Pro Bike: Meredith Kessler’s Ventum One

Meredith Kessler's Ventum One

The Ventum One of American professional triathlete Meredith Kessler is ready to go for Saturday’s Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Meredith Kessler's Ventum One

Kessler makes good use of the real estate on her PRO Missile carbon aerobars, cleanly positioning her between-the-arms hydration system and her PowerTap Joule GPS+ head unit right where she needs them.

Meredith Kessler's Ventum One

An XLAB Delta 425 securely holds a rear hydration system, though Kessler is using this mount to store here spares and repair kit in an XLAB Cage Pod. A top tube mounted XLAB Stealth Pocket allows for easy access to nutrition during the Ironman’s 112-mile bike leg.

Meredith Kessler's Ventum One

A K-Edge Chain Catcher is a clever piece of kit that adds a level of insurance that Kessler’s chains stays exactly where she wants it: on the chain rings.

Meredith Kessler's Ventum One

The massive Dura Ace 9000 series crankset provides a virtually unparalleled level of stiffness to deliver every last watt to the rear wheel.

Meredith Kessler's Ventum One

Meredith Kessler’s Ventum One has the full CeramicSpeed bearing treatment to reduce drivetrain friction to a minimum. The large 17-tooth pulley wheels help the chain move more freely through the drivetrain, reportedly increasing performance by 40% when compared to traditional systems.

Meredith Kessler's Ventum One

The Ventum One has massive chain stays which ensure frame stiffness despite the unique design, which removes the down tube and seat stays to enhance aerodynamics.

Meredith Kessler's Ventum One

Kessler has opted for an XLAB Torpedo between-the-arms hydration system to keep her hydrated while speeding through the lava fields of Kona in addition to the Ventum One’s integrated top tube mounted hydration system.

Meredith Kessler's Ventum One

Kessler’s ENVE race wheels roll on a DT Swiss front hub up front and a PowerTap power meter rear hub in the back. “Gumption” is emblazoned in multiple locations in her unique custom paint job.

A look at the Ventum One bike American Meredith Kessler will ride on at Saturday’s Ironman World Championship. “This bike is very MEANINGFUL, personally,” Kessler wrote on her Instagram. “It represents those initials that have ridden the waves with us+literally carries them close. Just when we thought this bike company couldn’t get any better: @ventumracing customized this treasure.”

More from Kona