Many people have been waiting for the 2020 Vitus mountain bikes to be revealed. At the time of writing, I have seen little teasers and Chainreaction are slowly releasing them on to their website. They have started with the 2020 Vitus Nucleus. It has been the best value sub £500 hardtail for three years according to MBR. The price has gone up slightly, but in this post I will delve in to the details to see if it is likely to maintain its crown.

The Details

The 2020 Vitus Nucleus comes in a variety of versions. You get a choice between 27.5″ and 29″ wheel sizes. The 27.5″ will feel more nimble and easier to change direction, while the 29″ wheels roll over rocks and roots better, allowing a smoother ride and a faster straight line speed. So, you choice depends on your personal preference, but taller riders tend to go for the 29er.

This bike has a good specification for what you are paying for it. You need to remember that it is not a flashy high end bike, but its design and components put more expensive bikes to shame.

For a bike in this price bracket the Suntour forks are is a good option. The fork is airspung, which is lighter than a coil spring and is adjustable. This adjustability allows you to dial in the optimum feel you want. The 27.5″ version has 120mm of travel and the 29er 100mm.

The handlebars are nice and wide and use a short stem. This gives you lots of control, especially when you are descending tricky terrain. You get extra control from hydraulic disc brakes that give you great modulation and stopping power in comparison to the old style cable operated ones.

Many bikes in this price range compromise on the tyres that are supplied with them. But, the WTB Vigilante and Trailboss give a great balance between grip and rolling resistance.

Geometry

The geometry is set up for aggressive riding. It is low and slack too, but not to the extreme. Low and slack bikes are more stable on technical terrain, they also corner really well due to the low centre of gravity. This means riding the Nucleus will be super fun and you will be surprised about how capable it is on the trails.

Who is it For?

The 2020 Vitus Nucleus is the perfect bike for someone that wants to get in to the sport. It has a great specification and will be a serious amount of fun to ride. This is the most important thing, as your first proper mountain bike needs to be fun and reliable, if it isn’t you can be put off very easily.

2020 Vitus Nucleus Models

2020 Vitus Nucleus 290 VR

2020 Vitus Nucleus 290 VR

The Nucleus VR is the entry level mountain bike from Vitus. This 29″ wheeled version is very capable and great fun to ride. The components on this bike are great at this price and is a great option for someone wanting to get in to mountain biking.

Specifications

  • Frame: Nucleus 29″ Hardtail 6061-t6 Alloy Construction
  • Fork: SR Suntour XCR32 Boost Air 100mm 29″
  • Headset: FSA No.57b
  • Bottom Bracket: Square Taper Cartridge, 73mm / 113.5mm
  • Handlebar: Nukeproof Neutron 25mm Rise, Width – S760mm, M760mm, L780mm, XL800mm, 31.8mm bar diameter
  • Stem: Vitus 50mm
  • Grip(Tape): Vitus Tapered, Single Composite Clamp, Sticky Rubber
  • Front Rim: WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0, 29″, 30mm inner diameter, 32 Hole, Pinned Joint
  • Rear Rim: WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0, 29″, 30mm inner diameter, 32 Hole, Pinned Joint
  • Front Hub: Vitus MS6F Boost 15mm x 110mm, 32h, 6-bolt
  • Rear Hub: Vitus K68R Standard Spacing 135mm x 10mm, 32h, 6-bolt
  • Front Tyre: WTB Vigilante 2.3″ x 29″ Comp with high Grip Compound
  • Rear Tyre: WTB Trailboss 2.25″ x 29″ Comp
  • Spokes: 14G Stainless DB with Brass nipples
  • Chain: KMC Z9 EPT Anti Rust
  • Crankset: SR Suntour XCM, 36/22T
  • Front Brake: Tektro HD-M290 Wave Style Rotor; Rotor: 180mm
  • Rear Brake: Tektro HD-M290 Wave Style Rotor; Rotor: 160mm
  • Front Derailleur: microShift MD-462B, Downswing, Dual-pull, Band-On 34.9mm
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus RD-M2000, SGS 9-Speed Shadow
  • Left Shifter: Shimano Altus SL-M2000, 3-Speed Rapidfire Plus
  • Right Shifter: Shimano Altus SL-M2000, 9-Speed Rapidfire Plus
  • Freewheel: Shimano Altus CS-HG200-9, 9-Speed, 11-36T
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Neutron
  • Seat Post: Vitus 31.6mm X 400mm, Zero Offset
  • Seat Clamp: Vitus 34.9mm Seat Clamp with Quick Release lever

2020 Vitus Nucleus 275 VRW Womens Bike

This is the women’s version of the 2020 Vitus Nucleus. The main things to notice are the shape of the cross bar and the fact that it only comes with 27.5″ wheels.

