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As cyclists, we’re easily fixated by promises of lighter weight components, but with mandated weight limits from on high, manufacturers have been forced to play with other means of making us faster and improving our ride.

For Specialized, that meant designing a radically new cockpit, massaging every tube shape, and powerful new integrated brakes on their new Venge to save a claimed 120 seconds over 40 kilometers…

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From the front, the new Venge is narrow. The profile was designed to be as slim as possible to reduce drag, without sacrificing stiffness. In the process, the lateral rigidity of the fork was magically increased by 30% for better steering response.

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The entire cockpit utilizes proprietary components to maximize speed, yet still be adjustable.

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The stem has a -17 degree rise for “optimal aerodynamic profile,” which requires bars with up to a 25mm rise to keep the stack height normal. By utilizing a two piece system (stem and bar), fit can be tuned. Several different stem lengths will be available, as well as two different bars.

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Proprietary headset spacers can also be used to tune the fit.

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When you order a Venge ViAS, you can either use your existing fit measurements, or use an online tool Specialized developed with Retül to replicate the fit of your current bike.

This will ensure your Venge will arrive at the dealer with the correct stem, bar, setback post, etc…

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All of the cockpit components were designed with the intention of running all the cables internally.

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Having moved their focus away from creating the lightest possible components, Specialized Engineers focused on best-in-class stopping power and modulation. Their proprietary integrated front brakes complete the forks trailing edge and are claimed to be the perfect blend of aerodynamics and power.

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Rather than being tucked under the BB, the rear brake has been moved to behind the seat tube. There is least wheel deflection here during out of the saddle exertions, so this position reduced brake rub. This also allows the rear brake to draft behind the water bottle.

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At Tour de Suisse, Tinkoff Saxo Team Captain, Peter Sagan, rode a prototype of the Venge VIAS for a stage win.

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He will be riding the new Venge at the Tour de France, while the rest of his teammates will be equipped later this season.

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In addition to a new frame, the complete S-Works build will feature brand new Roval CLX 64 wheels. These carbon clinchers are paired with the Specialized Turbo Cotton Tire, which they’ve tested to have the lowest rolling resistance in the peloton.

The wheels have been optimized for both head and crosswinds, come tubeless ready, and have a 21mm internal rim width.

The Venge ViAS will be available in limited quantities beginning August 2015, and MSRP for the Di2 equipped model is set at $12,500.

For more on the bike, visit Specialized.com



  1. hmmm… very super ugly. i’m sure it saves you 45mins over 40km or some other gimmick, but seriously… does specialized wanna have the pro mechanics go nuts with those brakes? i suppose folks are schewing aesthetics for aerodynamics. poor sagan, getting caught riding one of the fugliest bikes out there. i wonder how this compares with that aero Canyon bike.

    the new shoes are cool tho.

  2. So, in the last couple of days BR has shown us two aero bikes. One looks like a nightmare for a Tour mechanic to work on and the other made accommodations to be adjusted on the fly…
    Proof that money can’t buy smarts.

  3. It is not a suprise that only Sagan rides the bike, i dont think it is managable to have more then one in the team due to mechanic complexety.

    just wonder, canyon aero vs venge and upcoming new madone. Who will pay 5000 euro more then canyon to get bounded by this special solutions?

    And when discbrake are cooming next year and will be in peleton 2017…

  4. oK, I will start reading those articles a similar way I read menus in restaurants: Not right to left, but bottom to top. Could have saved me some time. You lost me at $12,500.

  5. Exactley double price then then Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 9.0 LTD. I really hope its is double faster. I think this bike is like with Ferraris, i more often see older fat man with money sitting in them then young people.

  6. Ok, this bike is all over the internet today, and not one site or review actually states what VIAS stands for… WTF?

    Super slick execution on the bike. Though… That riser bar is fugly. I hope that’s not the new norm for bikes and components to come…

  7. All this aero talk is BS, making claims it will be faster assuming who is riding it exactly? A robot with perfect body position, a pro with the flexibility of a cat? Able to hold it for the entirety of the event? Ugly, expensive and proprietary parts are beside the point, wild claims are uhhh just that. Maybe specialized should design and launch a political candidate? Why not, they have no problem generating tons of spew about every single product in their expansive product line, proving that the right lure will catch more suckers. Amira Langster for President!

  8. not loving the looks of this bike, nor the odd brake pad wear that will occur, but they are doing an amazing job on the roll-out. This is how marketing is done! Trek hasn’t gotten a quarter of this notoriety with their aero bike.

