Its been two years since I decided it was time to change my full sus bike (Giant Trance X2) and after much research I decided on the Vitus Escarpe VRX.
Longer and beefier forks. Wider bars. Bigger wheels (650b). I was excited!
Vitus Escarpe VRX Long Term Review
My riding had out grown the Giant, its small forks and small wheels and I wanted to ride gnarlier trails and maybe even get in the air a little bit. I also felt I deserved a new bike.
The Escarpe had received some pretty good reviews and importantly was a bargain! It wasn’t long before I was pushing myself harder and harder as I began to put my trust in the bike and I learnt to point it where I wanted it go. And it went there!
A trip to UK Bike Skills helped me to push myself further and I found myself with a desire to get airborne and well lets say I’m getting there.
Wear and Tear
Apart from the usual wear and tear of components the bike has remained unchanged in 2 years and I have loved every single ride on it. From smashing out local loops in the mud and rain, to sun baked weekends in North Wales and Lake District.
I’ve not even considered changing the bike or any part of it despite the obvious calls to shed some weight and upgrade parts. Maybe thats me being a little tight, but its also testament to how much I enjoy riding the bike just the way it is.
Expert Rider Coming Through
I am no expert but spending a good deal of time on any bike means you will get to know its limits, or more likely your abilities on the bike. A better rider will be able push this bike much further and harder than I have, but familiarity with its geometry and performance is important when navigating new lines and off piste trails and it means I have been able to use the predictability to focus on my abilities and progressing my skills.
So in some moment of marketing fed madness about 2 weeks ago I fell for another and as much as I love this bike and all that its done for me and my riding this last 12-18 months, its time to move on.
This last year has seen me do many trips on this bike, pass a British Cycling guiding qualification and I think progress a lot as a rider. I’ve ridden in some amazing places in the UK and had some fantastic experience both on this bike and my hard tail, and part of my love of mountain biking (cycling in general) is the constant opportunity to experience new things.
Vitus – I have to Praise You
So before I get bored with the Vitus (not likely) and before depreciation of a financial kind takes too much of a hold, its time to say farewell.
We’ve come a long long way together
Through the hard times and the good
I have to celebrate you baby
I have to praise you like I should
– Norman Cook
Stay tuned for whats next…
In the meantime here’s a selection of highlights on the Vitus (Just noticed these all take place in Wales !)