The name Vitus was once associated with quirky, ultra light, bonded-and-lugged alloy frames. Irish cycling legend Sean Kelly used them to great effect in his heyday, dominating some of the world’s toughest race during the 80s and 90s.
In 2009 the sadly defunct marque was acquired by mega-bikeshop Chain Reaction Cycles and with Kelly as a figurehead, it’s gained a new lease of life as a direct-sales brand.
New for this year, Vitus has replaced its mid-level alloy racer the Zenium SL with a disc version of same. The old model earned a glowing review in our sister magazine Cycling Plus, so when Vitus asked us if we’d like to try out the new bike at the An Post-Chain Reaction training camp in Spain, we were intrigued to find if it lived up to its predecessor. Having been the man to accept the mission, I’m pleased to report that it did.
There are two versions of the Zenium frame and the SL is naturally the lighter and more expensive one. It’s available in two builds – the Ultegra one we tried out here, and a 105 option that’s £200 cheaper.
A balanced bike wrapped in a classy finish
Chain and brakes aside, Vitus gives you a full Shimano Ultegra groupset
A cultured ride that proudly flies the alloy flag
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Source: Bike Radar