While Specialized’s top-of-the-range S-Works Venge already mated the best combination of stiffness, weight, and aerodynamics, their unprecedented collaboration with McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT) enabled them to take the frame to an even more extreme level.
By optimizing the way the carbon was cut and applied, and by choosing the most suitable plies, MAT was able to improve efficiency by 10-15 per cent – more than anything previously seen in the cycling world.
The results are simply sensational: the slippery-looking Specialized + McLaren Venge is the fastest complete-performance bike in the world.
“The S-Specialized + McLaren Venge project is unique,” said Brad Paquin, the California firm’s composite design engineer. “We paid no attention to the typical limiting factors and focused solely on producing the most advanced bike possible – Formula 1-style!