Specialized Venge Pro Mid-Compact

How’d we pick ’em? Our primary evaluation process took place over seven days in January on the trails and back roads outside Tucson, Arizona. We spent three days spinning 13-mile laps on a road loop from Gates Pass. Ba

Specialized Venge

Specialized Venge Pro Mid-Compact    Photo: Courtesy of Specialized

Best For: Going very, very fast. 

The Test: While we assumed this fully aero ride would be equal parts fast and harsh, we were pleasantly surprised that it fulfilled only the first half of our expectations. “Blazing,” said one tester, “but an amazingly good multitasker.” The Venge has a brighter, harder edge than comparable aero bikes, making it ideal for racing. This is due, at least partly, to the deep-dish 45-mm Roval wheels, which were speedy on the flats but also blew around a bit in the wind. What most surprised us, however, was just how nimble this bike was going up—not a featherweight climber, but perfectly acceptable nonetheless. 

The Verdict: With some aero bars, it would even double as a good TT bike. 16.3 lbs

Brand: Specialized $6,600
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