The latest box to get dropped off here at road.cc contained the £999.99 Vitus Energie, an aluminium cyclo-cross bike that looks like it has plenty to offer on the road too.
There are four models in the Energie range, three of them built around the same 6061-T6 alloy frame. The Energie CR (£849.99) is equipped with a Shimano Tiagra groupset, then there’s the straight Energie that we have here, equipped with a SRAM Apex 1 Hydro groupset.
The Energie VR (£1,199.99) has a SRAM Rival 1 Hydro groupset, and at the top of the range there’s the Energie Pro (£1,649.99) with a T700 carbon-fibre frame and a SRAM Rival 1 Hydro groupset. Each of the models comes with a T700 carbon-fibre fork.
Vitus sees the Energie as a cyclocross race bike, a winter training bike or an all-season commuter. It’s intended to be versatile, then.
Of the cyclocross bikes that we’ve reviewed here on road.cc lately, the closest in price to the Vitus is the Ridley X-Bow 10 Disc (below) at £1,199.99.
Our reviewer Ed Mason saw the Ridley X-Bow 10 as a good entry-level cyclo-cross racer that could easily be used for commuting as well.
“Solid 'cross racer with decent versatility on the other side of the tape, but with a high weight and price,” he said.
Our man Dave Atkinson is reviewing the Vitus Energie and he’ll be back with a full report soon.
If you want more details in the meantime head over to the Vitus website.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.