Vitus (almost) all-in on disc brakes for 2020 road bike range

These are the most interesting bikes from Vitus's extensive 2020 road bike range, covering all models including the 2020 ZX-1, Zenium, Auro and Razor

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Vitus launches its 2020 road bike range

Sold exclusively through Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles, Vitus bikes are known for their high-quality specs at keen prices. The brand has just announced its 2020 line-up, so here’s what you can expect if you’re looking at Vitus for a new bike this year.

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Headline bikes are the all-disc brake Vitesse Evo, the aero disc brake ZX-1 and the Auro TT time-trial bike, all available with SRAM eTap AXS 12-speed wireless electronic groupsets. These are the same bikes that are raced by the Vitus Pro Cycling P/B Brother UK pro team.

All three are offered with less exotic specs too, and, lower down the range, there are carbon and alloy bikes aimed at the more casual rider.

Most bikes in the 2020 range come with disc brakes, except the Auro time-trial bike and the entry-level Razor. Vitus specs carbon wheelsets from house-brand Prime, or DT Swiss on many of its higher-end bikes.

2020 Vitus Vitesse Evo CRX eTap AXS Disc

2020 Vitus Vitesse Evo CRX eTap AXS Disc
At 7.7kg for a size medium, the top-spec Vitesse Evo CRX is light for a bike with disc brakes.

Vitus’s UCI certified carbon frame comes kitted out with SRAM Red eTap AXS, along with a Prime Black Edition 38 tubeless carbon wheelset, a Zipp Service Course SL cockpit and an own-brand saddle on a matching carbon seatpost.

The claimed weight for a medium frame is 7.7kg – which is impressive for a disc brake machine.

  • Frame: Carbon T700-HM UD UCI certified, BB386EVO
  • Forks: UD Full Carbon Tapered UCI certified
  • Drivetrain: SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Wheels: Prime Black Edition 38 Carbon Disc Tubeless
  • Tyres: Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance Tubeless 700c x 25
  • Brakes: SRAM RED eTap AXS D1 hydraulic flat-mount 160/140mm rotors
  • Bars: Zipp Service Course SL 70 Ergo AL7075, 128mm drop x 70mm reach
  • Seatpost: Vitus Carbon
  • Saddle: Vitus Ti rail
  • Price: £5,000 / $6,200 / AU$8,500

Lower in the range, the Vitesse Evo Team comes with Force eTap AXS for £3,699.99 or Shimano Ultegra Di2 on the Vitesse Evo CRS Di2 at £3,499.99. Both feature the same Prime carbon wheels.

There’s also the Vitesse EVO CRS, which features a mechanical Ultegra build for £2,499.99. Finally, the 105-equipped Vitesse EVO CR is priced at £1,999.99.

Claimed weight for a size medium 105 build is 8.41kg and the Vitesse Evo Disc is available in six sizes from 49cm up to 60cm.

Vitus ZX-1 CRX eTap AXS Disc

Vitus ZX-1 CRX eTap AXS Disc
The ZX-1 aero road bike has kammtail tube profiles at 62mm deep and DT Swiss wheels on the top spec.

The ZX-1 is Vitus’s aero road bike, with kammtail tube sections and an asymmetric build that is said to even out stresses on the frame. Like the Vitesse Evo, it’s UCI-approved.

The flagship ZX-1 build pairs SRAM Red eTap AXS with DT Swiss ARC 1400 62mm deep carbon tubeless wheels and Prime carbon bars, with Vitus saying the size large bike weighs 7.84kg.

  • Frame: Carbon T700-HM UD UCI certified, BB386EV
  • Forks: UD Full Carbon Tapered UCI certified
  • Drivetrain: SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Wheels: DT Swiss ARC 1400 62mm Carbon Disc Tubeless
  • Tyres: Schwalbe ONE Performance TLE 700c x 25, ADDIX, RaceGuard, MicroSkin Tubeless Easy
  • Brakes: SRAM RED eTap AXS D1 hydraulic flat-mount 160/140mm rotors
  • Bars: Prime Primavera Carbon 125mm drop x 78mm reach
  • Seatpost: Vitus ZX-1 Aero
  • Saddle: Prologo Dimension, T4.0, Microfibre cover, 143mm width
  • Price: £5,200 / $6,500 / AU$9,000

Lower specs and price points in the ZX-1 range start with the ZX-1 Team at £3,699.99. This build features a SRAM Force eTap AXS build with Prime Black Edition 50mm carbon wheels.

