What's better than a brand new carbon road bike that weighs in at just 6.8 kg? A brand new carbon bike that's been fit to me, with components of my choosing, and has my name painted on the side.
This bike has been a long time coming. I could have replaced my terrible road bike with a less terrible road bike at multiple points over the last 2 or 3 years, but I've been planning out this purchase, and waiting until I could do it right.
Julien, owner of Vitess, has been very patient with me over the years and has always had time to spend with me even when it was clear I wouldn't be a customer for a while. This personal attention is what I think has kept my interest up over time. There's a lot of sexy bikes out there but there's a lot less where you're getting help from the guy with the vision.
Initially this is what got me really interested. Here's a guy trying do bring something a bit different to the world of cycling. Building a different kind of manufacture and build model, and building a brand that is synonymous with a high level of personal attention and lots of configuration options.
Julien isn't trying to sell the most bikes. He isn't trying to be the cheapest. He isn't trying to be the the most expensive. He's delivering both a fantastic bike, and a fantastic experience that, overall, is great value. Given that that's exactly what I've been trying to do in my own business at Audaxium, it really appeals to me.
Still, the bike itself is nothing short of great just on it's own. While I've just gotten back out on the road recently after the crash, the rides I have had on the bike, including tonight, have been smile filled the entire way. It handles beautifully.
And, when I'm not on it, it's beside my desk where I can gaze upon it. I just don't get tired of looking at it. It's the only black and white Vitess you'll find. And given I had the paint scheme tweaked a bit, in all likely-hood, this bike will remain an original work of art.
I've got a new stem on order, white on black of course, and a new black on black seatpost, both courtesy of 3T. My flexibility is also getting better, and despite what Julien says, the stem will get dropped down, perhaps even to a slammed position. (He writes hopefully)
Soon I'll take some more photos of it when it's fully kitted out with bottle cages etc. And I'll post more when I take it out on it's first long ride.