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Vitus Bikes Escarpe 290 Suspension Bike 2015 - £1499.99

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Vitus Bikes Escarpe 290 Suspension Bike

Big wheels definitely keep on turning with the all new Escarpe 29! This incredibly capable bike pairs our all new 135mm platform with Manitou’s Minute Comp 140mm fork. Welcome to aggressive trail riding; backwoods assaults and adventures on two wheels; whatever your preference the all NEW Vitus Escarpe 29 platform will take it all in its stride!

135mm Travel V-Link 29” Frame & Manitou Minute Comp Fork
The 2015 Escarpe frame is an all new development for this season!! 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 R air shock which features a custom tune and rebound adjustment.
Manitou Minute Comp TS air spring forks feature TPC, Absolute+ trail tuned compression and adjustable TPC rebound damping with air pressure compression to lock-out adjustment; 140mm of air sprung travel will soak up anything the trail can throw at you ensuring maximum traction and control. A tapered alloy steerer; 32mm stanchions and a 15mm through axle provide a stiff front end for precise steering and predictable handling.

Shimano Deore/FSA Groupset & Shimano Brakes
Shimano Deore shifters and derailleurs provide crisp gear selections throughout the range. The Deore Shadow Plus clutch rear derailleur improves chain tension which reduces the chance of chain derailment.
An FSA Gamma Drive 2x10 chainset provides the driving force at the heart of the transmission.
Shimano M396 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors front and rear provide effective and dependable stopping power.

WTB/Formula Wheelset & Vitus Finishing Kit
WTB ST i23 TCS 29” rims offer durability with low rotational weight and are tubeless ready for those wanting to save even more weight by running a full tubeless set up; these are laced on to Formula disc brake hubs to create a lightweight, dependable race ready wheelset. WTB Vigilante Comp front and Trail Boss Comp rear tyres combine excellent handling characteristics and low rotational weight!
Finishing kit is supplied by Vitus with our lightweight 6061 alloy stem, bars and seatpost providing high performance components.


  • Frame: Hydroformed 6061-T6 Aluminium Frame with Four-bar V-Link Rear Suspension, 135mm Travel
  • Forks: Manitou Minute Comp, 140mm Travel, TS Air spring, 32mm Aluminium stanchions, Compression to Lockout and Rebound damping, TPC Technology ABS+ Trail Tuned, Tapered aluminium steerer, 15mm QR Through Axle
  • Shock: RockShox Monarch R, 190mm x 51mm, Custom tune HVI ML


  • Chainset: FSA Gamma Drive MegaExo, 170mm, 36tx24t
  • Bottom Bracket: FSA MegaExo (BSA)
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore SL-M610 Rapid Fire Plus, 10-Speed
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore Direct Mount FD-M616
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore RD-M615 Shadow Plus
  • Cassette: Shimano CS-HG50, 11t-36t, 10-Speed
  • Chain: KMC X10, 10-Speed


  • Rims: WTB ST i23 TCS, 29
  • Front Hub: Formula - 6 Bolt, 100mm x 15mm
  • Rear Hub: Formula - 6 Bolt, 142mm x 12mm
  • Spokes: Stainless
  • Front Tyre: WTB Vigilante Comp, 29 x 2.3
  • Rear Tyre: WTB Trail Boss Comp, 29 x 2.25


  • Front Brake: Shimano BR-M396 Hydraulic Disc, 180mm Rotor
  • Rear Brake: Shimano BR-M396 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
  • Saddle: Vitus
  • Seatpost: Vitus Alloy, 6061-T6, 15mm Offset, 31.6mm x 400mm
  • Seatclamp: Vitus QR

Weight: 14.37kg/31.68lbs (size M)


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