With a high spec and low price, Vitus is redefining value for money
Need to know
- Enduro bike with 27.5in wheels, 155mm of rear travel and a 160mm fork
- Carbon monocoque front end with an aluminium rear triangle
- Comes with a SRAM build kit — X1 drivetrain and RockShox suspension front and rear
- Features an E13 chain device, internal cable routing and has room for a bottle cage
Vitus Sommet CR
The Sommet CR is a new all-mountain/enduro bike from Vitus that shares its frame with a more expensive sibling, the CRX.
With the price dropping to the £2.5k mark, the Sommet CR suddenly becomes comparable to direct sales brands, such as the £2,395 YT Capra AL Comp 1 and £2,069 Canyon Strive AL 6.0 Race we tested recently.
There are a lot of spec differences between the bikes, but the Sommet CR gets a better SRAM X1 drivetrain and, crucially, a lighter carbon front triangle. This monocoque design saves around 400g over the aluminium front end used on the Sommet Pro.
It also allows Vitus to stiffen the bottom bracket area for improved pedalling efficiency, but without compromising overall compliance and ride quality.
To underpin its all-mountain intentions, the Sommet comes with 155mm rear travel and a 160mm Pike RC fork. The rear suspension feels soft and sensitive and I couldn’t help feel a RockShox Lyrik or Yari would be a better match up front. Both forks have increased volume in the negative springs and are more sensitive and smoother. To be fair, Vitus says it fitted the Pike because it’s lighter, and the Yari’s performance was fairly unknown when it was putting this spec together.
Another upgrade I’d consider is replacing the 180mm front brake rotor with a 200mm; the Capra and Strive both had them fitted. If you’re tall enough or prefer to run a large frame, I’d also think about getting a 150mm dropper post. The ream depth in the Sommet CR (that’s how much seatpost you can get in the frame) is 230mm and a 150mm dropper has a length of 225mm, so you do have room to play with.
Like most 160mm bikes, the Sommet CR has aggressive enduro geometry, which Vitus informs us, with a little euphony, is long, low and slack with a short stem. The head angle is not as slack as the company claims, and the bike has long chainstays (so does climb better than I thought it would) but the bottom bracket height and overall length are similar to the Capra and Canyon, so it still motors when you start descending.
As a package, the Sommet CR is stunning value, but I reckon it’s a little bit trail focused for a 160mm bike. There’s nothing wrong with that — it’s incredibly lightweight and efficient — but, as a result, it just doesn’t feel quite as capable as the Capra or the Giant Reign 1 I’ve been riding recently.