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The Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX in Review

The price gap in high-end e-Mountain bikes is staggering. Brands like Santa Cruz and Rocky Mountain are asking up to €11,000 for their enduro e-MTBs.
But those looking to shred extreme terrain don’t have to drain their savings accounts. The Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX proves there’s another way, hitting the trails at €5,100. But can such a value-packed contender hold its own on the trail?

The Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX on Test
The Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX is priced at €5,100, boasting 170 mm of travel up front and 160 mm in the rear. But can it also shred?

The Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX packs a punch with its simplicity. No complex rear suspension design, no costly frame material, and no proprietary motor system. The shock on the Vitus is controlled by a classic four-bar linkage rear suspension. The frame is made of aluminum.

And for the motor, Vitus opts for a reliable off-the-shelf unit – a Bafang M510. By embracing this level of ordinariness, Vitus manages to keep the price of the E-Mythique reasonable. Can 95 Nm of torque and 170 mm of travel deliver the magic carpet ride that Vitus promises in its advertising?

Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX in Action
The Bike in the Finale Ligure Test: Does the E-Enduro Deliver on Its Promise?
Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX Frame
The robust aluminum frame promises durability, just as the solid linkage between the rear triangle and mainframe does.

95 Nm of torque are a lot even for a Full Power E-MTB. The maximum output of the Chinese e-motor is 550 Watts. In real terms, this means: you’ll be three times as powerful on the climbs.

These specs suggest a quick uphill flow. But can the bike actually translate this power onto the trail? And can a bike weighing just under 25 kilograms truly excel in technical climbs? We put it to the test on the diverse trails in Finale Ligure.

Qick Facts about the Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX

  • Price: $5,099.99
  • Frame Material: Aluminium
  • Wheelsets: Mullet = 29" front, 27.5" rear
  • Travel: 170 mm travel up front, 160 mm in the rear
  • Battery: Bafang Intube with 630 Wh (removable)
  • Engine: Bafang M510 with 95 Nm of torque
  • Warranty: 5-Year Frame Warranty
  • Weight: 24.9 kg in Size L
  • Max. allowable total weight: 120 kg
Bafang E-Bike Motor Review
The Bafang M510, with 95 Nm of torque, is a real powerhouse. However, it's somewhat stoic when taking off.

Simple, durable, service-friendly

Robust it stands, the Vitus. The beefy aluminum frame with its generous tube profiles promises durability. The connection between the rear triangle and the main frame also looks solid: The yoke at the chainstay offers a high profile and is attached to a substantially sized main pivot. That should hold up.

Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX Frame
The Vitus is a bona fide full-power E-MTB brute.
Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX Tires
A burly, aggressive wheelset that has one drawback: its weight.

The tires also appear potent. The aggressively treaded tires are 2.5″ wide and mounted on 30mm wide rims. The wheelset is hefty. The weight reinforces this impression. A proud 5,850 grams is what the wheels, together with the tires and fittings, bring to the scale. Even for an e-bike, that’s quite a bit.

The suspicion: The rotational inertia of the heavy wheels might be a killer for active handling. One can only hope that the high weight positively affects puncture resistance.

The E-Mythique features an intelligent yet affordable assembly for its price range. No special details or innovations can be found on the Vitus. Instead, shifting is done with a mix of SRAM GX rear derailleur and NX shift lever.

Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX Brake Levers
A more affordable four-piston brake - it's designed to require fewer service intervals. That's easier on the wallet.
Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX Drivetrain
Is the mix of a SRAM GX rear derailleur and NX shifter compatible?

The brakes are also supplied by SRAM. The DB8 is SRAM’s most affordable four-piston brake. Unlike all other SRAM brakes, the DB8 doesn’t use DOT brake fluid, but rather mineral oil.

This impacts the maintenance intervals: Instead of annually, the DB8 only requires servicing every two years. A hefty plus when it comes to maintenance costs.

The price is shredding. Can the competition keep pace?

The E-Mythique LT VRX is very competitively priced at 5,100 euros. At this price point, few manufacturers offer durable enduro e-bikes built for heavy shredding. Apart from specialist dealer brand Cube, in this price bracket there’s hardly any way around direct-to-consumer brands like Canyon, Radon, and YT.

The YT Decoy comes closest to the Vitus E-Mythique. A hefty 170 mm of travel upfront and a mullet wheel setup with a 29” in the front and 27.5” in the rear unites these two bikes on the spec sheet. However, with comparable components, the YT is 1,100 euros cheaper.
Here are the three models in a head-to-head comparison:

Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX in Action
Price-aggressive? Yes. Consistently cheaper than the competition? No.
Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX
The Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX comes with a mullet setup.

The street price of the Vitus is well below the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Most recently, the bike was offered by online retailers for an affordable €3,019.

Vitus scores big with their warranty: 5-year warranty is granted by the manufacturer to the original owner on the frame. This is an exceptionally good warranty commitment in this price range.

Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX Uphill
Motor Performance on Technical Climbs: When starting out, there's a noticeable delay before the power really kicks in.
Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX in Real-World Review
When spinning at a high cadence on climbs, the motor can't quite keep up - here, Bosch or Shimano are significantly better positioned.

Powerful Motor: Does more mean more, or does it really come down to the software?

