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Vitus ZX-1 Evo CRS Di2 2021

9
£3,999.99

VERDICT:

9
10
The ZX-1 Evo delivers on everything: performance, excellent geometry, comfort and impressive value for money
Epic performance levels
Great value for money
Exciting handling
Weight: 
8,090g
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New for 2021, the Vitus ZX-1 Evo CRS Di2 is a very impressive bike. In fact, I'd say it is better than that... it's an absolute rocket ship! Excellent stiffness levels, awesome handling, real world aerodynamic benefits and a spec list that defies the price. What more could you want?

Three years ago we reviewed the ZX1, and on the whole David was impressed, although he had a few issues with the stiffness of the fork. Well, Vitus has gone away and come up with a brand new ZX-1 Evo range and it's fantastic.

Ride

First of all, a large focus has been put on aerodynamics, and this is one smooth and neat looking frame. All of the cables, hoses and wires have been hidden from view completely and the aero tube profiles, coupled with the deep-section wheels, mean that the ZX-1 Evo absolutely flies.

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It's not just quick, this thing is in superbike territory. Get down in the drops on a flat section of road and it's a time trial bike without the aerobars.

Even if you aren't smashing along it feels efficient, especially above 20mph. You can really cover some miles very quickly indeed without feeling like you are having to batter yourself to achieve it.

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Another thing that helps are the comfort levels. I'm not going to suggest that this thing is like riding a magic carpet – it's a performance road bike after all – but it delivers all of the stiffness it needs, with no sogginess anywhere, while managing not to be harsh.

Feedback levels are impressive, and they aren't clouded by unnecessary chatter from road vibration, even with the relatively skinny 25mm tyres pumped up hard.

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The stiffness levels help when climbing or sprinting. It's a punchy sort of bike that makes you want to get out of the saddle and give it a little dig; no power ever feels wasted, and stupidly hard efforts become addictive and feel rewarding.

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At a touch over 8kg the ZX-1 Evo feels responsive too. Travelling through urban areas with many traffic lights and roundabouts never feels like a chore, even when every light seems to flick to amber just as you are approaching, requiring constant efforts off the line.

A quick glance at the geometry of the ZX-1 gave the impression that things were quite relaxed, and I really wasn't expecting it to behave as well as it does, especially at speed. On descents or anywhere else you're pushing the bike hard, it feels very poised.

When riding fast downhill, it almost gives the feeling that it's a heavier bike than it really is. It feels planted over rough road surfaces.

And then you've got the steering. The ZX-1 Evo feels balanced, direct and just so easy to control. There is quickness there, but it never gets to the point of being twitchy, even if you have to make quite a major correction to the handlebar because of gravel mid-bend or a pothole.

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I could really let it all hang on out on my favourite downhills, with the low front end allowing me to get plenty of weight forward for the perfect position, and confidence in the handling meaning I could just keep a very loose grip on the bar and let the Vitus crack on with what I was asking it to do. It responded quickly and neatly to tiny shifts in my position to control the direction.

The ZX-1 Evo is just a class bike to ride, an utter joy, and I never tired of it.

Frame and fork

As I've mentioned, the ZX-1 Evo's frame and fork are focused on aerodynamics, so there is barely a round tube anywhere to be found. Everything is profiled to cheat the wind and deliver excellent stiffness levels.

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Vitus has gone for a 386EVO press-fit bottom bracket which means that the area around it is massive. The junction between down tube and seat tube is huge, and the chainstays are absolutely massive.

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With all of this material, it's impressive that the ZX-1 Evo still holds on to decent levels of comfort.

Up front the fork is integrated into the down tube and head tube for a smooth transition and Vitus has followed the trend of many brands by directing the cables/hoses through the handlebar and stem before dropping them down into the spacers and head tube.

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Everything else is pretty standard, to be fair. As for bolt-ons, you get a couple of mounting points for water bottle cages and that's about it, though the one on the down tube does have an extra bolt hole so you can adjust where you put the cage.

