Vitus Venon VR review

A carbon frame with Shimano 105: if ever there was a ‘typical’ modern sportive bike, it’s the Vitus Venon VR

Vitus Venon VR

Cycling Weekly Verdict

In many respects the Venon VR is a very positive bike, it just doesn’t quite all click together for us. The spec also has a slight mix and match approach, although at the price it’s currently retailing for it’s a very tempting package.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Great value with price reduction

  • +

    Light weight

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Mix-and-match spec

  • -

    Hard ride quality

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Before we go any further, let’s have a quick word about pricing. Vitus is the in-house brand of internet cycle retail giant Chain Reaction Cycles so the Venon VR is on semi-permanent sale. That means, as we write this, that the official price of £1,399.99 is actually reduced to £879.99, which is a simply incredible deal. At 8.3kg for a 55cm bike it’s also commendably light.

Vitus hasn’t gone all-out with the through-frame cable routing: there is a bit for the rear brake, but that’s all. More interesting is the thick, wide wishbone at the top of seatstays, which is very unlike the slender separate seatstays we traditionally find on road bikes. The chainstays have been nicely sculpted, though.

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