Vitus Mythique AMP Action



Photos by Max Rhulen & Dusten Ryen
Video by Brian Niles / Treeline Cinematic


Reviewing the Vitus Mythique 29 AMP was one of the highlights of our 2023 Budget Bike Group Review. We’d never ridden a Vitus here in the States and their bikes have been a force in the delivery of budget rippers in the UK since 2011. Vitus’ Mythique is their affordable, alloy do-it-all trail bike, with four models in the range that top out at the $2,599 AMP. Does this low price point limit the performance of the Vitus Mythique 29 AMP on the trails? We think not.


• 140mm Horst Link Suspension
• HTA 65.5
• STA 77.5 (effective)
• REACH 482 (Large)

Price: $1,699 (VR) – $2,599 (AMP)


The Vitus Mythique family of trail bikes are available in either 27.5” or 29” wheel sizes (29er only in North America), with 140mm of travel on both ends (130mm for the entry-level VR model). A 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame is used throughout the range to keep the price down. Aiming to ensure the price was the only thing that was reduced though, Vitus focused on further improving the performance of their value-minded trail shredder by tweaking the geometry and kinematics to offer more confidence for beginners and more capability for experienced riders.

Vitus Mythique AMP Profile Shot

To cater to a wide range of riders with varying budgets, Vitus offers the Mythique in a choice of four spec levels. The lineup begins with the $1,699 Mythique VR, which receives a 130mm travel fork and has the rear shock stroke reduced to deliver the same out back. Going through the Mythique VRS and VRX at $1,999 and $2,299 respectively, you arrive at the top-spec Vitus Mythique AMP tested, with a price tag of $2,599 and a sensible build kit to maximize its performance at this price level. Vitus do offer more expensive bikes in other family lines. However, the Mythique is firmly planted as their affordable do-it-all budget mountain bike.

The rear end of the Vitus Mythique uses the common Horst Link suspension layout, which Vitus has tuned to deliver reasonable pedaling efficiency, good comfort when braking and ample progression (21%) to take the bigger hits. The frame has been updated with a number of features in the name of “keeping it simple”. There’s SRAM’s UDH to make replacements easier to source; externally routed cables to make maintenance easier; a Trunnion shock mount for smoother shock operation; a threaded BB; hardware that’s shared across their trail and enduro bikes; and room inside the front triangle for a large bottle on all sizes.

Vitus Mythique AMP Geo

The geometry of the Vitus Mythique AMP reviewed here has been made more aggressive compared with the previous model, now sharing similar geometry numbers as Vitus’s premium carbon fiber trail sibling, the Escarpe. Across the size from Small to XL, the seat tube lengths are relatively short, and the Mythique has been designed to offer generous insertion to slam a long travel dropper post. On the 29er models equipped with 140mm travel (as tested), there’s a 65.5° head tube angle; 77.5° seat tube angle; 445mm chainstay length and 40mm bottom bracket drop across the size range. Reach lengths are fairly long, ranging from 430mm to 510mm, with our large review bike coming in at 482mm – the longest on the test. Stack heights are tall too, with the large sitting at 643mm to give a commanding and confident front end. The wheelbase totals 1,244mm, sitting at the upper end of the spectrum in this shootout.

The Vitus Mythique AMP retails for an impressive $2,599 and is the only bike with a Charger damper-equipped fork, something that set it apart from other RockShox competitors. Up front a RockShox Pike RC fork with Charger RC damper and a Deluxe Select R shock. Braking duties are handled by Shimano with their two-piston SLX M7100 brakes, likely the crew’s favorite in this test. The drivetrain is a mixed Shimano 12-speed setup, with an SLX shifter and 10-51t cassette with an XT derailleur, driven by a Deore M5100 crankset with a 30 tooth chainring. The cockpit is provided by Nukeproof, with a Neutron Saddle and V2 alloy bar and stem with 31.8mm clamp. Brand-X’s Ascend dropper is fitted, with 150mm travel on the Large and XL; and the wheelset comprises WTB’s KOM Trail i30 rims on Vitus KT hubs. As standard the tire duties are handled by a Schwalbe Magic Mary and Hans Dampf Super Trail combination in 2.3” width, however, for this test all of the bikes were equipped with Versus tires to give consistent performance across the board. The large Vitus Mythique AMP tips the scales at 33.3 lbs.

