Vitus’s 135mm travel Escarpe did really well in our monster Trail Bike of the Year test so we expected great things from it’s identical looking but longer travel Sommet sibling.

Frame and equipment: ground-hugging goodness

The Sommet frame, made from 6061-T6 alloy takes its cues from the Escarpe, with a floating horizontal shock mount to help it glide over trouble.

The Marzocchi 350NCR up front takes a few rides to smooth out but it’s a seriously succulent fork that’ll suck traction out of the most random trail surfaces and take multiple rock slaps or slam downs without flinching.

The Sommet impresses with its succulent high-traction smoothness

The back end isn’t the simplest to set up, as it’s got a strong mechanical lock from the vertical lower shock link and upper linkage alignment when unloaded. It rolls forward off that into an increasingly progressive feel as

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