NAHBS 2013: Ventus Custom Cycles Gets Crafty With Hand Carved Lugs
Ventus Custom Cycles, based in Ames, Iowa, was founded in 2006 by builder Mark Kargol. Ventus began as a custom frame painting venture, but soon grew to include hand-built frames, such as this beautifully lugged gravel bike.
This Ventus is built from carbon tubing and hand-crafted stainless steel lugs, and features internal cable routing, integrated seat mast, and seat stays that bolt into the seat tube and slider dropout, which allows for easy single-speed conversion. Kargol stated that the 44mm headtube and slightly longer-than-cross rake and chainstays were to accommodate the longer distance gravel rides
The carbon tubes are painted in a gradient that moves from light in the center to dark at the lugs, but it is the lugs themselves that deserve the most attention. Ventus is the Latin word for wind, and each stainless steel lug is carved in a wing-like pattern to underscore this name.
The frame is outfitted with a Wound Up Carbon Team X Disc Fork, Hayes CX-5 mechanical disc brakes, Campagnolo Chorus 11 drivetrain, and DT Swiss hubs laced to Rol Wheels CX28 rims, running Michelen Cyclcorss Mud 2 tires (700x30c).
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