By Paul Norman
Jonathan Rea MBE has won the Superbike World Championship four times in a row from 2015 to 2018 and has the highest ever number of race wins. Based in Northern Ireland, he’s also a keen cyclist, using his bike as one of his main forms of training off the Superbike circuit.
As well as replicating the Kawasaki’s green paint job as highlights on the raw carbon frame, Vitus has added superbike specific touches, with a ZX-10RR logo on the chainstay, JR1 logos on the seat tube and #Team65 on the top tube.
According to Rea: “Firstly, I’m so proud to become a part of the Vitus Bikes team and when the opportunity came to do a bike build together I was super excited to see the possibilities.
“I’ve been a keen cyclist now for many years and have enjoyed riding bikes all over the world. Superbike Racing is so physically and mentally demanding, I use cycling as a huge part of my training program!”
The Vitus ZX-1 is finished with Prime’s range-topping BlackEdition 50mm carbon clincher wheels, with Schwalbe Pro One MicroSkin TL 25mm tubeless tyres, a Prime carbon cockpit and Prime carbon bottle cages. To match the premium theme, there’s a SRAM Red eTap AXS 12-speed groupset, running on CeramicSpeed EVO386 bottom bracket bearings and with a SRAM Red Quarq AXS DUB power meter.
At 176cm tall and 70kg in weight, Rea rides a Vitus ZX-1 in size 52cm, with the bike including its Look Kéo Blade pedals weighing 7.5kg.