Vitus launches carbon Sommet CR and CRX 27.5 trail bikes

Chain Reaction Cycles house brand bikes have four-bar v-link suspension

27.5 All Mountain Trail News
Headtube angle is a slack 65.5 degrees, while chainstays measure a stubby 435mm.

Headtube angle is a slack 65.5 degrees, while chainstays measure a stubby 435mm (click to enlarge).

Vitus Bikes, once a famed French road cycling brand, continues to make a name for itself in the mountain bike arena with the launch of two new carbon fiber models, the 155mm travel Sommet CR and Sommet CRX 27.5” trail bikes.

Both frames feature carbon monocoque front triangle with an alloy rear. Cable routing is fully internal, and they use a BB92 bottom bracket, which avails a greater contact point for the oversized, stiffness-enhancing downtube. Shared component spec includes a 160mm RockShox Pike fork, RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir shock, SRAM X1/XO1 shifting, RaceFace cranks, and a mix of WTB and Nukeproof finishing touches.

Rear suspension is provided by a RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir shock with 155mm of travel.

Rear suspension is provided by a RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir shock with 155mm of travel (click to enlarge).

Rear suspension design is a traditional four-bar V-link that Vitus first launched in 2015.

“We’ve invested significant R&D time into developing this new frame resulting in a carbon front triangle that is over 300 grams lighter than the alloy version,” explained Vitus brand manager Simon Cordner, who claimed a size medium CRX model weighs 28 pounds.

As primary complete bike house brand of Chain Reaction Cycles, the new Vitus bikes are available consumer direct through the Northern Ireland-based on-line retailer’s website. The Sommet CR will retail $3375, with the Sommet CRX coming in at $4500. Availability is set for May 2016.

All three new composite offerings will be available on-line starting in May.

Mtbr got a sneak peek of the new bikes at a visit to Vitus HQ in early March (click to enlarge).

Take a tour of Chain Reaction Cycles world headquarters and find out why buying a bike from overseas retailers just got less expensive.

All Vitus Bikes are backed by a 5-year warranty handled through the Chain Reaction Cycles website. Vitus also has a 50-percent off crash replacement policy. Offerings include mountain, road, ‘cross and city.

If you like bright colors, Vitus has you covered.

If you like bright colors, Vitus has you covered (click to enlarge).

Click through to page 2 for a complete rundown of frame and parts spec for each of the new bikes, and to see an expansive photo gallery below.

Continue to page 2 for a complete rundown of frame and parts spec »

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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