Van Nicholas updates Ventus entry-level titanium highway bike
Titanium bike specialist Van Nicholas has introduced an replace of its entry-level Ventus, designed to carry the bike according to present design traits.
So which means – you guessed it – disc brakes instead of rim calipers and 12mm thru-axles as a substitute of fast releases. Tyre clearance is upped too, so you may match 28mm rubber (although that’s nonetheless pretty conservative for a contemporary disc-equipped highway bike).
“The flat-mounted disc brakes with 160mm rotors have been one other key function we selected to include,” says Ralph Moorman, normal supervisor at Van Nicholas.
“Not solely do they provide a lot better stopping energy over typical rim brakes in all climate situations, however the flat mounts enhance the aerodynamic potential at one of many ‘messier’ factors – for wind disturbance, that’s – on the body.
“We needed to pack our funds highway bike stuffed with the very newest improvements so it might stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the costlier bikes in our assortment.”
New fork and headset
Van Nicholas says the geometry of the Ventus is designed for quick, aggressive using, making it splendid for racing, membership runs or coaching.
The trip high quality of titanium and wider tyres must also make it snug for lengthy days within the saddle.
Moreover the flat-mount brakes, Van Nicholas has taken different steps to enhance the brand new Ventus’s aerodynamics, together with inner cable routing by the down tube.
Different new options embody an built-in headset and a brand new all-carbon fork with inner cable routing by the left leg.
The adjustments carry the Ventus according to the costlier bikes within the Van Nicholas vary, like its Skeiron model.
“Taking what now we have discovered when designing our top-of-the-range fashions and ‘trickling down’ that data is an important a part of our design course of,” says Moorman.
“In the end, bettering considered one of our bikes, ought to assist to enhance all of our bikes.”
Availability of the brand new Van Nicholas Ventus is slated for November, with frames sizes from XS to XL (48, 51, 54, 57 and 60cm).
Full builds will probably be priced at €2,499 with Shimano 105, €2,799 with Ultegra or €4,099 with Dura-Ace.
There’s a frameset-only choice with carbon fork priced at €1,499 and Van Nicholas’s on-line configurator additionally lets you choose your individual spec, together with Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo groupsets, and quite a few improve choices.
We’ve included the specs of the 105-equipped mannequin beneath for instance of what’s out there.
Van Nicholas Ventus 105 specs
- Body: Ventus titanium
- Fork: VNT SLR Carbon
- Groupset: Shimano 105
- Gear ratios: 50/34t, 11-34t (different choices out there)
- Wheels: Shimano RS-171 Disc
- Tyres: Continental Grand Sport Race 28mm
- Bars: VNT Alloy 6066 Wingshape
- Stem: VNT Alloy 6061
- Seatpost: VNT Alloy
- Saddle: VNT Leather-based
- Claimed weight: 9.7kg
- Worth: €2,499
- Availability: November 2020