It's a better-looking bike as well, at least to our eyes. The
old Venge ViAS had a few curves in the wrong place and that praying
mantis handlebar wasn't everyone's cup of tea The new bike is much
sharper looking with straighter lines and a smarter looking
handlebar. Looking fast is not to be underestimated.
The really big news, and it'll shock a few people, but it really
shouldn't come as a huge surprise given the prevailing winds in the
road bike industry, is that the new Venge is only available with
disc brakes and electronic groupsets.
We'll let that sink in for a moment…
Regarding disc brakes, Specialized claims any drag produced by
the disc rotor is easily offset by the savings it can make
elsewhere. And only being designed for electronic groupsets ensures
there are no compromises to aero performance at the front of the
bike, with all wires and hoses internally routed inside the
handlebar and stem.
The new Venge is a good amount of light too. A 56cm frame comes
in at 960g, a massive 240g saving compared to the old Venge. The
fork saves another 25g, the bar and stem save 107g, the seatpost
saves 25 and all the bolts and accessories save another 63g. It all
adds up to a 460g saving on the frameset module compared to the old
Specialized has also brought it Rider-First Engineered
technology to the new Venge. Using 40,000 Retul data points and
lots of real-world rider feedback, it has refined the specific
carbon layup of each size frame to ensure the perfect ride and
handling, regardless of what size you're riding.
In the past, a manufacturer would develop a 56cm and then simply
scale it up and down to create a full-size range. That approach has
its drawbacks for those riding the smaller and bigger sizes, and
that's what the Rider-First Engineered technology aims to