Vitus Bikes, Chain Reaction Cycles’ in-house brand, have just released details of their new carbon Sommet Enduro mountain bikes which will be available later this spring. All the info directly from Vitus:

Vitus SOMMET CR Bike Shot

Building on the success of the Sommet suspension platform which Vitus Bikes released in 2015, the company has today released the full details on its two all-new carbon enduro bike models.


The Sommet CR and CRX feature a full carbon monocoque ABS constructed front triangle; 3K weave with UD finish; full internal cable routing and a BB92 bottom bracket which enables increased stiffness through a maximised down tube profile.

Both carbon models feature a wishlist components package featuring RockShox Pike fork; SRAM X1/XO1 shifting; RaceFace cranks and components from WTB and Nukeproof . The only thing holding you back now is your own limitations!

Vitus Bikes Brand Manager Simon Cordner says this is an important development for the UK based brand;

“Our Sommet model has proved to be a huge success in the Enduro market over the last two seasons – providing a bike that is as capable taking riders on all-day epic rides through the Alps as it is at events such the Enduro World Series and Red Bull Fox Hunt”

He continued;

“We’ve invested significant R&D time into developing this new frame resulting in a carbon front triangle that is over 300gms lighter than the alloy version – with the complete CRX model tipping the scales at just 27lb! We’ll continue to offer our range direct to consumer worldwide through Chain Reaction Cycles ensuring that our customers get more bike for their money and the same world class customer service they have come to expect from Vitus Bikes.”

Vitus’s direct sales model will once again provide riders with a lot of bike for their money with the range topping Sommet CRX retailing at £3799.99 (UK) / €4999.99 (Europe) and $4499.99 (USA) and Sommet CR at £2564.99 (UK) / €3599.99 (Europe) and $3374.99 (USA).

Specification of the Vitus Sommet Carbon Models:

Sommet CRX Sommet CR
Frame T700/ T800 Toray Carbon Fibre Frame With 6061-T6 Aluminium Rear Triangle with Four-bar V-Link Rear Suspension, 155mm Travel T700/ T800 Toray Carbon Fibre Frame With 6061-T6 Aluminium Rear Triangle with Four-bar V-Link Rear Suspension, 155mm Travel
Fork RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air, 160mm Travel RockShox Pike RC Solo Air, 160mm Travel
Shock RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir Custom tuned RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir Custom tuned
Chainset RaceFace Next SL Cinch RaceFace Turbine Cinch
Shifters SRAM X1, 11-Speed SRAM X1, 11-Speed
Chainguide Chain Guide: E.Thirteen XCX+ 105 E.Thirteen XCX+ 105
Rear Derailleur SRAM XO1 SRAM X1
Brakes Shimano XT BR-M8000 Hydraulic Disc, 180mm Rotor Shimano XT
Wheels Mavic Crossmax XL PRO Limited, 27.5” WTB KOM / Novatec
Tyres Front – Crossmax Charge XL, 27.5” x 2.4” – Rear – Crossmax Quest XL, 27.5” x 2.4” Front – WTB Vigilante TCS Light, High Grip / Rear – WTB Trail Boss TCS, Dual DNA compound
Saddle Nukeproof Vector Pro Ti Vitus Ti Rail
Handlebar Nukeproof Warhead Carbon Riser Bar 780mm Wide Nukeproof Warhead 760mm Wide
Stem Nukeproof Zero, 0 Degree Rise, 35mm Extension Nukeproof Zero 35mm
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth, 125mm Drop Nukeproof OKLO Stealth, 125mm Drop
Weight: 12.67kg /27.93lbs 13.06kg/28.8lbs

For the first time since the brands revival in the hands of Chain Reaction Cycles the marquee will offer the CRX model in two colourways .. which begs the question.. Will you go red or green?

The 2016 Sommet CRX and Sommet CR will be available exclusively from Chain Reaction Cycles from May 2016.

For more information visit the Vitus Website.

Words & Photos: Vitus Press Release

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