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Vitus’s new carbon road range covers all the bases

10 Mar 2020
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Brand updates offering with models used by the Vitus Pro Cycling P/B Brother team

Vitus has released details of its new 2020 bikes. Covering everything from full-suspension mountain machines to adventure sledges, there’s also plenty for roadies of all stripes to lust after.

A direct to consumer brand available through Wiggle and Chain Reaction, given their huge combined buying power, all are outrageous value. Sponsoring the Vitus Pro Cycling P/B Brother UK team, the brand is now offering three race-level platforms: the Vitesse Evo, ZX-1 and Auro.

With each spanning a range of price-points, the model sitting atop each comes with a Srem Red eTap AXS groupset.

Below these elite racers sits the brand’s mass-appeal carbon Zenium line, while the perennially well-reviewed aluminium Razor represents Vitus's entry-level offering.

Vitus Vitesse Evo

The all-rounder in the range, the Vitesse’s UCI-certified disc frame aims to be comfortable enough for longer stages, yet still flickable enough to whip past the competition as the finish line approaches.

A high-end machine, it’s no surprise to see internal cables and bolt-through axles present and correct, the sparkly paint is a definite bonus. Actually, the axles are quite fancy too. Vitus's new Switch design means it’s possible to leave the lever handle attached to one of the wheels or remove it for a slicker and more aerodynamic set-up.

Retailing at £4,999, the top-end model comes hung about with Prime Black Edition 38 carbon tubeless wheels and Zipp Service Course SL finishing kit.

Vitus ZX-1

Introduced in 1991 the ZX-1 was one of the earliest monocoque carbon fibre bikes. Still Vitus's aero machine, this latest version uses Kamm tail tube profiles, along with a heavily integrated fork and seat post to keep wind-resistance to a minimum.

Using an asymmetric seat and chainstay design coupled with an oversized BB386EVO bottom bracket, it promises maximum power transfer when mashing the pedals.

Again using flat-mount disc brakes, and 12mm axles, the build kit on the top-end model draws on kit favoured by the Vitus Pro Cycling P/B Brother UK team

Vitus Auro

No team can function at the highest level without a dedicated time-trial bike. The Auro is the bike for dedicated testers or anyone needing to take on a race against the clock. Built around a T700 Hi-Mod UD carbon frameset, both its cabling and carbon stem are integrated for maximum slipperiness.

The only model used by the team to eschew disc brakes, it instead employs direct-mount callipers, with the rear brake sitting under the chainstays.

Vitus Zenium

A top-value carbon racing platform designed with one eye on performance and the other on versatility. With an easy-to-get-on-with compact geometry, its diminutive dropped seatstays aim to keep thing cushy.

The classic looking frame also now smuggles in the room for tyres up to 32mm wide for more comfort or even multi-terrain ability.

All using disc brakes, the range begins at £1,000 for a Tiagra equipped model and climbs to £2,500 for a bike sporting a Shimano Ultegra Di2 11-speed electronic groupset.

Vitus Razor

Taking the same compact geometry as the Zenium and applying it to an aluminium chassis, the Razor range includes both conventional calliper and disc brake models.

All using a carbon fork, a tapered head tube and tan-wall tyres keep each models’ looks well ahead of their budget price points.

Vitus Road Range 2020: Specs and prices

Vitesse EVO

Vitesse EVO CRX eTap AXS Disc £4999.99
Vitesse EVO Team eTap AXS Disc £3699.99
Vitesse EVO CRS Di2 Disc £3499.99
Vitesse EVO CRS Disc £2499.99
Vitesse EVO CR Disc £1999.99

Vitus ZX-1

ZX1 CRX eTap AXS Disc £5199.99
ZX1 Team eTap AXS Disc £3699.99
ZX-1 CRS Di2 Disc £3499.99
ZX-1 CRS Disc £2899.99
ZX-1 CR Disc £2199.99

Vitus Auro TT

Auro Team eTap AXS TT £3999.99
Auro CRS TT £2999.99

Vitus Zenium Carbon

Zenium Carbon CRS Di2 Disc £2499.99
Zenium Carbon CRS Disc £1899.99
Zenium Carbon CR Disc £1499.99
Zenium Carbon CRW Disc £1499.99
Zenium Carbon Disc £999.99

Vitus Razor

Razor VR Disc £799.99
Razor Disc £699.99
Razor Womens Disc £699.99
Razor £549.99
Razor Womens £549.99

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