THE ALL-NEW MYTHIQUE
The Mythique quickly established itself as an all-round favourite. The solid aluminium frame dressed with proven and upgradable parts won fans worldwide. Delivering such noteworthy trail performance, yet all the while being positioned as the perfect bike to get you started.
What a bike to hit the trails for the first time with though. The original Mythique was exceptionally capable, consistently performing above its station. It delivered a feeling of ease, seemingly possessing a hardwired power for reading the trail that boosted rider confidence with its capability and control, so every trail felt like a new favourite. You know it, we’ve all got a favourite trail. That flow. Those turns. The techy section that always ramps up the heartbeat a little. Every rise, fall, and bend. The Mythique ignites that same ride quality and emotion, no matter where you’re riding. A bike that has always been, and always will be, about the fun.
It’s not bullish to talk about a bike that’s “good everywhere”. About the consistent performance along the whole track from a bike that calmly stitched together the technical sections with balance and poise. That’s just how people have always talked about the Mythique. It wasn’t our label, but the people out there riding.
And the recognition was not limited to our passionate Vitus owners:
- PinkBike $2,000 field trip winner – The value trail bike defined Value MTB Bike of the Year Winner – PinkBike
- “From the very first pedal stroke, the Vitus Mythique 27 VR felt purposeful and poised. The riding position, sizing and geometry are totally dialled, so you feel perfectly balanced between the contact patches of the tyres.” 9/10 – MBR
- Best trail bikes you can buy list 4.5/5 – Bike Radar
- Pocket-friendly and easily upgradeable, the Vitus Mythique is a solid performer and a fun ride – it’s a bargain of a trail 29er – off.road.cc
- A regular in buyer guide lists across MBUK, MBR and BikeRadar
Still, the praise has always been diluted somewhat by an underlying tone of well-intentioned but less flattering feedback, like “workhorse”, “trustworthy” and “solid”. Kinda positive, but not exactly inspiring or exciting.
Still dependable. Now even more capable.
THE NEW MYTHIQUE PLATFORM
Calling upon the extensive experience and performance research gained from developing the award-winning Escarpe and Sommet, the All-New Mythique brings new and upgraded performance to the Vitus aluminium trail-riding platform. No longer just a bike to “get you started”. This is now a genuine contender. A bike with broader appeal. Retaining that familiar Mythique composure but with a revised geometry that boosts rider capability across a wider variety of terrain and trails.
If it was so good before, why have we made changes? The Mythique shouldn’t be a bike that people outgrow rather grow with. The familiar confidence-inspiring qualities of trust and control that are synonymous with the Mythique still remain, while now also catering to more experienced riders who want a modern trail bike that can push them a little harder, and explore a deeper trail network. These changes further enhance the core attributes of a trail bike that has been developed to perform everywhere – to climb, flow, and descend.
Side-by-side the changes are clear to see. Upfront, the head tube is 0.5 degrees slacker (66 to 65.5 degrees with a 140mm fork), promoting more control across a wider variety of terrain, in particular when things become steeper and more technical. This is balanced out with a revised 1.5 degree steeper effective seat tube angle (76 degrees to 77.5 on a 29” with 140mm fork), reflecting the change in reach and positioning the rider further over the bottom bracket for more efficient climbing.
We don’t believe in reserving features for top-end models. In particular, when it comes to geometry – if it can benefit everyone’s riding, then it’s worth doing at every price point. Once more, we looked closely at the Sommet and Escarpe and tweaked the geometry accordingly so that the Mythique is much more responsive on the climbs. You won’t feel slouched and sluggish over the rear of the bike.
SLAM THE DROPPER
You asked. We listened. The new Mythique can now accommodate a full dropper insertion across all sizes, so you can maximize movement and get the weight right back when the trail falls away.
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
Nothing sucks the fun out of riding quite like mountain bike industry standards and jargon. The Mythique aims to keep it real. This includes:
- A Universal Derailleur Hanger (UDH)
- Externally routed cables for easy access and maintenance
- Boost 148 rear wheel size
- Commonly available 44mm upper and 56mm lower headset bearings
- Threaded bottom bracket
- Shared, proven hardware with the Escarpe and Sommet
- Increasing sensitivity, a highly durable trunnion mount upper shock replaces the current DU Bushing
THE TECHNICAL DATA
The Mythique was already exceptional at maintaining suspension and braking performance under the stresses of being ridden aggressively. Through continued refinement of the horst link suspension, we have been able to extract significant gains in kinematic performance to improve the behaviour of the bike on more technical trails.