By Josh Patterson
The Venturi has worn the Breezer logo for three decades. The latest incarnation of this classic road bike melds Joe Breeze’s fanatical devotion to the finely tuned ride qualities of steel tubing with modern accoutrements such as an integrated headset, hydroformed tubing, and press-fit bottom bracket.
The Venturi’s top and down tubes are hydroformed to increase stiffnesss. A press fit bottom bracket shell is also used to bolster stiffness. Breezer opted not to use the BB30 or PressFit30—the two most common oversized bottom bracket shells. He instead chose to use Shimano’s BB86 shell.
BB30 and PressFit 30 shells offer more surface area to mate large diameter carbon or aluminum tubes, but that’s not as much of a concern when building a frame with steel tubing. Breezer chose to use a BB86 bottom bracket because of its additional width. Eighty-six is a designation of the bottom bracket shell’s width; BB86 is 18mm wider than a traditional road bottom bracket shell. This additional width gave Breezer’s engineers more real estate to work with when spec’ing oversized, asymmetrical chainstays. The non-drive side chainstay is particularly large for a steel frame.
The seatstays are constructed from much smaller gauge tubing and bow gently outward in an effort to add compliance.
During my brief time on the Venturi I did not have the chance to test the frames ability to withstand flex on out-of-the-saddle climbs, but I did a fair bit of pedal mashing on the Vegas strip. The Venturi accelerated well and cornered with confidence, all while retaining the classic ride that steel frames are known for.
The Venturi retails for $2,599 and comes equipped with a full Shimano Ultegra group including a tubeless-ready, Ultegra-level wheelset. The frameset is available for $999.