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Posted 7 July 2023

Vitus Mach 1 Three - Shimano Nexus 3-spd hub gears, Hydr brakes - £279.98 delivered @ Chain Reaction Cycles

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Boasting a no-nonsense design that's versatile to its core, this hybrid city bike features a strong 6061-T6 aluminium frame, hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano Nexus 3 speed internal hub gearing. This makes it fully-equipped for commuting around the city, leisure trips and everything in between. Delivering simplicity, style and performance, this ride is a great choice for your urban adventures.

Stonking price on a well-regarded everyday hack bike with the right spec and available in all sizes. Destroys the cheap pig-iron in Halfords.

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  • Intended Use: City / Utility
  • No nonsense design and versatile to it's core
  • Shimano Nexus 3 Speed Internal Gear Hub
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Versatile wheels and tyres
  • Comfort orientated geometry
  • Weight: Medium: 12.1kg


Featuring a strong 6061-T6 aluminium frame, hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano Nexus 3 speed internal hub gearing, this hybrid city bike boasts a no-nonsense design that’s versatile to its core. This makes it fully equipped for commuting around the city, leisure trips and everything in between. Delivering simplicity, style and performance, this ride is a great choice for your urban adventures.

Aluminium Frame and Hi-Ten Steel Fork
The Vitus Mach-1 is a go-getter. It’s the bike that simplifies how you move around, making it easier to stay active, fit and in love with life on two wheels. Vitus has equipped this model with a durable aluminium frame and a high-tensile (hi-ten) steel fork for an excellent balance of stiffness and strength on your journey. For nipping around town and the admin of daily life, the Mach-1 is a robust and ready hybrid that’s well equipped for the full-on schedule of busy living.

Hydraulic Disc Brakes and Internal Hub Gearing
The Vitus Shining 650b rims and Vee Tyre Co. Speedster tyres are brisk off the mark and will absorb the lumps and bumps of roads, cyclepaths or tracks. It’s hydraulic disc brakes keep the stopping power high for negotiating traffic or wet conditions and this model uses internal hub gearing so it’s the perfect low-maintenance workhorse.

Not one to shy away from the nitty-gritty of year round riding and everyday errands, the Vitus Mach 1 Three (Nexus) excels when all you need is a simple, no-fuss bike for getting from A to B.

Built, Tuned and Ready to Ride
When you order a bike, one of our trained mechanics will carefully prepare and pack your bike for shipping. Upon delivery, the assembly is simple and all necessary tools and plastic pedals are conveniently included in the box.

**Please Note:**Due to ongoing issues in the global bike supply chain, manufacturers may substitute certain component items due to availability. In this situation, they will be replaced with the same quality or better performing parts.



  • Material: 6061-T6 Aluminium
  • Fork Length: 405mm
  • Fork Offset: 45mm
  • Wheel Size: 650b
  • Max Tyre Size: 650 x 47c / 700 x 45c
  • Headtube: 41.8-52mm Tapered Integrated
  • Headset: IS41.8/28.6 - IS52/40
  • Seatpost: 27.2mm
  • Seat Clamp: 31.8mm
  • Bottom Bracket: BSA Threaded, 68mm Shell
  • Front Hub Spacing: 100mm x 9mm
  • Front Axle: QR
  • Rear Hub Spacing: 135mm x 9mm
  • Rear Axle: QR
  • Hanger: Universal
  • Brake Mount: Flat Mount, 160mm

Technical Specifications

Frame and fork
  • Frame: Mach 1, 6061-T6 Aluminium, Mud Guard Mounts, Rack Mounts, 135mm x 9mm QR Axle
  • Fork: Mach 1 Steel Hi-Ten Steel, 1 1/8" Steerer, Mudguard Mounts, QR

  • Chainset: Shun, 38T, 170mm Crank Length
  • Chain: KMC B1 Wide, 1/2" x 1/8" Single Speed
  • Cassette: Shimano, 18T
  • Rear Shifter: Shimano Nexus Revo Grip Shift, 3 Speed
  • Rear Gears: Shimano Nexus Internal Hub Gear, 3 Speed
  • Bottom Bracket: Square Taper, BSA Threaded, 68mm, English

