Mark Cavendish’s Specialized Venge

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Cycling Weekly managed to quickly grab and look over Mark Cavendish’s Specialized Venge framed steed he used to sprint to victory in the National Road Race Championships in Glasgow last weekend.

After a year as World Road Champion with Team Sky using a Pinarello Dogma, Cavendish is back on Specialized bikes at Omega Pharma-QuickStep as he’d been when riding his final season with HTC in 2011.

Mark Cavendish’s Nationals winning bike – a Specialized Venge. Gloss black finish with team colour accents on seat tube looks the part.

Beefy head tube area with internal cabling entry points.

Super-stiff bulbous bottom bracket on the Specialized Venge. CeramicSpeed bearings.

Sculptured aero seat tube

SRAM Red brakes. Drilled out backs to brake pad housing helps save weight and dissipate heat. Note light tread pattern on Specialized TT tubs.

Specialized S-Works chainset with Quarq power meter. SRAM TT chain rings 53/42. Cavendish is using white Look Keo pedals this season.

SRAM Red front mech with chain catcher. Tacx Tao bottle cages

SRAM Red rear mech. 10 speed block.

Specialized carbon framed Romin saddle atop the custom Specialized Venge aero seat post.

SRAM Red levers

Zipp’s SL145 carbon stem helps give a stiff front end for those sprint efforts

Zipp Service Course SL bars with what looks like a Garmin 800 computer to record power and race data on board with its branding taped over.

Cavendish used Zipp 404 Firecrests front and back with Specialized TT tubs. Note the wheels are ID-ed as having been set aside for the Giro d’Italia too.

Mark Cavendish’s trimmed down race number ’66’.

Mark Cavendish in action as he crests Montrose Street.

Taking the line to become 2013 National Road Race Champion.