Vitus is set to revamp the E-Sommet, so is our render close to the mark or way off?
For the start of this new week, we have more rumor news for you, today centered around the 2020 Vitus E-Sommet ebike and how it might look for the coming season.
Vitus, once a French company renowned for road racing, is now one of the many brands under the Chain Reaction Cycles Umbrella. Vitus still builds various bikes for all types of terrain and rider, and of course, they build ebikes too.
Vitus ebikes are popular for their outstanding value for money. The all-alloy bikes are based on the Vitus Sommet full-suspension enduro bike with 170mm of front wheel travel, 160mm rear, and 27.5in wheels.
The eMTB variant of the Sommet, known as the Vitus E-Summet is especially good value with prices starting at just £3199.99 for a complete bike running a Shimano Steps E7000 motor, 4 piston Shimano brakes, and a collection of NukeProof and Vitus finishing kit.
2020 Vitus E-Sommet Rumors
At the time of writing, Vitus hasn’t released details of the 2020 Vitus ebike range, but looking at current eMTB trends there are a couple of details we expect to come on the 2020 Vitus E-Sommet.
First up, the external battery seen on the 2018 and 2019 E-Sommet models is very likely to disappear and be replaced. Some sort of integrated battery system is most likely just as we have seen on Commencal’s new bikes. We’ve put our render together with a Shimano motor and Shimano 8035 internal battery, but could Vitus move to Bosch like so many other brands have for 2020.
New Shimano motor?
If Vitus did decide to stick with Shimano motors for 2020, could these value-packed eBikes be the first to receive the new Shimano EP8 and E9000 motors? It’s not likely, but we can’t rule the idea out either.
Vitus likes to keep pricing keen, and with that in mind alloy would be the best choice for the 2020 Vitus E-Sommet. Moving to carbon would be a huge expense for the small brand, plus we don’t consider a carbon frame on an ebike huge benefit on budget bikes.
The current E-Sommet also has a proven track record in alloy, so we don’t expect this to change for 2020.
Yes, we think that the current E-Summet is still a great bike, but the geo numbers are starting to look a little dated in comparison to rival ebikes. We can’t imagine that Vitus will get too much longer or slacker, but a steeper seat tube for more efficient climbing would be a good shout.
Over the past 12 months we have seen ebike makers choose more linear Kinematics, and other designers opting for super-progressive suspension curves. We don’t know what camp the Vitus engineers live in, but expect suspension changes.
When will the 2020 Vitus E-Summet launch?
We don’t have a firm release date for the new Vitus E-Summet, but with Eurobike just a week away and other brands already launching 2020 ebikes, we expect Vitus to release its entire MY20 range before October.