A dedicated and thoroughbred race proven platform, our Rapide 290 introduces high level performance for XC and marathon racing with an Ultra-Light T700 HM-UD carbon frame with refined geometry and impeccable handling characteristics optimised for 29” wheels!
A short headtube and chainstays combined with a low bottom bracket create a low centre of gravity for improved handling and stability on fast sections of trail. The larger wheel size rolls over obstacles and rocks with greater efficiency allowing you to carry more speed for less effort helping to reduce rider fatigue and improve performance.
Box section seat and chain stays improve power transfer and rear end rigidity whilst the oversized PF30 bottom bracket increases lateral stiffness for better acceleration by transmitting every shred of pedalling energy through the drivetrain to the rear wheel.
RockShox Reba RL Solo Air forks feature Motion Control damping, Rebound and Low Speed Compression to Lock adjustment. A tapered alloy steerer and 15mm Maxle Lite through axle maximises front end stiffness for improved tracking through rough sections of trail and complements rear end stiffness to provide precise steering and confidence inspiring handling.
Shimano XT & FSA Groupset
Gear selection is taken care of via Shimano XT shifters and derailleurs with the XT Shadow Plus clutch rear derailleur improving chain tension thus reducing the chance of chain derailment.
An FSA Afterburner 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 EA70 XL Wheelset & Vitus Finishing Kit
A lightweight Easton EA70 XL wheelset will comfortably cope with any XC and marathon race situation offering snappy acceleration with every stroke of the pedals. Continental X-King tyres provide predictable handling and low rolling resistance which translates into more speed for less effort!
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: T700 High-modulus HM-UD Carbon
Frame Certification: CE EN14766
Forks: RockShox Reba RL 29 Solo Air, Tapered Alloy Steerer, 100mm Travel, 15mm Maxle Lite
Chainset: FSA Afterburner BB30, 175mm, 38t x 24t
Bottom Bracket: FSA Press Fit 30 (PF30)
Shift Levers: Shimano XT SL-M780 Rapid Fire Plus
Front Derailleur: Shimano XT FD-M786, 34.9mm Band
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT RD-M786 Shadow Plus
Cassette: Shimano, 11t-34t, 10-Speed
Chain: KMC X10, 10-Speed
Rims:Easton EA70 XL 29”
Front Hub: Easton EA70 XL Disc - 6 Bolt, 100mm x 15mm
Rear Hub: Easton EA70 XL Disc - 6 Bolt, 135mm x QR Rear
Tyres:Continental X-King, 29” x 2.2”
Front Brake: Shimano SLX BR-M675 Hydraulic Disc, 160mm Rotors
Stem:Vitus, 3D Forged 6061-T6 Aluminium, +/-7 Degree Rise
Seatpost: Vitus Alloy, 6061-T6, 15mm Offset, 31.6mm x 400mm
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 fully 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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