Rounding out the range is the ZX-1 CRS Di2, which is based on a Shimano Ultegra Di2 build at £3,499.99, the ZX-1 CRS with mechanical Ultegra at £2,899.99 and, finally, the ZX-1 CR with a 105 build priced at £2,199.99

Vitus Auro Team eTap AXS TT

Vitus Auro Team eTap AXS TT
The Vitus Auro time-trial bike has direct-mount rim brakes and a Zipp cockpit.

The top-spec of Vitus’s time-trial machine comes with SRAM Force eTap AXS wireless electronic shifting. Unlike the disc braked Vitesse Evo and ZX-1, the Auro TT has rim brakes, using Tektro direct-mount calipers. The Auro TT frameset is UCI-certified for use in competition.

Wheels are Prime Black Edition carbon tubeless, with an 85mm deep rear wheel and 60mm front. The cockpit is from Zipp: the Vuka Alumina model with EVO 70 extensions and a 42mm base bar. Vitus quotes an 8.78kg weight for a size large.

There’s also an alternative spec option of mechanical Ultegra, which is priced at £2,999.99.

  • Frame: Carbon T700-HM UD UCI certified, BB30
  • Fork: UD Full Carbon Tapered UCI certified
  • Drivetrain: SRAM Force eTap AXS
  • Wheels: Prime Black Edition Carbon Tubeless – depth: front, 60mm; rear, 85mm
  • Tyres: Continental Ultrasport II Folding 700c x 25c
  • Brakes: Tektro Direct Mount T531F, aluminium direct-mount caliper
  • Bars: Zipp Vuka Alumina and EVO 70 clip-on extensions, 42mm Base bar
  • Seatpost: Vitus Auro Carbon Integrated, 370mm, UD Carbon
  • Saddle: Vitus TT
  • Price: £4,000 / $5,000 / AU$7,000

Vitus Zenium Carbon CRS Di2 Disc

Vitus Zenium CRS Di2
The Zenium’s carbon frame will take tyres up to 32mm wide.
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Last year, the Zenium went carbon and this year Vitus is offering a wider range of specs for its all-disc brake all-rounder.

It’s a bike that aims to mix comfort and performance, as well as giving you clearance for 32mm tyres. The top of the Zenium range is the Ultegra Di2- equipped Zenium Carbon CRS Di2 with alloy wheels and a claimed weight of 8.2kg for a size medium bike.

At the time of writing, the Zenium Carbon CRS Di2 disc is not listed for sale on Wiggle or CRC.

  • Frame: Carbon T700-HM Internal cable routing, PF30
  • Fork: UD Full Carbon Tapered
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 11spd
  • Wheels: Prime Baroudeur Aluminium Disc Tubeless
  • Tyres: Vee Road Runner 700c x 28c B-Proof Aramid Belt, skinwall
  • Brakes: Shimano Ultegra hydraulic flat-mount 160/140mm rotors
  • Bars: Vitus Aero AL6061, 128mm drop x 77mm reach
  • Seatpost: Vitus Carbon UD Carbon, 27.2mm x 350mm, 12mm offset
  • Saddle: Vitus
  • Price: £2,500 (international pricing TBC)

Opt for mechanical Ultegra on the Zenium CRS and the price drops to £1,899.99, while the 105-equipped Zenium CR comes in at £1,499.99.

There’s also the Zenium CRW. This 105 spec bike features women’s specific geometry at the same price.

Finally, the cheapest Zenium comes with 10-speed Shimano Tiagra, TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes and a price tag of £999.99.

Vitus Razor VR Disc

Vitus Razor VR Disc
All but the lowest spec of Vitus’s alloy Razor get disc brakes.

The Razor range has the same compact frame geometry as the Zenium, but its alloy frameset and all-carbon fork allow Vitus to offer the Razor at lower prices.

The Razor VR Disc comes with 9-speed Shimano Sora and TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes, for a claimed weight of 10.13kg in size large.

  • Frame: Aluminium 6061-T6 double butted, BSA threaded BB shell
  • Fork: UD Full Carbon Tapered
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Sora R300 9spd
  • Wheels: Vitus Alloy Wheelset, 6-bolt
  • Tyres: Vee Road Runner 700c x 28c, skinwall
  • Brakes: TRP Spyre C610C, 160mm rotor
  • Bars: Vitus Road AL6061, 124mm drop x 80mm reach
  • Seatpost: Vitus AL6061, 27.2mm x 350mm, 12mm offset
  • Saddle: Vitus
  • Price: £800 / $1,000 / AU$1,400

Other build options include the Razor Disc, available in men’s and women’s versions, with 8-speed Shimano Claris for £699.99.

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Finally, the men’s and women’s Razor, priced at £549.99, come with rim brakes and a Claris groupset. The six sizes for the men’s range are from 50cm up to 60cm, while the women’s Razor bikes have four frame size options from 44cm to 52cm.