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What to do when you reach the summit? We say point it down again, and have yourself a blast.
New for 2013 Vitus introduce the Sommet range, a big-mountain bruiser geared for gravity Enduro action with phenomenal pedalling characteristics for epic back-country riding. Built around our custom hydroformed 6061 aluminium frame with 150mm of rear travel delivered via our Vitus V-Link four-bar suspension system and featuring a top-notch components package that’s ready for the thrills and spills of All-Mountain assaults.
Brought to you exclusively by Vitus Bikes and Chainreactioncycles.com, the Sommet I yearns to be let loose on adrenaline-fuelled gravity runs.
Our lightweight hydroformed multi-butted, heat treated 6061-T6 aluminium frame features 150mm of rear wheel travel via a four-bar V-Link activated suspension platform which eliminates pedal bob yet remains fully active at all times. Suspension travel is controlled by a RockShox Monarch RT3 air shock which offers infinite adjustability and silky smooth performance. All pivots run on sealed cartridge bearings providing supple performance with low maintenance. A replaceable derailleur hanger comes as standard.
Up front a RockShox Lyrik RC Solo Air forks deliver 160mm of buttery smooth, infinitely adjustable travel. A tapered steerer and 20mm Maxle thru-axle mean precise, positive tracking through corners, rock gardens and any obstacle the trial may throw up.
The SRAM 1x10 groupset combines an X9 shifter with an X9 Type 2 rear derailleur and Truvativ Descendant 1.1 chainset to provide crisp, flawless gear selections every time. A SRAM XO chainguide comes as standard on the Sommet I making sure the chain stays in place when the dial turns to Gnarl.
Alpine descents require brakes you can count on, so we’ve fitted high-end Avid Elixir 7 hydraulic discs with 180mm rotors front and rear for powerful, fade-free braking performance.
A highlight of the Sommet I’s spec list is the lightweight but bombproof Easton Haven wheelset, specifically designed for the rigours of AM and Enduro riding. With a 20mm thru-axle front hub and 142mm x 12mm thru-axle rear, stiffness and rigidity are uncompromised. High-volume Maxxis High Roller tyres combine predictable handling with low rolling resistance for complete confidence in all conditions.
To complete the package we’ve added an Easton Haven stem and seatpost to complement the wheelset, with Vitus bars, grips and saddle providing the finishing touches.
The Vitus Sommet I. Our summit. Your starting line.
At Vitus Bikes we can look back on a proud heritage that stretches back into the annals of cycling history and shares links with some of the true icons of the sport. Today Vitus Bikes benefits from being a member of the Chainreactioncycles.com family and benefits from all of the passion, innovation and expertise that has made CRC the world’s largest online bike store.
At Vitus Bikes we’re riders first and foremost. Road riders, XC riders, DH riders. Boy riders, girl riders, fast riders, slow riders. But riders all. The bikes we make are the bikes we want to ride, and our direct-sales business model means maximum cost benefit for riders just like us. Riders like you, in fact.
By choosing Vitus for your next bike you’re assured of the innovation in design that comes from true passion, and the great value that comes from cutting out the middle man.
In the history of the Vitus marque the name of one rider dominates – that of Seán Kelly, known to many as “The King” and regarded by many as the finest Classic rider of all time.
80% of Kelly's 193 professional victories, which included a record eight Paris-Nice wins, were achieved astride a bike bearing the Vitus badge.
Today Kelly proudly represents Vitus as brand ambassador, providing valuable insight and input into the development of our top-end road bikes and adding his name to our flagship LTD Edition Seán Kelly road bike.
For 2013 Vitus is pleased to extend its association with Seán Kelly by sponsoring the An Post Seán Kelly UCI Continental Race Team which will be riding Vitus Bikes at European and Pro Tour road race events.
The An Post team are riding 2013 Vitesse carbon road and Chrono carbon time trial frames and forks that have been approved to UCI standards for competition use - the same as are available for sale in our 2013 Vitesse and Chrono models.
The selection of Vitus Bikes by the An Post team is an endorsement of the quality and performance of our bikes and the feedback of these professional riders will help us continue to refine and develop our range.