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Other than that, it's designed for 12mm thru-axles and uses flat mounts for the brake callipers.

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The Vitus is available in six sizes, from XS to XXL, with top tube lengths ranging from 520mm up to 592mm.

> Bike geometry 101: Find out why stack and reach are important

Geometry-wise, our medium test bike has a 551mm top tube, 129.6mm head tube and 510mm seat tube.

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The overall wheelbase is 991mm, with chainstays of 410mm, while the head and seat angles are 72.4 and 73.4 degrees respectively.

Stack and reach figures aren't anything out of the ordinary at 543mm and 387mm.

Groupset

Our CRS Di2 comes with the majority of an electronic Shimano Ultegra groupset, with a deviation to a KMC chain and a Sunrace cassette sporting 11-32t sprockets. It's a great setup that works really well.

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Ultegra is a great groupset and this latest iteration of Di2 is very well refined, with impressive shifting speed, even under load.

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Up front Vitus has specced a semi-compact 52/36-tooth chainset, which gives a large spread of gears when paired to the cassette – for a bike of this ilk, anyway.

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Having the 32t on the cassette rather than the more normal biggest sprocket of 28 gives you a couple of extra bailout gears should you need them.

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For braking, Vitus has gone for a 160mm rotor up front and a 140mm at the rear. It's a good setup for a road bike, and you can't fault the power or modulation from the levers and flat mount callipers.

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Finishing kit

When it comes to the cockpit, Vitus has gone for an all-in-one handlebar/stem unit, the Vision Metron 5D ACR. It's full carbon fibre and with a shallow drop that allows you get aero without having to dislocate your spine.

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I really like the shape, and as it's carbon you have a good mix of stiffness with some shock absorption thrown in.

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The aero carbon seatpost slides into the frame with a snug fit and the internal clamping system makes sure it doesn't budge.

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Atop sits a Vitus titanium-railed saddle, and I'd say it's the weakest link of the whole build for me. Not that there is anything wrong with it, I just didn't get on with the shape. Saddles are like that, though – something that works for one person won't always work for others.

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Wheels and tyres

Vitus hasn't scrimped on the hoops and rubber.

For the wheels we are talking carbon Reynolds AR 58/62 DBs; that's 58mm deep for the front and 62mm for the rear. This is a serious set of wheels to come as standard on a bike of this price.

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Their performance on the road is very impressive. You can definitely feel the aero advantage and they don't really get buffeted about on windy days either.

They're impressively stiff, too, although it is more difficult to tell on disc brake wheels than rim brake wheels.

As you'd expect, they are tubeless compatible and come fitted with a set of Schwalbe's One Performance tyres in a 25mm width. Super supple and very grippy, the Schwalbes are an absolute joy to ride, suiting the performance of the Vitus down to a tee.

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Their rolling resistance feels very low as well, and while I've found some Schwalbe tyres to be a little on the fragile side, I had no issues with these during the test period.

Value

At £3,999.99, the CRS Di2 isn't cheap, but it is great value for money.

If you're a regular reader you might have come across me banging on about how great the Orro Venturi STC is. Not only is the ride phenomenal, but it knocks many of the competitors into a cocked hat when it comes to price.

But an Ultegra Di2-equipped Venturi with deep-section Fulcrum wheels and integrated carbon bar/stem will cost you £4,399.99. I'm putting the Vitus on a par when it comes to ride quality, performance and handling here.

> 25 of the best and fastest 2021 aero road bikes: wind-cheating bikes with an extra turn of speed

I recently rode the Scott Foil 10 and was very impressed. It's a bike with similar intentions as the ZX-1 Evo, but price-wise the closest I could get was the Foil 30 at £3,959.99. That's with a mechanical Ultegra groupset and not deep-section wheels.

Specialized's Tarmac SL7 is even more expensive, with the Ultegra Di2, deep-section wheel-equipped Pro model coming in at a cool £7,000.