Specifications

  • Frame: Nucleus 27.5″ Hardtail 6061-t6 Alloy Construction
  • Fork: SR Suntour XCR32 Boost Air 120mm 27.5″
  • Headset: FSA No.57b
  • Bottom Bracket: Square Taper Cartridge, 73mm / 113.5mm
  • Handlebar: Nukeproof Neutron 25mm Rise, Width – XS740mm, S740mm, M760mm, 31.8mm bar diameter
  • Stem: Vitus 50mm
  • Grip(Tape): Vitus Tapered, Single Composite Clamp, Sticky Rubber
  • Front Rim: WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0, 27.5″, 30mm inner diameter, 32 Hole, Pinned Joint
  • Rear Rim: WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0, 27.5″, 30mm inner diameter, 32 Hole, Pinned Joint
  • Front Hub: Vitus MS6F Boost 15mm x 110mm, 32h, 6-bolt
  • Rear Hub: Vitus K68R Standard Spacing 135mm x 10mm, 32h, 6-bolt
  • Front Tyre: WTB Vigilante 2.3″ x 27.5″ Comp with high Grip Compound
  • Rear Tyre: WTB Trailboss 2.25″ x 27.5″ Comp
  • Spokes: 14G Stainless DB with Brass nipples
  • Chain: KMC Z9 EPT Anti Rust
  • Crankset: SR Suntour XCM, 36/22T
  • Front Brake: Tektro HD-M290 Wave Style Rotor; Rotor: 180mm
  • Rear Brake: Tektro HD-M290 Wave Style Rotor; Rotor: 160mm
  • Front Derailleur: microShift MD-462B, Downswing, Dual-pull, Band-On 34.9mm
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus RD-M2000, SGS 9-Speed Shadow
  • Left Shifter: Shimano Altus SL-M2000, 3-Speed Rapidfire Plus
  • Right Shifter: Shimano Altus SL-M2000, 9-Speed Rapidfire Plus
  • Freewheel: Shimano Altus CS-HG200-9, 9-Speed, 11-36T
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Neutron
  • Seat Post: Vitus 31.6mm X 400mm, Zero Offset

2020 Vitus Nucleus 275 VR

2020 Vitus Nucleus

Specifications

  • Frame: Nucleus 27.5″ Hardtail 6061-t6 Alloy Construction
  • Fork: SR Suntour XCR32 Boost Air 120mm 27.5″
  • Headset: FSA No.57b
  • Bottom Bracket: Square Taper Cartridge, 73mm / 113.5mm
  • Handlebar: Nukeproof Neutron 25mm Rise, Width – S760mm, M760mm, L780mm, Xl800mm, 31.8mm diameter
  • Stem: Vitus 50mm
  • Grip(Tape): Vitus Tapered, Single Composite Clamp, Sticky Rubber
  • Front Rim: WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0, 27.5″, 30mm inner diameter, 32 Hole, Pinned Joint
  • Rear Rim: WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0, 27.5″, 30mm inner diameter, 32 Hole, Pinned Joint
  • Front Hub: Vitus MS6F Boost 15mm x 110mm, 32h, 6-bolt
  • Rear Hub: Vitus K68R Standard Spacing 135mm x 10mm, 32h, 6-bolt
  • Front Tyre: WTB Vigilante 2.3″ x 27.5″ Comp with high Grip Compound
  • Rear Tyre: WTB Trailboss 2.25″ x 27.5″ Comp
  • Spokes: 14G Stainless DB with Brass nipples
  • Chain: KMC Z9 Ept Anti Rust
  • Crankset: SR Suntour XCM 36/22T
  • Front Brake: Tektro HD-M290 Wave Style Rotor; Rotor: 180mm
  • Rear Brake: Tektro HD-M290 Wave Style Rotor; Rotor: 160mm
  • Front Derailleur: Microshift MD-462b Down-swing, Dual-pull for 9-Speed drivetrain, Band Type(34.9mm)
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus RD-M2000, SGS 9-Speed, Shadow Design
  • Left Shifter: Shimano Altus SL-M2000, 3-Speed Rapidfire Plus
  • Right Shifter: Shimano Altus SL-M2000, 9-Speed Rapidfire Plus
  • Freewheel: Shimano Altus CS-HG200-9, 9-Speed, 11-36T
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Neutron
  • Seat Post: Vitus 31.6mm X 400mm, Zero Offset
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2020 Vitus Nucleus 275 VRS

