Vitus Rapide 29: An XC racing thoroughbred
Brands’ descriptions of cross-country hardtail mountain bikes are typically littered with overstatement; chock-full of words like “rocket ship,” “course-crusher” and “game-changer.” Yawn.
The Vitus Rapide 29 does all the talking on the trail. On demanding tracks, marathon days and in the closing laps of a frenetic XC race, its unbridled speed and confident handling simply speaks for itself. It’s a go-fast machine that smokes climbs and is a formidable descender, plenty capable of handling the demands of today’s more technical XC courses.
Its lightweight aluminum frame converts effort to power instantly, making for a wonderfully responsive ride that gets up and goes when you push on the cranks. Out front is a RockShox Recon Silver RL fork with 100mm of travel and a remote lockout to maximize efficiency. Rounding out the build is the workhorse Shimano Deore 10-speed groupset and dual-piston hydraulic brakes.
The Rapide 29 is a bike built on the tenets of speed, efficiency and control — a race-proven carbon hardtail that makes the most of your effort and delivers a healthy dose of fun.
It’s up for the challenge if you are.
The Rapide 29 component details
- RockShox Recon Silver RL fork, 100mm of travel
- Shimano Deore 1-speed speed drivetrain
- Hydraulic disc brakes
- Tubeless-ready WTB ST i25 wheelset with tubeless tape applied
- Fast-rolling Schwalbe Racing Ray & Racing Ralph tires
Geometry & Sizing
|Rec Rider Height (Imperial)||5' 2" - 5' 7"||5' 7" - 5' 11"||5' 11" - 6' 3"||6' 3" - 6' 7"|
|Rec Rider Height (Metric)||152 - 170cm||170 - 178cm||178 - 190cm||190 - 201cm|
|Rec Inside Leg (Imperial)||26.5" - 30"||30" - 32"||32" - 34"||34" - 37"|
|Rec Inside Leg (Metric)||67 - 76cm||76 - 81cm||81 - 86cm||86 - 94cm|
|(C) Effective Top Tube Length||590mm||610mm||630mm||650mm|
|(K) Chainstay Length||435mm||435mm||435mm||435mm|
|(F) Headtube length||95mm||100mm||115mm||125mm|
|(I) Headtube Angle||67°||67°||67°||67°|
|(J) Seat Tube Angle||73°||73°||73°||73°|
|Bottom Bracket Drop||65mm||60mm||60mm||60mm|
|Bottom Bracket||73mm BSA||73mm BSA||73mm BSA||73mm BSA|
|Headset||ZS44/28.6 - ZS56/40||ZS44/28.6 - ZS56/40||ZS44/28.6 - ZS56/40||ZS44/28.6 - ZS56/40|
|Front Mech||34.9mm Band type||34.9mm Band type||34.9mm Band type||34.9mm Band type|
|Rear Axle||12mm x 148mm E Thru||12mm x 148mm E Thru||12mm x 148mm E Thru||12mm x 148mm E Thru|