10,000 kilometres is a decent test period. Plenty of time to dial things in, modify, customise, and refine a bike. Staff rider Tim Wiggins gives his 10,000 Km test report on the Vitus Energie Carbon Cyclocross Bike.
I was recently award the badge of 'UK Super Commuter' - for reportedly riding the furthest yearly commuting distance in the UK. I am sure there are others out there that ride a similar distance, to be honest; but, I would challenge that my bicycle commute is one of the most interesting and diverse out there…
From my base on the Isle of Wight, my commute begins with a mixture of quiet lanes and off-road trails. Then, I jump on a ferry… head across the water to Portsmouth, and ride up to Wiggle HQ, through one of the most densely populated (and congested) cities in Europe. That, is a mixture of demands… for mind, body and bicycle.
The Vitus Energie Carbon CX bike has been my commuting steed of choice since January 2017, and during that time it has racked up a serious bit mileage. With both CX and road tyres fitted, it has excelled at being a fast and fun workhorse; dealing with load-lugging and 'commuter racing' with equal vigour.
The daily hop hasn't been the only place that the Vitus has excelled though. The Energie Carbon was my bike for a number of long distance rides this year.
In August, I rode home from Dartmouth in the West Country; a 266 kilometre road gaunt, which included a fair few coastal hills. The lightweight carbon frame, with its shock-absorbing properties, was a real asset on that trip.
Modifications and developments
I have changed very little on the set up of the Vitus Energie Carbon. I have fitted a different saddle, a shorter 90mm stem, and some more cushioned LifeLine Performance Bar Tape with Gel; but those are the only real developments. The initial build kit is superb, straight out of the Wiggle box.
Of course, there have been numerous tyre changes: tubeless and tubed, road and off-road; the mud clearance and tubeless compatible wheelset will accommodate a lot of options. The largest tyres that I have fitted are 35c Schwalbe X-One Tubeless tyres, and the smallest 28c Continental Gatorskins; the difference between the two makes a phenomenal change to handling and performance, on and off-road.
For winter commuting, I fitted a SKS Raceblade Pro XL mudguard set. I ran these with 32c tyres, and they create a perfect winter commuting set-up.
The Vitus Energie CX has proven to be one of the most versatile and capable bikes that I have owned.
It is just as at home on a twisty single-track sprint, as it is on a 200 mile ride road ride. The disc brakes and SRAM 1X drivetrain are perfect for all weather and all terrain riding.
If you are looking for a fast, nimble, and (most importantly) fun ride, then this is a great do-it-all bike.
The new 2018 model of the Vitus Energie Carbon is out now, and features the same great frame and fork, as well as the fantastic value SRAM Rival Hydraulic groupset.
View the new 2018 Vitus Bikes Energie Carbon CR CX Bike - Rival 1x11 at Wiggle