Vitus Sommet CRX (2017)
Mountain Biking UK|October 2017

£2,999.99 Top-fun steed that shames a lot of ‘superbikes’

Guy Kesteven

The semi-carbon

Sommet frame isn’t new, but Vitus have got it sticky and rolled it through their selection of shiny bits to produce a killer-value all-rounder with parts to die for.

The frame

In common with a lot of cost effective composite frames (see this month’s Biketest, page 96), the Sommet pairs a carbon fibre front end with an aluminium rear. Vitus have opted for a four-bar Horst Link suspension layout, but placed the rear pivots further forward on the relatively skinny chain stays than on most similar designs. The shock drives downwards through a hole in the base of the kinked and flared seat tube, and a 15mm collet main pivot increases stiffness.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM MOUNTAIN BIKING UKView All

The Hard Way

A 79-mile ride across the Highlands? Doesn’t sound too difficult – until you add a ton of camera gear, diversions down steep single track and riding one-handed

4 mins read
Mountain Biking UK
November 2017

Pick Of The Tops

Team jerseys change every year, but some linger in the memory, because of who wore them, what they did in them or just how rad they looked! Here are some favourites from across the eras...

2 mins read
Mountain Biking UK
November 2017

Girls, Girls, Girls

The boys had better watch out – the women’s MTB scene is going from strength to strength

3 mins read
Mountain Biking UK
November 2017

Pace RC127+

£2,799 Fat and slack but definitely not lazy

2 mins read
Mountain Biking UK
November 2017

Cotic BFE Silver Special

£1,929 Cotic’s aggro hardtail gets fully stretched for full-gas riding

3 mins read
Mountain Biking UK
November 2017

Wind Hill Bikepark,Wiltshire

Nestled in a corner of the Longleat Estate, Wind Hill offers a unique experience for riders wanting to get some air and improve their technique

5 mins read
Mountain Biking UK
October 2017

Vitus Sommet CRX (2017)

£2,999.99 Top-fun steed that shames a lot of ‘superbikes’

2 mins read
Mountain Biking UK
October 2017

Swarf Contour Prototype

From approx £2,000 (frame & shock)* Forgiving, supple and confidence-inspiring short-travel speed machine

3 mins read
Mountain Biking UK
October 2017

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 650B

£3,500 Latest Stumpy is a super-smooth trail bomber

3 mins read
Mountain Biking UK
October 2017

Saracen Kili Flyer Elite

£3,499.99 ‘Longer and lighter’ evolution improves UK all-dayer

3 mins read
Mountain Biking UK
October 2017