Ventum NS1 Road Bike Superbike Unveiling

Ventum NS1 Road Bike Superbike Unveiling


(door opens) – Oh, boy, oh, boy, oh, boy. (door closes) (footsteps cross the floor) Morning, Trainiacs. It is new bike day. This is the Ventum NS1 with Alto wheels and Shimano Ultegra DI2, and I wanna get right in
here literally (sniffs). It’s beautiful. It’s beautiful. Let me have some breakfast,
and I’ll introduce ya. (fast-paced, upbeat electronic music) (heavy, grinding electronic music) (stripped-down electronic music) I caved, and
(bike rides with road traffic) alter ego did the hard stuff, rightfully so. Look at this thing. (bike rides with road traffic)
So nice. (heavy electronic music) Ladies and gentlemen,
Trainiacs of all ages, this is it. This is the Ventum NS1. This is new bike day. This is the new bike day. I know that I enjoy and put that tri bike through the paces, the Ventum One, (claps hands) but I
like me some road bikes. I look at tri bikes as
like, pain, as work. I look at road bikes, as fun, enjoyable, goin’ around with friends, comfortable, and let me tell you, I
took this for a spin today, and it’s nice. It is very, very nice. Lemme tell you about
it, and lemme tell you about why everyone out there
should have a road bike. The Ventum NS1 is an aero road bike that is still very, very comfortable. Historically, road bikes have
been either very comfortable, made for climbing, a little more compliant and easier on the body, or
they’ve been aerodynamic and very hard on the body. But what’s happening with new carbon labs and new road bike designs,
is you’re getting both now. Also, with more room for
the wheels and bigger tires, you’re being able to use
28, 32 millimeter tires with lower psi so that the
tires and the air pressure in the tires end up taking a
lot more load off the body. So, I took this thing for a spin today, and it was everything
that I wanted it to be. I had to do some really,
really hard intervals, and it was very smooth getting
up to really high wattages, but at the same time, going
over all the potholes, all the bumps, all the cracks in the road, that normally jar me that
I don’t enjoy going over. This really didn’t take
anything out of that. Normally, when I go over
a certain section of road, my power drops by about 20
watts, but in this case today, it maybe dropped by about two or three because this bike took
all of those vibrations from the road, like a champ. Let’s go through every last little bit. Starting at the front,
I ended up going again with the Alto wheels. Why Alto? Because Alto has hub technology that as you are pushing
really big watts in the back, it ends up transferring
that power in such a way that the wheels stay
straight instead of flexing the entire bike back and forth. These Alto wheels are capable
of doing tubeless tires, so I went with the new Continental
5000 tubeless-ready tires that I put together myself. So, you end up taking the tube out, taking a little bit of rolling weight out of the circumference of the wheel, so that it can actually
spin a lot smoother. You can also get flats, and then the tire basically repairs the flat itself. They are roughly a 60
millimeter deep wheel, so it’s kind of a nice
combination of being able to climb with the bike and being
really nice and aerodynamic. Going down, at the bottom of the fork, you can see that this is a disc brake. Here in Winnipeg, we
don’t have a lot of hills, so the disc brake is a
little bit of overkill. But if you ride a lot of hills, the disc brake does a couple of things. Number one, it ends up taking more weight out of the circumference of the
wheel because you don’t need that really big, beefy braking
surface on the outer edge of the wheel that adds a ton of weight. It takes that weight out
of the rolling weight of the bike and puts it into
the center of the wheel, which is much more stable now. The Ventum also has thru-axle, instead of a thin skewer
that you have to clamp on, the thru-axle is a big,
thick axle that adds a ton of stability into the bike. I took a couple of corners
today really, really narrow, and it was just as
stable as when I was out riding perfectly straight. Now, what you’ll notice
about the road bike here is that there is a down
tube, unlike on the tri bike. Ventum actually ended up
talking about this internally. Should we make this UCI legal or not? Should we be the company that just throws all the UCI regulations out the window? Or, should we just make
the best bike that we can? And they decided to just
be the best bike maker that they can be. That says a lot about
the Ventum One tri bike because it sends a
statement that they’re not in the business of making gimmicky bikes. They’re in the business
of making good bikes. On the down tube and on the seat tube for the bottle cages, because
that actually does make a difference with your
weight and your aerodynamics, I went with the Elite Vico Carbon. Really, really super light. Obviously, in red, it matches the red of triathlon Taren and this bike. On the bottom bracket, I did upgrade to the ceramic speed bottom bracket because that nice,
loose rolling resistance from your bottom bracket, I
feel, makes a nice difference. As far as the groupset goes,
I did just go with Ultegra. I would’ve liked to obviously
go with Dura Ace Di2. But I checked with Shimano, and they said, “Sorry, we just don’t
really have that in stock “for sample and promotional purposes, “but you can do the Ultegra DI2.” And I figured, actually
thinking back to it, not everyone can afford full Dura Ace Di2, and what I’ve been hearing
and what I’ve been saying is that Ultegra and Dura Ace
are largely very comparable as far as function goes. I should probably see if
that’s actually the case, and in the ride today, the
shifting was just as crisp. The road feel was just as crisp. The braking situation, just as crisp, as what I would expect from
a really high-end groupset, but the Ultegra is a little bit cheaper. The downside to it is that
it weighs a little bit more. Upside to it, though, is that
the chain and the cassette on Ultegra actually last
a little bit longer. They’re a little bit heavier, but they wear a little bit better. So, there are a number
of people here locally that will have a Dura Ace groupset, but then an Ultegra chain and cassette. And as far as the seat goes, I went with the Cobb San Remo saddle. This is actually the same
saddle that I took off of my old bike because I really
like the feeling of this. It’s worn really well. All of the rails on
all of the Cobb saddles are a little bit longer,
so that actually gives a little bit of shock
absorption for the saddle, so that you don’t actually just have as much roughness on your undercarriage. As far as working on it goes,
the bike shop and myself, it wasn’t that bad to work on. All of these super,
high-end bikes are getting a lot more user-friendly to work on, so that it’s not hundreds of dollars, an entire day’s worth of
work to adjust your height, here in the integrated, awesome cockpit that I put rubber grips on,
so that I can really grind into hanging onto those
really hard efforts down in the drops. And it’s fast, Trainiacs. It is fast. I’m a big fan of this. Everything that I’ve
heard about it from people that aren’t necessarily
sponsored by Ventum, but have been lucky enough
to be able to ride this, way before I did, they
said that this is one of the best bikes on the market. And, I will say, I’m very excited. My first ride out today, I dug it. Also, fun little thing to
know, NS1 means Nour, Seear, as in Diaa Nour, Jimmy Seear, the two founders of Ventum Number One. So, that’s it. I am gonna ride the
hell out of this thing. That’s all, Trainiacs. That’s all. I’m happy. It’s new bike day. How can you not like this? If you like Ventum, say what’s up, and hit the Subscribe button below. Later.