Wheels and tyres
  • Front Wheel: Vitus 650b, Centre Lock Disc Brake, Stainless Steel Spokes, QR
  • Rear Wheel: Vitus 650b rim on Shimano Nexus 3 Speed Hub, Centre Lock Disc Brake, QR
  • Front Tyre: Vee Tire Co. Speedster, 27.5" x 1.95", MPC Compound
  • Rear Tyre: Vee Tire Co. Speedster, 27.5" x 1.95", MPC Compound

  • Front Brake: Shimano MT401 or Clarks M4, Post Mount, Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • Front Rotor: Shimano SM-RT30 or Clarks M4, 160mm
  • Rear Brake: Shimano MT401 or Clarks M4, Post Mount, Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • Rear Rotor: Shimano SM-RT30 or Clarks M4, 160mm

Finishing Kit
  • Handlebars: Vitus 6061 Aluminium Flat Bar, 6 Degree Backsweep, 660mm Width, Bar Bore 31.8mm
  • Stem: Vitus 6061 Aluminium, 90mm Length, Bar Bore 31.8mm, +/- 15 Degree
  • Grips: Vitus MTB with Plastic Lock Ring
  • Headset: Neco, Loose Ball Bearings, OD48, 1 1/8” - 44 - 50 - 30, Height 23.6mm


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  1. Ralph888's avatar
    I guess the gearing is like the centuries old Sturmey Archer 3 speed hubs. Sensible system preventing wear by keeping the gearing enclosed.
  2. whycantiusemyownnameffs's avatar
    I would have snapped that up if it had more gears good deal though
    Welliesorter's avatar
    Isn't the range between the gears more important than how many there are?

    For what it's worth, 'Boris' bikes use this type of gear. They're easy to use because you don't have to pedal while changing. This is handy if you've forgotten to change to a low gear before stopping.
  3. kiteless's avatar
    Probably the most appealing hybrid/commuter/town bike in the sale. Quiet, low maintenance hub gear that lets you change gear at a standstill plus hydraulic discs and fairly big tyres for a smoother ride.

    It's a fairly wide range of gears, quick calc and it's about 40 to 78 gear inches. The model below with 7 speed Tourney cassette/derailleur is 36.5 to 85, so you're not really losing much in range. Low gear to start or for hills, mid gear for plodding along, high gear for faster. It's not the sort of bike you're going to worry too much about precise cadence on.

    The Mach 3 above this with a double chainset goes from 32.5 to 122 so you're really gaining more in top end (going faster without your legs spinning so fast) than ability to get up the hills.
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  4. bobby-gg's avatar
    Ideal base for a midmount E-bike conversion
    Aznar's avatar
    Front hub.
    Mid drive is an overkill for this bike.

    ...but yes, ideal for conversion. (edited)
  5. Persephone's avatar
    I've ordered this and very much looking forward to going for a ride and shedding some flab. But I seem to recall the last time I bought a bicycle - around 20 years ago from a large bicycle shop - that the pedals had to be bought separately as there were different types. This thought hasn't been eased by the photos on all the bicycle sites that show them without pedals! Can anyone advise if I need to pop to a local shop to buy pedals? I've no intention of wearing those fancy cycling shoes that clip on!
    mj3270's avatar
    They'll come with some basic plastic pedals if my experience with Vitus/CRC is typical. They'll be rather rubbish, but will do the job.
  6. eurovnik's avatar
    Good deal. Needs mudguards to be a proper utility bike in the UK climate but the frame has mudguard mounts so you can add them.
  7. Guy_With_Beard's avatar
    Is it possible to put a pannier on this?
    Guy_With_Beard's avatar
    I spoke to CS and they told me you can put a pannier on it.
  8. N0bodyOfTheGoat's avatar
    If I was to get this hybrid, I would personally replace the sprocket with something like a 22T such as sjscycles.co.uk/spr…bs/, to make the easiest gear easier for steeper inclines and make the hardest gear ~65 gear inches with supplied tyres for riding on the flat plus shallow descents.

