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Specialized Venge

speshstevespeshsteve Posts: 352
edited March 2011 in Road buying advice
Anyone seen this, aero bike that Cav will ride at the weekend? Theres a picture in cycle sport, looks interesting......
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  • what brakeswhat brakes Posts: 328
    i like it quite alot! and im not ashamed to say it. especialy when i really dont like spec bikes normally!

    cant wait to see it in the flesh and the price of it?
  • mrushtonmrushton Posts: 5,182
    The price will be stupid because Maclaren are involved so there will be talk of aerospace/F1/wind-tunnels/DESIGN blah,blah.
    Prob. not available custom but would I spend £££££ on a Specialized compared to a Serotta/Viner/Seven etc - no!
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  • Jeff JonesJeff Jones Posts: 1,865 Editor
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  • CarbonCopyCarbonCopy Posts: 492
    Yeah this bike is very nice indeed
  • bobgfishbobgfish Posts: 545
    Over priced and very bland. Needs some Italian flair.
  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,921
    Needs some Ferrari Rosso Red paint :lol:
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  • mr_goomr_goo Posts: 3,770
    bobgfish wrote:
    Over priced and very bland. Needs some Italian flair.

    Alot of £s for a frame that looks like a chinese import with McClaren decals.
    Would much prefer to spend my money (if I had it) on a DeRosa or Colnago.
    Can't beat the Italians for flair.
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  • speshstevespeshsteve Posts: 352
    a lot of dosh especially when you compare it to an SL3, wonder what the reviews will say.
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  • SDK2007SDK2007 Posts: 782
    It looks bloody awesome !!
    To everyone complaining about the cost - S-Works, Zipp and McLaren, these brands aren't normally associated with value ;)

    Specialized-3.jpg
  • bobgfishbobgfish Posts: 545
    £5000 for frame and forks? Overpriced? I think so...I could buy 2 amazing frames for that money. Whats with Matt back on all the bikes these days. Just bland. Although I will admit the photo above looks better than most of the other ones.
  • mrushtonmrushton Posts: 5,182
    It looks to have borrowed from the Wilier Cento1 and the Cipollini ISD. Prob. made in the same factory as the Giant and the Ridley. It's not as tho' it's innovative as the Time Ulteam was and the new Look which has the new crank and adjustable stem. Even the Dogma beats it imo but there will be some of you selling your Tarmacs to buy the Venge to ride a 75 mile sportive 45 seconds quicker :wink:
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  • I quite like it, but the smart money would buy the S Works model rather than the McLaren. A bit like the Cervelo R5 and R5ca. But what's going on with the name? Another rubbish one to go along with Shiv and Secteur...
  • LagavulinLagavulin Posts: 1,688
    I love it. Like them or not McLaren tend to bring a touch of class aesthetics-wise to everything they're involved with. They've had the best looking F1 car on the grid since 1997 (when Rothmans left Williams) with their silver arrows. The reflective coating circa MP4/21 (2006) onwards would be even better but probably illegal?
  • Omar LittleOmar Little Posts: 2,010
    Lovely.

    What does the McLaren version have over the standard? Is it just a different level of carbon and a different paint job?
  • What does the McLaren version have over the standard? Is it just a different level of carbon and a different paint job?
    Claimed weight for the frame only is 950g, with the complete module (frame, fork, seatpost, crankset) tipping the scales at 2.07kg for the McLaren and 2.18kg for the S-Works Venge.
  • In the article, it quotes some Specialized bod as saying something like "I had a ride on a modified Shiv with drops and was surprised at how fast it was".
    Really???
    I could have told them that years ago!!! He makes it sound like he never even thought about aero road bikes until he tried one!
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  • Tinman_66Tinman_66 Posts: 36
    This looks awesome, as Benjamin said, looks ugly but fast. Just how i like my bikes :D

    Admittedly it hasn't got gaudy graphics and chrome all over it like most italian offerings but that suits me fine, subtle and mean is the way forward.

    Having said that unless my numbers come up tonight there's no way I'd part with the best part of £5k for the frame.
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  • GazzaputtGazzaputt Posts: 3,227
    It does look an awesome bike I have to agree.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    I don't understand the furore over this. Aero road frames have been around for a good long while now. :?
  • petemadocpetemadoc Posts: 2,667
    NapoleonD wrote:
    I don't understand the furore over this. Aero road frames have been around for a good long while now. :?

    Expensive + Mclaren = desirable

    How much faster it would make us mortals I don't know. I though all the aerodynamic drag was caused by the rider and not the bike
  • johnboy183johnboy183 Posts: 823
    yes yes and yes
  • giant_mangiant_man Posts: 6,878
    PeteMadoc wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    I don't understand the furore over this. Aero road frames have been around for a good long while now. :?

    Expensive + Mclaren = desirable

    How much faster it would make us mortals I don't know. I though all the aerodynamic drag was caused by the rider and not the bike
    Meh ... not really .....
  • petemadocpetemadoc Posts: 2,667
    PeteMadoc wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    I don't understand the furore over this. Aero road frames have been around for a good long while now. :?

    Expensive + Mclaren = desirable

    How much faster it would make us mortals I don't know. I thought all the aerodynamic drag was caused by the rider and not the bike
    Meh ... not really .....

    No I'm not bothered about it either but people seem to be getting excited about it. Just a load of clever marketing really.
  • Tinman_66Tinman_66 Posts: 36
    The same 'clever marketing' that makes people buy Italian bikes because they think they're somehow better? No different really.

    Still each to their own, i couldn't justify spending that much on a road bike no matter what the badge but still the coolest road bike I've seen in a long time. (In my opinion)
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  • NapoleonD wrote:
    I don't understand the furore over this. Aero road frames have been around for a good long while now. :?

    Did I miss something? I wouldn't call a few people on a cycling forum saying "that's a nice bike" a furore...
  • Chip \'oylerChip \'oyler Posts: 2,323
    Tinman_66 wrote:
    The same 'clever marketing' that makes people buy Italian bikes because they think they're somehow better? No different really.

    Still each to their own, i couldn't justify spending that much on a road bike no matter what the badge but still the coolest road bike I've seen in a long time. (In my opinion)

    What 'clever marketing' is that then? Could you elaborate?
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  • mrushtonmrushton Posts: 5,182
    Italian bikes don't need (or didn't need) clever marketing. Their palmares did the talking whether Bianchi,De Rosa or Colnago. Those bikes were constantly seen on the finish line or first up a climb or even 1-2-3 at Paris Roubaix and that's before we get to the invisible builders who are quietly building frames out there such as Viner,Billato,Carrera and Pegoretti and Milani
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  • wildmoustachewildmoustache Posts: 4,010
    In fairness Specialized have had the odd victory too - of late at least.

    I think it looks tedious - black, red, stealth. ... yawn.

    Problem charging such a huge premium over the SL3, when their pro riders are still wining on the SL3?
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