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We aren't satisfied with second fastest—why else would we have our own Win Tunnel and an "Aero is Everything" design philosophy? We live and breathe aero, but this Venge is so much more. The frame is lighter than a Tarmac SL5 Disc, more aerodynamic than the Venge ViAS, built to handle on a razor's edge with a Rider-First Engineered™ design—it's everything an aero bike should be, and damn it's fast.
Just like the Tarmac, the Venge has a Rider-First Engineered™ design that tailors each frame to the perfect compliance, handling, and stiffness qualities. This design makes sure that every frame performs flawlessly, regardless of its size, and this is done through a mix of extensive data acquisition, expert feedback from professional riders, and an absurdly meticulous approach to carbon construction. But you'll never notice all that when you're riding—it just feels like the perfect bike.
The new Venge now features a modular cockpit that's faster and more slippery in the wind, significantly lighter, stiff enough for the world's fastest sprinters, and easy to set up to your personal preferences. Our pro teams only asked for something stiff—no surprise there—but we couldn't help but over deliver. In fact, we even took race travel into account, here, so the new cockpit easily packs-up for plane cases and bike bags.
A New Approach
We created custom optimization software that generates thousands of tube shapes and analyzes them based on aerodynamics, surface area, and stiffness. This process resulted in a collection of shapes that we call the FreeFoil Shape Library, and they're the building blocks of the new Venge.
Not All Aero Shapes are Created Equal
We could build a bike that looks the same as the Venge from 10 feet away, but every millimeter matters. The aero shapes of the Venge, after all, have been both perfectly and precisely designed to optimize for aerodynamics, weight, and handling. It's a beautiful balance, and this optimization creates a ride that feels perfectly tuned—the slightest change would throw the whole design out of balance.
The head tube and fork—two of the most important areas for both stiffness and aerodynamics. You have to sacrifice one to get there other, right? Wrong. With the perfect shapes from our FreeFoil Library, and some complex Rider-First Engineered™ design cues, both the head tube and fork on the Venge are as fast as possible, all while keeping the sublime handling that the world's most elite racers demand.
All the aero in a lighter package—that's what the Venge exemplifies. Compared to other parts of the bike, down tubes don’t do much in terms of aerodynamics. But where they do have a big impact is in stiffness and weight. Knowing this, we stayed mindful of surface area, made sure it shielded your bottles from the wind, and then implemented the lightest and stiffest shape we could without negatively affecting aerodynamics.
We took the fastest shapes with the lowest surface areas from our FreeFoil Library and then built-in compliance. The seat tube and seatpost, after all, are both extremely important for aerodynamics and ride quality. And while it’d be easier to sacrifice one benefit to get the other, we've never been ones to take the easy way out.
More efficiency and more comfort are no longer mutually exclusive. All of our performance road bikes have dropped seatstays, and that's because they do wonders for aerodynamics. Not only do they hide from the wind, but they also create more rear-end compliance. Win-win.
Whether you’re chasing KOMs, sprinting for glory, or just wanting to go faster, the eight seconds of savings over the Venge ViAS are going to help make your dreams a reality.
Every Size as It Should Be
Every frame uses a layup schedule, design, and materials that are entirely unique to its respective frame size in order to hit these aggressive performance targets. And while you can't always see these changes, you'll feel the mercurial accelerations and the bump-eating compliance on every ride.
The head tube and fork are important parts of the Rider First Engineered™ system, and that's because front-end stiffness dictates handling. Too stiff on a Small frame and the ride is twitchy. Not stiff enough on a Large, and it's a wet noodle. Our Rider-First approach is focused on total optimization across each frame size, so the handling is next-level—no matter what size you ride.
There's something about the stiff response of a tuned race bike that just makes you want to push it, and that’s why the new Venge has a better stiffness-to-weight ratio than the Venge ViAS. So, for example: If you ride a 56cm, you're in for a nearly 12% increase in stiffness to weight ratio. And for a size 61cm, you're looking more along the lines of 18%. Overall, the Venge's structural efficiency has been greatly improved across every conceivable performance metric, so you'll immediately feel improvements to the bike, as a system, when you're sprinting, cornering, or hammering from the saddle.
Bumps, potholes, cracks in the road—they all suck energy and harsh the fun of a ride. Thankfully, the Venge is nearly 40% more compliant than the ViAS at the seat tube across every frame size. Of course, with each Rider-First Engineered™ attribute, you get the perfect amount of deflection—whether you're on a Small or a Large.
INTEGRATION IS AERO
The S-Works Aerofly II takes its shape from our FreeFoil Shape Library, and when combined with the new stem's dropped handlebar clamp, we were able to design the fastest cockpit on the road. The cables are hidden underneath the stem and are blocked from the wind by the handlebars. The headset spacers, meanwhile, make a seamless transition from the head tube to the stem. And through our pro team collaborations, not to mention a certain World Champion, the Venge cockpit has been made to be the stiffest out there—good luck flexing it in the sprints. And if you were wondering, the headset spacers are optimized for aerodynamics.
AN EASIER WAY
Aero is Everything, but integration makes life easier. With the new cockpit, you can add or remove spacers with ease, take it apart for travel, swap stem lengths—it’s all easier now. And while the greatest stiffness and aero benefits are found when the cockpit is used as a system, each part is modular, so you can run any bar/stem combination you want.