The Vitus Sentier is an aggressive hardtail mountain bike designed to take on trail centres, single track and blasts through the woods. It has won the MBR sub £1,000 hard tail of the year in 2014, 2018 and 2019. 

Vitus Sentier Overview

Wheels and Tyres

The Vitus Sentier is quite typical of a hardtail in this price range, in the fact it has wide tyres. At 2.6″ wide, the tyres have more volume, meaning that they will absorb some of the shock from bumps on the trail. This is something you are thankful for on a hardtail.  They will also give you a larger contact point, giving you more grip. This contact point can be increased further with lower tyre pressures, especially if you go tubeless. Luckily, the wheels and tyres are tubeless ready to make life easier.

The tyres on earlier models were from Maxxis, but now you get a Schwalbe Magic Mary on the front with its very grippy compoundand a fast rolling Nobby Nic on the back. This is a great combination, giving you speed and confidence. You may want to get a tougher tyre on the back than a Nobby Nic, depending on the type of terrain you ride.

It sports 27.5″ wheels that offer the perfect balance between the old 26″ and larger 29″ sizes. This means that they will roll over roots and rocks easily, while making it easy to change direction quickly.

Suspension

For a bike in this price range, you get a very good fork, especially on the VRS and VRX versions. The 140mm travel fork from RockShox, makes this a very smooth ride in comparison to its competitors. This is important for reducing fatigue in your arms, especially on long rides. Additionally, it will give you great grip and control on the front end.

Brakes

Each model of the Vitus Sentier comes with Shimano disc brakes with organic brake pads. These do degrade much quicker than sintered brake pads, but unfortunately, the discs are only suited to organic pads. Having said that, you do get good stopping power from them and you can easily upgrade the pads and discs for around £35, so this is not a reason to not buy the bike. This is an upgrade that is worth doing, as it would be cheaper than constantly replacing the organic pads.

Geometry

The Vitus Sentier is similar to the Vitus Nucleus, but it has a more progressive geometry. This means it is lower and slacker, to allow it to be more capable on technical terrain. The geometry isn’t too extreme for it to feel awkward on flat corners. The frames are all aluminium and make the Sentier one of the lightest bikes of this type.

Starting at £849.99 and going up to £1,999.99 for the electric version. There are currently four different Vitus Sentier Models to choose from.

Verdict

The Vitus Sentier is a very capable hardtail mountain bike. It is light weight, fun and you will feel naturally at home on it straight away. It is pretty good value for money in terms of its capability and how much fun you will have on it. You will probably want to upgrade the brake pads and brake discs to ensure that you don’t need to keep replacing the pads all the time. The only other thing that would improve this bike, is to install a dropper seat post. These small changes will give the Vitus Sentier longevity with its ownership.

Check out the video below, but jump to 5:15 to see what the guys from MBR say about the Vitus Sentier.

Vitus Sentier Range

Vitus Sentier

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Specifications

  • Frame: Brand New 6061-T6 Alloy construction with longer, slacker and lower build and modern geometry
  • Brakes: Shimano MT-400 disc brakes, 180/160 rotors
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore 1×10
  • Shifter: Shimano Deore M6000
  • Forks: 140mm RockShox Recon RL fork
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore M6000
  • Cassette: Shimano HG-500 10-Spd, 11-42T
  • Chainset: Suntour Zeron 170mm 32T
  • Chain: KMC X10 EPT
  • Rims: WTB ST i29
  • Front Hub: KT 32H, 110x15mm “Boost”
  • Rear Hub: KT 32H, 148x12mm “Boost”
  • Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF, 3C Maxx Terra 27.5×2.6”
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Neutron
  • Seatpost: Vitus
  • Stem: Vitus 45mm
  • Bars: Nukeproof Neutron 31.8mm, 25mm rise
  • Headset: FSA
  • Top Cap: Vitus
  • Tubeless Ready: Yes, with tubeless rim tape fitted and valves included

Vitus Sentier VRS

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The VRS is more expensive than the base level Vitus Sentier, but it is better equipped. This one has a much plusher shock and a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain. This gives you an external two gears, with the largest one having 52 teeth, giving it excellent climbing abilities.

