Bike Check: Rob Warner's Quotable, Repsol Honda Inspired E-Sommet

Nov 19, 2020 at 7:20
by James Smurthwaite  


Rob Warner recently notched up a big birthday and, to help him celebrate, Vitus custom painted him one of its new eSommet bikes. Painted by Fat Creations, the bike combines the Repsol Honda livery of one of Rob's heroes, Toni Bou, with some of Rob's own greatest quotes from his time in the World Cup commentary booth.

Toni Bou is the most successful moto trials rider in history with 13 indoor and 13 outdoor World titles, all earned in a row from 2007 to 2019. He has spent that entire time riding for the Montesa Honda team, and the orange and white livery is now inseparable from him as a rider. The livery is painted onto a 167mm, mullet eMTB that comes complete with the new Shimano EP8 motor.

Rob is a convert to motorized riding and recently called eMTBs, "The greatest thing to happen to mountain biking, since mountain biking." We're sure he'll feel even more at home on them now he's got this custom model to razz around on.
Rider Name // Rob Warner
Age: 30 Wink
Instagram: @robwarner970


Vitus eSommet Details
Frame: 2021 Vitus E-Sommet custom painted by Fat Creations
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ RT 205x65
Fork: RockShox Zeb Ultimate RC2 170mm
Wheels: Custom RW50 Nukeproof Horizon V2 Wheelset 29” Front, 27.5" Rear
Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary F / Big Betty R
Drivetrain: Shimano EP8, SRAM XO1 Eagle AXS
Brakes: SRAM Guide RCS
Cockpit: Nukeproof Horizon 31.8mm bars, 50mm stem
More info: vitusbikes.com

bigquotesKnowing I’m a massive Toni Bou and Repsol Honda fan, Fat Creations have done something so special. Loads of my quotes all over the frame, some of the less PC ones hidden on this, the new E Sommet.Rob Warner

Getting the quotes painted into the design took an unholy amount of taping and stencils.
Some of the less PC (Freecaster) quotes are a bit harder to find on this bike.


It couldn't be a Rob Warner bike without his most-famous Danny Hart inspired line.

The seat stays got the same treatment as the main triangle and also included some famous Warner-isms.

Fat Creations also included some other details, including a reference to Warner's World Cup win, the first-ever for a British rider, and Warner's name in the Repsol font, which he called "the most factory thing that's ever happened" to him.

The Vitus head badge is also painted in Repsol Honda colours.

Nukeproof is a brand with close ties to Vitus and Chain Reaction Cycles so it was also able to provide some personalised finishing kit for Warner's build.


Warner ready for a test ride in the Stan Smiths.

Watch the bike being built, here.


95 Comments

  • 314 7
 Rob Warner: "Not as spry as I used to be, so the e-bike means I'm not sweating as hard as a blind lesbian at a fish market"
  • 11 1
 Gold
  • 26 1
 @agnostic: Gold fish
  • 3 1
 @bigtim: a-fish, a-fish, a-fishy, ooooh
  • 27 2
 Pinkbike might be sweating from that quote.
  • 30 21
 @steelpoo: only if you make it a big deal ya snowflake
  • 45 6
 if Pinkbike takes this down I'm never coming on here again
  • 12 38
flag friendlyfoe (Nov 19, 2020 at 21:05) (Below Threshold)
 @lyzyrdskydr: Wouldn't miss ya
  • 3 2
 @nathonzel: that hurts
  • 18 3
 @friendlyfoe: thats not what you told me last night
  • 3 4
 @lyzyrdskydr: your making me uncomfortable
  • 1 0
 Brilliant lmfao
  • 12 0
 I am genuinely thankful for people like Rob Warner, who still has the balls to say something completely outrageous, just for shits and giggles.
  • 4 4
 @nathonzel: Some fun comments, then you come on here name calling like a 12 year old bully that wasn't witty enough for a proper comeback.
  • 2 0
 @conv3rt: '...and it went...wherever I...did go.

It's in 'is trunk!
  • 73 0
 So...

Where do we find the complete list of quotes?

I feel like just a sticker/decal pack with those alone would be something people would buy.
  • 28 2
 When I hear or read Repsol Honda, I think MotoGP.....
  • 3 0
 you're not alone
  • 21 1
 Thought it was pretty hilarious troll bait to paint an e-bike with a motorcycle theme
  • 8 0
 I can’t believe Rob’s 30!? I thought he was only 28
  • 1 0
 @friendlyfoe: dude. way over my head.
  • 3 0
 @Waldon83: Actually, he's PLENTY-nineSmile
  • 18 0
 Someone really needs to produce a coffee table book of his quotes. Maybe misspentsummers could do one based around the greatest hits of the world cup.
  • 11 0
 Quotes matched with some of the amazing photography from the runs the quotes relate to would be great. Maybe partnering with one of the photographers who has been on the circuit for as long as Warner would be the move?
  • 2 0
 there used to be a download of his best quotes but i don't think its available any more
  • 2 0
 @john260164: I need to find this
  • 18 0
 It's wetter than a whale with a bladder infection - Rob Warner 2020
  • 16 0
 Was hoping this comment section would just be everyone's favorite Warner quote. Ok I'll start....

