Fastest Road Bicycle in the world
Specialized claims its 2016 S-Works Venge ViAS is the fastest road bike however.
Specialized is calling its brand new S-Works Venge ViAS the fastest bicycle previously produced. After three days of test riding, we're maybe not quick to argue. Four many years since its preliminary launch, this new Venge is much more than a refresh. Specialized's retooled aero road-bike could be the very first bike designed nearly totally in a wind tunnel and effectively a total revamp. "the one and only thing not new is the seat, " says Chris Riekert, Specialized spokesperson.
This new Venge does not have any extraneous parts that would develop drag. Both the braking system cables and digital Dura-Ace wires are completely inner. While the brake calipers are now actually built-into the leading hand and chair pipe, nicely protected from wind.
The distinctive downtube is larger than the last edition regarding the Venge, twisting dramatically throughout. "As soon as we learned air flow in the downtube, we found it offers two unique tasks, " claims Chris Yu, Specialized's aero and racing research and development lead. The top of half optimizes aerodynamics behind the headtube, even though the bottom half is made to smooth environment round the base bracket and chair tube. The different sizes for the Venge each have a slightly different downtube form and carbon layup to enhance both power and aerodynamics for driver. The rear triangle and chair remains are smaller and stiffer than the previous model, permitting much better energy transfer, claims Specialized. Even cockpit is brand new, utilizing the reduced, incorporated stem linking into the flat-topped handlebar
Just how does all this turn you into faster? The typical driver uses 70 to 80 percent of his power fighting the atmosphere and wind, Yu says. After over 600 prototypes and 1, 600 hours of testing in Specialized's in-house wind tunnel, Yu promises this Venge cuts through environment more proficiently than just about any other road bike, even highly regarded Cervelo S5.
Whenever coupled with Specialized's new suite of aero services and products — Evade helmet, S-Works 6 shoes, Evade skinsuit, Roval CLX64 tires, and S-Works Turbo tires — the producer claims the new Venge can shave more than five minutes off your time and effort over a 40-kilometer time test versus conventional non-aero road bikes and equipment. After three days riding this new Venge in the wind tunnel and on the roadways near Specialized's Ca head office, we think it.
Using the very first change associated with the pedals, the bike snaps ahead. Primary fashion designer Chris D'Alusio states the focus on aerodynamics does not detract through the Venge's nimble control. The bicycle is, most likely, created for racing everything from the Tour de France to amateur criteriums, not only going fast in a straight line.
Regarding the second day of testing, we rode two back-to-back 20-kilometer solamente efforts. Initial ended up being on a Specialized Tarmac — a non-aero bicycle that won this past year's world championship roadway battle — with an everyday system and helmet. On second effort, we utilized the new Venge and Specialized's present type of aero products (minus the S-Works 6 footwear, which weren't offered at the time). Though it had been just one single comparison, we dropped two moments in real-world problems. That does not very extrapolate out to five minutes over 40 kilometers, but we were nonetheless impressed.
Specialized had been unwilling to discharge the extra weight associated with the bicycle, nonetheless it likely falls to the 16-pound range. The Venge isn’t as light as the Tarmac cousin, however it’s over able from the uphills, and a total rocket on descents. We struck more than 56 mph on a single twisty downhill section.