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Vitus Vitesse EVO CR eTap AXS 2021

The Vitesse EVO CR eTap AXS Rival is an absolute belter of a bike! Vitus says the new frame is stiffer yet lighter, and the geometry puts you in the right position to ride fast and hard – whether you're a racer or just like to pelt around the lanes. A full wireless eTap groupset at this price is hugely impressive, too.

The Vitesse EVO is a proper race bike. Stiffness levels are impressive for a start, thanks to oversize tube shapes and a full-width bottom bracket shell due to the BB386 standard.

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With no joins and a refined carbon layup of the UCI-approved frame, Vitus claims a 34% increase in stiffness alongside a 10% drop in weight over the previous model.

Putting the bearings inside of the frame means the actual bottom bracket shell can be wider than with outboard bearings, without affecting the q-factor – the distance between the crank arms. The down tube, seat tube and chainstays can all be larger in diameter where they join it too, for extra stiffness.

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That – plus the fact this medium model weighs just 7.77kg on the scales of truth – means that, when you unleash the power through the pedals, the Vitesse absolutely flies.

Vitus says it's refined the geometry – Race-Fit, they're calling it – and that means a longer top tube, a lower front end and shorter chainstays than the previous model.

With a 73.4° seat angle you can adopt a more forward, aggressive position when seated to really drive the power out, and thanks to the short head tube, reviewer Stu Kerton could get a low-slung position whether on the hoods or drops – even with 15mm of spacers underneath the stem.

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Overall, this is an excellent all-round road bike that delivers on performance and comfort, while being amazing value for money.