• Vitus Bikes Escarpe 290 Suspension Bike 2014

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Vitus Bikes Escarpe 290 Suspension Bike

Backwoods epics; trail centre assaults; marathon racing; the Escarpe 290 can handle it all! Our aggressive trail geometry has been refined to meet the characteristics of 29” wheels to combine agility and versatility, if you need one bike to do it all look no further that the Escarpe 290!

120mm Travel V-Link 29” Frame & RockShox Sektor Silver TK Fork

Our lightweight 6061-T6 Hydroformed multi-butted frame delivers 120mm of rear wheel travel via our Four-Bar V-Link activated suspension platform which eliminates pedal bob yet remains fully active at all times. Our aggressive trail geometry has been revised and designed to offer impeccable handling characteristics based around 29” wheels. A short headtube helps to reduce the stack height at the front which results in a lower centre of gravity to improve handling and offering optimum stability. We have increased the top tube length to enable freedom of movement over the front of the bike for improved handling and control when using shorter stems and wider bars. We have added ISCG tabs should you wish to run a chainguide and all Escarpe models are Reverb Stealth ready. All pivots run on sealed cartridge bearings to provide supple performance and low maintenance. Suspension travel is controlled by the RockShox Monarch RT air shock which offers unlimited tunability for rider preference. RockShox Sektor Silver TK Solo Air forks offer 140mm of air sprung travel with Rebound and Lock Out adjustment. A tapered alloy steerer and 15mm Maxle Lite through axle increases front end stiffness which improves steering precision and tracking through rough sections of trail.

Shimano SLX/Deore & FSA Groupset

A high performance groupset features Shimano SLX shifters and rear derailleur with a Deore front derailleur to provide flawless shifting time after time. An FSA Comet 2x10 chainset provides the driving force at the heart of the transmission. Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors front and rear provide powerful and dependable stopping power with great modulation and lever feel.

Easton XR 29” Wheelset & Vitus Finishing Kit

Lightweight Easton XR 29” wheels offers excellent performance and durability with low rotational weight providing snappy accelerations. Continental X-King tyres provide surefooted handling and low rolling resistance. Finishing kit is supplied by Vitus with our lightweight 6061 alloy stem, bars and seatpost providing high performance components which have been colour coded to match the frame decals.



  • Frame: Hydroformed 6061-T6 Aluminium Frame with Four-bar V-Link Rear Suspension, 120mm Travel
  • Frame Certification: CE EN14766
  • Rear Shock: RockShox Monarch RT, 190mm x 51mm
  • Forks: RockShox Sektor Silver TK 29 Solo Air, Tapered Alloy Steerer, 15mm Maxle Lite, 140mm Travel


  • Chainset: FSA Comet MegaExo, 170mm, 38t x 24t
  • Bottom Bracket: FSA MegaExo (BSA)
  • Brake/Shift Levers: Shimano SLX SL-M670 Rapid Fire Plus
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore FD-M616
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX RD-M675 Shadow Plus
  • Cassette: Shimano, 11t-36t, 10-Speed
  • Chain: KMC X10, 10-Speed


  • Rims: Easton XR Disc 29”
  • Front Hub: Easton XR - 6 Bolt, 100mm x 15mm
  • Rear Hub: Easton XR - 6 Bolt, 142mm x 12mm
  • Front Tyre: Continental X-King, 29” x 2.4”
  • Rear Tyre: 29” x 2.2”


  • Front Brake: Shimano SLX BR-M675 Hydraulic Disc, 180mm Rotors
  • Rear Brake: Shimano SLX BR-M675 Hydraulic Disc, 180mm Rotors
  • Handlebars: Vitus Flat Bar, 6061 Double Butted Alloy, 740mm Wide
  • Grips: Vitus Lock-On
  • Headset: FSA Orbit 1.5 Zero Stack (No.57), 1.1/8” - 1.5”
  • Stem: Vitus, 3D Forged 6061-T6 Aluminium, +/- 7 Degree Rise, 60mm Extension
  • Saddle: Vitus
  • Seatpost: Vitus Alloy, 6061-T6, 15mm Offset, 31.6mm x 400mm

Weight: 14.4kg/31.8lbs (Medium)

Why Buy a Vitus Bike?

Direct Sales = Value for you

Vitus offers direct sales through Chain Reaction Cycles. There is no middleman which means you deal direct with us and we can keep our prices low. Vitus develop and deliver your bike without any wholesalers or retail outlets. This allows us to offer you the best bike at the best possible price.

Direct Customer Contact

We are always there for you both before and after you make a purchase. We’ve designed, built and delivered your bike which means if you need assistance you can speak to exactly the right person. We offer a full tech back-up service through Chain Reaction Cycles including our online size and geometry charts and video bike fit guides.

Innovation and Design

By choosing Vitus you are assured of technological innovation and design that comes from true passion. Our in-house research and development team work with the latest technologies and materials, combining these with inspiration from our rich heritage and feedback from our test riders to produce bikes that are high in quality and value.

Pre Delivery Inspection

All Vitus bikes receive a full delivery pre-inspection from our Cytech trained mechanics – preparing and packaging your bike so you can get out on the trails or tarmac with the least amount of fuss. As part of this process we ensure your gears and brakes are working correctly and check your spoke tension to ensure your wheels stay in shape. You can be confident that your bike has been safely built whatever your mechanical skill level and we provide you with the necessary tools and simple instructions to get you rolling in no time. Our easy-to-follow videos are available on our website 24/7 to guide you along the way should you need them.

Secure Worldwide Shipping

Vitus Bikes are shipped through Chain Reaction Cycles: The World’s Largest Online Bikestore. All bikes are shipped fully insured and as mentioned above require minimal assembly on arrival. We accept payment via credit card, bank transfer or Paypal and every transaction is safe and secure.

5 Year Warranty

All Vitus frames are offered with a 5 year warranty. On top of this we also offer an extended 2 year warranty on all components.

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