Vitus Substance CRS-2 2021
The Vitus Substance has wide tyres and sorted gear ratios finish off a very comfortable and capable gravel adventure bike
Vitus says its Substance CRS-2 adventure road bike will go wherever you point it, on whatever surface you choose – and it does exactly that. Its massive tyres let you float over pretty much any terrain you choose while helping on the comfort front, and the geometry keeps everything under control even when that surface is moving about beneath you.
The Substance took everything that our reviewer threw at it in its stride. It didn't suit any one surface better than it did another, the whole time it just felt very composed.
The geometry is relatively slack, making it land on the stable side of twitchy and while it isn't an out and out gravel race bike, it is still very quick.
This bike gets a mix of Shimano's GRX components and it comes set up with a 46/30T chainset and 11-34T HG700 cassette – great for all kinds of terrain, with plenty of low and top end options.
And at a penny short of two grand, this bike offers great value for money.