Timing is everything in life, and I was fortunate to catch Peter and his Bora Hansgrohe squad rolling out for a Monday morning training ride from the Tour Down Under village. The 2017 Tour Down Under begins tomorrow, and the lads are heading into the Adelaide Hills to scout a few key sections of one of the upcoming stages. The team has been teasing media and fans alike with his Specialized Venge disc brake bike, but today, he rolled the gold package – painted gold Roval CLX 64 tubular wheels…
You can read more about Peter’s bike here, the only difference being the gold wheels for today’s training ride. During my close examination of the wheels, they are no different from the standard CLX 64 tubular center lock disc brake model, barring of course the paint finish on the rim.
Above, Peter and the team mechanic discuss brake feel. Incidentally, I did get hands on with this bike, and the Di2 hydro lever travel is the same as with every other Di2 hydro brake bike I’ve examined.
Above, Peter shifts through the cassette.
In the leading photo of this article, keen eyed readers will notice Peter is not alone with disc brake experimentation. One of the other team riders has been sporting a disc brake bike in subdued dark blue with Specialized logos. I believe it is a Tarmac, but I’ve been unable to get close enough to photograph the bike just yet. Generally, the two disc brake bikes have been tucked away from prying eyes.
It is doubtful Peter will race the disc brake Venge, but he has been known to surprise people…
Article and photos by Gravel Cyclist. Jayson O’Mahoney is the Gravel Cyclist: A website about the Gravel Cycling Experience.