Specialized and McLaren Unveil Venge

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Specialized and Mclaren officially unveiled their new top of the range Venge today in a special press conference at McLaren Headquarters in Woking, England. Just days ahead of the actual race debut of the new frame that will be riden by select members of Team Astana, Saxo-Bank Sunguard, and HTC-Highroad.

The UCI-legal aero road bike Venge, is a new platform for Specialized, and will fill a niche in the Specialized road bike lineup. The Tarmac will still remain the mainstay of the lineup with its combination of stiff and lightness. “The Venge will be a premium option, ideal for certain races and certain racers, based on race-day condition and rider preferences.”

The Venge gave Specialized the perfect opportunity to partner with the legendary team at McLaren. With their thirty years of expertise in composite technology and racing at the highest level of F1. They were able to push the existing boundaries of design and engineering. While the S-Works Venge itself exceeded Specialized’s expectations, the partnership allowed the two companies to further improve upon the Venge. Over the past year, Specialized and Mclaren engineers employed materials, fabrication processes, and exhaustive layup schedules never before used in the cycling world.

The Venge will be available as two models, S-Works and McLaren. Both will be made in Specialized’s production facility in Taiwan.

Specialized Venge Website – https://venge.specialized.com/

Venge Videos –

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Jonathan discusses how McLaren used their decades of experience in carbon layup and manufacturing to refine and already impressive carbon layup on the Specialized McLaren Venge

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Duncan discusses how the McLaren Venge project came about, and what McLaren brings to the table with it’s advanced FEA experience.

About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.

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  • adam says:

    [ reader very upset that there’s not more information about the tech details of this partnership….]

  • Bruised says:

    That is a really nice looking S3….wait, ah shoot, I mean Ridley Noah…..no – just a moment it will come to me….
    Has road frame engineering peaked?

  • john says:

    you mad

  • stevef says:

    wow Adam, who pissed in your hatorade this morning?

  • Robin Esker says:

    Adam, why are you so jaleous???
    This is R&D big time technology!!!

  • Stu says:


    Your ignorance is showing.

  • gareth says:

    marketing ploy? sure… marketing ploy in which im totally suckered into like a lemming as both a cycling and a F1 fan? DEFINITELY.

  • gareth says:

    btw.. still can’t understand the “asia bike haters” out there. this bike is made in taiwan and goss absolutely killed it on that last sprint following cancellara/gilbert after the poggio.

  • All 3 Sports says:

    it shares a few curves of some of the other frames on the market, but that’s the industry. It’s still an amazing looking bike. Nice job Specialized. Will we see this in the tour this year? We could sell this with ease. Will it be Di2 friendly?

  • Vasile Lucian BUJOR says:

    Pinarello + Campagnolo is the king, no matter you say :)).

    An example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCQ8xezdZJg .

    Vasile Lucian BUJOR

    PS. Don’t be stupid and compare with race performance. In race world they pay riders HUGE amount of money to ride those bikes, so don’t buy cervelo ( LOL :))) ) cause they won a few races, or specialized.

    At MTB Specialized is somewhat the king, but wait, there is Nicolai, that monsterkills specialized.

  • Nimzero says:

    Wow, you gotta meat-a-ballz! Pin and Campy = sexy and pricey. But, truth be told, there are very few if any riders that prefer the actual Pinerello comfort/race performance over a mass produced Specialized. Pinerello are eye catching, but not on par with the R&D behind a “Monster” brand like Specialized….now go tend to your wounds…(Bottom line it is the engine not the rig that makes the wheels spin…I’ve been schooled by painters on huffy’s – HA! HA!)

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