Specialized Venge Review
The Venge range of road bikes from Specialized exists to fill a niche somewhere between stiff, fast-accelerating models like the Tarmac and aerodynamically designed cycles like the Shiv. Carbon frames ensure lightness, while aero wheelsets and tour wins for pro riders help to sell the package.
Specialized Venge Elite
The Venge Elite comes with a UCI-approved FACT 10r carbon frame that benefits from features such as internal cable routing, a tapered headtube and bottom bracket and chanistay arrangement fashioned from a single piece of carbon.
Turbo Elite 23c tyres are good for racing, particularly thanks to the BlackBelt puncture protection they offer, while the Shimano 105 drivetrain and brakeset combo is suitably compelling.
|Specialized Venge Elite Specifications 2014|
|Front Derailleur:||Shimano 105||Front Fork:||Specialized Venge FACT|
|Rear Derailleur:||Shimano 105||Rear Shock:||N/A|
|Shifters:||Shimano 105 STI||Brakes:||Shimano 105|
|Gears:||11 speed||Rims:||Fulcrum S5|
|Chainring:||52/36||Tyres:||Specialized Turbo Elite|
Specialized Venge Comp
The light carbon frame is equipped with a full carbon monocoque fork that has a straight profile while also taking advantage of airfoil shaping for that added aerodynamic compliance that does not sacrifice stiffness.
Shimano Ultegra drivetrain components provide slick gear changes, with the FSA Gossamer Pro BB30 crank ensuring that the transfer of power occurs smoothly no matter the conditions on the tarmac. A Romin Evo Comp saddle sits atop hollow Cr-Mo rails, putting the rider into a position that naturally allows them to slice through the air with greater ease.
Specialized Venge Expert
The benefits of the carbon frame and fork are present on this model, but are augmented thanks to the Roval Rapide SL35 wheelset which benefits from an extra-wide rim that adds to the bike’s aerodynamic profile.
The Shimano Ultegra drivetrain is back, but it comes packaged with the carbon-based FSA SL-K Light crank, which keeps the weight of the bike down. A Romin Evo Expert saddle sits on hollow titanium rails for this model and you also get a bladed carbon seatpost which is entirely adjustable both horizontally and vertically to keep the rider comfortable and composed.
Specialized S-Works Venge
A frame upgrade has been given to the S-Works Venge, with the FACT 11r carbon material lightening the load even further. This trend continues with the Roval Rapid CLX 60 wheelset, which utilises a full carbon clincher along with CeramicSpeed bearings for additional durability.
This model is also equipped with S-Works Turbo tyres, which have been re-engineered for 2014 and allow for increased traction that comes into play when cornering, climbing and descending. Shimano Dura-Ace components make up the drivetrain and brakeset and this time the saddle is the Romin Evo Pro, which is affixed via light and strong carbon rails.
Specialized S-Works Venge Di2
The S-Works Venge Di2 uses the same frame and feature set as its closest cousin, but adds Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic shifting capabilities to the drivetrain to ensure faster, smoother gear changes than are possible with a mechanical setup.
These components do not come cheap, but then the entire Venge range is aimed at serious riders who want to secure the competitive advantage over similarly matched rivals, at which point the amount you are paying for the bike may fade into the background.