Conclusion

The ZX-1 Evo is one of those bikes that I just didn't want to give back. Often, I get a great bike to ride and it's sad to have to drop it off in the office, but you kind of know something else as good, if not even better, will be along in the next month or so that will make you forget and move on. I'm not so sure that's going to happen with the ZX-1 Evo.

Verdict

The ZX-1 Evo delivers on everything: performance, excellent geometry, comfort and impressive value for money

road.cc test report

Make and model: Vitus ZX1 EVO CRS Di2 2021

Size tested: Medium

About the bike

List the components used to build up the bike.

Vitus lists:

ROTORS: Shimano ST-R800, F-160mm R-140mm

GROUPSET: Shimano Ultegra R8000 11 Speed

WHEELS: Reynolds AR 58/62 DB Carbon Clincher, Tubeless

BOTTOM BRACKET: 386EVO 24

TYRES: Schwalbe ONE Performance TLE 700x25 Tubeless

CRANKSET: Shimano Ultegra R8000 52-36T

CHAIN: KMC X11

HANDLEBAR/STEM: Vision Metron 5D ACR Carbon

CASSETTE: Sunrace CSRX1 11-32 11 Speed

SEATPOST: Vitus ZX-1 AERO Carbon

SHIFTERS/BRAKE LEVERS: Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 11 Speed

SADDLE: Vitus Ti Rail

BRAKES: Shimano R-8070

THRU-AXLE: Vitus Switch F-100x12mm R-142x12mm

Tell us what the bike is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about the bike?

Vitus says, "Why? Because we just wanted to go faster! We wanted you to go faster! Two years ago, we reset our expectations, starting with a blank piece of paper. The goal to make this bike aerodynamically fast, feel fast, and look fast."

The ZX-1 Evo is a very quick bike, and it manages that without costing a fortune.

Where does this model sit in the range? Tell us briefly about the cheaper options and the more expensive options

There are six models in the range, with this one sitting third from the top. The CRX eTap AXS tops the range at £5,399.99, then there's the CRS eTap AXS at £4,199.99.

Below this CRS Di2 is the CR eTap AXS at £3,599.99, the CRS at £3,099.99 and the CR at £2,799.99.

Frame and fork

Overall rating for frame and fork
 
9/10

Tell us about the build quality and finish of the frame and fork?

The overall quality of the frame and fork is excellent, plus I'm a big fan of the grey paint job.

Tell us about the materials used in the frame and fork?

Both the frame and fork are made from carbon fibre.

Tell us about the geometry of the frame and fork?

The geometry is very race orientated, although the head angle isn't quite as steep as I would have expected. It has in no way affected the performance of the steering though.

How was the bike in terms of height and reach? How did it compare to other bikes of the same stated size?

The stack and reach are farily typical of what I'd expect to see on a bike of this type and style.

Riding the bike

Was the bike comfortable to ride? Tell us how you felt about the ride quality.

It's a firm bike, but that doesn't affect the overall comfort levels.

Did the bike feel stiff in the right places? Did any part of the bike feel too stiff or too flexible?

Stiffness levels are very impressive, especially around the bottom bracket area and the front end.

How did the bike transfer power? Did it feel efficient?

Very efficient, there is no power lost as you stamp on the pedals.

Was there any toe-clip overlap with the front wheel? If so was it a problem?

No.

How would you describe the steering? Was it lively neutral or unresponsive? Highly responsive.

Tell us some more about the handling. How did the bike feel overall? Did it do particular things well or badly?

The ZX-1 has well-balanced handling which is quick enough to cope with the performance of the bike without becoming a handful at high speeds.

Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike's comfort? would you recommend any changes?

I found the Vision handlebar/stem combo to work really well in terms of hand positions, and while the saddle shape isn't one of my favourites, I found it to offer decent comfort levels on both long and short rides.

Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike's stiffness? would you recommend any changes?

The deep-section Reynolds wheels offer impressive levels of lateral stiffness.

Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike's efficiency? would you recommend any changes?

