Enduro Mag // First ride test the 2015 SOMMET VR

Enduro Magazine give the Sommet VR it’s first thrashing

After taking a look at the design process for the new VITUS Sommet and Escarpe MTB’s (HERE) Enduro Magazine spent the weekend with our new SOMMET VR  last week. The Sommet certainly has a lot in its favour on paper, but would it deliver on the muddy steep trails of Northern Ireland?

Bike tester Trev Worsley fills us in …

After seeing the development process behind the new Vitus Sommet, I was keen to see how the bike handled itself on the trail. I had looked over suspension curves, been shown the data and heard how all the pivot locations should influence the bikes personality, but would the numbers add up?

From the first moment you throw a leg over the new Sommet there is a comfortable familiarity about it, I was riding the medium frame (I am 180cm tall) and it was a good fit for me. With reassuringly wide bars and a short stem, along with ample length top tube length (Vitus added an extra 10mm after riding the initial prototypes) the bike felt good in the car park. The standover was good and the frame has a reassuring and confidence inspiring stiffness through the BB and pivots. There are no geometry quirks or unusual innovations to distract you, this is a bike you can hop on, set up the suspension and get up to full speed almost instantly.

Read the rest of the SOMMET VR FIRST RIDE TEST over on www.enduro-mtb.com

The 155mm travel SOMMET range will go on sale this November exclusively at Chain Reaction Cycles with four build options available ranging from Shimano Deore to SRAM’s Top end XO1 Carbon drivetrain.

For those seeking a shorter travel option the new ESCARPE will offer 135mm of rear travel in both 27.5″ and 29″ wheel options.

Want to know more about the new range of 2015 Vitus Bikes? Check out the full lowdown on the new suspension platform by clicking the picture below

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