  9. lets not forget that their own testing showed the aero benefit of round tubes to the original Venge could be had by shaving your legs so is this really so great bang for buck? If it is I guess no other bike will win anything now. The death of the racing bike or BS? and I dont mean bicycle science.

  10. Is that a non tapered headtube before I see before my eyes?Moving away from the lightest components. Oh dear, some tech heads are going to be upset. No fan of Specialized as a companybut their bikedesign is plain awesome.

  11. Although I appreciate the design exercise, this bike is just not right for the vast majority of the market (and the majority of its future owners). Proprietary parts, potentially difficult maintenance, ultra-stiff etc. As an owner of half a dozen aero bikes over the years, my switch to a nice steel bike this year has been a revelation. The riding, racing and maintenance/ownership experience is so much more pleasant. Yes, the Specialized is much faster, but does faster mean better, even for competitive cyclists?

  12. @Roy, there’s a LOT of articles out there today explaining EXACTLY what you’re making assumptions about. I don’t care if you buy into it or not but at least read a little bit before making yourself look like an idiot. The article over on Velonews by Leonard Zinn is a great place to start.

    This bike definitely will not permeate the market like the current Venge has. But I don’t know that it’s really supposed to either. At $12.5, in one build, it’s obviously designed to be a function-over-form ultra bike. It’ll be neat to see the trickle down tech over the next few years.

    Love the new shoes and wheels.

  13. OK, I agree it’s a bit “tech” ugly. More interesting is the fact that within two, three years the brakes and many other aspects of this design is obsolete when disc brakes is standard on all top competition road bikes. This bike is perhaps the last and most sophisticated shot at the ultimate rim braked road bike we ever will see. It’s in many ways the last of a dying breed and NOT the future we see in this bike. Hello and goodbye!

  14. @WannaBeSTi “One looks like a nightmare for a Tour mechanic to work on.”

    I heard Michael Schumacher is ditching his F1 vehicles and getting a Toyota Camry instead.

    “I know I pay my mechanics very well and they are all competent, but the F1 chassis is just way too complex for them to work on. I hereby am announcing my move to the stock Toyota Camry. Parts can be acquired at any Autozone store, which makes it easier when we run out of parts mid-race. Although winning to me is everything (hey, I shave micrograms off my car’s underside!), making sure my mechanics are saddled with standard, easy-to-work-on components is my first priority.”

  15. @tom,

    Trek hasn’t gotten the same notoriety because they haven’t released their bike yet. Release date for the new Madone is June 30th. Before today, the first day Specialized released information, there was even less talk on the Venge than Trek.

  16. I’m curious, maybe I missed something. How do you swap out spacers with the cables running through the stem and what not? I’d like to see a diagram of how everything routed.

  17. IMHO aesthetically the stem-steerer juncture is the visual analog of “corrective” shoes on a person. Potentially effective but ghastly to gaze upon…

  18. When I owned my component company, I made mountain bike cranks that saved 4 minutes on any uphill over 10 miles long and 2 minutes on any downhill….at least thats what I would claim…prove me wrong…
    Specialized is a lot like Harley Davidson, probably not the best bike or motorcycle, but certainly has the best marketing in the industry.

  19. Funny how all the aero advancements and lighter weight bikes have failed to deliver on the claims their makers put forth. “Saves 30 seconds”, “10% stiffer”, “Saves XXXX watts”, etc. Add all these advancements up and then factor in the gains made in physiology training in the last 30 years and guys in the Tour should be going significantly faster than they did 30 years and yet they’re…not! Look at the average speed of the 1982 and 2012 Tours (good years to compare since the race was of comparable length and difficulty)

  20. I disagree. The best looking bike that I have ever seen.

    I am sure it would quiet all of the haters if they could get a chance to ride it. I have a feeling it might be a tad faster than their Long Haul Trucker.

    I am sorry to say I don’t think I will get a chance to ride one at the 12k price tag.

  21. Ya…I’ll just wait to see what Trek’s Madone is like instead. Looks FAR better and Trek has a much better history with being aero. Excited to see what their numbers are when they make an actual aero bike. Some of the tech here is cool (for sure) but others have me scratching my head. I can’t get over how ugly it looks though.

  22. @Chris L:
    yet another dude with the idea that Tour speeds should be going up if the bikes are actually better. Nope. Thats been disproven a hundred times. Grand tours aren’t about going the fastest possible. They’re about going faster than the guy next to you. They’re often about going as slow as possible while not having anyone break away. Only certain times and certain stages (time trials) are about actually going as fast as you can.

  23. “Engineers focused on best-in-class stopping power and modulation.”

