2012 Specialized Venge S-Works – Frame Details and Actual Weights

2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight 2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight

Our local Specialized dealer, Cycles de Oro, just got a 2012 Specialized Venge S-Works frame module in, so we jumped down to grab some photos and real world weights.

Seeing as how they’re presold all of their production runs on this and they only have a couple of frames making the media rounds, it’s unlikely you’ll see a ton of reviews on it…but seriously, would you really need to hear what any of us have to say if you’re in the market for something like this? No. But we still have our names on the list because, well, we wanna ride the damn thing, too!

Anyway, the first thing you notice is how simply massive the downtube and BB junction is. That’s my iPhone 4 with a case on it and it’s still slightly shorter than the vertical dissection. Jump past the break for a full run down and actual weights for a size 56 module…

2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight 2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight

Inside the BB shell is a fully enclosed carbon fiber tube, save for a small hole at the bottom for drainage and where the cable guides mount. The entire section is bulbous and smooth as all get out. The little “strings” you see on the bottom of the BB section are cable guides coming out of the downtube that facilitate running the shifter cables.

2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight 2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight

The headtube has an extremely narrow, hourglass shaped front profile, but from the side there’s plenty of material to stiffen it up. The non-drive side has inlets for the rear brake cable on the top tube and one of the shift cables on the downtube.

2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight

From the drive side you can see straight through the frame out the other cable inlet. The frame comes with ferrules and closures that mount to the screw hole near the inlet resulting in a smooth, clean appearance when it’s all put together.

2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight 2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight

Holes for Di2 are integrated into the frame for the battery (left) and front derailleur. The frame also comes with closures that are designed around Di2 for the other inlet holes, too.

2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight 2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight

A hard plastic spacer turns with the steerer tube to keep it aero even when you’re turning. In looking at it without an aerodynamic engineering degree, I’m not sure how this offers a benefit over simply building up the headtube to the same size since it’s not part of the stem, but it looks cool.

2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight 2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight

The top of the seatpost says to grease the clips, and both those and the post binder have torque limits printed directly on them. The seatpost is reversible, giving you 0º or 20º of offset.

2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight 2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight

Rear derailleur cable/wire comes directly out the rear of the dropout, out of the wind. The dropouts are faced with metal on the inside to protect the frame from wear against the hub.

2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight 2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight

2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight

The complete frame module (56) weighed in at 1,830g. At first glance that may not seem ultralight, but that’s for frame, fork w/ uncut steerer, headset, seatpost, binder, bottle cage bolts and bottom bracket. In American, that’s 4lbs 1oz:

2012 specialized venge mclaren s-works aero road bike frame details and weight

Now, if only they’d get the McLaren Venge in!

Comments

ProEdgeBiker.com - 05/05/11 - 6:18pm

Doesnt look like the venge from their website.

topmounter - 05/05/11 - 6:21pm

I just have one question… Will it blend?

greg - 05/05/11 - 9:20pm

the seatpost says, “grease CUPS”

copycat - 05/05/11 - 10:58pm

Really nothing new. Just another Cervelo Soloist knock-off. The Di2/cable routing is a nice touch, but I would like to see a head to head wind tunnel test. My guess: A lot of “bling” with no steam.

Upsidedownbiker - 05/06/11 - 11:46am

I guess my question is if that works as a chain guide also? Or better still, an aero fairing to smooth the air off the chain rings.

Chipollini - 05/06/11 - 4:30pm

Wow that looks like a 2006 tarmac mated with the Transition tt/tri bike.

Grateful - 05/07/11 - 5:09pm

Is it just me or does that frame have some serious divots and flaws in it? Looks like sloppy workmanship.

KT - 05/07/11 - 9:36pm

“divots and flaws” are most likely just reflection of the clear coat

rcutt555 - 05/08/11 - 2:54pm

The Venge is a complete rippoff yet big imrovement over the kestrel RT series…I have a Kestrel RT, and have seen the Venge in person (and plan to buy one)…love my kestrel but it lacks stiffness that the Venge will surely (obviously) provide…the fit and finish woon’t match the Kestrel’s at all, but I’ll be opting to put my own custome paint scheme on the Venge anyway, so in the process we’ll clean up what needs cleaning.

joseph grimes - 05/10/11 - 10:45pm

tyler – not sure about the headset bearing cover either – the only thing i can think of is that they couldn’t use continuous fibers if they made that part out of carbon. then maybe its just extra carbon thats not needed. kind of like the ‘cap’ on older trek 6-series forks. who knows. i just want a 2012 allez with force…

drifter08 - 05/10/11 - 11:28pm

How is the new Scott Foil 100 grams lighter? The Venge is obsolete out of the box!

jimbo - 05/12/11 - 9:45pm

why is this aero stuff seen so new and exciting?

didn’t giant make a carbon aero road bike like 8 years ago?

it was called the tcr aero!!

figaro - 05/15/11 - 9:38pm

In American, that’s Chinese.

Rocky Serna - 06/17/11 - 1:41pm

It takes a lot of balls to insult Mclaren engineers. It is very unique in my eyes, Stiff for sprinters! not Climbing weight weenies. This bike is all business, and they have the results to back it all up! Kestral, Giant, Scott… It’s like comparing Apples to a wet paper bag. I can’t wait till mine is under me and crushing my opponents. Educate yourself with facts before making ignorant comments.

Dale - 08/15/11 - 6:00pm

Can these frames be riged up with campagnolo?

Italiano - 10/28/11 - 7:18pm

Good bike, but similar to so many others. Technologically, it’s still light years behind the new Pinarello Dogma 2. Actually, it’s light years behind the previous 2010 Dogma.

live2ride - 09/16/12 - 12:40am

too many bad comment about this new venge. Guys! you will probably change your comments on this s-works venge after you ride one. find a dealer who has one and take it for a test ride. this bike is awesome! if this bike was a car, it’s like driving a sport car with lots of comfort. this bike is really fast.

Kyle Field - 01/13/13 - 3:43pm

This bike is fast? Really? I thought a rider made a bike fast, assuming the bikes in comparison weighed the same and were built the same. All this talk of “this is the fastest bike in the world” is a bunch of ignorant bullsh!t.

martin - 07/03/13 - 12:02pm

is this better than my current 2013 saxo bank frame with Di2 as i cannot find a demo anywhere. dealers just expect you to buy without a trial and I think at £2600 a go its got no chance.

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