Sunday, April 3, 2011

Specialized S-Works + McLaren Venge

Development took 4 years, including 21 visits to the wind tunnel, all to create the lightest, fastestUCI-approve performance bike. From the specification alone, it is easy to see the Specialized Vengeas a Frankstein’s Monster. A merging of otherwise 2 improbable combinations – aerodynamic agility, which designers took from Specialized Shiv, and sturdy yet lightweight aspect, extracted from Specialized Tarmac. However, its creation offered a perfect opportunity to work with the leading F1 racing car maker, McLaren, and explore the reach of composite technology. The result became theSpecialized S-Works + McLaren Venge, that perfect symmetry of technology and art. A sub-950 grams frame with specially designed seatpost, handlebars, wheels, even braking system, the total weight of the new bike came to only 2071 grams or 4.6 pounds. When cyclist-sprinter Mark Cavendish took the prototype for a spin late last year, he immediately declared “I f@#king love it”. The Specialized S-Works + McLaren Venge is currently field with teams HTC-Highroad, Saxo Bank, and Astana, former team of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador. Expect some speed record to be broken this cycling season.


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