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An aluminium road bike with a Shimano 105 groupset and hydraulic disc brakes for £1,250

The Vitus Zenium SL Disc is an aluminium road bike with a carbon-fibre fork, Shimano 105 groupset and hydraulic disc brakes. At £1,249.99, it looks exceptional value for money.

Of the road bikes that we’ve reviewed recently, the closest in price to the Vitus is the Forme Longcliffe 0 at £1,150. That’s an aluminium framed road bike too with a carbon fork, full Shimano 105 groupset and hydraulic disc brakes. We said that you get “a very pleasant ride from a possible year-round machine.”

Vitus Zenium SL Disc - seat stays.jpg

Vitus Zenium SL Disc - seat stays.jpg

Ribble’s CGR is a little cheaper at £1,046.49. CGR stands for ‘Cross, Gravel, Road’, indicating that it’s designed to be versatile. The frame is 7005 aluminium with a carbon fork plugged in at the front. As ever with Ribble, you can choose your own spec according to your budget. Our review bike was fitted with a Shimano Tiagra groupset – a level down from the Vitus’s 105 – and hydraulic disc brakes. 

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Vitus Zenium SL Disc - rear dropout.jpg

We called the Ribble CGR a “versatile winter trainer or commuter bike that'll easily take on the rough stuff as well as the road.”

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Vitus Zenium SL Disc - head tube badge.jpg

The Vitus Zenium SL Disc weighs 8.94kg (19.7lb). Having reviewed last year’s model, we’re expecting good things here. We’ll be back with a full review on road.cc soon.

For more info go to http://vitusbikes.com

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, 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 past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.