The British UCI Continental pro team Vitus Pro Cycling have unveiled their weapon of choice for 2019, the ZX-1 Aero Disc Road.
The bike was introduced as a disc-only platform in 2018, and that's continued on the new model with Sram's HRD brakes and 160mm front 140mm rear rotor combination. “Our experience from countless hours of rider testing and feedback is that discs give the rider far greater braking control in all conditions, giving riders more time to focus on road positioning rather than worrying about braking performance”, says the Vitus Road Product Manager Jodie Shan.
The custom paint job on the 2019 team edition bike has been given some bolder colours, with the previous version being mostly black. It's almost completely clean save for the two brake cables at the front, with Sram's wireless eTap groupset helping to tidy things up further. Vitus say the frame design is aero-inspired, but has a geometry that is still comfortable enough for long days in the saddle.
That said, whoever is riding this particular bike isn't intending on hanging about with what looks like some serious slamming going on with the Prime Doyenne stem and Prime Primavera carbon bars combo.
Prime are an in-house component brand exclusive to Chain Reaction Cycles, and also provide their Black Edition 50mm deep carbon wheels for this build. Interestingly they've opted to use Schwalbe Pro One Evo MicroSkin tubeless tyres.
The pro continental team, which includes former British hill climb champion Adam Kenway in their 12-man roster, will be riding the custom builds through the 2019 season.
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.