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Vitus Substance CRS2 Gravel bike

Considering buying one of these as the “do anything” bike, commuting through the week, winter training bike and gravel bike if I ever wanted to get dirty.
Anyone own one that could give an opinion. The specs look good for what I want and want to spend (tubeless, disc and grx) but specs can be deceiving. Very few ( none) reviews that I can find. Any info would be great.

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  • luv2rideluv2ride Posts: 2,351
    Might be worth asking on the Singletrack forum, or the UK Gravel Bike Club Facebook page; lots of owners over there. They seem to rate it.
    Scott Solace 10 disc - Kinesis Crosslight Pro6 disc - Scott CR1 SL - Pinnacle Arkose X 650b - Pinnacle Arkose 1x11 "monster cross" - Specialized Singlecross...& an Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray 4 string...
  • singletonsingleton Posts: 1,568
    I've been looking recently and this was on my short list. I was also interested in the CRS-1, but the 1x only has Apex for the same price which didn't seem such good value compared to the CRS-2.
    I think that Vitus use a rebranded Carbonda CFR696 frame - as do people like Planet-X with their strangely named Free Ranger.
    However, there are none of the Vitus bikes available at the moment, so I ended up going with a Planet-X 1x Free Ranger that comes with a Force groupset.
  • I've just ordered an SRS-2, I've wanted a steel framed 650b bike for a while now and £1350 for that with a GRX groupset seemed like a bargain, so I couldn't resist.
  • singletonsingleton Posts: 1,568
    Nice.
    I considered the steel ones too, but the price was higher when I looked and as it needs to double up as my winter bike for fast group rides, I settled elsewhere.
  • singleton said:

    Nice.
    I considered the steel ones too, but the price was higher when I looked and as it needs to double up as my winter bike for fast group rides, I settled elsewhere.

    My plan is that as well as for having fun on gravel/forest trails, it will also become a bit of a "do it all" bike for both commuting and winter group rides - for the latter I'll stick on a pair of 700c wheels with something like 32c Conti 4 Seasons. 46/11 won't win me any sprints to the cafe but will just about be OK for the less frantic winter riding I do.
  • singletonsingleton Posts: 1,568
    I've gone with a 1x groupset so might have a different issue trying to keep up with a quick ride.
    I use a set of 700c wheels with Gravel King 32 slicks and full guards in the winter - IMO the tyres are only very slightly slower than pure road tyres and are robust and have good grip on bad roads in bad weather.
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