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Vitus Bikes Escarpe II Suspension Bike
Long-travel muscle in a pedal-friendly package, that's the Vitus Escarpe; It’s French for ‘steep’, just so you know…
Refined and improved for 2013 is our Escarpe range of suspension Trail bikes, built around our custom hydroformed 6061 aluminium frame with 140mm of rear travel delivered via our Vitus V-Link four-bar suspension system.
Designed and developed by Vitus Bikes in association with Chainreactioncycles.com, the Escarpe II offers the perfect real-world riding blend of light weight, strength and stiffness. The ideal rig for blasting the local woodland loop, mixing it up in the hills with your clubmates, lining up for an enduro or playing join-the-berms in a sun-dappled Alpine resort.
140mm travel V-Link frame and RockShox Sektor TK forks
Our lightweight hydroformed multi-butted, heat treated 6061-T6 aluminium frame features 140mm of rear wheel travel via a four-bar V-Link activated suspension platform which eliminates pedal bob yet remains fully active at all times. Suspension travel is controlled by a RockShox Monarch RT air shock which offers infinite adjustability and silky smooth performance. All pivots run on sealed cartridge bearings providing supple performance with low maintenance. A replaceable derailleur hanger comes as standard.
A RockShox Sektor TK fork offers 140mm of buttery smooth, infinitely adjustable travel with a tapered steerer and 15mm Maxle Lite thru-axle for precise, positive tracking through corners and rock gardens or any other obstacle the trail throws at you.SRAM Groupset
The SRAM groupset combines X5/X7 shifters and derailleurs with a SRAM S1000 2x10 chainset delivering slick and precise gear changes in all conditions and a gear ratio that will make short work of any gradient the trail can throw at you.
A chain guide is provided as standard to eliminate the chance of chain derailment.
The Vitus Escarpe II. Work hard on the ups, play hard on the downs. Enjoy it all.
Vitus Bikes Escarpe II Suspension Bike Specifications:
At Vitus Bikes we can look back on a proud heritage that stretches back into the annals of cycling history and shares links with some of the true icons of the sport. Today Vitus Bikes benefits from being a member of the Chainreactioncycles.com family and benefits from all of the passion, innovation and expertise that has made CRC the world’s largest online bike store.
At Vitus Bikes we’re riders first and foremost. Road riders, XC riders, DH riders. Boy riders, girl riders, fast riders, slow riders. But riders all. The bikes we make are the bikes we want to ride, and our direct-sales business model means maximum cost benefit for riders just like us. Riders like you, in fact.
By choosing Vitus for your next bike you’re assured of the innovation in design that comes from true passion, and the great value that comes from cutting out the middle man.Vitus Bikes and Seán Kelly
In the history of the Vitus marque the name of one rider dominates – that of Seán Kelly, known to many as “The King” and regarded by many as the finest Classic rider of all time.
80% of Kelly's 193 professional victories, which included a record eight Paris-Nice wins, were achieved astride a bike bearing the Vitus badge.
Today Kelly proudly represents Vitus as brand ambassador, providing valuable insight and input into the development of our top-end road bikes and adding his name to our flagship LTD Edition Seán Kelly road bike.2013 – Vitus sponsors An Post race team
For 2013 Vitus is pleased to extend its association with Seán Kelly by sponsoring the An Post Seán Kelly UCI Continental Race Team which will be riding Vitus Bikes at European and Pro Tour road race events.
The An Post team are riding 2013 Vitesse carbon road and Chrono carbon time trial frames and forks that have been approved to UCI standards for competition use - the same as are available for sale in our 2013 Vitesse and Chrono models.
The selection of Vitus Bikes by the An Post team is an endorsement of the quality and performance of our bikes and the feedback of these professional riders will help us continue to refine and develop our range.
