In addition to the all new Venge ViAS, Specialized has launched several new products that they claim will help even ordinary riders save five minutes on an average ride.
The new S-Works Evade Helmet is profiled after the MClaren TT lid, which helps drastically reduce drag. Compared to a S-Works Prevail, the Evade saves 46 seconds over 40 k.
While the time savings gained from the nip tuck on the new Verge are impressive, there are some equally big (and more cost effective) ways to shave seconds in the form of clothing.
At $500, the new S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit is not cheap, but it’s claimed to save a staggering 96 seconds over 40k.
The time savings are accomplished by tailor fitting the skin suit to eliminate fabric bunching. At launch, the setup will be available in 11 different sizes, which give most riders a nearly custom fit. Other touches include getting rid of seems by using a welded sleeve opening, a full zipper, and rear pockets.
The new S-Works 6 shoe looks similar to the existing model, but receives a new carbon outsole. This is the most rigid outsole Specialized has ever used, and in conjunction with a new tapered heel that helps lock the foot in place, is tested to improve acceleration.
Claim time savings? 35 seconds over 40k.
The company also released a new lace up model today, more on that shoe soon.
Lastly, the new Roval CLX 64 clinchers and Specialized Turbo Cotton Tire complete the five minute package. According to Specialized, these wheels have been optimized for both head and crosswinds, come tubeless ready, and have a 21mm internal rim width.
The claimed time savings for this setup? >35 seconds over 40k.
You can find more info and images of the wheels/tire on our full write of up the Venge ViAS here.
And just for fun, let’s ad up all those seconds and dollars:
|Specialized Venge ViAS||120 seconds over 40k||$12,500|
|Specialized Evade Helmet||46 seconds over 40k||
|Specialized Evade GC Skinsuit||96 seconds over 40k||
|Specialized S-Works 6 Clippies||35 seconds over 40k||
|Total||4 minutes 57 seconds||
Time is money, right?