£9500 > Exact re-Venge
Specialized Venge, Bianchi Aria Disc, Trek 520, Felt AR4 plus Boardman SLR 8.6 versus B’Twin Ultra 500 AF GF.
With this third generation of the Venge, Specialized has, by its own admission, rectified the weight, complexity and rigidity aspects of the earlier versions. Using its Win Tunnel and supercomputer-driven Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), the new bike balances aerodynamics with weight, stiffness and great integration.
Specialized’s Free Shape Optimisation (FSO) software has evaluated millions of tube shapes, based on aerodynamics, stresses, surface area and weights to produce the FreeFoil Shape library, a collection of shapes, joins and angles that can be applied to any use. All are as aero as possible without increasing weight, but even then, it took eight months until the new bike was faster than the Venge Vias, and the same period again to resolve the integration, weight and realworld maintenance practicality targets. Specialized’s director of integrated technologies, Chris Yu, doesn’t believe that anyone, including Specialized, could now make a faster bike without enormous computational power.
The result is a module (frame, fork, seatpost, bar, stem, spacers) that in 56cm size, is 460g lighter than the Vias. The frame alone weighs 960g. Our 56cm Venge, with its Dura-Ace Disc groupset, 64mm Roval