Vitus Dark Plasma £1149.99

Good value, with carbon frame and handbuilt wheels

BikeRadar score 4/5

We reviewed the Dark Plasma VR earlier this year, and it’s good to see that this cheaper version keeps the same 12K carbon frame, Control Tech components and handbuilt Pro-Lite wheels. In fact, the only difference is its Shimano Tiagra groupset rather than 105.

This works well, has a lovely light shifting action, a slightly lower bottom gear, and keeps the cost down. The Dark Plasma is a comfortable all-rounder and a competent climber, and would make an attractive package for a first carbon road bike – if anything, representing better value than the £1,500 VR.

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