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Desire: Specialized Venge ViAS

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A peloton favourite, introducing the ultimate aero disc brake road bike from Specialized: the Venge ViAS.

Photographs: Eugene Kim

Built for pure speed, the Venge ViAS Pro Disc UDi2 sets the bar for aero bikes.

 

Specialized have designed one of the fastest steeds around – provided you have the legs for it.

 

Desire: Reynolds 531 & 753 clothing 

 

 

The Venge has evolved in the wind tunnel to be the fastest bike out there, a spot it has held for every season it has been in the professional peloton.

 

It was launched at the 2011 Milan-Sanremo, where Australian rider Matt Goss rode it to victory.

 

Read: Matt Goss on how to outsmart and outsprint rivals at Milan-Sanremo

 

 

 

This carbon fibre animal is in stark contrast to the ways of old – like our look at the history of Reynolds – but where there is beauty in the classic trade of steel bikes, it can also be found in the modern way of doing things.

 

 

 

Equipped with disc brakes, the Venge ViAS has intergrated the braking system on its top end race bike.

 

 

A controversial subject among the modern peloton, Tom Boonen will be racing on discs until his retirement after Paris-Roubaix. He has already won on them, taking a stage at the early-season Vuelta a San Juan.

 

Read: Specialized Roubaix – front suspension returns to the road

 

 

 

Venges will be well represented at this year’s Milan-San Remo by both Bora–Hansgrohe and Quick-Step Floors, with world champion Peter Sagan, Fernando Gaviria and Tom Boonen all hot tips for victory.

 

 

 

Specialized have a rich history with Milan-San Remo. Mario Cipollini rode the Allez Comp to victory in 2002. As world champion the following year, “Super Mario” raced this S-Works E5 Columbus to fourth place on the Via Roma.

 

 

A stealth bomber of a bike, the Specialized Venge ViAS Pro Disc UDi2 comes in black or black.

 

Desire: Colnago Arabesque

 

 

 

 

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