Vitus road and mountain bikes – First look
Vitus have unveiled their 2011 mountain and road bike range, which spans everything from a singlespeed urban Vee-1 machine to the full-carbon Vitesse VR road bike and Optimum III race hardtail.
Starting with the road range, there are six different models to choose from, from the £649 Shimano Sora-equipped Razor all the way up to the £2,199.99 carbon Vitesse VR with Shimano Ultegra.
Vitus razor: Vitus
In between the Razor and Vitesse VR, there’s the £799.99 Zenium built from triple-butted 6061 alloy with a carbon fork, Shimano Tiagra for shifting and braking, and finishing kit from Control Tech.
Vitus zenium: Vitus
The Dark Plasma is Vitus’s entry-level carbon bike made from 12k carbon fibre and uses Shimano’s Tiagra for shifting and stopping. A Control Tech One bar and stem combo tops off this £1,149.99 machine.
Vitus dark plasma: Vitus
Vitus Dark Plasma
For an extra £350, at £1,499.99, you could buy the Dark Plasma VR which comes with a full Shimano 105 groupset as well as upgraded finishing components from Control Tech.
Vitus dark plasma vr: Vitus
Vitus Dark Plasma VR
Built from a higher quality 3k carbon fibre weave, the £1,799.99 Venon VR has a full Shimano 105 groupset, Shimano WH-RS30 wheelset, Control Tech Formidable carbon bars and Control Tech Estro stem.
Vitus venon vr: Vitus
Vitus Venon VR
The £559.99 entry-level Nucleus 0.1 hardtail is a “tough, practical and reliable package aimed firmly at the newcomer to the sport”, according to Vitus, and is kitted out with a Suntour SR XCR fork with 100mm of travel and lockout, Avid Juicy 3 brakes, SRAM X4 shifting and own-brand finishing kit.
Vitus nucleus 0.1: Vitus
Vitus Nucleus 0.1
The mid-range Zircon 0.2 hardtail, at £1,099.99, is built from triple-butted aluminium, has a RockShox Recon RL 120mm-travel fork, Avid Elixir 5 brakes, 2×10 shifting provided by a mix of SRAM X9 and X7, Truvativ Stylo bar, stem and seatpost, plus a WTB Speed Disc XC wheelset.
Vitus zircon 0.2: Vitus
Vitus Zircon 0.2
With a full-carbon frame, RockShox SID XX World Cup Dual Air fork and SRAM XX groupset, the £2,999.99 Optimum III is Vitus’s top-of-the-range hardtail. Other component highlights include a WTB Laser Disc XC wheelset, Truvativ Noir Race Carbon bar and Truvativ Stylo WC stem.
Vitus optimum iii: Vitus
Vitus Optimum III
Vitus have stripped everything back on their Vee-1, which will cost you £259.99. Singlespeed gearing, fat tyres and a stealth black finish makes this an attractive-looking low-maintenance city commuter,
Vitus vee-1: Vitus
Vitus are distributed exclusively by Chain Reaction Cycles in the UK – go to the website now for more information. Keep an eye on BikeRadar too, where we’ll have reviews of the new bikes.