Vitus Mythique AMP Action


When it comes to testing budget mountain bikes, we often find ourselves comparing the experience to mounting the $8,000 to $12,000 bikes we normally review. Often times this leads us to a feeling of, “This bike just feels different.” This was not the case when we stepped over the Vitus Mythique AMP. From the reach to the overall stance and cockpit, brake levers and look, this bike had us feeling at home rather quickly. The only other bike to feel as equally “expensive” was the YT Capra Core 2.

Things that made this bike feel good so quickly were the Shimano brake levers and shifters, which are a notable step up from the more bargain-minded parts on the other bikes. Beyond that, the suspension components and tune also helped the bike feel a bit more refined and ready for demanding riders.

Vitus’ Mythique 29 AMP has a sporty suspension platform that some may not call plush, but is undeniably fast. Of course, one could air down a bit and run a little bit more sag for a softer feel, but the speed and confidence that this long and slack bike inspires only had us wishing for a couple of volume reducers in the fork when we clapped it hard on big launches. Simply put, this bike had us pushing our limits, regardless of the price tag. While some creature comforts and micro-tuning could be better, our riders didn’t think that they’d be much faster if they were on a bike that cost two or three times as much.

The Vitus is on the longer side of geometries compared to other bikes, however it sports a competitive 33lb weight, tall stack height, and active suspension. These ingredients had us all thinking the bike rode much lighter and shorter than the numbers suggest. It’s not as short as the YT, which is likely the only bike that could “plays” the side hits a bit better than the Mythique AMP, but when it came to higher speeds, plowing terrain and picking up for mega-sends, the Vitus had us feeling very confident.

The Wolf’s Last Word

Simply put, this bike had us pushing our limits, regardless of the price tag. As test riders we’re always evaluating a bike’s performance, how fast and confidently we’re able to ride, and in the case of these affordable bikes, what parts we’d upgrade to help us go faster. While reviewing the Vitus Mythique AMP, those questions were much harder to answer and really went into minor things, which are often personal preference items, such as volume reducers for the fork, or grips and handlebars.

While this Sub-$3,000 Group Review wasn’t intended to pick winners and losers, the fact that all four of our testers really liked this bike and two of them said this would be the bike they would spend their own money on, means we had to give it an Editor’s Pick Award as a top pick for a “budget” mountain bike pick. If you’re a rider looking for a confident, fast, and affordable bike that pedals well but will encourage you to push your descending speeds faster and faster, the Vitus Mythique 29 AMP is a bike we’d highly recommend.. And what’s even better is they’ve built this bike with equipment standards found on higher-end bikes, so upgrading this bike in the future will be easy and fun to do. So, go get one while you can!

Price: $2,599
Weight: 33.3lbs


Alloy 6061 | 140mm

Fork: RockShox Pike Select RC | Charger RC | 140mm
Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select R | Trunnion | 185x55mm

Shimano SLX M7100 | 180mm rotors

Bar: Nukeproof Neutron V2 alloy | width: 780mm | rise: 25mm | clamp: 31.8mm
Stem: Nukeproof Neutron alloy | length: 45mm | clamp: 31.8mm
Seatpost: Brand-X Ascend Dropper 31.6mm | S:100mm | M: 125mm | L/XL: 150mm
Saddle: Nukeproof Neutron

WTB KOM Trail i30

Hubs: Vitus KT

Shimano SLX M7100 | 10-51T | 12spd

Cranks: Race Face Ride  | 30t | 170mm
Shifter: Shimano SLX M7100 | 12spd
Derailleur: Shimano XT M8100 | 12spd

We Dig

Fast, racer-inspired feel
Brakes and Drivetrain are best in price category
Easily upgradable thanks to smart design
Encourages speed and confidence
Pedals well
Poppy suspension feel
External cable routing

We Don’t

Some may find rear end a bit stiff on chunky terrain
Some testers thought the welds looked a bit cheap
Would love a longer dropper post



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