Vitus have released the 2021 versions of their popular hardtails the Nucleus and the Sentier. We delayed this article as they got sold out within the first week…. so we waited until they became available again!
The Vitus Nucleus and Vitus Sentier have won best in their price range every year for the past 4 years running so we always have high expectations for their new releases.
Vitus Nucleus 2021
Lets start with the budget-friendly Vitus Nucleus. The Nucleus is simply unbeatable at its price point. It is the perfect bike for any beginner yet is capable enough to keep up with you whilst you gain experience and progress to more gnarly trails.
Prices start at £549.99 for the VR and go up to £699.99 for the VRS. You can choose between the 27.5 inch or 29 inch wheels and the price stays the same for both.
But lets get to the fun stuff! These bikes are known for their great frames which have brilliant geometry. On top of that add quality components such as an SR Suntour XCR air fork, a 1x drivetrain (an excellent Shimano Deore for the VRS model) and a decent set of tyres, it is levels above its competitors. Usually finding a bike at this price range with a reliable, lightweight air fork and 1x drivetrain is difficult, but the well-made frame with perfect geometry means this frame is good enough for a much more experienced riders. It has the potential to last you forever, simply upgrading the components as you improve over the years.
The Vitus Sentier 2021
The Sentier is the bigger brother of Nucleus. Like the Nucleus, it is a nimble and playful but with slightly different geometry and a big step-up components. The more expensive VRS version comes with a Fox 34 Float suspension fork, Shimano XT 1×12-Speed groupset with Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes. Plus, its wheels and Schwalbe tyres are Tubeless Ready and it’s equipped with a Brand-X dropper seatpost.
The Sentier is generally considered one of the best bikes in it’s price-range and has won multiple awards for best in category over previous years.
As you can imagine, these bikes are popular and sell quickly, so grab one whilst you can. They are sold at Chain Reaction Cycles and Wiggle only. If they are sold out then keep checking regularly as they seem to constantly restock.