Vitus have expanded their Energie range of cyclo-cross bikes to three machines – one for full-gas ‘cross racing and two for general use.
The top-of-the-range Energie VR is Vitus’ cyclo-cross racer. The frame is made from T700 high-modulus carbon fibre designed, Vitus say, “to meet the demands of all-out cyclo-cross assaults”.
The spec reflects that, with the frame dressed in SRAM’s new single-chainring CX1 groupset, paired with SRAM hydraulic disc brakes. WTB Frequency CX Team wheels wrapped in WTB Cross Wolf TCS tyres complete the £2,199.99 build (claimed weight 8.83kg).
An increasing number of brands are offering a cyclo-cross bike designed with versatility in mind, so it can be raced around a muddy field for an hour but also used for winter training on the road, and called into action for the commute or light touring. Vitus have two bikes that fit that mould.
The Energie GR comes with semi-slick WTB All Terrain Comp tyres (which should also be able to handle light off-road use) in what is a more road-orientated build, with a Shimano Tiagra groupset and Tektro Lyra mechanic disc brakes also on the spec sheet. The triple-butted 6061 aluminium frame also has clearance and mounts for mudguards and a rack. Meanwhile, the regular Energie uses the same frame and gets Kenda Kwicker tyres which are better suited to off-road use. Otherwise the rest of the spec is the same as the Energie GR and both bikes costs £799.99.
You can see the complete 2015 line-up on the Vitus website.