    Which class was that? The ‘stupidly placed brake mounting’ class? If power and modulation matters, mount it on the crown like we’ve been doing since we stopped mounting brakes on dual pivot canti-bosses.

  24. “Chris L, Your argument is like asking why F1 cars aren’t any faster than they were in the late 70s, the engines aren’t turbocharged anymore so they’re making up the difference with aerodynamics. Same applies to modern cycling.

  25. I’m no Specialized fan (at all!), but I don’t think most people understand what this bike is all about. It wasn’t designed for YOU. Please don’t buy it. It was designed to make top level athletes better. You are not a top level athlete. F1 cars aren’t designed to haul groceries or be driven by soccer moms. Are all their claims accurate? probably not. But if you are a Pro. in peak form and you are looking for that little extra edge over the Pro. next to you…

    And yes, I do realize that most of these bikes will be purchased by bank VP’s. But, unles you are that bank VP or that Pro, nothing about this bike pertains to you.

  26. ugly. not adjustable. can’t swap components. need to buy the matching outfit as well. cost as much as a car and depreciate faster than a bmw 12 cylinder.

  27. Whats up with the front brake!?
    There must be a reason why brake arms run parallel to the fork and brake pads perpendicular to brake arms? 🙂

    I start thinking the specialized+mclaren deal (unlike the colnago+ferrari model they are trying to copy) may be better off.

  28. @ lars, it’s no longer true, I’m afraid. Turbos are back in F1 as of 2014, since the engines have been made smaller (1.6L V6). So the analogy is like, uh, that doping is again allowed but everyone has to ride 1950s steel bikes, or something. I think I’ve taken this too far.

  29. Something bothers me about this article, the other similar article on this site, and the article posted the other day by Zinn on VeloNews.com. They all seem like they’re funded by Specialized. There’s no opinion, no real questioning of validity of the claims, it’s essentially just a regurgitation of Specialized marketing lingo.

  30. One can always count on Specialized to make a bike with so many proprietary parts. I guess if you love them as much as some people do you dont care all that much.

  31. very nice looking bike from the specialized team! I love everything about their new concept I dont understand those who complain here.My road bike is a 1986 fiori modena.I love it,I cant imagine how fast I would be with a bike like that,you guys who are complaining about it seems to picky to me,to materialist….sorry
    congrats to spech
    I just love innovation and new concept such as the position and shape on the brake,the head set,the stem.

  32. I for one like to see the boundries being pushed. Engineers need to be challenged and be allowed to design things that many be a little “out there”from time to time. Imagine going to work every day and doing the same round tube b.s. every day…….boring! As for the mechnical aspect, any mechanic worth their salt would be able to work on the bike easily with some practice. Mechanics sometimes like a challenge too. In short, if there is no push to inovate, we would all be riding fixies and rigid mountain bikes.

  33. Pretty funny that they revived V brakes for a road bike. Not getting how people think those will be a challenge for any decent mechanic.

  34. I would imagine that the “numbers” given by Specialized are pretty accurate. What’s not known is what was used as a standard and what the conditions in the wind tunnel were. I think it’s unlikely that any major manufacturer just makes shit up. Instead the engineers do tests, get real numbers, and do valid comparisons. Unfortunately the important stuff to anyone who wants to really understand is filtered out by the marketing people. This happens all the time. Hell, I saw marketing people do this same sort of thing at defense contractor where I worked. I think the bigger the company, the more narrow the passband on the info filter the marketing department applies.

    As for complaints about the article reading like it was written by Specialized, what did you expect? I imagine that pretty much every journo got the same limited information from Specialized. I rather doubt anyone is claiming that these articles are in depth analyses of the new products. Those articles will come later.

  35. Tough to work on? The bike has a bunch of electronic cables running through it, what is there to do? The brakes are v-brakes, which couldn’t be easier to adjust. Bikes have had proprietary components for years (Look 695).

    Everyone just wants to whine and bitch about Specialized because they are mass market. Maybe they got there for a reason?

  36. It’s got that “brutal” BMC’ish thing going on. The “swoopiness” of previous editions has been swallowed up by the necessity of going hard at the narrow profile. It’s not ugly; it’s beautiful functional, if you know what I mean?

    I wonder how it rides? That backend doesn’t give me confidence that I’ll be able to stand upright after 3 hours plus in the saddle. Having said that, I’ll remain open minded at this stage.

    I wouldn’t have the patience for the brakes. As for the wheel, tyre integration (hello Mavic) I’d be more likely to buy a frame and build it myself. A nice pari of Enve’s or some Bora Ultra’s . . . Campy SR. I think I can get the price up toward 15k without too much thought.

