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Ven­tum One Start­ing at US$6,875

(Frame, fork, seat­post, cock­pit and hy­dra­tion)

TO UN­DER­STAND EX­ACTLY how Ven­tum Bi­cy­cles have man­aged to make as big an im­pact in the triathlon land­scape as they have in just a few years in the busi­ness, you have to first look at the men be­hind the com­pany. Ev­ery­one else who writes about Ven­tum starts with the two en­gi­neers be­hind the the rad­i­cal-look­ing Z-shaped bikes, Jimmy and Peter Seear, and I will, of course, talk about what they bring into the mix. The man I want to start with, though, is the Seear’s part­ner, Diaa Nour.

Orig­i­nally from Egypt, Nour is a big guy with big hair. A triathlete him­self (his brother com­petes as an elite for Egypt), I first got to know him when he and Le­anda Cave be­came part­ners. Nour is al­ways smil­ing, very out­go­ing and the kind of guy you can’t help but like. Over the past few years, you couldn’t help but no­tice him at the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship bike check-in as he greeted any Ven­tum rid­ers get­ting ready for their big day in Kona. That pres­ence has been even big­ger over the last few years, as Ven­tum be­came the of­fi­cial bike of the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship.

With Nour in­volved, it came as no sur­prise to me to hear from Ven­tum own­ers that the com­pany’s cus­tomer ser­vice is sec­ond to none. Ath­letes who have been spon­sored by the com­pany are equally pos­i­tive about their in­ter­ac­tions.

Ser­vice and smiles are great, but un­less the prod­uct you’re push­ing is good, you’re not go­ing to get very far. Now’s the time to talk about Jimmy and Peter Seear. Jimmy was an elite triathlete who fin­ished sec­ond at the U23 world cham­pi­onships in 2009. Jimmy and Peter are the en­gi­neers be­hind the bike. If you’re old enough to re­mem­ber the rev­o­lu­tion­ary Lo­tus bike that Chris Board­man used to win the 1992 Olympic pur­suit, you’ll rec­og­nize the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the Ven­tum One and the Lo­tus. After some of the 20-year patents ex­pired on cer­tain as­pects of the Lo­tus de­sign, they were able to de­velop the Ven­tum One.

Their goal was to de­velop a su­per-aero­dy­namic bike that would han­dle and per­form well. The Lo­tus bike dis­ap­peared from the cy­cling world after the UCI man­dated dou­ble tri­an­gle ge­om­e­try for com­pe­ti­tion. Triathlon has no such re­stric­tion, so the Ven­tum is an­other of the many tri-spe­cific bikes on the mar­ket that of­fer out­stand­ing

In an ideal world your ex­pen­sive tri bike will spend all its trav­el­ling time in the back of your car – it’s not al­ways fun to worry about a $10,000 bumper, or whether or not you re­mem­bered to re­ally tighten the skewer when you at­tached your bike to the roof rack.

It’s not al­ways a re­al­is­tic op­tion, though. You might not have a car that’s con­ducive to throw­ing a bike in the back. Some­times you have ei­ther too many bikes or too many peo­ple with bikes to fit ev­ery­thing in your car, too. And you re­ally don’t have to be too hes­i­tant about us­ing a bike rack to trans­port your prized tri-ride. Head to any ma­jor bike race and you’ll see cars loaded up with some of the most ex­pen­sive bikes on the planet on racks that are de­signed to both se­curely hold the bikes and also al­low for quick and easy ac­cess.

We had a look at three dif­fer­ent styles of racks to demon­strate the dif­fer­ent op­tions avail­able to you when it comes to car­ry­ing a bike on your car:

Kuat Sherpa 2.0

SeaSucker Mon­key Bars

Yakima High­Speed

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