Vitus Chrono Bike Review
We test Vitus’ first aero bike in our Four Ride bike review.
The Chrono is Vitus’ first dedicated aero bike. The naked carbon frame uses conventional aerodynamics but includes a deep rear wheelhugger, flared fork tips and internal cabling adds an aero edge. The short 115mm head tube keeps the front end suitably low for speed too. Add a Shimano Ultegra/105 transmission and an adjustable and comfortable Vision aero cockpit and early impressions are good.
The overall weight is OK for a sub-£2,000 bike, and a lot of the mass (1.42kg front, 1.87kg rear) is in the deep-section alloy wheels. Power delivery through the frame and Shimano cranks is solid but acceleration is numb and you’ll take longer to hit cruising speed from a sprint start. Once up to speed though, it holds speed well. The low bar position and slim frame help it slip through air well, although it can get blown about by crosswinds.
The heavy wheels and low front end means the Chrono isn’t a natural climber, but it’s a good partner for piling down the far side. The conventionally mounted Shimano 105 brakes reduce your speed with confidence even with the skinny Vision levers. The overall handling balance is reassuringly sure-footed and friendly for an aero bike, underlining its affordable but ready-to-race credentials for long-distance solo riders.
The combination of good quality fork, lightly sprung composite arm rests of the Vision bars and slim rear seatstays do a cracking job at reducing vibration. This translates directly into reduced fatigue on longer rides. While the saddle is comfortable, we did find that the backward curve of the seatpost put us right on the tip, and a straight-up post would give more usable positions from the 76-degree seat angle.
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Size tested 54cm
Sizes Available 52, 54, 56cm
Weight as tested 9.03kg 19.91lbs
Frame High-Modulus UD carbon fibre
Fork Full High-Modulus UD carbon fibre
Transmission Shimano 105 53/39T chainset, Shimano Ultegra gears and Shimano bar-end shifters
Brakes Shimano 105 dual pivot with Vision levers
Wheels Alex ALX560
Tyres Continental Ultra Race 700x23mm
Cockpit Vision Team base bar, Vision Vector clip-ons, FSA OS-99 stem
Seating Vision TriMax saddle on Vitus Aero High-Modulus UD Carbon seatpost
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on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 5:30 am under Bike Reviews, Gear.
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