Vitus evolve their original Mythique concept from entry-level full suspension option, to alloy-framed trail sled for 2023.
Now more of an alloy version of the Escarpe than an entry-level trail machine, the new Vitus Mythique offers the same entry level price points but with performance for those looking for a fast trail bike.
Pete casts his verdict on the top spec Mythique 29 AMP.
Photos by Pete Scullion.
RockShox Pike Select RC 140mm fork
RockShox Deluxe Select R shock
Shimano SLX/XT 12-speed drive
Shimano SLX 2-piston brakes
WTB KOM Trail i30 rims on Vitus KT hubs
Brand-X Ascend Dropper
The Vitus Mythique 29 AMP is the range-topping model of the all-new Mythique range from Vitus. The new frame comes from the experience gained from developing the new iterations of Vitus’ other full suspension bikes, the Escarpe and the Sommet. Aimed at offering the same entry-level composure that made the outgoing Mythique so popular, with performance that can get the experienced rider fizzing.
You get a tweaked 6061-T6 alloy frame with new tubes and forgings to give it more of a Vitus silhouette. Bearings and hardware are now shred between the Sommet, Escarpe and Mythique. Head angle drops 0.5 degrees to 65.5 and a 1.5 degree steeper seat tube to 77.5 degrees that also offers more post insertion.
You also get a SRAM UDH hanger, a trunnion-mounted shock, externally-routed cables, Boost 148 rear wheel, 44mm upper and 56mm lower headset bearings and trunnion mount upper shock replaces the outgoing DU bushing.
Kinematics-wise, anti-rise has gone up 5% to help hold the bike up under braking while keeping the suspension active. Anti-squat goes from 100% in the high gears to keep the pedal bob down, falling to 80% to allow for traction when giving it the beans out of the saddle. This is designed to limit chain interference with the suspension on the downs too. While the leverage curve has changed, the progression remains at 22% on the current Mythique.
The AMP model comes with Rockshox Select dampers. A Pike and Deluxe handling the bumps. Drivetrain is handled by a Shimano SLX and XT mix, with 2-pot SLX anchors keeping the speed in check. Nukeproof Neutron finishing kit is present throughout, and WTB rims are laced to Vitus’ own hubs. These are shod with Schwalbe SuperTrail Soft tyres, a Magic Mary up front and a Hans Dampf out back. The dropper is the excellent Brand X Ascend unit.
The Mythique is available in Small, Medium, Large and XLarge.
Reach on the Medium is 455mm with a seat tube of 410mm. Head angle is 65.5 degrees with an effective seat tube of 77.5 degrees. Chainstays are 445mm across the sizes with the wheelbase on the Medium being 1212.3mm
With the dampers on the Mythique being Rockshox’s base level, but coming with the handy sag markers, setup was a breeze. I wound the levers in to suit on the very familiar-feeling SLX brakes and off we went.
Leaving a bit more wind in the wheels than usual, the Mythique was covering the ground fast and I was soon at the top of the trail before I’d had a chance to consider whether or not the alloy frame would add a bit of pork and therefore input from me on the climbs. Even the dropper fully extended got my butt exactly where it needed to be.
On the first few laps, the Mythique feels composed, with the agility to be playful if you want to throw it about. Despite the reasonably long chainstays, getting the front wheel up wasn’t an issue and the bike was soon goading me into more speed than I’d intended so early on.
It’s been a while since I used 2-piston brakes on any test bike but the SLX numbers here do the job well, although on firmer surfaces, they do have a habit of overwhelming the rubber somewhat. Running the Schwalbes firmer than usual to see off any rim strikes left traction on root and rock a little lacking, but on dirt, they hooked up a treat. I’d be happy enough with the speed across the ground the extra wind would offer and simply dealt with the lack of traction on the greasy spots.
As the speed began to build, the Mythique chassis showed its class, dealing with a wide range of hits with ease despite the base model Rockshox suspension fitted. Direction changes needed to avoid the greasy spots were executed without issue and getting the front or both wheels off the ground felt far too easy.
Whilst putting up with a particularly wet and wild autumn, the Mythique showed little sign of considering the conditions and simply went about its task as intended. The only gripe being that the external routing means that the fitted bottle cage bolts are too short to run a bottle cage. I couldn’t find any as my tool box has been scattered to the four winds, so a bag and a bottle will have to do for now.
What do we think?
Vitus have made a capable trail weapon in the Mythique that defies the exorbitant asking price of bikes of similar travel and wheel size. No longer a bike to get you started, the Mythique is the perfect base to go fast off road, and is future-proofed to allow you to upgrade it as you get quicker.
Supple yet supportive suspension
Could do better:
Longer bottle cage bolts required
You can check out the new Vitus Mythique range over on their website here.