Specialized rolls out sexy new road bike

Just in time for Milan – San Remo, Specialized 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 carbon fiber supercar experience combined with Specialized’s knowledge of bicycle design,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. Specialized 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 S-Works and McLaren models are both stiffer and lighter than the 2011 Cervelo S3, 2011 Felt AR1, and 2010 Ridley Noah.

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

A number of riders from Specialized sponsored teams, including sprinter Mark Cavendish, are set to ride the bike at Saturday’s Milan-San Remo.

The bike will be available in two models; the S-Works 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.

Ron Callahan is the chief cook and bottlewasher at Bike World News, doing everything from website design to bike reviews.

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