Spe­cial­ized Venge VIAS Di2 Look

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES -


Yes, it’s a road bike, but you’re likely to see a few of th­ese in the tran­si­tion area in Rio this sum­mer. Spe­cial­ized pulled out all the stops with the Venge, cre­at­ing a bike that ri­vals the tri-spe­cific Shiv for aero­dy­nam­ics and the light­weight Tar­mac for weight, all thanks to the help of Mcclaren’s For­mula One race car en­gi­neers. With a frame that weighs in at less than a kilo­gram and a one-piece chain­stay, bot­tom bracket and seat post de­sign, along with hid­den-from-the-wind brakes, you get the ul­ti­mate in aero­dy­nam­ics, han­dling and all-around per­for­mance in a light­weight won­der. Throw in Shimano’s Di2 elec­tronic com­po­nents and the speedy Roval CLX 64 wheelset and you have one very speedy bike.

$17,000 (Frame­set $13,000)

Yep, that prob­a­bly is more than you spent on your first car. But, if you can af­ford it, why not? Us­ing Look’s spe­cial monoblade de­sign, the 796 cuts through the wind for the ul­ti­mate in wind-cheat­ing de­sign. Vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing is ad­justable on this bike from the rev­ersible seat post and han­dle­bar that af­fords two dif­fer­ent starter heights to the one-piece car­bon Zed 3 crankset that can ac­com­mo­date cranks from 155- to 175-mm long. Throw in Shimano’s Dura Ace Di2 com­po­nents and Mavic CXR Ul­ti­mate 80T wheels and you have a rocket of a bike to ride, and ab­so­lutely no ex­cuses if you don’t post the fastest bike split.

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