After photos of the Specialized Venge Disc ViAS were posted online by Etixx-Quick Step sprinter Fernando Gaviria back in March, Specialized has finally revealed official details of the new bike.
You won’t be surprised to hear that the bike is very similar to the rim brake Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS that was launched last summer, meaning that Specialized is marketing its new disc brake aero bike as “the stiffest and most aerodynamic bike we’ve ever created” with the addition of disc brakes offering “no penalty to the aerodynamic profile”.
Of course in order to adapt the Venge ViAS frame for disc brakes, Specialized has had to make a few alterations to the front and rear ends. At the front the brake calipers now longer fit behind the fork crown but are instead flat mounted in the standard place for disc brake calipers, while at the back they have been moved from behind the seat tube. Thru-axles are used for both the front and rear wheels.
At the front, all Specialized Venge Disc ViAS bikes will come with Specialized’s Aerofly handlebars. Specialized says that in the course of its wind tunnel testing it found that a negative 17-degree stem was the most aerodynamic option, but clearly not everyone is flexible enough to cope with such a low front end. To make up for this the bars flare upwards to give a higher front end while keeping the extreme stem.
There are three complete bikes in the Specialized Venge Disc ViAS range for 2016. The top model is the S-Works Venge Disc ViAS with SRAM red eTap and Roval Rapide CLX 64 Disc wheels, which will cost £8,500, while the same frame with Ultegra Di2 and CL 64 wheels is £6,000.
Propping up the range is the Venge Expert Disc which costs £3,900 and will come with an Ultegra groupset. There is also a frameset only option for the S-Works version of the frame which will be available for £3,000.