Spe­cial­ized has built its own wind-tun­nel. This is the re­sult

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MODEL Spe­cial­ized S-works Venge VIAS Disc etap GROUPSET Sram etap HRD GEAR­ING 52/36t crankset, 11-26t cas­sette WHEELS Ro­val Rapide CLX64 Disc TYRES Spe­cial­ized S-works Turbo tube­less; 700x24c FIN­ISH­ING KIT Spe­cial­ized Aerofly VIAS han­dle­bars, Venge VIAS aero stem, Venge Aero seat­post, Body Geom­e­try S-works Power car­bon sad­dle WEIGHT 8.02kg (56cm) PRICE £8,500 CON­TACT spe­cial­ized.co.uk


Aes­thet­i­cally the Venge VIAS Disc might be di­vi­sive, es­pe­cially its un­usual han­dle­bars, but ride it in anger and it will al­most cer­tainly win you over. Where other brands rely on third-party wheels and com­po­nents to slot in and work with their frames, Spe­cial­ized is able to take a holis­tic ap­proach, hon­ing the Venge VIAS Disc to work most ef­fi­ciently as a sys­tem. The ben­e­fits are ob­vi­ous on the road. The su­per-stiff frame and wheels de­liver power crisply, en­sur­ing it gets up to speed fast, and ac­cord­ing to my train­ing data stay­ing fast is no­tice­ably ef­fi­cient in terms of ef­fort too.

On the gusty Al Wathba cir­cuit, the Venge was sur­pris­ingly calm in cross­winds and Sram’s etap wire­less shift­ing re­mained flaw­less even with the chain and sprock­ets caked in sand. Disc brakes weren’t vi­tal for this pan-flat test, but they do mean the Venge VIAS Disc is not a one-trick pony. It has the speed to de­stroy Strava Koms, but also the ver­sa­til­ity to tackle an Alpine sportive.

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