Vitus promises an uphill flow like riding on a magic carpet. Whether an e-MTB can deliver that depends not only on the punch of the motor but also on the rear wheel traction. Yet, more crucial is the software that controls the motor. Only when the software accurately interprets the rider’s impulses, does the e-bike come into its own flow.

The motor makes an impression in the truest sense of the word. Once it gets going, it propels the rider powerfully uphill. This even holds up well in challenging terrain.

Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX on the Uphill
The motor still has robust underbody protection against bottoming out on the trails.

The starting behavior is noticeable. Here, the power delivery of the motor feels a bit sluggish. When the rider wants to take off, the motor keeps you waiting. The delay is slight, but compared to other e-systems from Bosch or Shimano, it’s distinctly perceptible. For a snappy start on steep inclines, the Bafang motor owes the rider a more immediate power response.

On climbs, the motor’s torque is definitely felt. The acceleration is good, with no slippage at the rear tire. Motor and tires deliver power confidently to the ground. If you increase the cadence to push the boundaries at high RPMs, exceeding 85 revolutions per minute to get an extra surge, the motor struggles to keep up.

And this is despite Bafang increasing the support range up to a cadence of a whopping 120 RPM. However, even seasoned Tour de France pros might not be able to sustain such a rate for long.

On the trail, when facing steep ramps or terrain edges, it feels as if the motor has already burned through its reserves. This costs precious momentum. In terms of software, the drive system lags behind the competition from Bosch and Shimano.

Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX Review
The Vitus E-Mythique on the trails of Finale.

Uphill: Can 95 Nm of torque breathe life into the 25-kg behemoth?

For truly ambitious uphill enthusiasts, the Bafang motor even offers a “R” mode – which stands for “Race.” This mode has a unique feature: if you stop pedaling, the motor continues to push a little longer.

Riders unprepared for this may experience quite a few scares on the trails. However, those who embrace it and learn to manage the motor’s extra push can tackle technical sections in a motorcycle trail style.

All in all, the Vitus E-Mythique is a strong climber, unafraid of technical ascents. However, uphill trails shouldn’t be too tight or rocky, as the bike’s considerable weight can be a hindrance.

Additionally, the front tends to rise more quickly than desired due to the high cockpit. Only active weight shifting forward can keep the front wheel grounded on steep inclines.

Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX Spoke Magnet
Somewhat old school: The spoke magnet for the motor signal. If the spoke loosens or the magnet rotates, there's no more drive assist from the motor.

A definite no-go for the drivetrain is the magnet that, reminiscent of the early days of e-bikes, still dangles from a spoke on the rear wheel. This is simply outdated.

The major downside: If the spoke magnet collides with a solid object, for example, a branch protruding onto the trail, the magnet on the spoke can twist out of position, losing contact with the readout sensor. No contact between magnet and sensor means no motor power.

Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX Shock
The Rock Shox shock features a piggyback reservoir that's been roughly pre-tuned by the manufacturer. However, we were still able to set up the rebound damping in a meaningful way.
Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX Rear Suspension
The left and right halves of the linkage lever are welded together, resulting in a stiff rear triangle.

Downhill: High-octane Thrills or Just Kicking Back at the Trailhead?

Quick direction changes aren’t the Forte of the Vitus, even though the tires aren’t the limiting factor. The issue with the Vitus: its weight and the high front end. The weight makes the bike sluggish, and additionally, it pushes the front wheel. The lofty cockpit demands a lot of effort from the rider to put enough pressure on the front wheel in turns.

If you lean boldly over the handlebars, the Vitus follows the steering input from the rider comfortably, yet obediently. The great surprise comes from the tires. They provide tremendous grip and keep the bike firmly on track.

The Vitus will appeal to freeriders who prefer to bomb downhills straight and hard. However, if you’re looking for a nimble trail bandit, the Vitus isn’t the right choice. Despite this, the geometry provides quite a bit of security, the bike runs smoothly, and the tires dig into the ground well. So, descent fun is definitely on the cards.

Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX on the Downhill
The Vitus opts for the straight line over the twisty route: it's a tank on the trail that encourages you to pin it.
Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX Cockpit
The Bafang motor unit's display is well-protected, nestled between the stem and handlebars, providing all the necessary information.

Strengths and Weaknesses: What You Get for €5,100

Pros

  • strong tire grip
  • extremely plush rear suspension that provides ample traction
  • E-Enduro with Real Grit
  • Strong Value

Cons

  • Spoke magnet on the rear wheel
  • Brakes too weak on long, steep trails
  • The suspension fork significantly restricts the downhill fun.
Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX in Field Test
Did the Vitus impress our editorial team?

CONCLUSION on the Vitus E-Mythique LT VRX

With a robust motor, modern geometry, and a capable rear suspension, the Vitus is a pleasant surprise in its price bracket. While it’s not a cornering champ, it’s definitely fun to ride.

Uphill, the sky’s the limit: Whether it’s a trail or a gravel road, the Vitus can conquer almost anything. However, the weight requires a significant physical effort from the rider. Downhill, the Vitus impresses with stability and a rear suspension that confidently gobbles up bumps.

Those who purchase the bike at the current street price will enjoy their rides. If one is willing to invest in a better fork in the long run, they will indeed get a truly capable e-Enduro at an attractive price.

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