The wheels again, their deep section really helps the aerodynamics and Schwalbe's One tyre has low rolling resistance.

Rate the bike for efficiency of power transfer:
 
9/10
Rate the bike for acceleration:
 
9/10
Rate the bike for sprinting:
 
8/10
Rate the bike for high speed stability:
 
9/10
Rate the bike for cruising speed stability:
 
8/10
Rate the bike for low speed stability:
 
8/10
Rate the bike for flat cornering:
 
8/10
Rate the bike for cornering on descents:
 
9/10
Rate the bike for climbing:
 
8/10

The drivetrain

Rate the drivetrain for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the drivetrain for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the drivetrain for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the drivetrain for value:
 
7/10

Tell us some more about the drivetrain. Anything you particularly did or didn't like? Any components which didn't work well together?

The Shimano Ultegra components are top notch when it comes to the performance and the Sunrace cassette and KMC chain don't upset that.

Wheels and tyres

Rate the wheels for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the wheels for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the wheels for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the wheels for comfort:
 
7/10
Rate the wheels for value:
 
6/10

Tell us some more about the wheels.Did they work well in the conditions you encountered? Would you change the wheels? If so what for?

It's impressive to see a set of wheels of this quality at this price point. They suit the performance of the Vitus perfectly.

Rate the tyres for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the tyres for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the tyres for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the tyres for comfort:
 
8/10
Rate the tyres for value:
 
5/10

Tell us some more about the tyres. Did they work well in the conditions you encountered? Would you change the tyres? If so what for?

Excellently grippy tyres that roll very smoothly.

Controls

Rate the controls for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the controls for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the controls for weight:
 
7/10
Rate the controls for comfort:
 
7/10
Rate the controls for value:
 
6/10

Tell us some more about the controls. Any particularly good or bad components? How would the controls work for larger or smaller riders?

The choice of components is very impressive for the money. The Vision integrated handlebar is comfortable and offers plenty of hand positions.

Your summary

Did you enjoy riding the bike? Yes

Would you consider buying the bike? Yes

Would you recommend the bike to a friend? Yes

How does the price compare to that of similar bikes in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

The ZX-1 is very competitively priced, as you can read in the review. Similarly specced quality bikes from a range of manufacturers can't compete very easily.

Rate the bike overall for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the bike overall for value:
 
8/10

Use this box to explain your overall score

This is an excellent bike straight out of the box and it is not just down to the kit you are getting for your money. It backs that up with a quality ride feel and some great geometry.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for road.cc, off-road.cc and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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Zebra | 2 years ago
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This review is a bit pointless, given it has been out of stock on Wiggle (the brand owner) for about 8 months.  You may as well be reviewing a unicorn. 

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wtjs replied to Zebra | 2 years ago
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This review is a bit pointless

Fair's fair! It was published 8 months ago

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shutuplegz | 3 years ago
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Does anyone who owns one of these know if you can fit a carbon rail saddle to this seat-post clamp?

It looks like the clamps might be very similar to the Ritchey One-Bolt design though, so perhaps a set of these for the taller carbon rails might fit?

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Pot00000000 | 3 years ago
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Anyone know if this is an open mould frame. If so, from which company.

the frame looks great but none of their build interest me. Especially as they decided to give the etap version crappy wheels.

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Gd29 | 3 years ago
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The Vision handlebar/stem looks cool, but the get what you are given sizing means I'd be trying to set up an ZX-1 '21 owners swap group... or will just end up selling the Metron if it doesn't happen to fit.

Although its pretty rare to have such a £££ handlebar on a bike... I would have thought wiggle/CRC are exactly the company that could offer choice on that component as of all companies could easily clear any excess in less desired sizes without making a loss...
But I guess with full integration the choice needs to be made before assembly... which is probably close to where it was made in the far-east.

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Secret_squirrel replied to Gd29 | 3 years ago
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I have a strong suspicion that Vision put a redonculous retail mark up on their stuff judging from the mm perfect chinese copies that show up on Ebay. I bet Wiggle/CRC can command a very hefty discount - even bigger than they would usually get.

