Vitus Escarpe review

Rowdy riding from the French bike makers

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,260.00 RRP | AUD $2,541.00 | USD $1,850.00

Our review

The Escarpe offers rowdy riding at a great price, but the fork could be better.
Buy if, You're looking for smooth suspension and an aggresive ride wrapped up with great componentry at a bargain price
Pros: Impressively smooth and controlled full suspension frame with the aggro geometry to match. Impressive value rowdy ride componentry.
Cons: Hefty weight means the Vitus needs power or patience to get moving even with efficient pedalling. The Manitou Minute fork feels flexible when pushed hard.
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Vitus’s basic Escarpe gets the same smooth floating suspension system and proper bomber character of the £3,300 Pro, just in a heavier overall build.

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While it’s not stiff by Yari standards or as controlled as a Fox, the Manitou Minute Comp fork provides 140mm of smooth travel with a 15mm Hexlock axle for reasonably obedient steering.

135mm of rear travel feels like more, thanks to the clever floating shock arrangement working through the split seat tube and rearward path of the first part of the travel. That means the Escarpe can be charged into serious rock gardens without choking or getting thrown off line. It can handle ballsy drops without flinching too.

It’s stable enough when pedalling to keep climbing bearable, despite the 14.5kg weight, and the fast rolling Trail Boss rear tyre also helps mobility.

The Vigilante front tyre uses a High Grip compound to let you make the most of the slack head angle and precise and powerful 50mm stem and 760mm bar. While the steep seat tube means the 620mm top tube feels short in the saddle, the 450mm reach give it easy stability and confident cornering when standing and there’s an XL option if you want to go really long.

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The 142x12mm rear thru-axle keeps things tight out back and it also gets a chain guide mount and internal dropper routing so you can upgrade appropriately for really rowdy riding. That’s a good job as well because rowdy is definitely what the Escarpe does best and it’s a real bargain if that’s what you like best too.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Escarpe
Brand Vitus

Bottom Bracket FSA
Rear Tyre WTB
Frame size tested L
Wheelbase (in) 46.52
Top Tube (in) 24.41
Seat Tube (in) 19.02
Chainstays (in) 17.13
Spoke Type Stainless
Stem Vitus
Shifters Shimano Deore SL-M610
Seatpost Vitus Alloy
Seat Angle 74.5
Saddle Vitus
Rims WTB ST i23 TCS (tubeless ready)
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch R
Brakes Shimano BR-M396
Rear Hub Novatec D882
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore RD-M615 Shadow Plus
Headset Type FSA Orbit 1.5
Head Angle 66.5
Handlebar Nukeproof Riser Bar
Front Tyre WTB
Front Hub Novatec D811
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Frame Material Hydroformed 6061-T6 Aluminium
Fork Manitou Minute Comp
Cranks FSA Gamma Drive
Chain KMC X10
Cassette Shimano CS-HG50
Available Sizes S M L XL