The Vitus Escarpe – All The Trail Bike For Half the Price.
Rating: 4.0 / 5 Stars
Wheel Size: 27.5 / 650b
Suspension: 4.0 / 5 Stars
Handle Ability: 4.0 / 5 Stars
Frame & Geometry: 4.0 / 5 Stars
The Vitus Escarpe is all the bike for half the price. We have been riding the standard set up for around 2 months now and it’s fair to say there isn’t much that we would change! One of our main concerns was that the weight of the bike would make it a lot more sluggish to concur climbs and heavy on the descents but our fears were unjustified!
The suspension set up is 140mm Mantiou Comp forks up in the front & Rock Shock Monarch R at the rear. The Manitou forks will rival most other airforks in the market. There quirky design might cause some confusion but I’ve only had a couple people ask me why my Forks are on back to front! The Rock Shock Monarch R on the rear has good compression, but would look to upgrading to a lock out shock eventually!
The Shimano BR-M396 brake set up was something I thought I would be changing on this bike straight away but 2 months on and still on the 1 set of brake pads they are holding up pretty dam good! They aren’t the sharpest brakes out there but they can definitely hold their ground in the market
The Vitus handles extremely well in all condition & terrains! We’ve had it down a variety of trails from loamy single to hard pack trail stuff and even pushed it to it limits on some gnarly downhill tracks and it still handles like a dream on single one of them. The past year I have been mainly riding downhill bikes so was a bit apprehensive about having such little travel on some of the tougher tracks but once again my fears were unjustified as the Escarpe was more than capable of handling it all!
Anyway lets get away from all the technical talk! Here is what you need to hear, the Escarpe may not be the lightest trail bike in the market or come with the best spec but ultimately it all works wells together! It climbs like a dream and descents like a demon. It is a great intro full suspension bike and great value for money! I think you would be hard pushed to find a similar priced bike that works so well! I was skeptical about the capabilities of this bike bit it hasn’t proven true on any of my doubt! The bikes bright colour works wonders in two ways… Your always seen & even when the suns not shining at least you are! I would advise anyone looking for a good budget trail bike to give this bike a go! I don’t imagine you will be disappointed
Cons – Only thing missing is a dropper ….But for that price I wouldn’t expect one!
Frame: Hydroformed 6061-T6 Aluminium Frame with Four-bar V-Link Rear Suspension, 135mm Travel
Forks: Manitou Minute Comp, 140mm Travel, TS Air spring, Ø32mm 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, 27.5”
Front Hub: Formula – 6 Bolt, 100mm x 15mm
Rear Hub: Formula – 6 Bolt, 142mm x 12mm
Front Tyre: WTB Vigilante Comp, 27.5” x 2.3”
Rear Tyre: WTB Trail Boss, 27.5” 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 Extension
Seatpost: Vitus Alloy, 6061-T6, 15mm Offset, 31.6mm x 400mm
Seatclamp: Vitus QR
125g of Plain Gluten Free Flour
250ml of Almond Milk
30g of Coconut Oil (for ftying)
1 Tbsp of Coco Powder
We served our crepes with honey, banana, strawberries & flaked almonds
BDS Rd 4 Results
GT Factory Racing rider Rachel Atherton continues to dominate the national scene as well as the world cup circuit. Last weekend saw her take the win at the 4th round in the BDS in Rhyd-y-Felin.
Atherton was more than 13 second ahead of World Champ & Maddison Saracen rider Mannon Carpenter.
Top 3 British Downhill Series, Round Four results:
1 Rachel Atherton 4:05.067
2 Manon Carpenter: 4:15.552 (+13.485)
3 Tahnee Seagrave: 4:20.673 (+15.606)
Could this be an indication of the result this weekend for Round 4 of the world cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, or can Mannon get over the curse of the rainbow stripes and get her first World Cup Win of the season!
The world cup season so far has been pretty devastating for the Maddison rider with a DQ in Leogang Austria at the last round of the W/C & a big off just above the finish line at the hip jump in Fort William.
Tahnee Seagrave of FMD Racing is hot on their heels though with two 2nd place results at Fort William & Leogang, could it be her turn at Lenzerheide to finally get on that top step!
Look out for our W/C updates throughout this week & the weekend!
PEREFECT APRES RIDING DINNER
1 Chicken Breast
150g Courgette Shredded (Courgetti)
1/4 of a Yellow Pepper
5g of Fresh Chilli Diced
1 heaped Tbsp of Pesto Rosso
1 Tsp of Olive Oil
Despite what the cynics might say it doesn’t rain all the time in Scotland, we aren’t snowed in the majority of the year AND finally we have proof! The sun is shining in Scotland …. It is 28 degrees today and time for us to get our bikers tan back.
To be honest though we were beginning to think summer was never coming in Scotland this year, but it seems our prayer may have just been answered & with the long daylight hours up North at this time of year we have endless hours to ride!
Last night we were riding at our local haunt Nevis Range & even the midges couldn’t dampen our spirits as the sun was shining and we shredded some of our local trails!
With the natural trails drying out and with the addition of the new jump lines at the place offers endless fun in the sun!
Happy Shredding & Enjoy the Sun!
First Review Dropping Soon!
Keep an eye out for our review of this women’s specific Dare 2b cycle clothing.
Many more reviews are also on their way!
Well why not try this raw chocolate cake! This deliciously rich chocolate cake will meet all your chocolate craving with half the sugar and fat of your standard chocolate cake,
250g of Peanut Butter
250g of Dates
2 tbsp of Coconut Oil
2 tbsp of Honey
5 tbsp of Coco Powder
150g of Crushed Hazel Nuts
Add 50ml of almond milk if you think the mixture is to stiff.
This is the easiest part put all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until all ingredients are blended, if you think the mixture is too thick add the almond milk gradually. Put all the mixture into a cake tin, evenly spread, put into the freezer for an house then put into the fridge and serves accordinly! Cake should be kept refrigerated and eaten within 4 days.
THE ANTICIPATION IS OVER
After the horrific weather conditions that we were faced with at this years world up in Fort William we were all slightly apprehensive that the UCI might not want to take this risk and not come back next year! But fear not the dates have been released and UCI DH MTB World Cup is returning to Fort William for the 15th years in a row on the 4th-5th of June 2016!
Full List of Dates Below
Here it is then, the 2016 UCI MTB calendar:
April 9-10: (DHI) Lourdes, France
April 23-24: (DHI/XCO) Cairns, Australia
May 21-22: (XCO) Albstadt, Germany
May 28-29: (XCO) La Bresse, France
June 4-5: (DHI) Fort William, Scotland
June 11-12: (DHI) Leogang, Austria
June 28-July 3: (XCO/XCE) UCI World Championships, Nové Mesto, Czech Republic
July 9-10: (DHI) Lenzerheide, Switzerland
August 6-7: (XCO/DHI) Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
August 20-21 (XCO) Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
September 3-4 (DHI) Vallnord, Andorra
September 6-11: (DHI/4X) UCI World Championships, Val di Sole, Italy
I think it is fair to say that Fort William hasn’t had much weather luck when it comes to races this year & this weekend for the 3rd round of the SDA was no exception. Somehow the weather & the midgies didn’t put off the 9 female riders that turned out. Elanor Melton was fasted junior female of the day & fasted overall all female of the day, with a gap of over 12 seconds between Elanor & the fastest senior woman Tara Boyle.
Pretty pumped to see some young female talent coming out of the Scottish riding scene!
WELL DONE GIRLS!
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