Specialized rolls out sexy new road bike

Just in time for Milan – San Remo, is rolling out a sexy new road bike that was developed in cooperation with the McLaren F1 team.

Developed with McLaren’s 45 years designing race cars and 30 years of supercar experience combined with ’s knowledge of ,the Venge represents a cutting edge approach to composite design for bicycles.

McLaren’s computer modeling was used to precisely shape and layer composites in the frame. The chainstays, bottom bracket and seat tube are constructed as a single piece to maximize stiffness for minimal deflection under load. also learned from McLaren how to eliminate an entire ply of non-structural laminate. This layer is an artifact of manufacturing, but McLaren’s process eliminates this layer — and 40 grams — from the frame.

Both the and McLaren models are both stiffer and lighter than the 2011 , 2011 Felt AR1, and 2010 Noah.

Aerodynamic features include cambered seatstays to minimize crosswind drag, legal “X-section airfoil” forks, and internal cable routing. says the routing is compatible with standard and electronic components.

A number of riders from sponsored teams, including sprinter , are set to ride the bike at Saturday’s .

The bike will be available in two models; the Venge will be available to buy from the end of April (at around $9000USD for a complete bike). The McLaren Venge, the bike shown in today’s launch will be available in September for a whopping $8000USD for frame and fork.  – is being held back until September.

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