Vitus announces hardtail and Mythique trail bike range for 2021

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Vitus has been at the forefront when it comes to performance at an affordable price point for a while now, combining cleverly thought out geometry figures with decent specs. With the announcement of its 2021 range of hardtails and the Mythique trail bike range, this trend looks to continue. 

While geometries and range layout have remained similar to last year, Vitus has made a number of key refinements to the ranges, updating the bikes to make them even better out on the trail.

The most notable updates are the ranges are now 1x only and the full Mythique range is now treated to dropper posts. There has been a number of key spec updates across the ranges as well.

Vitus Nucleus hardtail 2021 range

Vitus Nucleus VR

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Starting at the budget end, Vitus' Nucleus hardtail range still comes in 27.5-inch and 29er options with a trail-friendly 66.5-degree head angle and 73-degree seat angle. The bikes move to 1x drivetrain and the lower range move from Altus gearing to a drivetrain from Box. The range starts at $649.99 / £549.99 / €649.99 and is equipped with a Box Four drivetrain and SR Suntour fork. To upgrade to the VRS with its Deore drivetrain will cost you $799.99 / £699.99 / €799.99.

Vitus Mythique 2021 range

Vitus Mythique VR

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The Mythique range sees a few component tweaks, most notably the addition of a dropper post on the cheapest VR model. This means that riders who are looking for an affordable trail bike can now make the most of the established modern geometry figures of the Mythique. The Mythique VR retails for an impressively low $1,499.99 / £1,249.99 / €1,499.99. The VRS and VRX models see a switch from SRAM to Shimano drivetrains and retail for $1799.99 / £1499.99 / €1649.99 and $1,999.99 / £1,649.99 / €1,899.99 respectively. All Mythique bikes are available in 27.5- and 29-inch wheel sizes to meet riders preferences. 

Vitus Rapide 2021 range

Vitus Rapide CRX

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Available in both carbon and alloy, RockShox now manages suspension across the board while the drivetrain responsibilities are now in the hands of Shimano. Alloy models start at $1,099.99 / £899.99 / €999.99, carbon options are available from $2,099.99 / £1,799.99 / €1,999.99 and see upgrades to the forsk, wheels and drivetrain.

Vitus Sentier 2021 range

Vitus Sentier VRS

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Vitus' slack and aggressive trail hardtail gets the fade treatment with some new paint. Spec remains the same apart from the VR model which moves to Shimano to match the rest of the range. Bump handling forces are still managed by XFusion, Marzocchi and Fox and the top VRX model features a combo of SLX and XT. Prices for these rowdy hardtails start at a very reasonable $999.99 / £849.99 / €949.99.

Vitus' 2021 hardtail and Mythique trail bike range is available from Chain Reaction Cycles and Wiggle with the 2021 hardtail ranges in stock now and the Mythique stock following in the coming weeks.

Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro, and gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotland's wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes, or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect.

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