SPECIALIZED S WORKS VENGE VIAS DISC ETAP
Specialized has built its own wind-tunnel. This is the result
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.