike, the Escarpe 27 & 29″ VR Trail Bike, and the Escarpe 27 or 29″ VRX Trail Bike (pictured).

Vitus Escarpe Vitus Escarpe VR Vitus Escarpe 29 VR Vitus Escarpe VRX Vitus Escarpe 29 VRX

Vitus Escarpe range highlights: 

  • 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

 
Vitus Escarpe model specifications: 

Escarpe 27 Trail Bike Escarpe 27 & 29 VR Trail Bike Escarpe 27 & 29 VRX Trail Bike
Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: ROCKSHOX Sektor RL Boost 150mm Fork: ROCKSHOX Revelation CHARGER RC Boost 150mm Fork: FOX 36 FIT Grip 2 FACTORY Boost 150mm
Shock: ROCKSHOX Delux R Shock: ROCKSHOX Delux RT Shock: FOX DPX2 FACTORY
Groupset: 1×11 SRAM NX (11-46T) Groupset: 1×11 SRAM NX EAGLE (11-50T) Groupset: 1×11 Shimano XT (11-46)
Chainset: SRAM NX 32T Chainset: SRAM NX EAGLE 32T Chainset: Shimano XT 32T
Wheels: WTB ST i29 Wheels: WTB ST i29 27.5 & 29″ options DT Swiss M1700 Spline 30 27.5” & 29” Options
Brakes: Shimano MT-400 180/160 Rotors Brakes: SRAM Guide R 180/180 rotors Brakes: SRAM Guide RE 200/180
Seatpost: BRAND X ASCEND
Tyres: MAXXIS Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.6 F / MAXXIS Rekon 27.5 x 2.6 R 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: Vitus/Nukeproof

 

Vitus Sommet – the enduro expert

 

The Sommet is an incredibly popular enduro bike at an astoundingly accessible price. It’s confidence-inspiring and handles technical downhills with ease thanks to a long wheelbase and quality engineering.

There are two models in the Sommet range: the Sommet Enduro Bike, and the Sommet VR Enduro Bike.

Vitus Sommet Vitus Sommet VR

Vitus Sommet range highlights:  

  • 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

 
Vitus Sommet model specifications: 

Sommet Enduro Bike Sommet VR Enduro Bike
Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: MANITOU Mattoc COMP Boost 170mm Fork: ROCKSHOX YARI CHARGER RC Boost
Shock: ROCKSHOX Delux RT Shock: ROCKSHOX Delux R
Groupset: 1×12 SRAM NX EAGLE (11-46T) Groupset: 1×12 SRAM NX EAGLE (11-50T)
Chainset: SUNTOUR ZERON 30T Chainset: SRAM NX EAGLE DUB 32T
Wheels: WTB ST i29 Wheels: WTB ST Light i29
Brakes: Shimano MT-500 203/180 Rotors 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: Vitus

 

Sommet Carbon – enduro elite

 

The Sommet Carbon is an elite enduro bike and the choice of four-time Red Bull Fox Hunt winner Colin Ross. It’s a confidence inspiring 160mm enduro bike capable of making light of technical downhills. 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.

There are two models in the Sommet Carbon range: the Sommet 27 CRS Enduro Bike (pictured) and the Sommet 27 CRX Enduro Bike.

Vitus Sommet CRS Vitus Sommet CRX

Vitus Sommet range highlights:  

  • 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

 
Vitus Sommet model specifications: 

Sommet 27 CRS Enduro Bike Sommet 27 CRX Enduro Bike
Frame: T7-HM-UD Carbon Fibre
Fork: ROCKSHOX LYRIC CHARGER 2 RC Boost 170mm Fork: FOX 36 FIT GRIP 2 FACTORY 170mm
Shock: ROCKSHOX Super Delux R Shock: FOX DPX2 FACTORY
Groupset: 1×12 SRAM GX EAGLE (10-50T) Groupset: 1×11 Shimano XT (11-46T)
Chainset: SRAM DESCENDANT EAGLE DUB 32T Chainset: Shimano XT 32T
Wheels: WTB ST Light i30 Wheels: DT Swiss E1700 Spline 30
Brakes: SRAM Guide RE 200/180 Rotors 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: Vitus

 

E-Sentier – Electric Trail Hardtail

 

The E-Sentier presents a new kind of fun for a new kind of rider. Based on the hard-charging geometry of the award-winning Sentier hardtail, its advanced, pedal-assist technology provides an exhilarating ride.

Only one model is currently available in the E-Sentier range.

Vitus E-Sentier Electric MTB

Vitus E-Sentier Electric Trail Hardtail range highlights: 

  •  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

Vitus E-Sentier Electric Trail Hardtail model specifications: 

E-Sentier Electric Trail Hardtail
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
MAXXIS Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.6 F / MAXXIS Agressor 27.5 x 2.5 R
Finishing Kit: Vitus

 

Vitus E-Sommet – pedal-assist performance

 

Designed by passionate mountain bikers for technical descents and punishing climbs, the Vitus E-Sommet’s aggressive geometry ensures it handles with all the finesse of its calorie-powered sibling. E-Sommet will help you smash your local downhill trail, or scale even the toughest gradient.

There are two models in the E-Sommet range: The E-Sommet Electric Enduro Bike and the E-Sommet VR Electric Enduro Bike.

Vitus E-Sommet Electric MTB Vitus E-Sommet VR Electric MTB

Vitus E-Sommet range highlights:
 
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
 
Vitus E-Sommet model specifications: 

E-Sommet Electric Enduro Bike E-Sommet VR Electric Enduro Bike
Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
Fork: ROCKSHOX Yari RC Boost 170mm Fork: ROCKSHOX Lyric CHARGER 2 RC2 170mm
Shock: ROCKSHOX Super Delux R Shock: ROCKSHOX Super Delux RC3
Motor: Shimano e7000 STEPS Motor: Shimano e8000 STEPS
Groupset: 1×10 Shimano Deore M6000 (11-42t) Groupset: 1×11 Shimano XT/SLX 1×11 (11-46)
Chainset: Shimano FC-E8000 34T
Wheels: WTB ST i29 Wheels: WTB ST Light i29
Brakes: Shimano M520 4 piston 203-203 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: Vitus

 
The Vitus 2019 range is not available until 2019. Visit Chain Reaction Cycles website for more details.

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