Van Nicholas (Netherlands) - Press Release: Van Nicholas gives the Ventus racer more spark and performance through electronic shifting in the form of Di2 shift groups. In addition, the Yukon Disc touring bike gets an upgrade with a special frame designed for a 14-speed Rohloff system.
The renewed Ventus racer – with the addition of Di2 groupsets:
The Ventus is the entry-level racer in the Van Nicholas road bike range, designed as the perfect introduction to the comfort and performance of Titanium at a wallet-friendly price point. But affordable doesn’t equate to compromise, and the technological innovations and performance features on this bike are similar to those found on much more expensive machines.
“Riding a budget bike shouldn’t mean you have to put up with budget performance,” says Ralph Moorman, General Manager of Van Nicholas, “and the Ventus was always intended to ride and feel like a much more expensive bike, often thanks to the trickle-down of technologies from other bikes in our range.”
The latest piece of technology to find its way down to the Ventus, is electronic shifting in the form of Shimano Di2 groupsets. Shimano now offer Di2 technology in 105, Ultegra and Dura Ace configurations, so there is an option available for every budget. “The Ventus frame is exceptionally stiff, scoring an ‘Excellent’ rating for stiffness during our in-house, ISO-surpassing, testing,” says Ralph, “and the geometry is optimised for fast, competitive riding, so whichever Di2 option you elect to choose, you can be certain the frameset will satisfy your performance expectations.”
Precise, rapid shifting is achieved with just the push of a button, and the lack of cables helps the streamlined aesthetic and aerodynamic profile.
Add to this the basic package of integrated headset, full carbon front fork, flat-mounted 160mm disc brakes (with internal cable routing) and tyre clearance up to 28mm, and you have a technologically advanced, performance-focused racer that delivers far more than you’d normally expect from a budget Titanium bike.
Yukon Disc plus Rohloff – a match made in heaven:
The Yukon Disc was developed to be a super-light touring bike that would also deliver the performance demanded by the fast, daily commuter, and now with the Yukon Disc Rohloff, a dedicated frame designed specifically to accommodate a 14 speed Rohloff system, Van Nicholas have added even greater reliability to this adaptable machine.
“If you intend to use your bike to get you from A to B on a daily basis, and also for your weekend trips, the last thing you want is to be spending hours in the workshop keeping your transmission in peak condition,” says Ralph Moorman, General Manager of Van Nicholas. “The beauty of the Rohloff system is that it delivers maintenance-free performance for thousands of kilometres – less time in the workshop means more time riding, which can only be a good thing!”
A simple twist-click controller can be configured with regular flat handlebars, or with the VNT (Van Nicholas Technologies) proprietary Rohloff-specific drop handlebars, and cable routing is internal until just before the bottom bracket. Cable routing for the brakes and even the hub dynamo, if that optional extra is specified, is similarly internal. This internal routing helps to streamline the frame for both aerodynamic and aesthetic reasons.
Versatility is a key factor in this bike’s appeal, with multiple mounting points for luggage and mudguards, and clearance for a range of tyre sizes, designed to allow each rider to set up the bike for their individual needs. Disc brakes, thru axles and a tapered headset, along with the sporty geometry, take care of the performance aspect – the Yukon Disc Rohloff is equally at home weaving in and out of fast-paced traffic, taking on a day race, or just meandering down back roads fully loaded with gear.
Specifications and prices:
- The Ventus Di2 will be available from November 2022 as a complete build in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL (48cm, 51cm, 54cm, 57cm and 60cm) with a total price of €3.499 with Shimano 105 Di2 groupset, € 4.199 with Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset, or €5.899 with Shimano Dura Ace Di2 groupset.
- The Yukon Disc Rohloff will be available from December 2022, as a complete build in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL (48cm, 51cm, 54cm, 57cm and 60cm) from €5.499 and as a frame (including front fork) from €2.249.