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Vitus Vitesse Evo Team review: first ride

27 Jan 2016
Verdict:

The Vitus Vitesse Evo is wickedly fast, even when the rider isn’t.

If you are a professional bike racer, by the time the January training camp rolls around you are probably at the tail end of a winter training program and the racing season is rapidly approaching. If however you are like me, and therefore not a professional bike racer, you are likely at the tail end of a winter gluttony program and larger pair of trousers is rapidly approaching. So it was with some trepidation that I headed to southern Spain to ride the new Vitus Vitesse Evo Team last week, but I needn’t have been worried because the Vitesse Evo is an absolute hitter.

Vitus Vitesse Evo Team wheels

Even through the bleary-eyes of over indulgence, the Evo Team looked fantastic in the early morning sun. The sharp lines of the T700 uni-directional carbon frame were set off by the Vision Trimax30 wheelset. It’s actually a great looking wheelset in general, the black anodised braking surface makes the wheels appear a lot more expensive than they are and Vitus said it doesn’t just wear off after a few hundred miles.

The Evo Team is specced with a Shimano Dura-Ace groupset, with a few deviations (chainset and brakes) from FSA. FSA also provides the remainder of the finishing kit except the saddle, which is provided by Prologo. Total weight is claimed to be 7.06kg for a 56cm and Vitus claims the An-Post Chain Reaction team bikes (which are fitted with Campagnolo) easily trouble the 6.8kg weight limit. But how does it all come together? Very well. 

A little less conversation 

On the 5% slopes of the Col de Rates the Vitesse Evo had all the marks of a good climber. It was plenty stiff enough around the bottom bracket when booting it up the inside line of a hairpin bend and the gearing was easily low enough to get this sub-prime tester over the summit. The increased stiffness is thanks to the input from the An Post-Chain Reaction team, with lots of the riders saying of the original frame: ‘It’s lovely, just not stiff enough.’

Vitus Vitesse Evo Team

Once you’ve relaxed into the geometry, the Vitesse Evo is a very capable descender, offering plenty of confidence-inspiring feedback. The 970mm wheelbase does mark it out as a race bike but the bottom bracket is quite low, which has a stabilising effect on the whole bike. The end result is something of a canyon carver and it wasn't long before I was hunkering down and easing the bike through corners without bothering the brakes.

With most reviews, I tend to reach the end with positive vibes about the product only to be let down by the price. Not so with the Vitus. The Vitesse Evo Team is £2599, which isn’t very much money for the amount of bike you get. We’re going to follow this review up later in the year, so look out for an update.

Spec

Vitus Vitesse Evo Team
Frame Vitus Vitesse Evo Team
Groupset Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Brakes FSA S-LK Light
Chainset FSA S-LK Light
Cassette Shimano Ultegra 6800, 11-25
Bars FSA S-LK Compact
Stem FSA S-LK
Seatpost FSA S-LK
Wheels Vision TriMax30
Tyres Continental UltraSport II
Saddle Prologo Scratch Pro II
Contact www.chainreactioncycles.com
Price: 
£2599

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