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    Vitus Bikes Energie Alloy Cyclo X Bike 2014?

    I currently have 2 29er MTBs, but really want to try out a cyclocross bike for my summer commute. I don't want to spend a huge amount on the bike as my main investment is my Fuel Ex, so I am selling my X-Cal 5 to fund the new purchase.

    I plan on riding a few hundred km a week on the XC, mainly firetrails, smooth forest paths and road.

    I looked at the Giant, Specialized, Trek and Cannondale entry CX offerings, and was firstly shocked at the prices in Switzerland, and then at how low spec some of them are (Trek Crossrip are you listening!).

    I then saw:

    Vitus Bikes Energie Alloy Cyclo X Bike 2014 | Chain Reaction Cycles

    I know Vitus as an old French branch (and a very cool one at that), but nothing about the new CRC version of the brand. The bike seems to have a great spec, has all the parts of the more expensive brand bikes - but I am nervous about the quality of the bike and frame.

    I have seen good reviews of Vitus bikes around, but nothing specific for the CX models.

    Any help appreciated before I pull the trigger on a possibly big mistake!
    2014 Trek Fuel Ex 5 29er
    2014 Trek X-Caliber 5
    2012 Trek Cronus Pro

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    It seems kind of expensive for a unknown (to me) brand with a Tiagra group and Tektro brakes. Especially when you can get a Ridley with Shimano 105 and BB7 brakes for about the same price. Though I guess you can't get this shipped to Switzerland? But you must be able to find a Ridley over there.

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    Many thanks for the reply - much appreciated. I took a look at the cyclocross specs in more depth after you posted, and figured 105 would be a minimum. The Ridley was really expensive here, while Cannondale, Scott and Specialized don't sell their lower models - they start at around 2500-3000 Swiss francs!

    As such, I just sprung for a Planet X XLS Shimano 105 Cyclocross Bike | Planet X

    I chose the carbon seat post option (as I'd have added this anyway) and even though I wasn't sure of the brand, the selcof tubeless wheel upgrade. Just need to wait for it to be built and sent now! Although, with the weather so bad, I'll be mostly on the Fuel Ex for the near future anyway
    2014 Trek Fuel Ex 5 29er
    2014 Trek X-Caliber 5
    2012 Trek Cronus Pro

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    Planet X is great. I've got an On One Whippet from them and am building a Dirty Disco right now. I did really like that XLS and was thinking of building one, but decided to go with the Dirty Disco.
    2012 On One Whippet 650b
    2012 Santa Cruz TRc 650b
    2014 On One Dirty Disco
    2010 Soma Groove
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    Just an update on this - finally had the Planet X XLS delivered... What. A. Blast! So so much fun to ride.

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    2014 Trek Fuel Ex 5 29er
    2014 Trek X-Caliber 5
    2012 Trek Cronus Pro

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