Vitus Venon EVO-GR Force AXS review - Fast and fun on road and gravel

A fantastic and fast way to cover ground, whether on road, on gravel, or both

Vitus Venon Evo Force AXS gravel bike on a pink background
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

A really good looking bike with super comfortable bars. A fast way to cover a wide variety of terrain with its sure footed handling traits. Limited room on the bars might be a problem for some, but a bit of thought should overcome some of these limitations. Thoroughly enjoyable to ride.

Reasons to buy
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    Good looking bike, especially in this aero gravel setup

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    Aero bars are very comfortable and a good shape

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    Well balanced position on the bike

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Aero bars don't have much room for brackets (lights/head units) or for bags

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    Deep section rims and tires can catch a side wind

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The Vitus Venon Evo is an all-road frameset that aims to blur the line between the best endurance road bikes and the best gravel bikes. It can accommodate tire widths from 28mm up to 45mm depending on the discipline that you want to ride. The Evo-GR comes with gravel specific groupsets, with the upper models in the range using aero components too, to keep it fast on those open gravel routes.

The gravel bike niche has found itself split into two, with the bikepacking side and the riders who want to cover ground quickly in a single day.

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Vitus Venon Evo GR Options
ColorsSilver, Midnight Blue, Sage Green & Black CherryRow 0 - Cell 2
GroupsetsSRAM Force AXS, Rival AXS & Rival (mechanical)Row 1 - Cell 2
Frameset only price$1,999 / £1,799.99Row 2 - Cell 2
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Vitus Venon EVO GR Specs As Tested
Weight7.9kg for Medium (tester's measurement)Row 0 - Cell 2
GroupsetSRAM Force AXSRow 1 - Cell 2
Chainring44tRow 2 - Cell 2
Cassette10-44tRow 3 - Cell 2
WheelsPrime Primavera 44 Carbon DiscRow 4 - Cell 2

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Over 40 years cycling in a variety of disciplines including road riding, commuting, a self-supported Land's End to John o' Groats trip, XC mountain biking and several Polaris Challenge two-day events. Adventure, escape and fun are the motivations for my riding. I also love bike and kit design and have fillet brazed a couple of framesets using Reynolds 853 steel tubing for myself. A very satisfying experience to ride your own bespoke bike!

Height: 180cm

Weight: 66kg