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    • Vitus Bikes Escarpe VRS Suspension Bike 2015

  • Vitus Bikes Escarpe VRS Suspension Bike 

    Built around our new 135mm travel suspension platform, the new Escarpe VRS is the ideal bike to take on your next enduro; hammer those technical descents; ascending with finesse; and finding your limits long before you reach the limits of the VRS!

    Featuring Marzocchi’s new 350CR fork with 150mm travel; Shimano XT/SLX drivetrain; E-Ten dropper seatpost with a WTB/Formula wheelset and Vitus finishing kit to complete the package – the Escarpe VRS has reliability and fun in equal measure!

    Trail riding; enduro racing; all day epics and backwoods assaults; whatever your preference the all NEW Vitus Escarpe platform will take it all in its stride!

    “The guys at Vitus have done a great job of transforming the Escarpe VRS from an off-the-peg frame with good parts into a bespoke trail bike. Best of all, the quantum leap in frame quality and performance hasn’t eroded the killer spec one bit.”

    8/10 MBR Magazine (January 2015)

    Click here to read full review

    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 chainring 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 RT 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 RT, 190mm x 51mm, Custom tune HVI ML S 320

    Groupset:

    • Chainset: Shimano SLX FC-M675, 170mm, 38tx24t
    • Bottom Bracket: Shimano  (BSA)
    • Shifters: Shimano SLX SL-M670 Rapid Fire Plus, 10-Speed
    • Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore Direct Mount FD-M616
    • Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT RD-M786 Shadow Plus
    • Cassette: Shimano CS-HG50, 11t-36t, 10-Speed
    • Chain: KMC X10, 10-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 Comp, 27.5” x 2.3” Rear – WTB Trail Boss Comp, 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: Vitus, 3D Forged 6061-T6 Aluminium, +/- 7 Degree Rise, 60mm Extension
    • Saddle: Vitus
    • Seatpost: KS E-Ten Remote, 31.6mm x 385mm, 100mm Drop
    • Seatclamp: Vitus QR

    Weight: 14.24kg/31.42lbs (size M)

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