Specialized and McLaren unveiled their new aero road bike to the world’s press in Woking today. The launch took place at the Formula One team’s HQ, two days ahead of Milan-San Remo, where Mark Cavendish will ride the bike for the first time in competition.
The model pictured below is the McLaren Venge that will go onsale alongside the S-Works Venge. The McLaren frame uses the team’s knowledge of carbon fibre layering to create a different frame to the one badged more clearly as a Specialized.
All the frames will be made in Specialized’s production facility in Taiwan.
The orange graphics are unique to the McLaren model, the S-Works frame is likely to have more familiar Specialized decals, or that of the teams they sponsor.
Three riders from each of Specialized’s three Worldtour teams will ride the McLaren bike in the Italian classic on Saturday – HTC-Highroad, Astana and Saxo Bank-Sungard.
Cycling Weekly broke the story yesterday, tomorrow the launch moves to Milan where Specialized is expected to unveil its S-Works version.