Pro Bike: Peter Sagan’s 2016 Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS

Sparkling custom rainbow paint job for reigning world champion

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Peter Sagan's beautiful custom 2016 Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS. Photo by Brakethrough Media (@brakethrough_Media)

Peter Sagan’s beautiful custom 2016 Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS (click to enlarge). Photo by Brakethrough Media (@brakethrough_Media)

Peter Sagan always turns heads. The reigning world champion and Tinkoff team leader is among the sport’s most popular riders, blending amazing technical riding prowess with power and panache. At last year’s world championships in Richmond, Virginia, the Slovakian attacked up the final climb, then sped away solo for a dramatic triumph.

Integration for increased aero efficiency is the name of the game with this bike. Photo by Brakethrough Media (@brakethrough_Media)

Integration for increased aero efficiency is the name of the game with this bike (click to enlarge). Photo by Brakethrough Media (@brakethrough_Media)

In 2016, Sagan will hope to continue those winning ways (and avoid the curse of the rainbow stripes). Aiding in that effort will be Specialized’s S-Works Venge ViAS, which the California bike maker launched with much fan fare last June.

Tube shapes and handlebars are designed to cut through the wind. Photo by Brakethrough Media (@brakethrough_Media)

Tube shapes and handlebars are designed to cut through the wind (click to enlarge). Photo by Brakethrough Media (@brakethrough_Media)

At the time, Specialized called it bar none the fastest bike (not just road bike) it’s ever built, a project that took 15 engineers over four years of design work, prototyping, testing, and validation. The only thing not new on the bike were the clamps that hold the saddle rails in place.

Rainbow paintjob for the current wearer of the rainbow jersey. Photo by Brakethrough Media (@brakethrough_Media)

Rainbow paintjob for the current wearer of the rainbow jersey (click to enlarge). Photo by Brakethrough Media (@brakethrough_Media)

Everywhere you look are modifications to cheat the wind. Brakes are uniquely tucked behind the fork and seat tube. The slammed cockpit hides every inch of cable and housing. Frame tubes are specially shaped to combat all manner of speed reducing drag. The bike simply looks fast.

All the past world champs get mentioned here. Photo by Brakethrough Media (@brakethrough_Media)

All the past world champs get mentioned here (click to enlarge). Photo by Brakethrough Media (@brakethrough_Media)

And now, for Sagan, it also looks cool. His 2016 custom frame has a sparkly rainbow paint job and lots of personalized nods, including a Slovakian flag and the names of other past winners of the world title. Here’s a closer look at this glitzy-looking bike plus full spec details.

Shimano Dura Ace Di2 handles drivetrain duties. Photo by Brakethrough Media (@brakethrough_Media)

Shimano Dura Ace Di2 handles drivetrain duties (click to enlarge). Photo by Brakethrough Media (@brakethrough_Media)

Complete bike specs
  • Frame: Specialized S-Works Venge Vias
  • Fork: Specialized S-Works Venge Vias
  • Headset: Specialized S-Works Venge Vias by Ceramicspeed
  • Stem: Specialized S-Works Venge Vias
  • Handlebar: Specialized S-Works Venge Vias 42cm
  • Grips: Specialized Roubaix Bartape
  • Front brake: Specialized S-Works Venge Vias
  • Rear brake: Specialized S-Works Venge Vias
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace Di2
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace Di2
  • Levers: Shimano Dura Ace Di2
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura Ace 11 speed
  • Chain: Shimano Dura Ace 11 speed
  • Cranks: Shimano Dura Ace (172.5mm)
  • Power Meter: SRM
  • Bottom bracket: Ceramic Speed
  • Pedals: Look Keo Blade2
  • Wheels: Roval CLX64 // CLX60 // Roval CLX40
  • Front tire: Specialized Turbo AllAround tubular
  • Rear tire: Specialized Turbo AllAround tubular
  • Saddle: Prologo Scratch2
  • Seatpost: FSA K Force
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 all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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