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Spotted: Vitus prototype aero all-road, gravel bike at Sea Otter Classic

Vitus Prototype All Road bike full
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The Vitus compound was bustling at the Sea Otter Classic, with excited attendees shopping for bikes and test rides coming in and out. Amongst the hustle and bustle, a bike sat quietly between the Chain Reaction Cycles booth (the US distributor of Vitus) and the Vitus van.

Vitus Prototype All Road bike top tube

The bike in question has a similar frame to the Vitus Vitesse EVO, the aero features of the Vitus ZX-1 EVO road bike, and the tire clearance of the Vitus Substance gravel bike…

Vitus Prototype All Road bike downtube

The prototype bike in question shares dropped seat stays, aero profiling, and the overall aesthetic of the Vitesse EVO line. The tire clearance and selection lean more towards the Vitus Substance gravel line, with a slimmer fork to eat up road chatter and a sculpted seat tube for additional tire clearance.

Vitus Prototype All Road bike fork clearance

However, the internal cable routing and shapely frame are something new. Vitus’ new Prototype has slick internal routing via the headtube, helped impart by the FSA ACR internal cable routing stem and bar system.

Vitus Prototype All Road bike bars

Standout features of the frame include; a new sculpted downtube (near the headtube), additional length from the top tube to seatstay drop, and an hourglass head tube.

Vitus Prototype All Road bike seatstays

After comparing the bike side to side with existing Vitus models, we assume this will be a new all-road design, with enough clearance to hit the gravel heavy — considering the bike is pictured with 45mm tires.

Vitus Prototype All Road bike b

Why do we think it’s an all-road bike? The Vitus Substance frame employs an asymmetrical chainstay design, and we imagine a newer updated gravel-only bike would include the same, plus more extensive tire capability.

Vitus Prototype All Road bike full

As for the tire clearance, 45mm looks pretty tight in the frame pictured, but a 32mm tire would look right at home with room to breathe.

Vitus Prototype All Road bike rear

No matter what we can say, this frame looks classy and fast, but we’ll have to wait to see precisely its intended format. Until then, stay tuned for more information as it comes, check out Vitus.com or Chainreactioncycles.com for more info.

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Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
2 years ago

Vitus is Chain Reaction Cycles’ house brand.

1 year ago
Reply to  Velo Kitty

Chain Reaction Cycles owns Vitus, but Vitus has been around since the 70s and produced bikes for riders at the top level of the sport like Sean Kelly. There’s a history there that’s different than traditional “house brands”.

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