Video: Vitus Sommet 155mm bike in stunning Northern Ireland trails

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27.5 29er All Mountain Trail Enduro News

Vitus Sommet vista

Vitus bikes reveals more information about the 155mm Sommet bike and their 135mm Escarpe. This video clearly illustrates what we love about trail riding.

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The Sommet 275 is a true All Mountain bike built for rugged descents and Enduro Racing. Much work has been done to suspension shock rates and rear end kinematics to deliver a plush descending bike with a good climbing platform. Geometry is dialed at 66 degrees for the head angle and 74.5 for the seat angle.

Sommet 275 Key Features
  • Intended use – Enduro
  • Wheel size – 27.5”
  • Travel – 155mm, Horst link suspension with horizontal floating shock mount.
  • Recommended fork travel – 160-170mm
  • Construction – 6061 T6 triple butted
  • Large 15mm main axle with Collet lock security
  • Shimano 142x12mm E-Thru axle system
  • Aggressive Enduro Geometry (low, Slack, Long with short stem)
  • Sizes – S, M, L, XL
  • Removable High Direct FD mount.
  • ISCG 05-mounts for chainguide compatibility
  • Bolt on down tube protector to protect the down tube and cables from rock strikes.
  • Internal cable routing for Stealth Reverb

Vitus Sommet cornering hard

Vitus will provide three new bikes under the new suspension platform for 2015 ranging from the 135mm travel Escarpe in both 27.5″ and 29″ versions and the 155mm Sommet.

2015  Escarpe and Sommet Geo

Geometry Charts (Click to enlarge)

The 2015 Escarpe 275 frame sports 135mm of travel from a new Horst link rear end. The Horst link is efficient and is proven to be one of the most active and good climbing suspension designs available. The rear shock is on a floating pivot as well so it doesn’t ramp up and bottom out harshly at the end of its travel.

2015 Vitus Escarpe 275

The Escarpe 275 features roomy top tubes and mates them compact 435mm (17.13in) rear ends. The head is dialed at 67 degrees and the seat tube is ‘dropper post optimized’ at 74.5 degrees. It is perfectly steep for climbing efficiency and with a dropper post, the saddle is moved out of the way for steep descents.

Escarpe 275 Key Features
  • Intended use – Trail/Enduro
  • Wheel size – 27.5”
  • Travel – 135mm, Horst link suspension with horizontal floating shock mount.
  • Recommended fork travel – 140-150mm
  • Construction – 6061 T6 triple butted
  • Large 15mm main axle with Collet lock security
  • Shimano 142x12mm E-Thru axle system
  • Aggressive Trail Geometry (low, Slack, Long with short stem)
  • Sizes – S, M, L, XL
  • Removable High Direct FD mount.
  • ISCG 05-mounts for chainguide compatibility
  • Bolt on down tube protector to protect the down tube and cables from rock strikes.
  • Internal cable routing for Stealth Reverb

2015 Vitus Escarpe 29

The Escarpe is also available with 29er wheels. The head angle is adjusted to 68 degrees and the chainstay length increases by 15 mm to 450mm. All other features and technologies remain the same. Rear travel is 155 mm and it is designed for 160-170mm front travel.

Escarpe 290 Key Features
  • Intended use – Trail/Enduro
  • Wheel size – 29”
  • Travel – 135mm, Horst link suspension with horizontal floating shock mount.
  • Recommended fork travel – 140-150mm
  • Construction – 6061 T6 triple butted
  • Large 15mm main axle with Collet lock security
  • Shimano 142x12mm E-Thru axle system
  • Aggressive Trail Geometry (low, Slack, Long with short stem)
  • Sizes – S, M, L, XL
  • Removable High Direct FD mount.
  • ISCG 05-mounts for chainguide compatibility
  • Bolt on down tube protector to protect the down tube and cables from rock strikes.
  • Internal cable routing for Stealth Reverb

2015 Vitus Sommet

Full spec’s for the 2015 models will be released in July with bikes and framesets for sale in November 2014.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • joeshmoe says:

    Thank you for putting the captions underneath the images instead of on top of them.

  • slo_rider says:

    vitus???–set the way-back machine to 1980! is today’s vitus is just a resurrected marque from a oldschool headtube badge, or is it still the same company who built sean “king” kelly’s lugged skinny aluminum tubed 979 roadrace whips back in the day?

    regardless, that 27.5 sommet looks similar to YT’s capra, although in alloy (not carbon) and with a longer cockpit. if it offers the same value as the capra (and is available in the USA), then that’ll be yet another good option for a 27.5 6-inch travel bike.

    • ChuckChurch says:

      That’s what I was thinking, haven’t heard that name since they came out with their 3 and 7 tube carbon fiber frames in the late 80s.

    • Simon@Vitusbikes.com says:

      Hi Slo_rider We are indeed the same brand as the infamaous road racing marque of the 70′s and 80′s. Vitus is now owned and run as Chain Reaction Cycles “House Brand” – relaunched to include a range which spans from singlespeed commuters to a 27.5″ DH bike for 2015!
      All of our bikes are available for Worldwide delivery through CRC and the full spec’s and pricing will be available next month for the Escarpe and Sommet models.

    • fix-the-spade says:

      Vitus is owned by the same people who own Chain Reaction, Nukeproof and Ragley. It is essentially a resurrected brand but they have been available in Europe and selling fairly well for a couple of years now. It seems that with the Horst link patent gone they’re making moves across the atlantic now. Funny you should mention the Capra, there was an interview in Dirt this month and YT/Canyon were specifically mentioned as the target market for these bikes…

  • Stuart says:

    Hi can you let us know of the exact date of the new spec release? I have borrowed my wife’s cousins escarpe 2 and am very impressed with it, I am now looking to buy the new escarpe or the sommet which also looks impressive, I have taken the bike over cwmcarn on the cafall trail and it did not disappoint

  • bbbbbbb says:

    Ditto Stuart. My gf bought one of their 650b hardtails and it’s a fantastic buy, amazing price for the component spec. It’s very well thought out, a bike that requires no changes out of the box. Bars, stem, grips, saddle, everything is just sorted the minute you bolt the bars on. Comes with a little goodie bag of samples too :)

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