Specialized’s Venge has always been fast, but the new Venge ViAS has taken things to a whole new level. It’s so fast, in fact, Specialized claim a two-minute saving over a ‘standard road bike’ on a flat 40km course. That’s two minutes by just buying a new bike.
Of course, what you make of that somewhat depends on your interpretation of a standard road bike, but Spesh also claim it knocks a full minute off the original Venge as well, so it’s fast even compared to other aero road bikes.
And if that’s not enough, the new S-Works combo – bike, shoes, skinsuit, Evade helmet, Roval wheels and S-Works Turbo tyres – can up that saving to five minutes over the same terrain. Not bad.
Even if you’re not Marcel Kittel, it’s good news if you’re a fan of futuristic-looking, super aggressive bikes packed full of aerodynamic gains
Mark Cavendish tried one out for size ahead of last year’s Tour de France, as did Peter Sagan – who’d later go on to be crowned World Champion in Richmond, albeit riding the Tarmac on that occasion.
That all adds up to good news for Marcel Kittel, looking to re-establish himself as cycling’s premier sprinter, as he’s just joined Etixx-QuickStep who will have the new bike at their disposal this season and raced the bike to victory at the first time of asking at the Dubai Tour.
And even if you’re not Marcel Kittel, it’s good news if you’re a fan of futuristic-looking, super-aggressive bikes packed full of aerodynamic gains, because you can have one too. Although not for free, sadly, that’s where Kittel still holds the advantage. Well, that and in pure wattage terms.