Touch harsh on Vitus, I reckon. The manual Escarpe is available in both 27.5 and 29, and mullet is very much on trend - so personally I suspect Vitus were more trying to appeal to anyone who wanted a trail bike without expanding their product range too much. Certainly worked on me.Different strokes for different folks - the E-Escarpe is a traill bike, based off their 29'r Escarpe - personally I dont get why they didn't go 29 both ends with the E-Escarpe, but I guess it was for cost reasons and using what they had in the parts bin.
38 might be a bit spendy, I have been looking for a s/h fork to try it outDifferent strokes for different folks - the E-Escarpe is a traill bike, based off their 29'r Escarpe - personally I dont get why they didn't go 29 both ends with the E-Escarpe, but I guess it was for cost reasons and using what they had in the parts bin. If they had gone 29 both ends I would have been tempted to get one to complement the E-Sommett.
I think you could mullet the E-Sommett easy enough if you wanted with a 160mm front end, perhaps with a Fox 38 ?
I was looking for an 160mm travel fork to try to keep the geometry similar to the stock bike, it's on the back burner at the moment as the bike isn't getting used that much (riding local trails on my unassisted bike most days as the sommet is a bit overkill)Im pretty sure the E-Escarpe and E-Sommet are the same frame. There is nothing visually different and the geo is almost identical, only differing because the front wheel and fork are different. The Sommet was out first and Escarpe is great (love mine) but cant imagine they would make a specific frame for it when its so similar.
The fork length, 555mm 29 vs 562mm 27.5 Lyrik, and ~40mm larger OD tyre, actually end up giving same height due to 66 head angle.
I use a bike geometry spreadsheet to compare bikes and if you swap fork/wheel you get get hardly any difference, rounding values make more change.
Shock is same length but different stroke. Interestingly, with the shorter stroke on the E-Escarpe you can comfortably fit a 29er with 2.3 maxxis aggressor (wheel/tyre to hand when i tried it) with good clearance all round when bottomed. A 2.5 should fit but depends how much mud room you want. Obviously slightly bigger rear wheel lifts the BB a bit and steepens the angles. Im waiting on a cassette for my wheel so i can ride it to try.
Regarding Mullet sommet, you could try. On my spreadsheet adding taller fork (29 fork is ~20mm taller than 27.5) and higher front axle (~20mm) would give you a much taller front end, dropping 1.5deg off head angle and raising BB ~10mm.
Might be worth dropping 10mm travel or slightly smaller front tyre.
Just to blow your mind BOTH my ESommets measured (unsagged) H/As are 64.5deg (with 27.5x2.5 DHF front, 27.5x2.3 SS rear)The claimed head angle for the Sommets and E-Somments is 65.5 degrees. For the manual Escarpes - the 27s and the 29s - it's 66 degrees, whereas for the E-Escarpe it's 65.
U asked tf if 29 lowers would fit but no reply.
I don't mind spending the money if its a goer
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