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Rich_cb | 3 years ago
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I am so tempted by this bike.

Had resigned myself to not being able to get a new bike this year so bought some upgrades for the old bike instead.

Now might have to reconsider.

Anyone know what Wiggle/CRC are like for returns if you ride it and don't like it?

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Mattleng1 replied to Rich_cb | 3 years ago
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I've been on the lookout for an aero bike for the last 18 months.  Was originally going for the Canyon Aeroad (before the unpleasantness), then Giant Propel (out of stock).  Saw the review for this (there's also a video review on BikeRadar) and plumped for the 105 version.  Excellent bang for buck I'd say (a bit like the old Aeroad's, before Brexit!)

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Rich_cb replied to Mattleng1 | 3 years ago
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Yep everything I've wanted has been out of stock too.

I'm tempted by the mechanical ultegra version.

Let us know how you get on with it.

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Mattleng1 replied to Rich_cb | 3 years ago
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Sure thing, will do.  Hopefully taking receipt on Fri 28th May!

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Mattleng1 replied to Rich_cb | 3 years ago
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Only been out for a quick 1hr blast round central London. Very stiff and good acceleration. Once above 20pmh, it glided along. Bit of disc brake rub, need to dial fit in and might swap saddle. But early impressions are very very good!!!

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Yorky-M | 3 years ago
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I replaced a BB in a Vitus yesterday and the internal finish (a giveaway between a cheap construction method layup and something made with percision) was flawless. Good bikes

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oddpaa | 3 years ago
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Only me finding this test quite unbalanced? 

OK, maybe a good buy, but it's presented as if it is about the best bike you can get. I would have liked a sentence like "I recently rode the Scott Foil 10 and was very impressed. It's a bike with similar intentions as the ZX-1 Evo" to be followed up with some information about why a Foil 10 is worth the premium price?

Sometimes I find such tests mostly written to impress "partners" and never to risk getting anyone angry. OK. Maybe Scott will not send you a bike to test next time if you say that this "cheap" one is as good as the Foil 10. And maybe there is more money in writing for Scott than for the readers?

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OnYerBike replied to oddpaa | 3 years ago
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You seem to be contradicting yourself a bit - surely if the reviewer was only interested in sucking up to Scott then they would have explained why the Scott Foil 10 is worth the extra £2k.

As it is, the reviewer suggests the Vitus is on par with the Scott Foil 10 for performance (despite being cheaper), and better specced than the more closely priced Scott Foil 30.

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EddyBerckx replied to oddpaa | 3 years ago
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oddpaa wrote:

Only me finding this test quite unbalanced? 

OK, maybe a good buy, but it's presented as if it is about the best bike you can get. I would have liked a sentence like "I recently rode the Scott Foil 10 and was very impressed. It's a bike with similar intentions as the ZX-1 Evo" to be followed up with some information about why a Foil 10 is worth the premium price?

Sometimes I find such tests mostly written to impress "partners" and never to risk getting anyone angry. OK. Maybe Scott will not send you a bike to test next time if you say that this "cheap" one is as good as the Foil 10. And maybe there is more money in writing for Scott than for the readers?

You may as well avoid ALL reviews if you're going down that route of paranoia. There's literally no review in existence that couldn't be accused of something like this.

So save yourself the grief and either accept them at face value or ignore all reviews.

and don't you think at least one of the 1000's of bribed publications/journalists around the world would have been found out by now?

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oddpaa replied to EddyBerckx | 3 years ago
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EddyBerckx wrote:

You may as well avoid ALL reviews if you're going down that route of paranoia. There's literally no review in existence that couldn't be accused of something like this.

So save yourself the grief and either accept them at face value or ignore all reviews.

and don't you think at least one of the 1000's of bribed publications/journalists around the world would have been found out by now?

Of course, this happens all over. And it's equally annoying. 

