Ventum One


$9,570 (as tested with Ultegra Di2 and Edco wheels), Ventumracing.com

The draw: A plush ride with fun extras

The One’s full monocoque design and integration mixes aerodynamics with comfort. Unique to Ventum is the externally integrated 1.4-liter water bottle. In line with the top tube, it attaches via a simple bolt up front and a tab in the rear for a secure fit. The drinking tube attaches to the bars via a magnet, making it easy to hydrate. The One rides with a smooth demeanor, great for long-course athletes. Despite missing tubes, it’s still stiff when you apply power to the pedals, though cornering isn’t as crisp. Shimano Ultegra Di2 is a solid spec for this build. Edco is not a household name for most triathletes, but this Swiss company has been making bike components since 1902, and these wheels are up to the task. Ventum offers five sizes, including a 46 cm, which smaller riders will appreciate. Pricing for the One starts at $8,500, but buyers can choose upgrades including a Pioneer power meter, Zipp or Enve wheels and even CeramicSpeed bearings to top out at $14,300.