The 650b Vitus Sentier has been a top-rated riot bike for a while. But this year it gets an all-new frame that’s both feistier and better balanced, and the VRS is equipped with some excellent componentry to match.
Thinking out of the box
As you’ll be getting your Vitus delivered direct in a big box, initial impressions are probably more important than most. Firstly, don’t worry if the forks look back to front as the brace is meant to be on the back on a Manitou fork.
The Manitou Minute Comp fork is a decent enough little unit
Don’t freak out if there’s a horrible clunk when you bounce them the first few times either. It sometimes just takes the Minute Comp a couple of good drags on the damper to get the rebound circuit filled and working properly. The unique half-turn ‘bayonet’ lock action on the semi-hexagonal QR15 axle can be a pain to learn too, but it’s fast once you’re fluent.
What you really need to know about the VRS though is that within seconds of hitting the trail you’ll forget about any of that and just be blown away by how sorted it feels. The new frame has a low 320mm bottom bracket centre of gravity, a stretched 630mm top tube and steeper 73 degree seat angle. That’s put plenty of weight through the wide 740mm bars and usefully smooth 140mm suspension stroke onto the soft compound ‘High Grip’ version of the WTB Vigilante front tyre.
Stable yet snappy
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