Internet Rummagings – The Italian Job

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Ciao ragazzi e ragazze! For this months delve into the internet bike shop back room, we shall be staying primarily in Italy, a country steeped in cycling history and tradition, but almost exclusively for road bikes. I plan to find some MTB related coolness, curiosity and no small helping of ‘Mamma Mia?!’ Interestingly, Google’s definition of the phrase is ‘a wide spectrum of strong emotions: from shock and horror, to wonder and surprise, or even dismay’. I’ll let you tick those off as we go… VENT Bikes As with a few, it seems, Italian brands, VENT is already involved in Moto, producing 50 and 125cc off road bikes, but as of 2019, they’ve delved into pedal power. Sort of, they make E-bikes. The first of which, the LDV500 (so named after the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci) is a full carbon, full suspension 29er E-bike with a bit of a party trick, aside from looking like Batman’s E-bike. See that little lump at the top of the top tube? Let’s take a closer look. Yep. Within the carbon top tube, just behind the stem, is a Fox Factory DPSX2, connected to the 4 bar (I think?) suspension layout through the frame. Keeps it out of the muck, and easy to adjust on the fly I suppose. There are actually 2 spec levels, the RR (Race Ready. Which race? Who knows.) above, which is 150mm Fox Factory 36, XX1 gears (NX shifter), the posh Braking brakes I wrote about a...

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  • Internet Rummagings – The Italian Job
  • Premier Icon big_scot_nanny
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    Those bikes are tragic. One assumes a great deal of thought, effort and cost has gone into creating them. But then from advertising to execution, just a bit tragic.

    Those rotors strike me as generating turkey-gobble on steroids!

    ‘Quite’ likely we are not the target audience, however. Like my old LBS in Der Schweiz who would, for one particular customer but he was not unique, EVERY YEAR take an s-works turbo levo, upgrade (yes, upgrade) the shit out of it where possible, then stick slicks on. only ridden on the road, probably wearing what those guys are. 2019 example below:

    Premier Icon danposs86
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    After that, I doubt we will see VENT Bikes appearing on a FGF any time soon.

    Premier Icon bowser
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    I thought the LDV 500 was a Sherpa van b.I.t.d

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    riiiiiiiight.

    Premier Icon Christopher Lillig
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    Unfortunately, I can’t unsee what I have just seen (vent).

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