Stuttgart, 10th February 2022 – Stuttgart-based bike manufacturer Votec will outfit its allroad racing bikes with new components. The VRC will be available in two versions, both with electronic shifting. The Comp version is equipped with SRAM Rival AXS, and the Pro version with Shimano’s Ultegra Di2. With this update, Votec brings its most affordable bikes into the electronic age and provides cyclists with state-of-the-art professional technology at an unbeatable price. The VRC Comp is available now for €2,999. The VRC Pro will cost €3,499 and can be ordered from mid-March.
Votec’s interpretation of the allroad bike
“We love riding road bikes but don’t want to limit riders to asphalt. The VRC has space for wide tyres, ensuring great versatility. You still get that exciting, fast road bike feel – but you can also ride it on bad and unpaved roads. Any further off-road optimisation is really moving into gravel bike territory,” explains Stephan Geiß, Head of Brand Management.
“The VRC is designed to feel at home on all roads,” adds David Meyer, product manager at Votec. “It encourages riders to deviate from their planned route. With these new components, the VRC stays true to itself and doesn’t compromise on its allroad versatility.”
Electronic 12-speed groupsets for the new season
The Mavic Allroad wheels, combined with the 32 mm-wide Vittoria Terreno Zero tyres, are fast on the asphalt but more secure and comfortable on rougher surfaces.
Votec uses the latest electronic 12-speed groupsets from SRAM and Shimano on the VRC Comp and VRC Pro. The SRAM Rival AXS on the VRC Comp incorporates a power meter and shifts wirelessly. Shimano’s recently introduced Ultegra Di2 groupset also shifts electronically. The two rear derailleurs are supplied with wired power from a central battery. The VRC Pro is about 500 g lighter than the VRC Comp.
The VRC frame you know and love
Rafael Hoffleit and his Heidelberg design studio are known for their eye-catching carbon frames, and these ideas have been incorporated into the VRC. The carbon frame with its innovative design is unchanged for these latest electronic Votec models. One of the frame’s most noteworthy features is the ‘VR knot’, the characteristic seat clamp developed especially for the VRC. The seatpost and seat clamp are removed and re-installed in one piece, which means you never have to readjust the saddle height after transporting your Votec.
“The VRC celebrates the classic lines of the road bike with its straightforward design yet defines a new genre and design language through its modern details,” says Geiß.
31,000 km and the Strade Bianche
The VRC has proven itself across varied terrain in a wide variety of races. Thorben Haushahn, from the VOTEC Endeavour Project, is more used to road races but last year rode 31,000 km on his VRC and learned to truly appreciate the bike’s versatility. The highlight was the 2021 edition of the Strade Bianche, one of the toughest one-day races on the calendar. Much of this Italian classic takes riders over dirt roads through Tuscany – a real challenge for both rider and bike.
“The Strade Bianchi really gets the most out of the VRC. The balanced geometry in combination with the wider tyres give the safety and grip you need on the many gravel sections without sacrificing any speed on the asphalt,” says the Votec rider.
The Votec is available as a frameset, too, if you want to build your perfect bike. Available from the end of March and priced at 1,499€, the frame and fork will be available in limited quantities.
The Votec VRC is available in five sizes: S, M, L, XL and XXL, suiting riders from 156 to 198 cm. If you’re unsure which size to order, use the frame size calculator on the Votec product page. This handy tool will help you calculate your ideal frame size in three simple steps. The frame is available in Votec’s classic matte black.
All important data can be found in the attached press kit or at votec.com.