  37. glad the rear brake has moved up from behind the BB. However this may give less rub, but the point of least deflection in lateral wheel flex is 180 opposite to the contact pacy on the road.

    The wheel flexes like a taco and so the point of modt deflection is 90 to the floor, basically why behind Bb brakes rub. This one may rub a bit less, but will still be more prone to rub than a standard r caliper.

    For more details see ‘deflection around the wheel’ here

  38. I’m not sure about technical details but Sagan is coming back and winning the competition after he swapped his bike from Cannondale to S-Works and that explains everything 😉
    Beat that!

    The winner takes it all!

  39. @Nate

    It’s free marketing. It’s click-bait material. Specialized makes something new and makes outlandish claims and the publications copy and paste. Not that Specialized needs help with ad budgets. You’re absolutely right that this all seems like regurgitation. I expected more from Zinn but was happy to hear words of caution and concern at Bicycling.

    Let’s hope the publications stop providing free press to the companies that charge enough to and can afford it. If you want to give free reviews and press to anyone, look at the little guys who are actively trying to shake things up in this business. Guys like Ritte, Franco, KindHuman or Fezzari.

    I’m still waiting for Specialized to make good on the challenge Giant put out. Giant outright challenged Specialized to go Propel vs Venge in their own “Win-Tunnel” and since then, Specialized has blocked them from any social media commentary.

  40. That’s not totally true. When the first Venge came out, it was designed to give some aero benefits but ride better than other aero bikes. They said, hands down, the Giant was a more aero bike, but the Venge would ride smoother. Also, it went pretty much under the radar because the look of the bike didn’t change at all but the regular Venge saw a change in the carbon layup for 2015 that improved the ride quality quite a bit. Still an aero road bike, but much smoother than before.

  41. Which was the idea of the whole “more bike than aero” marketing. Also making it sort of a “why would I buy this over a Tarmac if it’s not THAT much better” kinda bike.

  42. The Venge felt like sh*t. I am fairly certain that was a near unanimous consensus from most reviewers and this former owner. Choppy.

  43. I own a GIANT sl Propel full Di2 with Zipps. THE GIANT IS MORE AERO, then the previous Venge, and has a much more favorable ride characteristics over the Venge in many ways.
    GIANT also tested the Propel vs Venge for aerodynamics, stiffness, as well as efficiency output levels. The GIANT Propel was superior in all categories. I have had the opportunity to ride the 2015 Venge, extensively. Its a good ride if you don’t have anything to compare it to,
    like the GIANT Propel sl or better yet the LOOK 795 Aerolite, which I have ridden, as well and is an amazing, fantastic machine. looking forward to the new Madone

  44. @Dave, @Merica: Actually, Michael Schumacher suffered a pretty bad skiing accident in 2013 and ended up in a medically induced coma, then paralyzed and wheelchair-bound since 2014.

    So not only is he not in F1, he’s not in a car in general. And yes, he was wearing a proper ski helmet when it happened.

  45. Looks, matter of taste…but I love them.
    Mechanics. What is so hard about setting up a Di2 group? Setting up a pair of Vbrakes also isn’t exactly rocket science.
    Innovation rules, even if you don’t like this particular bike. Just race your 1991 steel road bike on your next criterium and you will know what I mean.


  46. @Matthew

    Are you nuts?

    Both Dave and Mercia are talking about “Camary vs F1”.

    I know you like classic frame with 50 deep rims. Good for leisure rides!

  47. @Wally Di2 isn’t anything special to set-up. More than any other system, you can follow a list of instructions from start to finish, and get a perfectly functioning drivetrain. In particular with this bike, those brakes look MUCH easier to set-up than the Magura RT8TTs, and they avoid the issues of being blocked from adjustment by the chainwheels. Overall, it looks great to work on, and I can’t wait to start.

  48. @ Eric
    Agree: I run Di2 on road and MTB and I do all the work myself. Just love it. And seriously playing with the thought of…euhhh well…ViAS.
    However, being a mountainbiker I strongly believe in disc brakes. IMHO it won’t be long before we will see more and more discs in road riding. It might be worth a wait in this case. Having said that, surely those V-style brakes will already be much better than any form of conventional road rim brakes I guess.

  49. all those points made are obvious for all large bike manufacturers. Looks are subjective, even those ”fugly” aero road stems (nothing new and been around for last 5 years if you really know about RB products). But that’s not the point. Why is there so much Anger, Jealousy and Hostility out there. Yes, all companies are trying to make money, so do all other brands. It’s just tiring to see such some truly aggressive comments, which actually means that you are not riding enough, spending too much time getting frustrated in front of the Screen. Shut up, and go for a ride !

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