Apparently Ventum had something special to introduce at Ironman Kona, and it wasn’t a tri bike. Yesterday, the company officially announced the pre-order of their all new aero road bike, the NS1.
Starting out with a goal of creating an aero road bike that was also impressively light, the NS1 relies on EPS molding and “carbon nanotubes and graphene” to get the weight down but keep the strength up. The frame’s tubing is designed in a way that meets UCI requirements, but also supposedly provides a real world aero advantage for the average rider – water bottles included. This is a new world for Ventum considering tri bikes aren’t limited by UCI requirements – which is pretty obvious when you look at the Ventum One.
In addition to the aero tubing, the bike gets additional aero benefits from completely hiding the cabling for an extremely clean look. Designed with disc brakes, the frame uses the flat mount standard and only comes built with Shimano Di2 drivetrains. Ventum also claims that the bike has clearance for 30mm tires and that some of their testing included gravel, though this is definitely a road race bike. For complete geometry and specs, click on each link.
Currently offered only through a pre-order, pricing starts at $5,000 for the frameset. Complete builds start at $6,900 for a Shimano Ultegra Di2 build with Vision 30 wheels. For the version shown above, expect to shell out $11,620 – or $12,500 if you want it with a Pioneer power meter. Reservations require a refundable $2,000 deposit (which gets you a choice of custom paint), and bikes are expected to ship in March 2019.