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S-Works x McLaren Venge

Specialized builds the ultimate road race bike, with a little help from legendary race car maker McLaren (yes, as in F1).. Read more for pics & details...


The standard S-Works Venge is already one of the lightest road racers out there, but this one takes things to a whole new level... The whole frame is carbon, smoothed, shaped and tapered so that the bike slips through the air... All of which make this the fastest performance bike in the world, provided you've got the legs to power it...
 
TAPERED HEAD TUBE
S-Works trategically designed a head tube/steerer assembly that tapers from 1-1/8” to 1-3/8” at the crown, for maximum torsional stiffness, and curves in at the waist for a narrow profile to minimize drag.

REVERSIBLE SEAT POST
The 3:1 bladed carbon seatpost optimizes aerodynamics and is completely UCI-legal. A 10mm setback is built in—when combined with angle of the seat tube, this becomes either a 20mm or 0mm total setback, depending on mounting direction.

SUB 950-GRAM FRAME
At about one kilo, the S-Works Venge is already remarkably light. Through FEA optimization and custom software normally employed in F1 development, the S-Works + McLaren version saves another 10-15%.

INTEGRATED TOP CAP
Since even the most minute detail doesn't escape us, the integrated top cap curves gracefully into a bevel in the top tube for seamless interface and turns with the steer tube for smoother air flow, even while steering.

The X-Section fork blades present a narrow edge to the wind, and run in a straight line from crown to dropouts, optimizing lateral stiffness and handling.

1-PIECE BB/CHAIN-STAY 
The chainstays, bottom bracket, and seat tube are constructed as 1-piece, with continuous fiber alignment and internal ribbing in critical areas. This proprietary design maximizes stiffness to resist deflection under extreme pedal loads, improving power transfer.


CAMBERED AIRFOIL X-SECTION SEAT-STAYS

INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING
It's a small detail, but full internal routing for brake and shifter cables maintains the cleanest lines for optimal aerodynamics, while also keeping grit and grime from affecting shifting and braking performance. The system is fully compatible with standard and electronic components.

The Venge is already offered in 3 different packages: Dura-Ace ($9200), SRAM ($8800) and as a frameset ($3800)... The S-WORKS + McLaren edition will drop by the end of the year ($TBA), stay tuned...

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