As the boundaries separating road and off-road bikes continue to blur, Vitus has a solution to suit everyone. The Vitus Venon Evo platform sits at the intersection of road and gravel, packing enough performance to satisfy both the roadie who dabbles in dirt and the gravelista who’s no stranger to tarmac.
The Venon Evo range doesn’t compromise on performance, packs the comfort you’d demand from a bike built for anything, and represents a step-change in the horizon-broadening capabilities of cycling. It truly is one bike with two different personalities.
All roads lead to roam
So what exactly is an all-road bike? It’s neither a full-on, gnarly gravel bike, nor a single-minded road machine, but something altogether more versatile.
It’s designed to perform anywhere, and for riders who engage in multiple disciplines. With so many of us demanding more versatility from our bikes – not to mention more speed, frame clearance and outright value for money – the Venon Evo range satisfies this clamour for road performance and gravel adaptability with an approach based on a shared carbon frame and a choice of components to suit your desired terrain.
Arguably, with a spare set of wheels, a Vitus Venon Evo could be the only bike you’ll ever need.
Choose your weapon
The lightweight Vitus Venon Evo range is occupied by the road-leaning Venon Evo-RS and the gravel-biased Venon Evo-GR – different bikes united by a common frameset. That frame is constructed from SL UD carbon, providing a peerless balance of speed and comfort, and is equally adept either on or off-road thanks to performance features adopted from elsewhere in the Vitus range.
The front end takes its inspiration from the aero tube shapes and integrated cabling of the Vitus ZX-1 Evo road bike, adding ample clearance for 45mm tyres. The rear end borrows from the Vitus Vitesse all-rounder for its dropped seatstays, which offer balanced compliance whatever the surface.
The frame geometry, as you’d expect, also sits in the sweetspot between the aggressive stance of the Vitus Evo road bike and the comfort of the brand’s Substance adventure bike.
Hit the road, and more
The world-widening range of Venon Evo machines is available in seven standard specifications. For the rider who predominantly favours tarmac, there are four EVO-RS models. The road-specific components hung from the frame of the Evo-RS range from a £3,599.99 Shimano 105 Di2 groupset version with lightweight Prime aluminium handlebars, to a £3,699.99 SRAM Rival AXS-equipped model, Shimano Ultegra Di2 model (£4,099.99) and a SRAM Force AXS bike at £4,399.99.
Each of the Evo-RS bikes rolls on a Prime Attaquer Disc wheelset and road-focussed Michelin Power Cup Classic 28c tyres, while all but the 105 model wear Prime Primavera carbon aero handlebars. Beyond this range of options available now, a further four aero Evo-RS models are planned for later in 2023.
The path less travelled
Are fire roads and fast gravel with sections of road more your thing day-to-day? The Vitus Evo-GR is available in three guises, each using the same carbon frame as the RS models but with gravel-specific components including 40mm rubber designed to grip, dig in and absorb the bumps. The £2,999.99 Venon Evo-GR Rival wears a 1x SRAM Rival groupset, Prime Orra alloy bars and a Prime Attaquer Disc wheelset shod with 40c Michelin Power Gravel tyres.
For a higher level of spec, including a deeper section Prime Primavera 44 Carbon Disc wheelset and Prime Orra carbon aero handlebars, there is the 1x 12-speed Evo-GR Rival eTap AXS model (£3,499.99) and a SRAM Force eTap-equipped model at £4,399.99. Additionally, the Venon Evo frameset is available separately (£1,799.99), allowing you to spec your own bike from the ground up.
A word on wheels
The beauty of the high-performing nature of the Venon Evo range is that there is no inherent compromise in the frameset and components. Both elements are future-proof, and – depending on the model opted for – fit for your favoured purpose, meaning that all you need to complete the ultimate in cycling versatility is a spare set of wheels.
Vitus have recognised that the Venon Evo is a ‘one bike, two wheelsets’ situation – simply fit one with 28c tyres for the road, and the other with wider off-road tyres. The durable Prime Attaquer Disc wheelset, with its 21mm internal rim diameter, is a cost-effective alloy option which accommodates both road and gravel tyres. A complete wheelset is available for £299.99 from Wiggle.
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