At just under € 3,000, the VOTEC VRC PRO is an absolute steal compared to the rest of the bikes in the group, despite being based on a completely new frameset. We’ve been able to exclusively test one of the first pre-production prototypes. Can it hold its own against the, in part, four-times more expensive competition?

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best road bike of 2020 – 13 high-carat road bikes in review

VOTEC VRC PRO | 8.27 kg in size XL | € 2,999 | Manufacturer’s website

The new frameset of the VOTEC VRC PRO is incredibly versatile, so we didn’t want to leave it out of this test, even with the significant price difference and the comparatively lower spec. In turn, we’re more interested in understanding the qualities and potential of the frame rather than criticising compromises made in the spec. Together with design studio vonrafael, VOTEC’s engineers have been working hard on the development of the VRC PRO.

The VOTEC VRC PRO in detail

Legendary cars such as the 1978 Martini Racing Porsche 911 SC are touted as inspiration for the design. The unique look combines classic details with clever solutions that create speed, efficiency and riding enjoyment. A central element is the design around the seat cluster, with a seat post clamp that is bolted into the frame and can be completely removed, together with saddle and seatpost. That avoids having to adjust your saddle height if you ever need to remove it. This also creates the unique design of the seat stays, which join the top tube without actually connecting to the seat post as they usually would. Additionally, the bike features internal cable routing, mounting points for mudguards, Mavic Speed Release axles, clearances for up to 700 x 35C tires and flat mount disc brakes for 160/140 mm rotors. Our XL test bike weighs 8.27 kg and costs € 2,999. The bike is equipped with a 2×11 Shimano ULTEGRA groupset with 52/36 t chainrings and 11–30 t cassette, Mavic Ksyrium i19 USD wheels and 700 x 28C Vittoria Corsa Control Graphene 2.0 tires. A VOTEC Werx Carbon seatpost with 20 mm offset is paired with Zipp Service Course SL components for the cockpit.

The Zipp cockpit is well-known for its sporty stiffness. The VOTEC would be better suited to an option with more compliance.
Enough space
The 28 mm Vittoria tires could be changed for up to 35 mm wide tires. That would improve comfort and all-road performance.
Numerous threads on the frame have removable backing plates. In contrast to frames with glued threads, if you do damage anything, you haven’t written off your frame.


€ 2,999


Seatpost VOTEC Werx Carbon 20 mm
Brakes Shimano ULTEGRA R8020 160/140 mm
Drivetrain Shimano ULTEGRA mechanical
Stem Zipp Service Course SL 120 mm
Handlebar Zipp Service Course SL 440 mm
Wheelset Mavic Ksyrium i19 UST with Speed Release
Tires Vittoria Corsa Control Graphene 2.0 700 x 28C
Gearing 52/36 t and 11–30 t 2x11

Technical Data

Weight 8.27 kg

The seat stays run directly into the top tube with an appealing balance of traditional looks and innovative details. It’s nice to see something fresh!

The geometry of the VOTEC VRC PRO

Seat tube 461 mm 484 mm 503 mm 543 mm 586 mm
Top tube 519 mm 535 mm 558 mm 575 mm 595 mm
Head tube 128 mm 150 mm 176 mm 198 mm 225 mm
Head angle 71.5° 72.0° 72.5° 73.0° 73.0°
Seat angle 74.5° 74.5° 73.9° 73.9° 73.9°
Chainstays 414 mm 414 mm 414 mm 414 mm 414 mm
BB Drop 78 mm 78 mm 74 mm 74 mm 74 mm
Wheelbase 978 mm 991 mm 1,005 mm 1,017 mm 1,037 mm
Reach 368 mm 378 mm 388 mm 398 mm 410 mm
Stack 545 mm 567 mm 590 mm 613 mm 640 mm

The VOTEC serves up an extra helping of stability. However, as a result you’ll also need more space to turn.

Helmet Giro Aether MIPS | Glasses 100% S2 Peter Sagan Edition | Jersey Rapha Brevet Long Sleeve | Shorts Rapha Pro Team Winter Tights with Pad | Socks Twenty One Cycling Socks | Shoes Rapha Classic Shoes

The VOTEC VRC PRO in review

Setting off, the VOTEC VRC PRO is restrained, lacking the sprightliness of its competitors. However, once up to speed, it maintains its momentum and feels like it can roll over any obstacle without being slowed down. That’s significantly helped by the stable ride and great straight line stability. At 1,017 mm, the VOTEC has the longest wheelbase in our test – there’s no trace of toe overlap here. However, that high stability sacrifices manoeuvrability. Tight and winding corners require significant and constant input, though once you manage to change direction, the VRC PRO turns precisely and predictably and stays good-natured even on uneven terrain. The front and rear remain well balanced here too. In terms of comfort, the bike is comparatively stiff, or, if we’re being generous has an honest ride. While smaller vibrations are pleasantly damped, you’ll get significant feedback from the surface you’re on and mid-sized impacts are transmitted directly. If you put more stock by comfort, then you’ll be able to make use of the 35 mm tire clearances and could also change the Zipp Service Course SL cockpit for a more comfortable option. After all, these components are well known for being some of the stiffest out there. We were a little disappointed with the seat post clamp on our pre-production bike. Firstly, it required more torque than the quoted 7 Nm. Secondly, the interface between the aluminium clamp and carbon frame developed some creaking noises. We’re interested to see how VOTEC will resolve this on the production model.

UPDATE VOTEC have recognised the problem with the seat clamp of their prototype bike and came up with an updated version of the clamp for the pre-series model. The production bike will be delivered with the new clamp. We’ve tested it on numerous rides and can confirm that it’s absolutely creak-free!

Good things take time
Here is an overview of the evolutionary stages of the seat clamp: from left (pre-series) to right (series model).

Tuning tips: Cockpit with more compliance for increased comfort

Riding Characteristics



  1. cumbersome
  2. playful


  1. nervous
  2. confident


  1. demanding
  2. balanced

Fun factor

  1. boring
  2. lively


  1. firm
  2. comfortable

Value for money

  1. terrible
  2. very good

Technical Data


Size: S M L XL XXL
Weight: 8.27 kg
Price: € 2,999

Indended Use

Smooth tarmac 1
Allroad/Gravel 2
Everyday/Commuting 3


The VOTEC VRC PRO shines with its huge stability and straight line handling. Through open corners and at high speeds, beginners and pros will benefit from the predictable ride. If you’re searching for an honest bike that is reliable in challenging situations, you’ll find an option here. However, for one of the top spots, the VOTEC is missing in both sprightliness and comfort.


  • huge stability
  • feeling of security
  • tire clearances


  • limited comfort
  • a little sluggish setting off
  • slow to make quick direction changes

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The test field

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best road bike of 2020 – 13 high-carat road bikes in review

All bikes in test: Argon 18 Krypton Pro (Click for review) | Bianchi Infinito CV Disc (Click for review) | BMC Roadmachine 01 ONE (Click for review) | Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Dura Ace (Click for review) | Cicli Bonanno Futomaki Disc (Click for review) | FOCUS IZALCO MAX DISC 9.9 (Click for review) | LOOK 795 BLADE RS DISC (Click for review) | OPEN U.P.P.E.R. (Click for review) | Pinarello Dogma F12 Team INEOS Edition (Click for review) | ROSE REVEAL SIX Dura Ace Di2 Custom (Click for review) | Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Click for review) | Trek Domane SLR 9 eTap (Click for review) | VOTEC VRC PRO

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Words: Photos: Valentin Rühl