We’ve got our hands on the all-new, budget friendly, 140mm full-suspension 2020 Vitus Mythique 27 VRX for review.
Priced at €1899.99 or £1599.99, Vitus are aiming to make their mark on the entry-level full-suspension MTB market.
Here’s What Vitus Say About The Mythique..
Say hello to the Mythique, our brand new one stop shop, does it all trail bike.
The Mythique was developed around a proven horst-link 4-bar suspension design, allowing us to develop an accessible, capable and performance driven trail bike.
Pairing modern geometry with dependable components and a setup that gives you the confidence to progress your riding to the next level.
The Mythique is a bike capable of descending as well as it climbs. Watch the smile on your face widen as the Mythique encourages you to get out on the trails and shred section by section.
When we started developing the Mythique our main goal was to create the most accessible, capable and performance driven trail bike on the market.
We focused on ensuring the Mythique used proven modern geometry, solid suspension kinematics and reliable components to achieve that goal.
Using a solid alloy frame and proven horst-link 4-bar suspension design we feel that we created a truly accessible full suspension trail bike without compromising performance.
The Mythique comes in three spec options and both 27.5” and 29” wheel sizes.
The price ranges from £1249.99 to £1599.99.
Bikes will be in stock mid/late November on both Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles. Customers will be able to pre order the bike on Wiggle.
2020 Vitus Mythique 27 VRX
- Mythique 140mm 6061 Alloy Boost 27.5” frame
- Marzocchi Bomber Z2 140mm forks
- Rockshox Monarch R rear shock
- Sram SX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain
- Shimano MT-501 brakes
- Brand-X dropper seatpost
- Schwalbe tubeless ready Magic Mary / Hans Dampf tyres
- 27.5” WTB ST i30 tubeless ready rims
- Weight: 14.4kg (set up tubeless)
RRP: £1599.99, $1999.99USD, $2799.99AUD, €1899, ¥189999, 20999kr
*VRW – Women’s model: shorter stem and narrower bars. Geo is the same.
Our Initial Impressions…
There’s two things that excite me in life, newness and a bargain. Brand new for 2020 and priced at €1899.99 (£1600), sees the Vitus Mythique 27 VRX tick both those boxes in one go.
It would be an understatement to say that Vitus are pushing hard with their brand. From hard tail to full-suspension, road, gravel and e-bikes their range of bikes is vast and encompassing.
While we do have a bricks and mortar Chain Reaction Cycles store on this island (actually it’s the only one CRC have in existence), keeping Vitus sold only through CRC and Wiggle on-line, direct to the consumer, has enabled the brand to keep those prices low and very attractive.
In MTB circles, Vitus have a good scope of hardtail, all-mountain, enduro and e-bike. So why the Mythique?
The goal is to offer an ‘entry-level’ full-suspension for those not wanting to hand over a wedge of cash to get started or ride a hardtail. It will also please those eyeing up a bike to fill that N+1 bracket be it a winter steed or second ride.
It’s Nardo Grey
The Mythique VRX colour scheme looks nice – not as out there as some of their 2020 models – but certainly holds its own, especially with the bold red Marzocchi Bombers contrasting the nardo grey frame.
Alloy framed, it tips the scales at 14.4kg. Granted it’s not the lightest out there, but it’s not a brute either. And you should bare in mind that it’s light on the wallet too.
It’s our first time on the Marzocchi fork, but it’s received a lot of positive feedback on the inter-web reviews. The 27 VRX is the longest travel of the Mythique at 140mm. Their 29 VRX is 130mm.
Aside from a looker, it’s already turned heads in the car park, it simplistic in that the compression is a dial (no clicks) that turns three quarters in total. Full open is too soft, and closed is essentially locked out, so I’ve gone about half a turn from open, and left the rebound clickers in the middle ground. There will be a bit of puzzling to do, but best to get a feel for things first.
The first thing to notice about the Rockshox Monarch R is no lock out. But, combined with the kinematics, there is a 94% anti-squat at sag point, that gives a nice anti-pedal bob for climbing without affecting the suspension action.
Getting Up To Speed
Ride time is extremely limited so far. I picked up the Mythique at the Sean Kelly Evening at CRC Belfast on Wednesday, shot some statics on the Friday and rocked up to a Rosco Lines training school in Ravensdale on the Saturday!
Trying to take in what Rosco was saying, put it into practice and settle into a new ride wasn’t ideal but a good baptism of fire for sure. Although I didn’t do a full run, repeating numerous sections was beneficial to get a feel.
Repeating a rocky ditch section, the bike picked up speed really quick from a standing start and once I eased off on the self-preservation factor, it remained stable, planted and inline.
It was the same too on a long, flat corner and I was able to easily pop over a sizeable rock on exit where normally I’d have bobbed around it.
Equipped with a Schwalbe Magic Mary upfront and Hans Dampf on the rear ensured grip was spot-on on the slippery trails.
Overall so far, the 140mm travel isn’t wanting, the geometry isn’t overall steep or intimidating, the Shimano brakes are becoming sharp and crisp the more they bed in and the SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed has plenty of range on tap. All in Sharon, this doesn’t feel like a budget bike.
With Christmas on the horizon, I’m looking forward to getting more runs on it and full ones this time – stay tuned!