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First Ride: Vitus Vitesse Evo

First Ride: Vitus Vitesse Evo

A carbon-fibre road bike with a Shimano Ultegra groupset and Mavic Ksyrium wheels at a killer price The Vitus Vitesse Evo is a carbon-fibre race bike that proves you can get a helluva lot for your money these days. Equipped with a Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset and Mavic Ksyrium wheels, it has a retail price of £1,899.99, although you’re actually looking at £1,709.99 through Chain Reaction Cycles.

Vitus – pronounced vee-tus – was a French framebuilder that was famous in the 1970s and 80s, and it was relaunched by Chain Reaction in 2010. It’s now the company’s largest in-house brand. They’ve flown me out to Calpe, Spain, to check out the 2016 road range. Why Spain when Chain Reaction is based in Northern Ireland? Because the An Post Chain Reaction UCI Continental cycling team is here on a training camp at the moment, as are loads of others – Astana, FDJ, Katusha… – and also because the weather is nicer (pushing 20°C earlier today, thanks for asking). So, this morning I got the chance to ride the Vitus Vitesse Evo for about 3 1/2hrs in a group that included none other than Sean Kelly himself – you know, the […]

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