First Look + Gallery: Specialized Release 2018 S-Works Venge

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Just in time for the Tour de France - and no doubt ready for some thrilling Peter Sagan sprints - Specialized have released the latest incarnation of their top-tier race bike, the S-Works Venge.

Phenomenally aero, the company say custom optimization software was used to generate literally thousands of tube shapes to analyse aerodynamics, surface area, and stiffness. 

The arduous process resulted in a collection of shapes that Specialized describe as the ‘FreeFoil Shape Library’, these being the building blocks of the new S-Works Venge.

“We could build a bike that looks the same as the Venge from 10 feet away, but every millimetre matters,” states the product release. 

“The aero shapes of the Venge have been both perfectly and precisely designed to optimise for aerodynamics, weight, and handling. It's a beautiful balance, and this optimisation creates a ride that feels perfectly tuned—the slightest change would throw the whole design out of balance.”

Specs

BOTTOM BRACKET

OSBB, CeramicSpeed bearings

CHAIN

Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-speed

CRANKSET

S-Works Power Cranks, dual-sided power measurement, +/- 1.5% accuracy

SHIFT LEVERS

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc R9170

FRONT DERAILLEUR

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150, braze-on

CASSETTE

Shimano Dura-Ace 9100, 11-speed, 11-28t

CHAINRINGS

52/36T

REAR DERAILLEUR

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150, 11-speed

 

FORK

S-Works FACT 11r carbon, 100x12mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc

 

SADDLE

S-Works Power, 143mm, carbon rails, carbon base, synthetic leather

SEAT BINDER

Venge integrated two-piece wedge

TAPE

S-Wrap Roubaix bar tape

SEATPOST

2019 S-Works Venge aero seatpost, FACT carbon, Di2-compatible

HANDLEBARS

S-Works Aerofly II, 80mm reach x 130mm drop

STEM

2019 Venge integrated stem, 6-degree

 

REAR WHEEL

Roval CLX 64 Disc, carbon, tubeless-ready, Win Tunnel Engineered, 64mm depth, DT Swiss 240 internals, CeramicSpeed bearings, 24h

INNER TUBES

Presta, 80mm valve

FRONT TIRE

Turbo Cotton, 320 TPI, 700x26mm

REAR TIRE

Turbo Cotton, 320 TPI, 700x26mm

FRONT WHEEL

Roval CLX 64 Disc rim, Roval AFD1, Center Lock™, CeramicSpeed bearings, 21h

 

FRONT BRAKE

Shimano Dura-Ace R9170, hydraulic disc

REAR BRAKE

Shimano Dura-Ace R9170, hydraulic disc

The S-Works Venge is available now with a list price of $14,500.

 

 

 

 

 

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