With long travel enduro bikes hitting some sky high price points it’s great to bring things down to a more affordable level. The Vitus Escarpe 29 is an addition to the Dirty Dozen list and has the cheapest price tag. How does it stack up?
Words: Sean White, Ieuan Williams Images: Ieuan Williams
The Escarpe was a hit in the 2016 Dirt 100 and with 135mm of rear wheel travel drive sat alongside the bigger hitting Sommet in the Vitus range. Both of these bikes used aluminium for the frame construction and rolled on 27.5”/650B wheels, giving options for trail riding through to enduro racing. Here was a range of well-designed bikes that brought up to date thinking and well thought through specifications at affordable price points.
For 2018 Vitus has revamped the frames on the Escarpe range and offer 27.5” and 29” wheels size options. With 140mm of rear travel and a 150mm fork this gives the Escarpe true versatility regardless of your taste in wheel diameters. We’ve had the top spec VRX 29 model in for review and have put it straight up against the best from our on going Dirty Dozen 29er test. At £2699, it looks to be an absolute bargain.