Vitus Gets Its XC Race On With The 2019 Rapide Alloy And Rapide Carbon Range

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Vitus has launched a revamped range of bikes for 2019. Some are old favourites with a few choice updates, while others are completely new models.

For its XC range, we have a mix of familiar and new. The carbon Rapide remains the flagship XC race rig, but it is now joined by a more affordable Rapide alloy, available in two build options.

The range-topping carbon Rapide gets a fresh new lick of paint for 2019.

The new for 2019 Vitus Rapide Alloy bikes feature a lightweight alloy frame with race-proven geometry, 1x drivetrains and remote lockout forks. Each bike in the range comes with high-end Maxxis 3C tyres and with everything needed to set the bikes up tubeless for more weight saving.

Vitus Rapide models are available in sizes S,M,L and XL suiting riders from 4ft 11in to 6ft 7in. Each bike features 29in wheels, 440mm chainstays and 68.5° headtube angle. A threaded BB is sure to be a crowd pleaser not to mention the rather competitive pricing.

Vitus Rapide Alloy SLX
Vitus Rapide Alloy SLX

Vitus Rapide Alloy – £899.99

The entry-level Rapide boasts a 6061-T6 alloy frame with Boost spacing and a 100mm Rockshox Rekon RL Remote lockout fork and 1×11 Shimano SLX drivetrain. At under £900 it’s one of the most affordable race ready rides we’ve seen on the market for a while.

  • Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
  • Fork: Rockshox Rekon RL REMOTE 100mm
  • Groupset: 1×11 Shimano SLX (11-46T)
  • Chainset: Suntour Zerpm 30T
  • Wheels: WTB ST i25
  • Brakes: Shimano MT-400 180/160 Rotors
  • Seatpost: Vitus
  • Tyres: MAXXIS Ardent RACE 3C 29 x 2.2 F / MAXXIS Ikon 3C 29 x 2.2 R
  • Finishing Kit: Vitus
Vitus Rapide VR Alloy NX Eagle
Vitus Rapide VR Alloy NX Eagle

Vitus Rapide VR Alloy – £1199.99

For £1199.99 the Rapide keeps the same 2019 alloy frame but features a few specification upgrades including an SRAM 1×12 NX drivetrain and 100mm travel Rockshox Sector RL fork plus a choice selection of Vitus components.

  • Frame: 6061-T6 Alloy
  • Fork: Rockshox Sektor RL REMOTE 100mm
  • Groupset: 1×12 SRAM NX EAGLE (11-50T)
  • Chainset: SRAM NX EAGLE 32T
  • Wheels: WTB ST Light i25
  • Brakes: Shimano MT-400 180/160 Rotors
  • Seatpost: Vitus
  • Tyres: MAXXIS Ardent RACE 3C 29 x 2.2 F / MAXXIS Ikon 3C 29 x 2.2 R
  • Finishing Kit: Vitus
Vitus Rapide CR Carbon GX Eagle
Vitus Rapide CR Carbon GX Eagle

Vitus Rapide Carbon CR – £1799.99

Like the alloy version’s of the Vitus Rapide, the CR rolls on 29in wheels has a 100mm travel RockShox fork and high end tyres. The CR’s biggest upgrade though is an ultralight HM-UD carbon frame for improved weight saving and stiffness.

  • Frame: Carbon
  • Fork: Rockshox Reba RL Remote 100mm
  • Groupset: 1×12 SRAM GX EAGLE (10-50T)
  • Chainset: SRAM GX EAGLE 32T
  • Wheels: WTB ST Light i25
  • Brakes: SRAM Level T 180/160 Rotors
  • Seatpost: Vitus 31.6mm
  • Tyres: MAXXIS Ardent RACE 3C 29 x 2.2 F / MAXXIS Ikon 3C 29 x 2.2 R
  • Finishing Kit: Vitus
Vitus Rapide CRX Carbon
Vitus Rapide CRX Carbon

Vitus Rapide CRX _ £2499.99

For riders really wanting to post the boat out, Vitus has this top of the range build of the Rapide with the same carbon frame but a move to a range-topping Rockshox SID RL fork and SRAM X01 Eagle groupset with matching carbon chainset.

  • Frame: Carbon
  • Fork: RockShox SID RL Remote 100mm
  • Groupset: 1×12 SRAM XO1 EAGLE (10-50T)
  • Chainset: SRAM x1 carbon EAGLE 32T
  • Wheels: DT Swiss X1900 Spline 25
  • Brakes: SRAM Level TL 180/160 Rotors
  • Seatpost: Vitus 31.6mm
  • Tyres: MAXXIS Ardent RACE 3C 29 x 2.2 F / MAXXIS Ikon 3C 29 x 2.2 R
  • Finishing Kit: Vitus

Both alloy and carbon versions of the Vitus Rapide are expected to go on sale in early 2019.

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