Vitus Razor VR review£649.99

Shimano Sora and a very sharp-looking price

BikeRadar score4/5

The Razor might not make you ride like Sean Kelly*, Vitus poster-boy and Irish winner of the Vuelta and numerous Classics in the 80s – mainly on Vitus bikes – but it definitely represents good value for money.

    The Sora kit and double-butted 6061 alloy frame are pretty much the equal of pricier bikes than Vitus’s entry-level offering, and its 9.5kg weight also compares pretty well.

    The frame is based on classic 73-degree angles:
    The frame is based on classic 73-degree angles:

    The alloy frame is based on classic 73-degree angles

    This might seem heavy compared with today’s more exotic – and more expensive – road bikes, but it’s lighter than most of the bikes raced in Sean Kelly’s day. So it’s not exactly a heavyweight. And the 9-speed STI gearing will be much more versatile than the setup Kelly was used to.

    The welds are bulky and functional rather than neat and elegant, but the geometry is based around classic near 73-degree frame angles. The chainstays have been lengthened though to 425mm, compared with 405mm for a race-ready bike.

    Gearing is nine-speed sora:
    Gearing is nine-speed sora:

    Gearing is nine-speed Sora

    This not only makes the bike more stable; it also means more clearance – and the frame comes with fittings for front and rear fenders and a rear rack, though toe overlap could be an issue at the front.

    We’re big fans of these fittings on a budget road bike. After all, it’s much more likely to be used for commuting, training and general riding rather than competitive cycling.

    Kelly’s hero? it’s razor sharp:
    Kelly’s hero? it’s razor sharp:

    Kelly’s hero? It’s razor sharp

    The handling is neutral rather than properly racy, but the compact frame accelerates well, it has a great gear range – also very good to see on an entry-level bike – and decent kit and wheels for the money.

    The compact frame, carbon-bladed fork, 25mm rubber and 27.2mm seatpost help to make it pretty comfortable too, and this could be pressed into service as a winter trainer or a first ‘serious’ all-round road bike.

    Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
    • Age: 53
    • Height: 175cm / 5'9
    • Weight: 75kg /165lb
    • Waist: 33in
    • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
    • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
    • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
    • Location: Bath, UK

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