Vi­tus En­ergie VR | £1,199 | 9.03kg

Cycling Weekly - - TECH BIKE TEST -

The al­loy frame and full car­bon fork of the En­ergie VR have been con­structed pre­dom­i­nantly with cy­clo-cross rac­ing in mind, but with a nod to cus­tomers want­ing to turn the bike to gravel/ad­ven­ture rid­ing too.

Tub­ing pro­files, es­pe­cially on the top tube and down tube, are de­signed to counter side-to-side move­ment and also for com­fort so that the rider can take the fastest line, no mat­ter what the ob­sta­cle, with­out get­ting rat­tled to pieces.

The SRAM Ri­val 1 set-up not only keeps things sim­ple and light­weight dur­ing a race, but also cre­ates space for re­ally de­cent mud clear­ance, al­low­ing the bike to take up to 45c tyres for 700C wheels and even 29x2.1, or 50c if you’re run­ning 650b wheels and are re­ally want­ing to head out on the trails, as well as the abil­ity to run mud­guards thanks to the in­te­grated mounts.

With car­ry­ing in mind, a rounded un­der­side to the top tube has been in­cluded in the de­sign.

We hit the road with the bike straight out of the box. Its han­dling was, in a word, rapid. The Vi­tus was punchy and highly re­spon­sive to swing­ing in and out of cor­ners and pulling away from junc­tions but it was on the off-road sec­tions that it re­ally shone. It did feel fast and with gear shift­ing sim­pli­fied to one shifter, it leaves you to purely fo­cus on pick­ing your lines through the muddy, rocky trail. It was no­tice­ably harder not hav­ing a smaller ring to spin in, but it did feel like the ef­fort was re­warded by speed. Hav­ing to shoul­der the bike on steeper sec­tions was made easy thanks to a rea­son­ably light weight of 9.03kg — it was a breeze to run up pre­cip­i­tous climbs with. When de­scend­ing, both on tar­mac and trail, we were sur­prised how much pos­i­tive feed­back the bike gave, al­low­ing us to lean in to the cor­ners more than usual.

The Vi­tus En­ergie VR is fan­tas­tic fun to ride and has the abil­ity to make you grin from ear to ear on the race track, or stick on some mud­guards and pan­niers and head off for an overnight bike-pack­ing week­ender.


Frame: 7046-T6 Light­weight Alu­minium Fork: T700 Uni Di­rec­tional Car­bon-fi­bre Groupset: SRAM 11s Ri­val 1x hy­draulic brake

Wheels: WTB STP i23 Rims, No­vatec Disc Hubs

Tyres: WTB Cross Boss Con­tact­tus­

“You can take the fastest line no mat­ter what the ob­sta­cle” score 9

Groupset The Vi­tus gets a SRAM groupset one up the peck­ing or­der from the Canyon CLEAR­ANCE En­ergie VR frame has clear­ance for up to 42mm tyres

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