The Vitus Energie Evo – Cross is back

Vitus' new cyclocross platform is all about off-road speed

Whilst the Energie name has been associated with Vitus’ cyclocross race platform for some time, this new version has had a radical revamp to focus on ‘pro level race performance’.

During this most strange of times one thing can be assured, cyclocross racing will take place throughout the country (albeit in a slightly altered format) and as such the demand for a dedicated ‘crosser is still high. Vitus’ Energie Evo seeks to fulfil that demand with a frame worthy of World Cup level racing, let alone cranking it around the nearest muddy playing field for an hour plus five laps.

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The new frame is almost unrecognisable when compared to the existing Energie. Gone are the incredibly slender wishbone rear stays and more traditional tube shapes, in its place is a far more purposeful and chunky looking frame full to the brim with up to date features.

The new frame features a neat integrated seat clamp. The seatstays are now dropped and Vitus has dropped the wishbone design.

The new Energie Evo frame has been paired back to now weigh in at a claimed 880 grams for a medium frame and according to Vitus now sits as one of the lightest cyclocross specific frames on the market. But despite this loss of weight the new frame has  zero compromise to its strength and has been approved by the UCI to be raced at the highest level of the sport.

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A key feature of the new frame is a focus on increasing the tyre/mud clearance within the frame and fork. In itself it is a crucial aspect of a good frame, after all the wider the spacing, the less mud can build up and potentially compromise race performance. It is almost doubly important this year as many UK races are potentially doing away with pit areas in races, forcing racers to only use one bike.

Geometry has been tweaked over the existing version to build in a longer reach within the frame allowing riders to spec a shorter stem, improving handling confidence even on more technical and tighter courses and trails.

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All four models of the new Energie Evo are dedicated for 1x drivetrains however Vitus has included a removable front derailleur mount for those that still want to run a 2x setup. This mount can also be used to fit a discrete chain guard to help prevent chain loss whilst using a 1x system in adverse conditions.

A removable seatstay bridge allows the fitting of mudguards.

Two additional features that you might not expect to see on a race specific frame are twin bottle cage mounts and mounting points and a removable bridge to enable the running of mudguards. Something that implies the Energie Evo could potentially double up as a winter machine with a couple of tweaks.

The Vitus Energie Evo 2021 range

Energie Evo CRS eTap, £3,499

  • Vitus Energie Evo carbon frame and fork
  • SRAM Force eTap AXS 12 speed groupset
  • Prime Black Edition 38 carbon wheels
  • Vee Tyres XCX 700x33c tyres
  • Prime Primavera X-Light carbon handlebar
  • Prime Doyenne aluminium stem
  • Prime Primavera carbon seatpost
  • 7.7kg (claimed medium)

Energie Evo CRS, £2,499

  • Vitus Energie Evo carbon frame and fork
  • SRAM Force 11 speed groupset
  • Prime Baroudeur alloy wheels
  • Vee Tyres XCX 700x33c tyres
  • Prime Doyenne aluminium handlebar
  • Prime Doyenne aluminium stem
  • Prime alloy seatpost
  • 8.1kg (claimed medium)

Energie Evo CR, £1,999

  • Vitus Energie Evo carbon frame and fork
  • SRAM Rival 11 speed groupset
  • Alex/Novatec alloy wheels
  • Vee Tyres XCX 700x33c tyres
  • Prime CX aluminium handlebar
  • Prime CX aluminium stem
  • Prime alloy seatpost
  • 8.4kg (claimed medium)

Energie Evo C, £1,799

  • Vitus Energie Evo carbon frame and fork
  • SRAM Apex 11 speed groupset
  • Alex/Novatec alloy wheels
  • Vee Tyres XCX 700x33c tyres
  • Prime CX aluminium handlebar
  • Prime CX aluminium stem
  • Prime alloy seatpost
  • 8.7kg (claimed medium)

All models will be available to order via Vitus’ retail partners Chain Reaction Cycles and Wiggle at the end of September/start of October.