Vitus Vitesse Evo Team Road Bike Review

23 August 2018
Ballymena Road Club are very fortunate to be sponsored generously by Chain Reaction Cycles, Belfast store. As part of their sponsorship Chain Reaction Cycles supply a bike, on loan to a deserving club member. That BRC member for 2018 has been Joann Lowry. Below she gives a detailed review of her Vitus Vitesse Evo Team Bike. Many thanks to CRC Belfast for their ongoing support:

'Being relatively new to cycling I was super excited when I received my Vitus Vitesse Evo Team bike. I had planned to try some open racing and club racing this year as well as committing to riding Mizen to Malin for the Children’s Cancer Unit and other sportive events so I knew I would have plenty of opportunities to test the bike in both a racing capacity and also at a more sociable riding pace. The full carbon frame is very lightweight which is notable when climbing yet it offers stiffness and is extremely responsive when accelerating on the flat or out of corners. The comfort factor is in no way lost however and this became very apparent during my Mizen to Malin challenge when I was in the saddle for 200 miles only stopping for feeding and comfort breaks. Aesthetically speaking, I instantly fell in love with the look of the bike and I have had numerous comments on how attractive the bike looks on the road.

The Vitus Vitesse Team bike as a full package with its Shimano R9100 Dura Ace groupset, Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon SL wheelset and Ritchey WCS finishing kit offers unrivalled spec. and absolute value for money at the price CRC are offering it at when compared to bikes with similar spec. The Dura Ace components are precise and positive in changes even under load when climbing, as proved during the recent Billy Kerr Sportive which I took part in which included a climb with gradients of up to 19%. The Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon SL wheels are a dream to ride, offering all the benefits of a deeper section wheel on the flat as they easily maintain rolling speed but also shallow enough to climb with the best shallow wheelsets out there. This was beneficial in the open racing and club events I participated in as the bike handled beautifully on the very different course each race brought. Whether it was a flat fast course or a rolling terrain with more climbing involved the Vitus Vitesse Team bike was up to the challenge. 

Overall the Vitus Vitesse Team Bike, in my opinion, has to be one of the best bikes on the market. Everything from top to bottom is pro specification but at a price the local club racer or sportive rider can afford and appreciate.'