• Mar 23, 2011
S-Specialized + McLaren Venge bicycle – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you were going to ride a bicycle designed by a British automaker, who would you want to build it – Land Rover or McLaren? If it were a mountain bike, maybe Land Rover. But for a racing bike like this one, we'll go with McLaren.

Shortly after the debut of the Range Rover Evoque road bike comes this very slick racing bike, designed and fabricated collaboratively by McLaren and Specialized. The latter, as you might have guessed, contributed the basic bicycle-building know-how, while McLaren Applied Technologies brought the expertise in lightweight materials garnered from winning 169 grands prix, 12 drivers' Championships and eight Constructors' titles over the course of its years in Formula One. The result is a frame that weighs just 2.09 lbs – some 10-15 percent lighter than other carbon-fiber bike frames, achieved through a new way of cutting the fiber sheets.

The S-Specialized + McLaren Venge made its debut at the classic Milan-San Remo race this past weekend, where 2009 Tour de France winner Mark Cavendish rode it to finish a respectable 52nd out of the 156 cyclists who actually completed the race. Follow the jump, if you're so inclined, to watch video footage of one of McLaren's engineers geeking out on how the Venge was developed, or just skip straight to the high-resolution images in the gallery below.



[Source: McLaren]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Been done already. Pretty sure this was made before Lotus left F1.
      http://www.onceridden.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/Pages.getPage/Id/69
        • 3 Years Ago
        My understanding is that Lotus, the bike company, is completely unrelated - as you say - to Lotus, the car company. But Lotus Engineering, which is a branch of the car company, did take a stab at racing bicycles as well. The one in the link was one of them, I believe. The font of the name are distinctly that of the car company.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Could not be more wrong spankie, Lotus Type 108 and 110.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew B.

        The Lotus bikes that you are referencing were not made by the same Lotus that makes cars. Lotus bikes was owned by a company in New York and they were manufactured in Japan. Other than having 2 wheels and handle bars there are few similarities between the Specialized/Mclaren and the Lotus bike, so no, it hasn't "been done already".
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes Lotus (the car company) did build a racing bike. Chris Boardman rode the Lotus Type 108 to a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics. They built 10 examples. They followed up with a road bike based on the 108 the Type 110, I believe fewer than 30 were made.
      The Lotus bike was purpose built and designed. I am looking at one now, as we have a 108 in the Lotus collection I work with.

      There is an Asian manufacture who does build a normal bike called Lotus. Entirely different.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those tiny, thin seats make certain body parts ache just looking at it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        At least the air will now flow pass as silk rather than turbulating under there and create lift... =)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mark Cavendish has never won the Tour De France (not even close). He is a sprinter who has won many stages in the Tour and other races and won Milan - San Remo in 2009, but has never competed for the overall win in the Tour.

      Cool bike, though...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nürburgring Time?
      • 3 Years Ago
      jeez I think I've taken craps bigger than 2 lbs. how much does this thing cost? is it one of those if you have to ask kinda prices?
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Travisity, the madone is a standard tube set road bike where this is an aero tubeset. To be fair, you'd have to compare this to the Felt AR1, Cervelo S2/3 or the Ridley Noah in terms of weight. All of those are a bit over the 1Kg mark and Specialized advertises the new Venge is much stiffer.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Bike Pr0n.

      Regardless of the tech compared to other bikes it's a bike collab with a car maker! That alone makes it bad-a$$! I could care less if it was 20 lbs like my Allez. Now if Aston Martin makes a modern bicycle I may have to buy it and just hang it on my wall.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I could easily see that sucker retailing for over $10K.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ditto what the other posters said, and there is no reason a recreational, or even semi-pro cyclist would pay the extra coin for a mostly off-the-shelf bike with different decals. For that kind of money, you might as well order a custom bike built to your exact specifications and body type. If you're gonna drop 8-10k on a bike, it might as well fit you perfectly.
      • 3 Years Ago
      2.09 pounds is not a light frame. Ten years ago, yes, but not these days. My 2008 Scott Addict R2 has a 790g (1.74 pound) composite frame/fork and is plenty stiff: just ask the pros. There are a few other frames out there that are similarly light, and I think you'll see some continued shaving in the future, though other components are more critical now for overall weight and it is already easy to build a bike with these frames that are under the minimum UCI limit for competition (my bike as built is 14.5 lbs. with garmin computer and empty bottles.)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Specialized designed and made the frame, McLaren consulted, that's all. It's marketing. The components are all standard fare, the entire package is incremental to other pro level rides. Will it make Cav more dominant? Probably not, it's all about the 'engine' and his form as an athlete.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where are my carbon ceramic disc brakes, double-clutch gearbox, adaptive dampers, and...what is that?!?! Chain drive?
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