Test: Votec is a well-established name amongst MTB-enthusiasts – not surprising given that the brand’s roots lie in the open country disciplines. Although it has been quiet around this erstwhile prestigious company in the last few years, they have once again started to gain momentum since their take-over through Internetstores GmbH.
Of particular note is the firm’s expansion into the racing bike industry. We put the Stuttgart-based company’s first carbon bike, VRC Pro, under the microscope.
Features and Practice
The VRC Pro is an in-house development Votec has every right to be proud of. The features and configurations of our test bike are doubtlessly impressive, particularly for a price of 2.699 Euro. Handlebar, stem and wheelset are made by Easton and Ergon has supplied a worthy saddle with its SR-30 S model. The EA90 SLX rims are mounted with 25mm wide Schwalbe One tyres – a great all-rounder.
Hugely impressive was Shimano’s Ultegra Di2, featuring a hill-friendly crankset with 50/34 t chain rings. The cassette with a sprocket range of 11 to 28 t turns even the steepest hills into fun climbs.
The electronic group suits the frame well, which is not least thanks to the great look of the frame itself. The engineers surrounding Timo Wölk used all their know-how to outdo themselves and have created a versatile frame that gives ample opportunities for the fitting of electronic and mechanic component groups.
The frame itself is rather demure with its shiny-matt black coating. Only the curved chain stays and the slim seat stays attract immediate attention. Yet, the secret of this 950gr light frame, which comes with a six-year warranty, is exposed at the first pedal stroke.
The Votec VRC Pro is extremely agile and quick. Both, during heavy climbs and fast descents and straights, this bike proves its thoroughbred racing qualities, without losing any of the comfort. Its cornering abilities are good, whereby the bike remains controllable at all times. There are no moments of fear, even at high speed. The seating position is slightly extended, but comfortably athletic. Without question, this is how a modern racing bike should feel and look.
It is difficult to find a fault with this bike, even after three weeks of continuous use. The only feature that could be criticised is the bottle holder, which is installed fairly low down the seat tube. However, this could be good news for anyone who likes big bottles.
When buying a Votec VRC Pro you can confidently sign up for the next race. Its not even seven kg, features and frame characteristics are undoubtedly made for competing! Thanks to the outstanding cost-performance ratio, ambitious riders might find themselves with some extra money to invest in an aero-wheelset – note: Votec will include the fitting! [Link]
- High quality fixtures
- Impressive riding characteristics
- Outstanding price-performance ratio
Price and Web
- 2.699,00 Euro