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Gear of the Month – December 2021


Here it is – our second edition of Gear of the Month, where we take you through our top picks of the month, from new bikes, cool clothing and some top tech plus we also be give away a prize each month to one of you lucky viewers.

In this month’s edition we look at the awesome new Vitus Energie Evo Cyclocross bike, the perfect Christmas present for kids with the Vitus Smoothy, Five Ten Trailcross GTX shoes and the stunning Ragley Blue Pig Hardtail!

Lets take a closer look:


Vitus Energie Evo Cyclocross Bike

The 2022 Vitus Energie Evo is a full carbon race-ready cyclocross bike. Built around a monocoque carbon frame and fork to offer a stronger and lightweight bike, it’s also been designed to provide as much mud and trye clearance as possible to allow you to keep going when no other bike can. Vitus state that the 2022 Energie Evo has been designed to put the rider first by maximising power output, aerodynamic positioning and maintaining comfort.

The versatility of the Energie Evo is plain to see with the innovative removable mudguard mount between the seatstays, allowing you to have the option to put larger tyres allowing you to use the bike beyond the cyclocross season, if that means as a commuter, winter trainer or the gravel explorer! 

  • SRAM eTap AXS 1X FORCE Drivetrain 
  • Prime Baroudeur wheelset
  • Weight: 7.7kg (Medium)
  • Colour: Black/Purple

Vitus Smoothy Balance Bike

A perfect Christmas present for those little nippers, the Vitus Smoothy is a lightweight premium balance bike. Giving kids the confidence from their first ride, designed to make progression easy and helping learn those essential skills that will stay with them for life. Produced from a unique cast magnesium frameset that allows for an extremely functional and yet a very cool looking bike.

  • 12″ Aluminium wheels
  • Padded scoop saddle
  • Adjustable height handlebar and seatpost
  • Ideal Christmas present

Five Ten Trailcross GTX

Designed for all types of mountain bike riding in the worst weather, Trailcross GTX combines Five Ten’s sticky stealth rubber for a durable and reliable sole with the practicality of GORE-TEX waterproof membrane to ensure the perfect all-around shoes.

Originally designed for the bike and hike activity the Trailcross is ideal if you want something off-road or on foot. The lightweight trainer-style shoes are perfect for all-terrain meaning whether you are trail building, hiking to the next trail, or riding off-road you can rely on the GTX to provide all-day comfort.

  • GORE-TEX waterproof membrane for all-weather protection
  • Famous sole technology with Stealth Phantom Rubber
  • EVA foam limits impact force and absorbs energy
  • Dotted outsole modified for even more traction off the bike

Ragley Blue Pig

The Ragley Blue Pig Hardtail Bike features a top-quality chromoly frame and is equipped with a RockShox YARI RC 150mm travel fork and a Shimano SLX 12-Speed groupset and hydraulic disc brakes.

Comfortable enough to ride all-day, tough enough for the bike park and to speed through the local woodland; the Blue Pig is built to take abuse and inspire confidence when things get gnarly.

  • Custom triple butted chromoly tubing
  • Shimano SLX/Deore 12-Speed groupset
  • Brand-X Ascend dropper post
  • RockShox YARI RC front fork

Tom Adams

Tom is a bike enthusiast! Originally a mountain biker, Tom enjoys going fast on two wheels, whether it's on the road or on the gravel, mountain bike or commuting! Tom has been riding bikes for almost 18 years and loves nothing more than getting out on the roads or trails and testing out the newest and most innovative things on the Chain Reaction website!

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