With roots originally in France, Vitus was an early pioneer of aluminium as a frame material. Fast forward to 2017 and with the brand under new ownership there is still a strong focus on building bikes in this material – well designed and great value machines too.
On a trip to Vitus HQ in Belfast two years ago, we got to ride both the Sommet and the Escarpe, both impressive trail bikes offering fantastic specifications along with solid geometry. We initially fell for the shorter travel 130mm Escarpe and it made a place in the 2016 Dirt 100, a high-value package to compete with the direct-sales brands from Germany.
We’ve spent more time on the longer travel (155mm) Sommet now, and it’s proven itself as a very solid, reliable and capable bike in this fiercely competitive mid-travel part of the market. It’s an area where many riders default to; 27.5” wheels with 150-160mm front and rear – bikes that carry the ‘enduro’ tag.