• Vitus Bikes Escarpe VRX Suspension Bike 2015

  • Vitus Bikes Escarpe VRX Suspension Bike

    The ultimate trail shredding weapon - reviewed and rated by Wideopen Mag and EnduroMag who both complimented the VRX as being one of THE best all-round trail bikes on the market.

    The Escarpe VRX is decked out with high performance components including the all new Marzocchi 350CR forks; SRAM X1/X01 groupset; Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes; Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost; WTB/Formula wheelset and a Funn/Vitus cockpit to complete the package.

    “Vitus have created an excellent suspension platform that takes the big hits, has good small bump sensitivity and still pedals well. The Escarpe goes way out the boundaries of what I thought possible of short travel trail bike, an excellent choice for the weekend warrior who wants to try and push their riding limits without feeling under or over biked.”Enduro Magazine, February 2015

    Read the full review HERE

    135mm Travel V-Link 27.5” Frame

    Our 2015 Escarpe frame has been completely re-designed from the ground up! Following a lengthy period of R&D we have taken the best attributes from our award winning Escarpe platform and fine tuned the linkage positions and leverage ratios to obtain the desired axle path we required. The new Vitus platform features a floating horizontal shock mount (FHSM) and actual main pivot location (AMPL) designed to provide the most efficient pedalling and suspension action. This layout requires the shock to interrupt the seat-tube; our solution to this is our two-piece hollow “Clamshell” chainstay yoke which is both light and stiff.

    The main pivot location is located in a fixed high and forward position in line with a 32T chain ring position, this gives natural anti squat/bob when pedalling in the most commonly used 1x 32T setup without relying on excessive chain tension and none of the related pedal feedback. Because of the main pivot location the Escarpe has 55mm of travel with a rearward axle path helping to keep your momentum.The chainstay pivot location is placed in-line with the chainstay eliminating any force directed to the shock linkage causing the shock to compress (aka pedal bob) due to chain tension. This pivot location also maximizes active suspension when using the rear brake similar to a floating brake design – but without the added weight.

    The leverage rate is designed to have a falling rate to sag point then go mildly progressive; this helps the bike sit comfortably in the sag position whilst also providing a stable platform. The lower shock mount moves forward with the suspension, this helps to keep a linear rate without falling off at full travel. This movement also reduces the shock angle change at full travel reducing side loads and improving shock life and reliability.Manufactured from 6061-T6 triple butted aluminium and delivering 135mm of fully active suspension travel via the Horst-Link 4-bar design with our horizontal floating shock mount.

    We have added a removable High Direct FD mount and ISCG-05 tabs to facilitate any drivetrain combination. The rear axle is the now industry standard 142mm x 12mm E-Thru platform.

    The frame is also Reverb Stealth ready thanks to the internal cable routing.

    A bolt on down tube protector adds impact resistance to the down tube and cables from rock strikes.Rear wheel travel is controlled via the RockShox Monarch RT3 air shock which features a custom tune with rebound and two step compression adjustment.

    Features:

    Frameset:

    • Frame: Hydroformed 6061-T6 Aluminium Frame with Four-bar V-Link Rear Suspension, 135mm Travel
    • Forks: Marzocchi 350CR, 150mm Travel, Coil + spring preload, Compression and Rebound damping, Ø35mm Aluminium Stanchions – low friction Espresso coating, Tapered Aluminium steerer, 15mm QR Through Axle
    • Shock: RockShox Monarch RT3, 190mm x 51mm, Custom tune HVI ML S 320

    Groupset:

    • Chainset: SRAM X1 1000 X-SYNC, 170mm, 32t
    • Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP (BSA)
    • Shifters: SRAM X1, 11-Speed
    • Front Derailleur: N/A
    • Rear Derailleur: SRAM X1
    • Cassette: SRAM XG-1180, 10t-42t, 11-Speed
    • Chain: SRAM PCX1, 11-Speed

    Wheelset:

    • Rims: WTB ST i23 TCS, 27.5”
    • Front Hub: Formula - 6 Bolt, 100mm x 15mm
    • Rear Hub: Formula - 6 Bolt, 142mm x 12mm
    • Spokes: Stainless
    • Tyres: Front - WTB Vigilante TCS, Dual DNA Compound, UST Aramid Bead, 27.5” x 2.3” Rear – WTB Trail Boss TCS Tough dual ply, Dual DNA Compond, UST Aramid Bead, 27.5” x 2.25”

    Components:

    • Front Brake: Shimano SLX BR-M675 Hydraulic Disc, 180mm Rotor
    • Rear Brake: Shimano SLX BR-M675 Hydraulic Disc, 180mm Rotor
    • Handlebars: Vitus Riser Bar, 7075 Double Butted Alloy, 15mm Rise, 740mm Wide
    • Headset: FSA Orbit 1.5 Zero Stack (NO.57), 1.1/8” – 1.5”
    • Stem: Funn Strippa, 3D Forged 6061-T6 Aluminium, 0 Degree Rise, 45mm Extension
    • Saddle: Vitus
    • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth, 125mm Drop
    • Seatclamp: Vitus QR

    Weight: 13.70kg / 30.30lbs (size M)

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