Video: Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S Works McLaren Venge

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On Saturday, Mark Cavendish did what he does best, sprinting first across the line at the close of stage 1 of the 2013 Giro d’Italia. Underneath the Manx Missile was his trusty S-Works McLaren Venge, Specialized’s top line aero road bike.

The Venge is the same frame Cav rode in 2011, arguably the best year of his stellar career when he won the Green Jersey at the Tour de France and was crowned world road race champion. After moving from the now-defunct HTC-Columbia squad to Team Sky (where he rode a Pinarello in 2012), Cavendish is back aboard a Big Red S bike with his new-for-2013 team, Omega Pharma-QuickStep. Here’s a tip to tail video tour of Cavendish’s Specialized speed machine.

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Highlights of this race rig include a S-Works FACT 11r full-monocoque carbon frame with one-piece carbon OSBB/chainstay, aero tube shaping, tapered 1-1/8″ to 1-3/8″ head tube, and internal cable routing. Up front is a full carbon monocoque S-Works fork with carbon dropouts with co-molded steel inserts for added durability.

Propulsion is provided by a SRAM Red mechanical 10-speed drivetrain (no 11-speed yet due to the massive amount of gear change it would force). Cav’s bike rolls on a pair of tubular Zipp 404 Firecrest wheels mated with 24mm Specialized Turbo Tubular Team tires. Look Keo Blade pedals are mounted on S-Works cranks, which turn a SRAM 53-39 chainring that’s equipped with a Quarc power meter. In the rear, the Brit opts for a 11-25 cassette. The stem is a carbon Zipp SL145; bars are Zipp Service Course SL short and shallow 42cm. Water bottles reside in a pair of Tacx Tao cages. The saddle is a Specialized Toupe.

If you want an S-Works Venge for yourself, Specialized offers three spec choices – Campy Super Record EPS ($14,000), Shimano Di2 ($12,000) and SRAM Red ($8250). Frame and fork are $3750.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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