The successor to my first MTB (the Vitus Sentier 29 VR) I built with the Pole Taival M frame so both, my daughter and I, could ride it. The Taival M frame is about the same length (reach & chain stay) as the Vitus, but it is a good deal lower.

The Taival on the first ride

The first ride on the Taival was brilliant!

The steel frame feels much more supple than the Vitus' aluminium frame did, and due to the length, the Taival feels more stable, too.

Way easier to ride fast down hills. Way more fun!

The Taival, modified, on the Blauen

I am using the Taival to test things, and I have changed some things, already. I put the Charge Spoon saddle back on that I had on the Vitus. I added a Timber Bell.

And I'm back to experimenting with tyres, namely the Michelin Wild Enduro Front GumX3D, and the WTB Verdict in Light/High Grip.

One spoke broke on the old rear wheel, so I'm going to replace that with either a DT Swiss E 1900 Spline (if I could find that anywhere), or a Nukeproof Horizon wheel. At that point, I'll also put on a WTB Judge 2.4 rear tyre in Tough/Fast Rolling. Because.

A bit longer term, I want to replace the bottle cage with a white one, the pedals with white or black ones, and the handle bar and grips with black ones. I liked the dissonant looks on the Vitus, but the Taival is more of a machine, and I feel it should look simpler. Blue, white, black, nothing else.


All the parts come from the Vitus, except for the dropper post, which I had to buy, the headset, which came with the frame, and the bottom bracket, which was making creaking noises on the Vitus, so I bought a new one.

The Taival frame

This is what the bike looked like two days before I started riding it.

Partly assembled Taival
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