Vitus has been making serious waves with its current crop of hardtails and full-suspension trail bikes, which offer impressive performance at decent prices, so we were keen to find out if the same would be true of the latest, 650b wheeled version of its downhill bike, the Dominer.

  • So Good: Smooth, well-controlled fork; Shimano’s Zee transmission is dependable and robust; centred/neutral riding position
  • No Good: Can feel tall in the turns; Zee brakes take a lot of bedding in

Frame and equipment

The Dominer’s silhouette is one of the more traditional-looking. At the rear, Vitus’s uncomplicated Four-Bar V-Link suspension platform pumps out 200mm (7.9in) of travel, controlled via a RockShox Kage RC shock.

The heavily hydroformed down tube stretches up and joins the top tube with a reassuringly long weld before they both meet at the head tube. This ensures there’s plenty of strength where it’s needed and leaves you with the

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