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Vitus Mythique offers terrific trail bike value

Vitus Mythique is a great value aluminium sub-enduro bike
Vitus proving that modern geometry does not have to cost a lot
(Image credit: Vitus bikes)

Vitus has announced a new range of Mythique trail bikes, offering on-trend geometry numbers at a very compelling price.

The French customer-direct brand has designed its Mythique range with enough frame clearance to run either 27.5- or 29-inch wheels.

To ensure competitive pricing, without sacrificing component quality, Vitus decided to make the Mythique frames from aluminium, instead of a more expensive carbon option. The 6016 grade aluminium frames are produced in Cambodia.

Weight ratings vary from 14- to 14.79kg, depending on size and wheel diameter.

Designed with a proven Horst-link rocker-arm actuated suspension system, the Mythique bikes not only look good, but they tally some quite impressive geometry numbers, too.

Vitus has structured the Mythique range with VR, VRS and VRX derivatives. All frames have compact 435mm chainstays, 66-degree head angles and internal dropper seatpost cable routing.

Suspension travel depends on the grade of Mythique you are choose. The entry-level VR derivative has 130mm of rear-suspension, while the VRS and VRX variants up that to 140mm, which matches the 140mm forks.

Suspension components are a blend of X-Fusion, Rockshox and Marzocchi, while drivetrains are either Shimano Deore 10-speed (on the cheapest bikes) or Sram SX 12-speed Eagle (on most of the variants).

Vitus has equipped their new Mythique trail bikes with wheels and tyres which are true to purpose. These bikes roll Schwalbe’s gravity proven Magic Mary tyres up front, balanced by the significantly redesigned Hans Dampf at the rear. Rims are aluminium WTBs, with a generous 30mm internal diameter sizing.

The pricing bandwidth for the Vitus Mythique varies between £1250 to £1600, representing very fair value for a capable trail bike. Vitus has the range available for order through its online partner CRC.

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born media professional who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his fascination with trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. Rides: Morewood Kwela Cotic Simple 26 Pyga 160mm aluminium prototype