Ventum announces the launch of its aerodynamic and lightweight UCI-legal road bike, the NS1.
(Miami Beach, Fla.) Ventum, the Official Global Bike Partner of IRONMAN, best known for creating triathlon racing bicycles, is expanding into new territory with the release of a road racing bicycle, the Ventum NS1. Unlike Ventum’s other bicycles, the NS1 is sanctioned for use in competitive cycling events governed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
“There is a saying among cyclists that the correct number of bikes to own is n+1, or one more than you own currently” explained Ventum co-founder Diaa Nour. “It’s a joke, but there is some truth to it. Many cyclists own one ultra lightweight bike, one aerodynamic bike, and maybe a gravel bike. We designed the NS1 to be both as aerodynamic and as lightweight as possible. The NS1 is capable of fitting tires up to 30 mm wide, and it’s so tough that we conducted some of the testing on gravel tracks, but make no mistake, this is a road racing bike”
Fully configured and ready to race, the NS1 weighs in at 6.9 kilograms (about 15 pounds), just above the minimum allowed by the UCI. The Ventum NS1 is able to achieve such a light weight due to its carbon fiber frame, which Ventum manufactures using an advanced silicon EPS technique. The NS1 frame also incorporates carbon nanotubes and graphene to make the bicycle stronger without adding weight.
Ventum is best known for creating triathlon racing bicycles with radical frame designs to maximize aerodynamic performance, like the Ventum One, which eliminates the downtube and seat stays while integrating the water bottle into the frame. Such modifications to the traditional “double diamond” frame designs are not possible within the UCI regulations that govern bicycles used in road cycling races.
“Our challenge with the Ventum NS1 was to take everything we know about aerodynamic performance and combine it with advanced materials and manufacturing techniques to create a bike that would be UCI-legal for road racing.” explained Ventum co-founder Jimmy Seear.
Seear continued, “Working within the UCI rules can be restrictive, but we still found room for innovation. For example, conventional wisdom says that “narrow is aero”, so many bike designers make the downtubes on their bikes as thin as possible. That might make sense on paper, but we design Ventum bikes for real-world race conditions. Cyclists need water, and once you add a big, round water bottle to a narrow downtube it acts like a parachute, catching wind and adding drag. So we gave the Ventum NS1 a wider, aerodynamically-shaped downtube that shields the water bottle from the wind and makes the bike stiffer and lighter at the same time.”
In addition to optimizing the shape of the NS1’s tubes, Ventum hid all of the cables within the bars and frame, which further improves aerodynamic performance and gives the Ventum NS1 its signature “clean” look.
The Ventum NS1 will be available as a frameset, or a complete bike featuring disc brakes, a choice of Shimano Dura Ace Di2 or Ultegra Di2 components, Pioneer power meters, Ceramic Speed bearings, and wheels from Vision, FLO, and ENVE. Ventum is manufacturing the NS1 in six frame sizes and four stem lengths to accommodate a wide range of riders and positions. Pricing starts at $5,000 for a frameset and $6,900 for complete bike with Shimano Ultegra Di2 components.
Ventum is currently taking preorders for the NS1 which will begin shipping in March 2019. For more information, please visit ventumracing.com/road.
Ventum creates racing bicycles that use radical designs to maximize performance in real-world race conditions. The company was co-founded in Miami Beach, Florida in 2014 by Diaa Nour and former professional triathlete Jimmy Seear. In 2018 Ventum became the first ever Official Global Bike Partner of IRONMAN ® as well as the Official Bike Supplier of the IRONMAN World Championship and IRONMAN 70.3 ® World Championship. Ventum bicycles are available worldwide through the company’s dealer network and from the Ventum online store at https://ventumracing.com.