Specialized presents a new model of its aero classic S-Works Venge. We have already tested the bike.
Compared to its predecessor Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS Disc, the third generation Venge has significantly lost weight. According to Specialized, it should be 460 grams. This is clearly noticeable. The new Venge is significantly zippier than its predecessor. At the same time, the engineers succeeded in increasing overall rigidity. This was made possible by a combination of specially developed software that helped in the search for the best tube shape and five months of wind tunnel testing.
The result: While some professionals still complained about the stiffness deficits of the ViAS cockpit, the new Venge now has one of the stiffest stem and handlebar combinations on the market. This also includes the flat, relatively wide and grippy bearing surface of the S-Works-Aerofly handlebar. All cables are laid internally to ensure a clean appearance. A cover on the stem can be removed for readjustment. Spacer replacement is possible without changing the cable routing.
Ride impression S-Works Venge
The Fact 11r carbon frame of the S-Works Venge looks significantly less voluminous than its predecessor. This is most evident in the filigree bottom bracket. In practical tests in this area, hardly any distortion could be felt even during short, intensive uphill starts. Another innovation compared to the previous version: The new Specialized Venge is available exclusively with disc brakes and electronic shift group equipment from Shimano. The top version S-Works and the version of the Sagan Collection come with Dura-Ace Di2, the Venge-Pro version (available from autumn 2018) with Ultegra Di2 group. In practice, both groups work reliably and precisely.
The Dura-Ace disc brakes (160/140mm) also showed high braking performance in wet conditions. The Roval CLX 64 Disc high-profile rims installed in the top model were also convincing, especially in high-speed passages on flat terrain. In combination with the standard 26-millimeter wide Turbo Cotton tires, they play a major role in the propulsion of the Venge. In addition, there is even the option of fitting tires up to 32 millimeters wide.
The top version S-Works is equipped with Powermeter as standard. Measurements are taken via both crank arms. Optically, the new S-Works Venge is closer to the Tarmac models. While the Tarmac is significantly lighter and a bit agiler, the Venge convinces with aerodynamic advantages. According to Specialized, the new Venge even has the aerodynamic values of a triathlon bike. A specially developed trailer option should therefore also make the bike interesting for triathletes who are afraid of buying a pure triathlon bike.
The test result of the S-Works Venge
The new S-Works Venge is virtually predestined as a tempo blazer on flat stages. Versatile, fast, and surprisingly comfortable for an aero bike. The new edition of the Venge is Specialized in every case. Only the price is likely to deter some potential buyers.
The parts of the S-Works Venge
Weight: 7,1 kg
Size: 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61
Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace Disc
Control group: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, 11-speed
Gear ratio: Front: 52-36 / Rear: 11-28
Wheels: Roval CLX 64 Disc
Tires: Specialized Turbo Cotton, 26 mm
Cockpit: S-Works Aerofly II
Support: 2019 S-Works Venge
Saddle: S-Works Power Carbon