The Vitus Escarpe Full Review

The Vitus Escarpe – All The Trail Bike For Half the Price.


Price: £1199.99

Rating: 4.0 / 5 Stars

Weight: 14.12kg/31.15lbs

Wheel Size: 27.5 / 650b

Suspension: 4.0 / 5 Stars

Handle Ability: 4.0 / 5 Stars

Frame & Geometry: 4.0 / 5 Stars



Handling Like a Dream on the Red DH @ Nevis Range
Handling Like a Dream on the Red DH @ Nevis Range
Picking It's Lines Half Way Down Fort William World Cup Track
Picking It’s Lines Half Way Down Fort William World Cup Track















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!

Galloping Down the New Jump Line on Aonach Mor
Galloping Down the New Jump Line on Aonach Mor

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

Spokes: Stainless

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

Saddle: Vitus

Seatpost: Vitus Alloy, 6061-T6, 15mm Offset, 31.6mm x 400mm

Seatclamp: Vitus QR

Would We Recommend Buying? Hell Yes We Would!!!!
Would We Recommend Buying? Hell Yes We Would!!!!

Chocolate Crepe’s – Gluten & Dairy Free

Why Not Served It With A Almond Milk Latte Too!
Why Not Served It With A Almond Milk Latte Too!


125g of Plain Gluten Free Flour

1 Egg

250ml of Almond Milk

30g of Coconut Oil (for ftying)

1 Tbsp of Coco Powder

To Serve

We served our crepes with honey, banana, strawberries & flaked almonds




  1. Make a well in the flour and crack the egg in & then whisk.
  2. Add the almond milk in gradually, whisking as adding.
  3. Once a thin consistency has been reached add the coco powder & whisk again, add more almond milk if required.
  4. Fry coconut oil in non-stick frying pan, once heated enough evenly spread mixture around frying pan cook each crepe for around 2/3 minutes on each side (times vary depending on the heat it is cooked at)
  5. Then serve with your choice of topping!


Full Womens BDS Rd 4 Results

Full BDS Rd 4 Results from all the woman’s categories:

Lucy Drees of Team Aston Hill / Banshee Bikes Takes the Win!
Rachel Atherton of GT Factory Racing Continues Winning Streak!
Jr Scottish Rider Hope Jensen, Takes The Win!

Atherton Continue’s to Dominate

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.

Photo From Rachel Atherton's Instagram @rachybox
Photo From Rachel Atherton’s Instagram @rachybox

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!

Pesto Rosso, Chicken & Courgetti Stir-Fry


Serves 1

Pesto Rosso Courgetti Stir-Fry
Pesto Rosso Courgetti Stir-Fry


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


  1. Oven cook the chicken until it is cooked right through (cook in tin foilto avoid drying out)
  2. At the oil to a wok and heat, once oil is heated at the chilli & the pepper.
  3. Cook Chilli & pepper for 1 minute
  4. Then add the courghetti, cook for a further 3 minutes
  5. Next add the cooked chicken straight from the oven ( dice the chicken to make it easier to eat)
  6. Make sure all the contents in the wok are well mixed then add the Pesto Rosso.
  7. Leave cooking in the wok for a further 5 minutes then Serves

Summer Rides Are Finally Here


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!

Gondola Laps @ Nevis Range
Gondola Laps @ Nevis Range

Happy Shredding & Enjoy the Sun!

Dare 2b Review Dropping Soon

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!


Gluten Free Raw Chocolate Cake

Love Chocolate?

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.



UCI MTB – DH/XC 2016 Dates Released!


2015 Fort WIlliam MTB World Cup Banner,
2015 Fort WIlliam MTB World Cup Banner,


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

SDA 3RD Round – Women Results


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!

Gondola getting the riders & bikes to the top of the hill!
Gondola getting the riders & bikes to the top of the hill.



Junior Women

  1. Elanor Melton: 6:20.30
  2. Freya Avis: 7:16.93
  3. Tea Jenson: 7:68.57

Senior Women

  1. Tara Boyle: 6:32.51
  2. Deborah Primrose: 6:58.23
  3. Sophie Nuttall: 7:32.01


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Bike Rides & Petting Zoo’s


We all know MTB’er are all about the photos and we are no exception here at MTB Girls Ride. We couldn’t resist getting a photo with  our fellow ginger friend Dorothy on our ride the other day!

Think it’s fair to say Dorothy was more interested in the food than getting a selfie take with us tho!