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by teammassa Awesome spec for the money!! More than capable rig for heavy abuse! The spec you get for the money can't be matched! Even more so when it's on sale (sub £1k#! Vitus & CRC really have worked together with the knowledge from Nukeproof to create a stable platform that can take abuse. The SRAM components on board all function as they should, and the Sektor forks really are buttery smooth once setup and dialled and work well with the Monarch rear shock. The X5 shifters/dr's run smoothly, however some tinkering may be required to fine tune once bedded in. The inclusion of a chain guide on the 2x10 setup in a bonus at this price level too. Brakes are fine, however winter #or race# pads would be recommended over the stock pads! The wheel set is bomb proof and the tyres have plenty of grip in the slickest leaf covered trails! The Easton/Vitus finishing kits is a nice touch. I have upgraded to the Easton Havoc bars and Nukeproof pedals #the bike comes with basic plastic ones). Could do with a dropper post to make this the complete package! 10 December 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alex112 Great bike Really pleased with the bike. Coming from a long time on hard-tail bikes I made the leap to a full suspension with the Escarpe II. The suspension absorbs all the bumps but still stiffens up sufficiently when you need to pedal hard. The cockpit is a great set-up and you feel in complete control in all conditions. The drivetrain is more than capable for what I do and the frame is chunky in all the right places. The high roller tires give plenty of grip but also surprisingly good rolling resistance for their size. The only con I can think of are the brakes. Having previously used Hayes 9's, I find that the Avid 3's just don't have the same stopping power and have also developed a squeak under hard braking. Stop looking at the bike and just buy it! You won't find anything of similar quality for the same price. 29 November 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nathan AMAZING BIKE I had been looking for a bike for quite some time when I found this bike on CRC. I was amazed at the price considering the good specs. I took a gamble and bought it. Even though I am a 15.5 frame i got the 16 and it actually feels better. The shipping was great and I was impressed with how it looked out of the box assembled. When i first took it out on the trails I was very impressed. Even though the head angle can make it a bit harder to climb steep ascents I didn't and still haven't had any problems. The suspension soaks up even the biggest bumps and the build feels very solid. I would definitely recommend this bike. It is a good all rounder. Also the tires are incredibly grippy. I have also had a pretty bad crash and the bike didn't even get a scratch. Very happy with the bike. One thing that I didn't like though was the squeaky brakes. I don't know if that's just me but I may just have to wear them in. They started squeaking after about 5 3 hr rides. 22 November 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by flymcg101 great for a grand Definitely a good all rounder, I am just over 6ft and got a medium, its very nibble on the descents, just a tad small on the climbs. But that's the trade off for anyone my height. The build quality of the frame appears good, not a massive fan of the DT cable routing though. Pros: great fun to ride, rockshox sektors and monarch are ace. Cons: -x5 rear mech is long cage, I bent it on my first outing (my fault). Now on a zee. -Mech hanger built into replaceable dropout which are expensive to replace. -pin jointed xm319 rims arent likely to last long. -Sram cranks wont accept a standard SS chain ring due to the spider length. Im now running 1x10 but with some old raceface cranks. Overall A grand doesnt get you alot of bike these days, but this one is certainly the best for the money ive seen. 19 November 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Overall quality AM bike Bought this as a Recycled bike from CRC and having owned it now for 3 months I can gladly say that it's an overall awesome bike with great quality components and with a rugged simplicity. Here you get no surprises. With the SRAM set with 2 speed up front and 10 rear and smooth air suspension you really have all you need to go as fast uphill as downhill. The frame feels really well made just from looking at it. The weldings look to be able to take a direct hit from a missile and the tubing is "fat" at all the right places. I would be amazed if it would break in the first hand, if so you would've to try really hard. The suspension swallow bumps really well and with Rock Shox excellent user friendly settings (printed sag-settings rear and turtles and rabbits for rebound etc), setting up your bike is dead easy even after one too many concussions. And the overall geometry feels really good and the bike is nice and stable through fast sweeping corners and agile when it becomes gnarly. And when it gets too bad then you just pick it up on your shoulder and carry it due to its lightness. It's as nice on a pedal-frenzy XC outing as it's down the slopes. I would really recommend anyone looking for their new AM bike to try this out even if Vitus isn't the most common sight out in the woods. I gambled a bit and it payed off big time. So to sum it all up: Pros: Price, build quality, components, ride quality, odd-factor Cons: Only thing I can think of is that in some crashes the chain guide gets a knock and de-rails a bit leading to the chain being stuck until you screw it back in place (don't know if this is common due to me not having a chainguide before) / Henri (Stockholm SWE) 16 June 2013
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