Let's face it. At this price level they are all good bikes. But sometimes it would be nice to read something that's not like a press release from the manufactor. Not even the easy point how they have gone cheap on the cassett (and by that, not only gone down to 105) was commented with more than it listed as a fact.

But don't you agree, these "reviewes" would be more interesting if road.cc (and others) had a leaderboard where they placed each bike, listed from best to "worst"? It's so easy to say that "this is a great bike" and "that is a great bike", but does it actually bring anything to the table when they are all great? 

The scales they are using now seems just random. Quick check, and Van Rysel EDR 105 scored the same for the drivetrain as this one, even though the Van Rysel is equipped with 105... Actually, if you check the review of the B’Twin Triban 100, priced at 250£ (no, it's not missing a 0) you will see that they rate it similar to the Rondo HVRT CF1 2021 for performance. Really?

(And of some reason only scoring 8 of 10 for value. With super bike performance at 250£ I can hardly see any better value for money..)

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dave atkinson replied to oddpaa | 3 years ago
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not trying to tell you how to suck eggs here, but if you click on the scott foil link you can read a full review of that bike and also see that it got a lower overall score, although it's still very good. happy to help.

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oddpaa replied to dave atkinson | 3 years ago
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dave atkinson wrote:

not trying to tell you how to suck eggs here, but if you click on the scott foil link you can read a full review of that bike and also see that it got a lower overall score, although it's still very good. happy to help.

And if you read the Foil 10 review, I think it indicates that it's worth the extra money. So some kind of strange scale there.

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dave atkinson replied to oddpaa | 3 years ago
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it indicates that with its lower overall value score?

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Secret_squirrel replied to oddpaa | 3 years ago
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Its only you.  Its no more gushing than the Orro reviews were.

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MattieKempy | 3 years ago
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Any idea of the tyre clearance? I have the old bike, built up from a second hand frameset, and I really like it. It fits 32mm tyres.

I'm now jealous and afraid for the future of my bank balance.

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cyclefaster replied to MattieKempy | 3 years ago
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MattieKempy wrote:

Any idea of the tyre clearance? I have the old bike, built up from a second hand frameset, and I really like it. It fits 32mm tyres.

I'm now jealous and afraid for the future of my bank balance.

On the vitus website, it says "Performance shouldn't come about at the expense of practicality, that's why the ZX-1 EVO brings 700c x 30 tyre clearance across all sizes."

https://vitusbikes.com/collections/zx1/products/vitus-zx-1-evo-crs-di2-r...

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bobbinogs | 3 years ago
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 "What more could you want?".

Well, how about for £4 grand a bike that comes in something a more inspiring than battleship grey?  Jeesh, who thought that was a good idea!

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cyclefaster replied to bobbinogs | 3 years ago
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bobbinogs wrote:

 "What more could you want?".

Well, how about for £4 grand a bike that comes in something a more inspiring than battleship grey?  Jeesh, who thought that was a good idea!

I had a similar thought. Looks like there is a very nice looking red version on wiggle with force axs for a couple of hundred quid more.

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OnYerBike replied to cyclefaster | 3 years ago
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It also comes in blue or black, depending on which groupset you order (https://vitusbikes.com/collections/zx1). Which I really can't understand - as far as I can tell it's the exact same frame and will have been painted before the groupset is installed, so why not offer all colourways with all groupsets? I can't be the only person who would be put off by having to choose between favourite colour and preferred groupset.

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themuffle replied to bobbinogs | 3 years ago
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I actually like the grey - so much better than matt black. If you like colour then just wear coloured cycling kit. Reminds me of Audi Nardo grey a la TT and RS4.

Orange with grey - tick! 

Red with grey - tick! 

Blue with grey - tick!

You get it....

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mpdouglas replied to themuffle | 3 years ago
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It looks stunning in that grey. Would have it in a heartbeat (but I do have a Nardo Grey Audi!). So refreshing to see a manufacturer do something other than black with a bit of red, or black with a bit of matte black. You can see all the lines and creases of the frame in the grey, which adds to its visual appeal.

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