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Vitus Venon Disc 105 review

7 Aug 2017

Page 1 of 2Vitus Venon Disc 105 review

Verdict:

A carbon-framed endurance bike that's built to go the distance

Cyclist Rating: 
Price: 
£1,599
For 
Very stable ride, especially downhill • Well-balanced comfort front and rear • RS404 disc brakes are great in all conditions
Against 
Internal cables are noisy on rough roads • Cockpit and finishing kit are basic, with thin bar tape and handlebars • Disappointing to have toe overlap on a 54cm bike

You normally associate carbon bikes with low weights, but at comfortably the wrong side of 8kg the Vitus Venon Disc 105 is a long way from spritely.

The Venon is, however, certainly on the modern side, with its Toray T700 carbon frame and disc brakes – which go a long way to account for those unexpected extra grams.

Out on the road, comfort is decent and well-balanced geometry front and rear makes for assured, predictable handling.

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We’re confident that most riders will find the Venon a perfectly good companion for even the longest and lumpiest of sportives.

Shimano’s RS505 brake levers are a little longer and chunkier than both their non-hydraulic 105 equivalent and the higher-level Ultegra hydraulic disc brake levers.

On first impressions, we were worried they may not be as comfortable, but our fears turned out to be unfounded, and even those with smaller hands should find the hoods comfortable.

The only thing to bear in mind is that the extra length may have a knock on effect on sizing.

While the main components are excellent, including the reliable 105 groupset, some of the finishing touches feel like compromises have been made to hit a price point, such as the narrow aluminium handlebars and thin bar tape.

Our biggest gripe, however, was the rattle from the internally routed cables, which became a little distracting on rough roads.

Still, the Venon’s responsive frame and moderate weight ensure that it is on the whole an excellent performer on the road.

The head tube length and geometry suggest a bike that is aimed more towards endurance than racing, but is not so high that you are sat up into the wind.

When climbing, no flex is noticeable through the frame, while downhill the Venon is superb, giving a fast and comfortable ride that can be leaned into corners with confidence.

That's helped by disc-specific Fulcrum wheels that do the job without fuss, and the 25mm Michelin PRO 4 tyres which give a wide contact patch and plenty of grip.

Ratings

Frame 9/10; Components 7/10; Wheels 7/10; The ride 8/10

Verdict: The Venon is a bike with a huge amount to offer, although the quality of the frame isn’t quite matched by some of the component choices. Still, it ticks most boxes with stable geometry, excellent handling, reasonable weight and a first-rate groupset with hydraulic brakes. A strong all-rounder.

Spec

Vitus Venon Disc 105
Frame High-modulus T700 carbon frame and fork
Groupset Shimano 105 5800
Brakes Shimano RS505
Chainset Shimano 105 5800, 50/34
Cassette Shimano 105, 11-28
Bars Vitus Compact
Stem Vitus
Seatpost Vitus UD Carbon
Wheels Fulcrum Racing Sport Disc
Saddle Vitus
Weight 8.36kg (54cm)
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