Specialized Venge VIAS Di2 Look
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.