Vitus Venon EVO-RS 105 Di2 road bike review - a new benchmark in versatility

A very capable endurance road bike with added versatility...

Vitus Venon Evo 105 Di2 road bike on a pink background
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Venon Evo range straddles the two disciplines of endurance road and fast gravel riding, and is available in either guise. This road version is a solid and fast bike capable of being ridden all day and yet is still comfortable. It provides a balanced riding position and sure footed handling, which gives confidence to the rider. It can be fitted with fenders / mudguards to make it an all season bike, should you wish it to be so.

Reasons to buy
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    Endurance position is great for long days in the saddle

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    Versatile frameset can take fenders if needed

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    Can accommodate 28-45mm width tires

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    Is capable on fast gravel trails with sure footed handling (if in GR specification)

Reasons to avoid
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    28mm tire do present an aesthetic challenge, given the capacious clearance

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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 primarily ride. 

The Evo-RS comes with road specific groupsets, with the choice of Shimano 105 or Ultegra, SRAM Rival or Force, all of which are electronically controlled. You can buy the frameset by itself, too, should you wish to.

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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