Wittson Cycles debuts in Japan with titanium aero triathlon frame Ventu
It’s less than a week to the biggest cycling show in Japan CYCLE MODE 2018, which takes place at the amazing Makuhari Messe venue in Tokyo. The exhibition has an area dedicated to framebuilders handcrafting the most exquisite, custom frames and WITTSON CUSTOM TI CYCLES will launch a full titanium triathlon bicycle with aero tubes, integrated seattube and stem called VENTU. This is technologically the most advanced titanium bicycle frame what we have built, and I hope you find it worth posting.
Our family decided that it was time triathletes could finally enjoy the performance that titanium offers – Ventu is currently the only titanium triathlon-specific frame in the world!
I’ve had this idea for years, and getting more and more inquiries for custom triathlon frames, I decided the time was right. Starting working on this project a year ago, the challenge was bigger than expected. Naturally, for this project we needed aero tubes. But the problem is that normally seamless grade 9 tubes are round, whereas aero tubes are welded… This wasn’t a compromise for us, so I started digging more and tried all of the possible sources worldwide. And there you go – I managed to source seamless aero tubes that literally fly into space (these tubes are used to make parts for space shuttles)! They are used for downtube, seattube and seatstays. The seattube uses THECNO integrated aero seatmast, which has an adjustment of 20mm and is patented.
To improve the aerodynamics even more, we integrated the stem, seattube, rear wheel and cables. The integration of the stem was another thing we had to rack our brains over, but I believe we nailed it. Of course, on the list we had stiffness as well, therefore we have built the VENTU with shallow seatstays, conical 1.5” headtube, PressFit 30 bottom bracket etc. Simply put, this racing aero machine is not only the most advanced titanium bicycle frame on the market, but finally triathletes can benefit from the characteristics of titanium, having a comfortable ride which can save their legs for the run, which may be crucial.
Of course, we are a custom house and every single VENTU is customized to fit each triathlete’s personal aero position like a glove. Moreover it can be modified by, for example, adding adjustable dropouts, building it with a conventional seatpost or stem, building it for mechanical or Di2/EPS/eTap/WE groupset specific, and the list goes on. Just open your mind and create a dream machine, one that will be with you for life, carrying a lifetime warranty.
– modern triathlon geometry
– integrated stem
– over-sized externally and internally butted headtube for conical 1.5″ fork
– flattened toptube
– aero downtube
– integrated aero seattube
– made in Italy THECNO aero seatmast with 20mm adjustment
– shallow aero seatstays
– hydro-formed chainstays
– integrated brake cable routing
– PressFit 30 bottom bracket
– CNC’ed Wright dropouts with removable alu hanger
– beadblasted finish with custom mirror decals
– ti headbadge
– anodized bolts
– weight 1590g (size M)
– price €2,989