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Review: Vitus Sommet 297 CRX is an affordable enduro performer

Review: Vitus Sommet 297 CRX is an affordable enduro performer

Vitus is a direct-to-consumer brand that sells a wide variety of bicycles, from Road to Downhill, at some extremely attractive price points. We found it…

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Vitus is a direct-to-consumer brand that sells a wide variety of bicycles, from Road to Downhill, at some extremely attractive price points. We found it refreshing to see a sub £4,000 carbon-alloy enduro mountain bike offered with some top-level componentry, especially at a time when 15% (and more) price rises are not uncommon across the bike industry. Thus, we requested a long-term test of the 2022 Vitus Sommet 297 CRX ; a 170mm travel mixed-wheel mountain bike with a modern race-ready geometry. Can it perform?

Photos by Blair Kemp Review: 2022 Vitus Sommet 297 CRX

The 2022 Vitus Sommet CRX is sold with a Maxxis Assegai and Maxxis Minion DHRII tire combo – not the Goodyear Newton tires pictured. There’s no denying the Sommet 297 CRX presents an excellent value proposition. For £3,999.99 , you get a carbon-alloy frameset with a modern enduro geometry complete with a Fox 38 Factory Fork, a FOX Float X2 Factory Shock, Shimano XT 12 Speed Drivetrain, Shimano XT 4-Piston Brakes, and a Nukeproof Horizon V2 Wheelset appropriately fitted with a Double Down casing Maxxis Minion DHRII on the rear, and a Maxx Grip EXO+ Assegai on the front.

Four grand is a lot of money to pay for anything, but you can shop around all you like; you’ll be hard pushed to find components of this caliber on most other brands’ enduro bikes at less than £5,000. Take Vitus’s sister brand, Nukeproof, for example. To get that level of componentry on the Nukeproof […]

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