2020 Vitus Nucleus 275 VRS

Specifications

  • Frame: Nucleus 27.5″ Hardtail 6061-t6 Alloy Construction
  • Fork: SR Suntour XCR32 Boost Air 120mm 27.5″
  • Headset: FSA No.57b
  • Bottom Bracket: Square Taper Cartridge, 73mm / 113.5mm
  • Handlebar: Nukeproof Neutron 25mm Rise, Width – S760mm, M760mm, L780mm, Xl800mm, 31.8mm diameter
  • Stem: Vitus 50mm
  • Grip(Tape): Vitus Tapered, Single Composite Clamp, Sticky Rubber
  • Front Rim: WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0, 27.5″, 30mm inner diameter, 32 Hole, Pinned Joint
  • Rear Rim: WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0, 27.5″, 30mm inner diameter, 32 Hole, Pinned Joint
  • Front Hub: Vitus MS6F Boost 15mm x 110mm, 32h, 6-bolt
  • Rear Hub: Vitus K68R Standard Spacing 135mm x 10mm, 32h, 6-bolt
  • Front Tyre: WTB Vigilante 2.3″ x 27.5″ Comp with high Grip Compound
  • Rear Tyre: WTB Trailboss 2.25″ x 27.5″ Comp
  • Spokes: 14G Stainless DB with Brass nipples
  • Chain: KMC Z9 Ept Anti Rust
  • Crankset: SR Suntour XCM 36/22T
  • Front Brake: Tektro HD-M290 Wave Style Rotor; Rotor: 180mm
  • Rear Brake: Tektro HD-M290 Wave Style Rotor; Rotor: 160mm
  • Front Derailleur: Microshift MD-462b Down-swing, Dual-pull for 9-Speed drivetrain, Band Type(34.9mm)
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus RD-M2000, SGS 9-Speed, Shadow Design
  • Left Shifter: Shimano Altus SL-M2000, 3-Speed Rapidfire Plus
  • Right Shifter: Shimano Altus SL-M2000, 9-Speed Rapidfire Plus
  • Freewheel: Shimano Altus CS-HG200-9, 9-Speed, 11-36T
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Neutron
  • Seat Post: Vitus 31.6mm X 400mm, Zero Offset
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2020 Vitus Nucleus 290 VRS

2020 Vitus Nucleus 275 VRS

Specifications

  • Frame: Nucleus 29″ Hardtail 6061-t6 Alloy Construction
  • Fork: SR Suntour XCR32 Boost Air 100mm 29″
  • Headset: FSA No.57b
  • Bottom Bracket: Square Taper Cartridge, 73mm / 113.5mm
  • Handlebar: Nukeproof Neutron 25mm Rise, Width – S760mm, M760mm, L780mm, XL800mm, 31.8mm bar diameter
  • Stem: Vitus 50mm
  • Grip(Tape): Vitus Tapered, Single Composite Clamp, Sticky Rubber
  • Front Rim: WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0, 29″, 30mm inner diameter, 32 Hole, Pinned Joint
  • Rear Rim: WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0, 29″, 30mm inner diameter, 32 Hole, Pinned Joint
  • Front Hub: Vitus MS6F Boost 15mm x 110mm, 32h, 6-bolt
  • Rear Hub: Vitus K68R Standard Spacing 135mm x 10mm, 32h, 6-bolt
  • Front Tyre: WTB Vigilante 2.3″ x 29″ Comp with high Grip Compound
  • Rear Tyre: WTB Trailboss 2.25″ x 29″ Comp
  • Spokes: 14G Stainless DB with Brass nipples
  • Chain: KMC Z9 EPT Anti Rust
  • Crankset: SR Suntour Zeron, 30T, 170mm, GXP 73mm, 53mm BOOST
  • Front Brake: Tektro HD-M290 Wave Style Rotor; Rotor: 180mm
  • Rear Brake: Tektro HD-M290 Wave Style Rotor; Rotor: 160mm
  • Front Derailleur: N/A
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore RD-M6000, GS, 10-Speed
  • Left Shifter: N/A
  • Right Shifter: Shimano Altus SL-M2000, 9-Speed Rapidfire Plus
  • Freewheel: Sunrace CSMS2 10-Speed, 11-46T
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Neutron
  • Seat Post: Vitus 31.6mm X 400mm, Zero Offset
  • Seat Clamp: Vitus 34.9mm Seat Clamp with Quick Release lever
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Are You Going To Buy A 2020 Vitus Nucleus?

If so let me know, also if you have any questions or thoughts on this bike, please let me know in the comments section below.

Tom Fortune
tom@mtb-threads.com

6 thoughts on “2020 Vitus Nucleus: Everything you need to know”

  1. Hey thank you for the awesome review!  I really like these bikes, and I have been looking for a good one bike to by my wife for Christmas.  I really like the 275 VRW Womens Bike.  I am due for one too, so maybe we can buy each other one!  We like to ride up in the mountains during the summer time.

    1. Hi Jessie,

      Thanks for your comment. The 2020 Vitus Nucleus is a great choice of mountain bike. The value for money is seriously impressive. Buy soon, these bike sell out quickly.

  2. I have struggled to choose which bike is best for me for quite some time now. I recently purchased a bike rack for my vehicle with the intentions on using the trails near my home during the summer. It is now coming into the winter months and I have yet to decide on a bike that is best for me!

    I really appreciate you sharing this information and completing these comparisons, they were very helpful. I am thinking I may have a Christmas present to myself in the works here!

    1. Hi Kara,

      Thanks for your comment. I hope this has been of help to you. I have also written about the best bikes for 2020, have a look at this for some possible alternatives.

  3. I love taking on hikes with my bikes..But who knew which one choose from that fit your needs..

    Some of these bikes I haven’t even seen displayed..

    Love love love the information you provided for each bike

    …So much detail about a bike, I’d never think writing about….It’s so we’ll thought out & detailed…

    You got me hooked! 

    Can’t wait to read more!

    Keep up the great work! 

    1. Hi Genia,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you liked my post, I hope it was useful for you.

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