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Vitus goes big on electronic shifting in 2020 road bike range

Expanded line-up includes SRAM AXS wireless shifting options for the first time

Vitus has introduced several new models for 2020, all of them with electronic shifting from Shimano and SRAM and based around existing frame platforms: Vitesse EVO, ZX-1 and Zenium Carbon.

Vitesse EVO​​

The UCI-certified Vitesse EVO is disc brake only (flat mount standard, like pretty much everything else launched into this sector these days) with a semi-compact geometry and full internal cable routing. It uses the same 12mm thru axles as the ZX-1 (below), with new Vitus Switch axles that give you the option of leaving the lever handle in place in one of the wheels or removing it.

There are five Vitesse EVO models in the 2020 range. Like last year, there are builds based on Shimano 105 (£1,999.99), Ultegra (£2,499.99) and Ultegra Di2 (£3,499.99) groupsets, but these are joined by two SRAM-equipped models with wireless shifting.

The more affordable of these is the Vitesse EVO Team eTap AXS Disc (main image, £3,699.99) which comes with 12-speed SRAM Force eTap AXS equipment. It has a 48/35-tooth chainset and a 10-33-tooth cassette (48x10 is just slightly smaller than 53x11, while 35x33 is the same as 34x32) . 

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The top-level Vitesse EVO is the CRX eTap AXS Disc (above). This one is equipped with SRAM Red eTap AXS – Red sitting at the top of SRAM's road hierarchy. Like the Vitesse EVO Team eTap AXS Disc, it is fitted with Prime Black Edition 38 Carbon Disc Tubeless wheels.

Priced £4,999.99, it's cheaper than any of the models included in our feature 27 of the best SRAM Red eTap AXS bikes from Specialized, Canyon, 3T, Cannondale and more.  

ZX-1 

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The ZX-1 is another road race bike, this time using Kamm tail tube profiles to reduce drag. Like the Vitesse EVO (above), it uses flat mount standard disc brakes and 12mm thru axles front and rear.

The five models in the 2020 ZX-1 range are roughly equivalent to the Vitesse EVO ones, starting with Shimano 105 (£2,199.99), Ultegra (£2,899.99), and Ultegra Di2 (£3,499.99) builds.  

There's no longer a Shimano Dura-Ace version, but there are two new SRAM models: the ZX-1 Team eTap AXS Disc (above, £3,699.99) with SRAM Force AXS components, and the ZX-1 CRX eTap AXS Disc (below, £5,199.99) which is based on SRAM Red eTap AXS.

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Zenium Carbon

The Zenium Carbon was launched last year as a road bike suitable for everything from winter training to sportives and even local criteriums. 

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Like both the Vitesse EVO and the ZX-1, the Zenium Carbon has a unidirectional T700 carbon-fibre frame, a full-carbon tapered fork, and flat-mount disc brakes. You get a compact geometry along with slim dropped seatstays that are designed to provide comfort, and enough clearance for tyres up to 32mm-wide.

The Zenium Carbon range has been expanded for 2020: the bike is now available in Shimano Tiagra (£999.99), 105 (£1,499.99, men's and women's versions), Ultegra (£1,899.99) and Ultegra Di2 (above, £2,499.99) builds. There are no SRAM options here.

Razor

The Razor, which is available in both disc brake and rim brake versions, shares the Zenium Carbon's geometry although the frame is made from 6061 double-butted aluminium. You still get full-carbon forks across the board.

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The Razor range has been simplified for 2020. The entry-level rim brake model (£549.99) comes with a Shimano Claris 8-speed drivetrain and is available in both men's and women's versions, and the same is true of the entry-level disc brake model (£699.99), the brakes in question being Tektro MD-C510s.

The tier-topping Razor VR Disc (abiove, £799.99) steps up to a Shimano Sora 9-speed drivetrain and TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes.

Get more info over at Vitus's 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 pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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