XDS Venture 3.0 (2018)
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XDS Venture 3.0 (2018)
In the preview, we compare the Giant Roam 3 with the increasingly popular XDS Venture 3.0. And it's seriously worth considering; hydraulic disc brakes, a complete Shimano drive system and lockout suspension are...
XDS VENTURE 3.0 (2018)
The Venture 3.0 has been one of the best hybrid bikes so far for the 2018 season. The reason? It delivers massive value and makes gaining entry into what was considered quality, far more affordable.
It’s the perfect bike for those who are interested in a general fitness machine, as well as rides with the family or even longer rides commuting and on rail trails.
If this sounds like you, then read on.
The Venture 3.0 frame is a little bit special. It’s finished to a far higher standard than what we typically see from other manufacturers at this price point. High end finishes like smooth welds are not standard, they require a lot of time, effort and expense. Most brands don’t bother - except XDS.
Quality aluminium tube sets are formed to different styles and cross-sections to help minimise weight and improve the Venture 3.0’s overall stiffness, and therefore deliver better-pedalling efficiency.
THE NEW SHIMANO ALTUS
Shimano’s new Altus gear system is new for 2018 and it’s super exciting (for us bike nerds anyway). It’s by far the best Altus groupset that we’ve seen to date because it employs a lot of manufacturing techniques that are used on higher-end Shimano gear systems - without the cost.
The new Altus delivers 27-gears. Before you freak out and lose your mind about the number of gears; more gears mean better quality hardware components - better derailleurs, better chain, better gear shifters, better…
More gears also mean smoother gear changes; rather than a distinct clunk, the chain moves smoothly and with minimal shifting friction. There is also a much wider gear range to select, this means you can climb up steep hills easier and descend the other side quicker.
HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKES
Buy a bike hydraulic disc brakes. Period. You will not regret it. Hydraulic disc brakes deliver a far smoother lever feel; lighter to pull and easy to decelerate.
They don’t require as much maintenance either. There are no mechanical cables to service or replace, hoses have mineral oil in them instead. Levers can also be adjusted for smaller hands, ensuring better ergonomics for teenagers and smaller riders.
Hydraulic disc brakes properly work in all weather conditions; wet, dry, dusty or muddy; ensuring rider safety in all conditions.
WHEELS AND TYRES
The XDS Venture’s rims are made from aluminium but double walled for strength and rigidity. The rims are also slightly wider than normal; delivered better impact resistance and tyre grip, especially on gravel and dirt.
Kenda Happy Medium use a sensible tread pattern. The centre of the tyre’s tread is relatively smooth with larger side tread for more control in the corners. This ensures the Happy Medium’s are perfect for all terrain conditions; concrete, hardpack gravel/dirt and a little loose over hardpack.
/ XDS have a lifetime frame warranty on all their aluminium frames.
/ 2 years on Shimano components.
/ 2 years on Suntour suspension fork.
/ 1 year on all else.
/ 2 Free Services that are valid within 12 months of purchase date.