"Oh he hits the deck harder than a pensioner on a cruise ship!"
  • 29 0
 Steve Peat has done more for mountain biking than Osama Bin Laden has done for terrorism!
  • 19 0
 One of the Freecaster classics, "He's on a rampage like a dog with two dicks!"

Wouldn't get away with that now, and i know the sport has matured but I miss the old Rob
  • 6 0
 "He's as loose as a clown running through a minefield"

Stay loose grasshopper. Be the clown.
  • 1 0
 "little old lady" wasn't it? :-)
  • 7 0
 "Minnaar - he lets it hang out like a fat bird in a bikini!"
  • 2 0
 @john260164: yes I think you're right. I was trying to pull the quote from memory - and that gets harder every day.
  • 3 3
 @Trudeez: If only someone had written it down somewhere like on a bike frame, then put the photos up on an MTB website so everyone could easily check.
  • 12 2
 final some good ebike content today, i was starting to think we wouldnt see any...
  • 7 1
 An e-bike that actually looks good. BTW why does Warner seem to change bike brands more than he changes beard color tint? I thought he'd fit in well at Commencal, then YT seemed like the perfect brand for him, and now on Vitus. What's next?
  • 9 0
 Something, something, summed up as $$$$
  • 2 0
 Canyon or a smaller direct to consumer brand
  • 5 0
 are you blind
  • 3 0
 I hope he sticks with vitus. Bit of an odd brand, bit of an odd guy! Plus I ride a mythique, so go vitus haha!
  • 10 1
 Please someone put together a roll of frame wrap with those quotes!
  • 11 3
 Lower those socks!
  • 11 0
 The higher the socks, the downer the foo.
  • 7 1
 That’s actually not a super ugly bike. Most e-bikes remind me of my pregnant guppy fish when I was child.
  • 7 1
 That´s just what you´re brain ist telling yourself because you suddenly shift you´re negative bias on ebikes to "hmmm, if warner rides an ebike then...".
Matter of fact it looks like any other ebike out there as they all look the same with the odd exception (Focus, NS-bikes, Lapierre)
It´s ok - go out buy one and have fun. That´s what it´s about.
  • 6 0
 I could read that bike all day.
  • 7 1
 honestly Vitus e-bikes looks better then their non e-bikes
  • 2 6
flag singlespeedman (Nov 20, 2020 at 0:20) (Below Threshold)
 both are fugly
  • 2 0
 2005 Albuquerque NM. Angle Fire. Start gate rider call guy. Warner..... Warner.....Warner.... Rob misses his go and is DQed. Then has a huge blow out right before my run with the guy.. I started laughing and it calmed my nerves as much as possible in the gate of a WC. Sorry Rob. But thanks. I’m right behind you bro. Can’t beat the clock. Happy birthday
  • 5 2
 Ebikes, Fat creations and dream builds. Doesn't get better than this. Epic looking bike.
  • 3 0
 Who do I email for when I notched up a big birthday too?
  • 5 2
 Hold on a minute, this is Pinkbike, where's all the e-bike haters?
  • 1 0
 Haha I'll always remember this as "Dr. House's Honda bike"! Looks sick though. Vitus is an awesome brand, glad they've got Warner as part of the team.
  • 3 2
 The article says he’s 30. I thought he was 50. Anyways he is a funny dude!
  • 4 0
 The article is joking, he's 50.
  • 2 0
 Like me me, a high mileage 30.
  • 4 0
 30 with 20 years of experience
  • 6 0
 If he is 30, then they should feature him in ads about the dangers of drugs and alcohol
  • 2 0
 Why does that bike look so tiny. What the heck is going on with that?
  • 2 0
 I think he’s 6’5” or somewhere around there.

Check out this old video. Looks like he’s on a kids’ bike.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_yVPkHSAh4
  • 1 0
 Onya old cock ???? been luvin your commentary for years
Nice bike , repsol colours always look good
  • 1 0
 This just makes me want to spend way too much money on a set of DT Swiss FR3250 wheelz
  • 1 0
 Im about to turn 50 and on the steep side of the valley that does nothing for me.
  • 2 0
 Funny, he doesn't look 70.
  • 1 0
 Toni Bou 13 indoor and outdoor world championships, all earned in a row... WOW
  • 1 0
 i wonder if you could make an trials ebike? with the instant pop of the petrol powered ones?
  • 1 0
 Here's a fun drinking game the next time your watching the world cup. Everytime he says "this man" chug your beer.
  • 1 0
 Not Bad for a Top Rated rider in his 30
  • 1 0
 Guide RCS.. future tech???
  • 1 0
 Yeah, obviously a prototype with Code RSC camo
  • 2 1
 If Rob Warner is 30 then I'm still taking craps in diapers
  • 1 0
 Super sweet bike it needs an HRC decal. Great job wicked bike.
  • 1 0
 Soft tunned on this one as well?, 50 kms/h to the pub?
  • 1 0
 Thought Warner was in his 40’s????
  • 8 0
 He was..... until his birthday and now hes 50!
  • 1 0
 What!!! 30 years old? I was think he has like 40xD
  • 2 1
 Sick AF Rob!! Good to see someone knows what serious motorbikes are!
  • 1 0
 XXXL frame?
  • 1 0
 Swinley. Hardcore.
  • 3 0
 The one place you'd want an ebike.
  • 3 0
 @razor: Get it over with quickly...
  • 1 0
 love it!
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