Nu de Tour de France over ruim een week in Utrecht van start gaat, zie je overal wielrenmarketing. Fietsenfabrikant Specialized maakt van de gelegenheid gebruik om te claimen dat het de snelste fiets ter wereld heeft gemaakt - getest in de Win Tunnel.
This year’s Tour de France, as with most Tours, will see the rolling out of new bikes, wheels, tires, helmets, sunglasses, shoes, apparel, and more. Because it’s the world’s largest annual sporting event, it’s an ideal time for manufactures to show off all their new stuff.
One bike that seems to be getting more attention than all the others is the just-revealed Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS. The company recently invited Business Insider to check it out in person, but because it was under embargo until now we didn’t get to take it for a spin. Yet during our brief meet-up with a Specialized rep we got to snap a few pics and learn a bit about it. Specialized claims it is “the fastest bike in the world,” which is a bold statement considering how many fast bikes are out there.
The carbon Venge is actually one of five new products Specialized is unveiling this week as a “complete aerodynamic ecosystem.” Along with the Venge, there’s a new skinsuit, helmet, shoes, and wheel-and-tire system. All together, the project is dubbed “5 Minutes,” which is how much time you’ll save over 40 kilometers, or about 25 miles, if you’re riding this bike and wearing the gear, the company says. That is, compared to its previous similar bike and gear.
There will be limited availability beginning in August, the company said. The price for the Venge: $12,500. See more photos below, along with further details.
Although we didn’t get to ride the bike — not yet anyway — it does look impressive. The first thing we noticed was the headset, stem, and handlebar; it looks like a super-stiff setup. Then the new proprietary brakes; they’re integrated, behind the fork and seat tube. Third, there are no cables showing — they’re all internally routed. The company says this bike, ridden with a Roval CLX64 wheelset, will save 120 seconds over 40km. Overall, as a first impression, it might be the best-looking aero road bike we’ve ever seen. Hopefully we’ll get to test-ride one soon.
Here’s what Specialized’s Chris Riekert said in a statement sent to Business Insider:
The all-new S-Works Venge ViAS Di2 was developed with one objective in mind—to be the fastest bike in the world. The design for this bike started with building our own Win Tunnel, and with more than 1000 hours of testing, prototyping, and refining, we can say with confidence that we nailed our objective. The high level of performance starts with a Rider-First Engineered frame and fork that feature a new level of aerodynamics. This is coupled with the added benefit of the Roval CLX 64 wheelset—the fastest wheels we’ve ever made. Along with the zero-drag brakes and Aerofly ViAS cockpit, the S-Works Venge ViAS Di2 is, quite simply, the fastest bike in the world.
And here’s what Specialized says about the new wheelset:
Roval CLX 64 wheelset provides the ultimate in speed and performance. Optimized for both head- and crosswinds, the CLX 64 wheelset is tubeless-ready and features a 21mm internal rim width for enhanced traction, minimal rolling resistance, and improved aerodynamics.
As for that tire, it’s the S-Works Turbo. The company claims it’s “the world’s fastest tire” and saves 35 seconds over 40km.
From Specialized’s note:
FACT carbon fork is designed to drastically reduce aerodynamic drag, while still providing incredible stiffness and steering response for all out efforts and twisting descents.
The FACT 11r carbon frame features fully internal cable routing, and it’s Rider-First Engineered in order to provide consistent performance across the entire size range.
Proprietary integrated brakes create the perfect blend of aerodynamics and power, creating zero additional drag while achieving best-in-class stopping power and modulation.
Here’s how the new Venge compares with Specialized’s previous bikes:
Specialized says it saves 46 seconds over 40km compared to a standard road helmet.
We’ll ask the folks at Specialized if they’ll let us test and review this bike so that we can see just how fast it really is. And how it rides. So stay tuned.