    Narrower tyres than the supplied 27.5"x1.9" will slightly lower the gearing, wider tyres with enough clearance to the frame/fork will slightly increase the gearing.
  9. otak's avatar
    Hum, If only this was gravel like bike. How good would be on trails outside the roads?
    Or suggestions of under £800 gravel bike?
    (Edit : not grave like, but gravel 🫣) (edited)
    mattd555's avatar
    it will be fine, I rode my road bike on gravel before gravel bikes were a thing, it's all marketing hype to get you to buy another bike!
  10. Persephone's avatar
    I've no idea if this really is a fantastic deal for the avid cyclist but as a fat cow with diabetes who hasn't ridden a bicycle for years I need something to get a bit fitter so I've ordered one. Thanks OP.
    Sulphur.Man's avatar
    Good choice for a returning cyclist
  11. K4Y84's avatar
    Just picked mine up for £259.99 in the Belfast store. Had a quick ride around the car park and seems a great buy so far! Lovely looking bike.
    Guy_With_Beard's avatar
    How are the gears? Is it a heavy bike?
  12. rodman's avatar
    People moaning about gears should learn how to skid on fixie first.
  13. Persephone's avatar
    Has anybody else received a notification saying something went wrong and their order has been delayed after receiving the initial notification it had been dispatched? I was expecting the bicycle yesterday.
    trickyd's avatar
    Yes, said it would be yesterday or today, now says it's delayed and coming in two parts
  14. Persephone's avatar
    Does anyone else keep getting a tracking notification that the bicycle will be delivered today but it doesn't arrive? Ordered Saturday and originally this was supposed to arrive on 11th but four days later I'm still waiting! Not sure if it's a CRC or delivery company issue. It supposedly arrived at the local delivery hub on 12th. 😡
    mj3270's avatar
    I've had parcelforce update as 'prepared for delivery' 3 days in a row now, about right for them round here, always late
  15. N0bodyOfTheGoat's avatar
    Insane value if the limited gears works for your fitness level and your local terrain.
    mattd555's avatar
    it's not a mountain bike lmao, why do you need more than 3 gears
  16. stuart_75's avatar
    Might as well get my Raleigh Grifter out the garage 😄
  17. Gushiggins's avatar
    If the gearing suits you and your usage then this looks like a cracking commuter or leisure bike for the money, especially considering some of the garbage that is around at the £250 mark.
  18. BubaMan's avatar
    Ordered Saturday, arrived today
    Their online system is slow - it still shows as "processing".

    The bike itself is very nice:50662008-a9Oed.jpg
    The gears change easily and 3 are enough for around my part of the world but if you have very steep hills near you, it won't be well suited, up or downhill.
    The brakes are very good and the pedals are perfectly serviceable.
    As others have said, the grips are like rocks and the seat could be comfier but they're cheap to remedy

    All in all, I'm very happy - cheers and everyone who has contributed to this thread (edited)
    Thomas_Woodman's avatar
    Hi. I ordered mine Tuesday. Order shows as processing. Did you hear anything about the delivery from the courier ?
  19. grahamohara2's avatar
    Bargain for a nexus bike