Specifications

  • Frame: Brand New 6061-T6 Alloy construction with longer, slacker and lower build and modern geometry
  • Forks: RockShox Revelation Motion Control RC “Boost”, 27.5”, 140mm
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide R, 180/160 rotors
  • Drivetrain: SRAM NX Eagle
  • Shifter: SRAM NX Eagle
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM NX Eagle
  • Cassette: SRAM NX PG1230 Eagle, 11-50T
  • Chainset: SRAM NX Eagle 32T
  • Chain: SRAM NX Eagle PowerLock 12-Speed
  • Rims: WTB ST i29
  • Front Hub: KT 32H, 110x15mm “Boost”
  • Rear Hub: KT 32H, 148x12mm “Boost”
  • Tyres: Front: Schwalbe Magic Mary, 27.5×2.6” SnakeSkin, TL East, Apex, E-25, Addix Speedgrip; Rear: Schwalbe Nobby Nick, 27.5×2.6” SnakeSkin, TL East, Apex, E-25, Addix Speedgrip
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Neutron
  • Seatpost: Brand X Ascend Dropper
  • Stem: Nukeproof Neutron 45mm
  • Bars: Nukeproof Horizon 31.8mm, 25mm rise
  • Headset: FSA
  • Top Cap: Vitus

Vitus Sentier VRX

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The VRX has a higher end fork than the cheaper models, giving you a much smoother ride. It also has better brakes to give you better control on steeper descents. It doesn’t come with a SRAM Eagle Drivetrain, but its Shimano XT M8000 11 speed drivetrain is still a a great group set.

Specifications

  • Frame: Brand New 6061-T6 Alloy construction with longer, slacker and lower build and modern geometry
  • Forks: RockShox Revelation Charger RC “Boost”, 27.5”, 140mm
  • Brakes: Shimano XT M8000, 180/180 rotors
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8000
  • Shifter: Shimano XT M8000
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M8000
  • Cassette: Shimano SLX M7000, 11-Speed, 11-46T
  • Chainset: Shimano XT 170mm, 32T
  • Chain: KMC X11 EPT
  • Rims: WTB ST i29
  • Front Hub: KT 32H, 110x15mm “Boost”
  • Rear Hub: KT 32H, 148x12mm “Boost”
  • Tyres: Front: Schwalbe Magic Mary, 27.5×2.6” SnakeSkin, TL East, Apex, E-25, Addix Speedgrip; Rear: Schwalbe Nobby Nick, 27.5×2.6” SnakeSkin, TL East, Apex, E-25, Addix Speedgrip
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Neutron
  • Seatpost: Brand X Ascend Dropper
  • Stem: Nukeproof Neutron 45mm
  • Bars: Nukeproof Horizon 31.8mm, 25mm rise
  • Headset: FSA
  • Top Cap: Vitus

Vitus E-Sentier

Vitus Sentier

If you like to have a bit of help on the pedals, you might want to check out the E-Sentier. This is the electrically assisted version of the Vitus Sentier. At just under £2,000 it is. one of the best value electric mountain bikes around.

Specifications

  • Frame: Brand New 6061-T6 Alloy construction with longer, slacker and lower build and modern geometry
  • Forks: RockShox Recon RL “Boost”, 27.5”, 140mm
  • Rear Shock: N/A
  • Motor: Shimano E7000 STEPS drive system
  • Brakes: Shimano M520 4 Piston disc brake
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore M6000
  • Shifter: Shimano Deore M6000
  • Front Derailleur: N/A
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore M6000
  • Cassette: Shimano HG-500 10-Speed, 11-42T
  • Chainset: Shimano FC- E8000, 165mm, 34T
  • Chain: KMC E10T NPNP eBike (Turbo High Durability)
  • Rims: WTB ST i29
  • Front Hub: Novatec D791SB-B15, 110mm x 15mm
  • Rear Hub: Novatec D462SB-SL-S5S-B12-11S (eBike specific) 148mm x 12mm
  • Tyres: Front: Maxxis Minion DHF, 27.5×2.6” 3C MaxxTerra/EXO/TR; Rear: Maxxis Aggressor, 27.5×2.5WT, Double Down, TR (Compatible up to 2.8”)
  • Saddle: Nukeproof Neutron
  • Seatpost: Brand X Ascend dropper
  • Stem: Vitus 50mm
  • Bars: Nukeproof Neutron 31.8mm, 25mm rise
  • Headset: Nukeproof
  • Top Cap: Vitus
  • Tubeless Ready: Yes, with tubeless rim tape fitted and valves included

What Do You Think Of The Vitus Sentier?

Have you had experience with this bike? I would love to know what you think of it. Also, if you have any questions or thoughts, please leave them in the comments section below.

Tom Fortune
tom@mtb-threads.com

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