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Carbon-fibre cyclocross bikes come with improved specs for 2020, and there's a new SRAM Force AXS build

Vitus has unveiled its carbon-fibre Energie cyclocross bikes for 2020. The T700 high modulus frame hasn't changed since last year but the brand has added a SRAM Force AXS build along with improved specs across the range and new colour schemes. Vitus uses SRAM 1x systems on all three bikes; there's no Shimano GRX option.

The frame comes with full internal cable routing to prevent the ingress of mud and water and to increase comfort when shouldering the bike during racing, and the fork is full-carbon too. Both the frame and fork come with 12mm thru axles and mudguard mounts. 

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The top level bike is the Energie CRX eTap (£2,999.99) which uses a single ring setup built around the all-new SRAM Force eTap AXS groupset (eTap referring to SRAM's wireless shift system). 

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The Force AXS groupset combines a 38-tooth single chainring with a 10-33-tooth cassette and Force HRD disc brakes. You also get tubeless-ready 38mm Prime BlackEdition Carbon Disc wheelset paired with Vee XCX TLR tyres and Zipp Service Course finishing kit. 

Read our review of Prime's BlackEdition 50 Carbon wheelset. 

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Vitus claims a 8.34kg complete bike weight for a medium sized model.

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The Vitus Energie CRX (£2,299.99) uses the same frame but it's built up with a SRAM Force 1 HRD groupset with a 40-tooth X-Sync chainring and an 11-32-tooth cassette.

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This time the tubeless-ready wheels are Prime Pro Alloy Discs fitted with Vee XCX TLR tyres. Again, the finishing kit is Zipp Service Course. 

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The Energie CRX has a claimed weight of 8.21kg (size medium).

Check out our review of the 2019 Vitus Energie CRX.

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Finally, the Energie CR (£1,699.99) is equipped with SRAM's Rival 1 HRD groupset featuring a 40-tooth chainring and an 11-36-tooth cassette, and Rival hydraulic disc brakes.

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The Alex CXD22/ Novatec cyclocross-specific wheelset is tubeless compatible, and you get Vitus's own finishing kit here.

This model has a claimed weight of 8.96kg (size large).

For more info go to Vitus's website. 

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.