Former national hill climb champion Adam Kenway is a relentlessly attacking force for Vitus Pro Cycling Team. Here, he offers his verdict on the Vitus Vitesse EVO Team Dura-Ace on which he lit up so many races in 2018.
"The Vitus Vitesse EVO Team Dura-Ace is certainly ready to race. The frameset is rigid in all directions, which is great when riding out of the saddle and sprinting. I've felt confident in every discipline, from long road races to criteriums to hill climbs.
This is the first frameset to survive a year without any failures, either for me or the team, which is unprecedented in my experience. This shows how well put together these bikes are. Add a Shimano Dura-Ace groupset to the equation and this flagship edition of the Vitus Vitesse EVO range is one of the best bikes I’ve ridden, especially when you consider its price point.
The geometry is to my liking, with just enough drop in the top tube and a relatively horizontal seat tube, which gives the bike the racey feel I love. Feedback is very direct on rough road surfaces, as might be expected of a thoroughbred racing bike. More positively, its pro-level construction makes the handling very sharp, especially on descents, which gave me buckets of confidence when cornering.
The BB386EVO bottom bracket enables me to install any chainset or power meter, depending on my racing needs. On a similar note, the cable routing is straightforward and allows me to change cables quickly and without hassle. Additionally, the cables run smoothly when positioned in the frame, without increasing friction between inner and outer cables, which can be an issue with some modern chassis.
The discrete black and red colour scheme won my seal of approval and I've had lots of positive comments on the bike's aesthetics. The only issue in race scenarios and on television is that the colour scheme does not make the bike stand out in the peloton. This is unlikely to be an issue for consumers and, personally speaking, I'd choose 'stealthy' over garish, every time.
Improvements? Hard to find, but I’d opt for a smaller, more discrete seat clamp. This, however, is a minor detail. The Vitus Vitesse EVO Team Dura-Ace has served me faithfully through a gruelling campaign of races including the Tour de Yorkshire, the Tour Series and even hill climbs, proving itself robust, rigid and accurate. A winner."