Posted 23 hours ago

Vitus Nucleus 27 VR Mountain Bike - £399.99 @ Chain Reaction Cycles

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Tough and agile enough to thrive on the roughest and most demanding trails, the Nucleus VR is a well-equipped mountain bike (MTB) that gives you the confidence to take on even more challenging routes and terrains. It boasts a high quality aluminium frame, SR Suntour XCR32 Air suspension fork and Clarks hydraulic disc brakes. Plus, it has Box 8-Speed gearing with large sprockets for climbing steep hills more easily.

This is a real mountain bike and a proven performer, but don’t just take our word for it, the Nucleus is a multi award-winner that has been voted £500 Hardtail of the Year four times in a row by MBR Magazine.

  • Frame: Nucleus Aluminium 6061-T6 BSA Threaded BB, IS Disc Brake Mounts, 135mm x 9mm QR
  • Fork: SR Suntour XCR32 Air LOR DS, 120mm Travel, 27.5", 1 1/8" Straight Steerer, Post Mount Brake Mounts, 100mm x 9mm QR, Air Spring
  • Headset: Neco ZS44/28.6 upper & ZS56/28.6 lower
  • Handlebar: Nukeproof Neutron V2 Riser 6061 Alloy, 25mm Rise, 9° Back Sweep, 760mm Wide S/M, 780mm Wide L/XL 31.8mm
  • Stem: Vitus 50mm Alloy, 50mm Reach, 3° Rise
  • Grips: Vitus Lock On
  • Front Rim: WTB ST I30 TCS 2.0, 27.5", 32h TCS Tubeless Tape Fitted
  • Rear Rim: WTB ST I30 TCS 2.0, 27.5", 32h TCS Tubeless Tape Fitted
  • Front Hub: Vitus KT K68F 32h, 6 Bolt, 100x 9mm QR
  • Rear Hub: Vitus KT K68R, 32h, 6 Bolt, 135x 9mm QR
  • Front Tyre: Maxxis Ardent 27.5x2.25"
  • Rear Tyre: Maxxis Ardent 27.5x2.25"
  • Spokes: Stainless Steel
  • Chain: Box Four 8-Speed, 110 links
  • Crankset: Samox 170mm, 32T Narrow Wide chainring
  • Bottom Bracket: Samox, BSA Threaded BB, 73mm shell
  • Front Brake: Clarks M2 hydraulic disc brake
  • Rear Brake: Clarks M2 hydraulic disc brake
  • Rotors: Clarks M2 180mm front, 160mm rear, 6 bolt
  • Rear Derailleur: Box Four 8-Speed Wide, limited slip clutch
  • Rear Shifter: Box Four 8-Speed Multi Shifter
  • Cassette: Sunrace 11-42T, 8-Speed
  • Saddle: Vitus, Black, Steel Rails
  • Seat Post: Vitus 6061 Alloy, 31.6x400mm
  • Seat Screw: Vitus Bolt 34.9mm
  • Weight: Medium: 13.5kg
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    Is the VRS model a better buy at £100 more?

    I’m no expert and was just seeing if the extra worth it for reasonably light use.

    I would say so. I got the VRS 29er and spent two days throwing it down the reds at BPW which was awesome fun. I am 18 stone as well, but bike was absolutely mint.
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    Gutted these aren't available via my employers cycle2work scheme. Stuck with halfords and tredz offerings
    They're the main ones but plenty of other places accept them. Planet X. On-One Scandal GX is a great buy for £799/ £699 (ex display). No large though.
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    I have the VRS model and have been very happy with it!
    Yeah I think that's well worth the extra personally. Both are good buys!
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    Desperate for them to start taking CycleScheme again, no ETA on the website
    Same. Even their reps don't know that date, or at least won't give one. Frustrating as my scheme ends in March.
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    By no means an expert but this looks a cracking price for a budget 'proper' mountain bike
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    Nice bike but if you can afford it go for the Vitus Nucleus 27 VRS at £100 more, 10 speed and better Shimano components.
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    Very good but are heavy - I have one plus a carbon bike - if you can afford a carbon one get one as they are way better - you can get low end carbon ones now for about double this
    Hey Darren. How heavy is it?
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    Vitus are brilliant modern geometry mtbs! It’s at the low end. And yes the forks will be dire. But that’s a decent bike. For not a lot of money
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    I'm really tempted to get this bike.

    Just watched this video and looks great
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    Been this price for ages, picked up a VItus Nucleus 26 for my son last week, seems great. The VRS is well worth the extra, I was toying with it but decided on a Fuji Nevada 1.7 SRAM instead, which is currently on offer for 320 on Wiggle, couldn't justify 500 quid on a bike for occasional riding.
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    That gearing will be hell for a beginner with small wheels. A very odd choice to stick a 1x8 setup on.

    The fork is actually a very good one if you are prepared to do the upgrade to oil and then look after it.

    The best cheap upgrade you can do is buy some tubeless valves and sealant at the same time.
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    Medium frame...what height would that (typically) work for. My son is growing fast and I want to make sure we get something he can ride now but that he will be able to at least keep going for a couple of years.
    5-6 to 5-11 maybe
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    Absolute bargain. 
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    Good bike except the gears are very stiff, geometry and forks are great
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    Does anyone know if a weeride co-pilot tagalong would fit on this? I can't see any reason why it wouldn't just clamp to the seat post but if anyone knows for sure...
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    Air fork and hydro brakes for £400 isn’t bad at all. £500 for 10spd makes sense
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    Heat from me good price for good bike and in stock(y)
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    Best entry level mountain bike sub £400.

    dont get anything cheaper. this should be where bikes begin.
    VITUS, is fast becoming the real deal.
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    If your thinkin about it your wasting time.. This is a great bike..you won't find better for the budget. But like all day get the VRS if you can.. Well worth it on an already great price.
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    finally bike prices are down and its just the start
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    Hi. How heavy is this bike? TIA X
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    Getting back into mountain biking for the first time in about 15 years and not sure the difference in wheel size needed (27.5 or 29inch). Any help would be great.
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    Thanks for posting and well done on your first hotukdeals thread
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    Great price!
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    I've been looking for a budget hybrid bike for quite some time. There are several in the market, but I know nothing about bikes. So, don't want to end up wasting my money. I'd greatly appreciate it if anyone could recommend a good bike that's less than £500 and is good enough to work for a few years.