    Love all the limited gears comments on this - nexus has a great range it's ideal for pretty much everyone (edited)
    whycantiusemyownnameffs's avatar
    Not if you’re 61 with dodgy knees
  20. TesseractOrion's avatar
    Had this for over a year now, just going for its first service today. Has been ultra reliable. Bloke in bike shop thought it was worth £600 or so (he'd never seen one before) LOL
  21. Manauth's avatar
    Might aswell buy now as the eveings are drawing in almost 3 weeks since the solstice
  22. Guy_With_Beard's avatar
    Does anyone know when the Chain Reaction Cycles sale ends?
    Thomas_Woodman's avatar
    Wondering the same.
  23. Persephone's avatar
    I've been out on this a few times now. It's hard going which is great to improve my fitness. I've noticed already that I am able to go much further and the little walks of shame where I don't have the strength to cycle up hill are getting less and less. But my god is that seat hard - for anyone who hasn't ridden a bike for a while I'd look at getting some padding and that's what I'm going to do.
    Also, I've noticed that when going down hill if I'm not pedalling I put a lot of pressure on one leg and I think it's due to reaching too far for the handle bar. I will probably buy a new handle bar to raise it up and bring it back towards me.
    Finally, the hand grips are indeed horrid and I will be replacing them.
    Overall, I'm very impressed with the bicycle for the money. I'm a bit of a heffer and it's not snapped yet!
  24. mattd555's avatar
    all the boomers moaning about 3 gears!
  25. K4Y84's avatar
    Went down to my local store and ordered one. Thanks for posting.
    Terry_Pendy's avatar
    Isn’t Vitus just online only?
  26. mj3270's avatar
    Considering adding one of these to the collection as a shopping/pub bike rather than taking out the much nicer (and thus much more worried about theft!) mtb/road bike.
    Persephone's avatar
    Pub bike - what a great idea!
  27. Persephone's avatar
    I'm not going to be using this for commuting - just to lose some flab - but would like to ride it on wet roads. Will these cheap mud guards from Halfords do the job? halfords.com/cyc…tml?cm_mmc=Google+PLA-_-Cycling%3EBike+Parts%3EMudguards-_-Cycling%3EBike+Parts%3EMudguards-_-572450&_$ja=tsid:|cid:17631808078|agid:|tid:|crid:|nw:x|rnd:4022960506981080234|dvc:m|adp:|mt:|loc:9046605&gclid=Cj0KCQjwtamlBhD3ARIsAARoaEykg6CutO6ARj8Eu-BkaVnpDvwNbyrP6GNdXiwE1iYgSA2Hpo8z9roaAtr5EALw_wcB
  28. nick1bob's avatar
    Is this on any of the cycle to work schemes that are available?
  29. trickyd's avatar
    Mine arrived today, looks great value. Was worried about sizing and the large being too small but it anything the frame is big - I'm 6'2 with a 35" inseam and saddle is pretty low. Pedals and grips are terrible as expected, loads of tyre clearance and had shimano brakes rather than Clarks which is good.

    Box had no general instructions in, directed to vitus website which doesn't have a manual for this model, anyone know what the two washers are for?
    Persephone's avatar
    Thanks for the update. This is really good to know. I'm still waiting for mine - tracking is unusually inaccurate - but I'll hopefully receive it tomorrow. I'm not as tall as you but have long legs so I'm glad the large really is large. I assume from what you've said the pedals and grips need replacing asap.
  30. ode's avatar
    Can someone recommend pedals and grips that would be suitable for replacing the stock ones?
    I'm a returning cyclist who hasn't ridden regularly for a long time. I'll be using it for for fittness and leisure rides in parks and around the local area.
    bonzobanana's avatar
    I'd go into a local cycle shop and look at the hand grips there, find your favourite and then look online for a cheaper price. You get good value pedals on ebay and amazon which are unbranded but from the factories that make the branded items which can save some money. It's difficult to recommend pedals because people vary what they like but in simple terms if you have big feet go for bigger pedals and perhaps you can get away with smaller pedals if you have smaller feet. Personally I prefer big pedals. If you are a heavier rider look at the spec of the pedals regarding its bearings and axle. Always worth checking amazon warehouse and looking at ebay auctions for new items. I bought some composite (plastic) pedals from Amazon Warehouse for £6 which were normally £12 and they are great quality. That was perhaps a year or so back.

    The other issue is foot retention. It's generally considered to be more efficient cycling with foot retention, this could be straps, cages or clipless. I'm not bothered myself but it can make hills a little bit easier.
  31. Thomas_Woodman's avatar
    Can anybody recommend grips for this please ? Perhaps thinking ergo style ones.
  32. skillzz's avatar
    This or the mach 3?
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