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Pro bike: Mark Renshaw’s Specialized S-Works Venge

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Mark Renshaw’s Specialized S-Works Venge – he’s riding Specialized again just like old times

Mark Renshaw’s Specialized S-Works Venge – he’s riding Specialized again just like old times (Image credit: David Rome)
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CeramicSpeed are a team sponsor and so the bike features ceramic bearings through-out

CeramicSpeed are a team sponsor and so the bike features ceramic bearings through-out (Image credit: David Rome)
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SRAM RED22 takes care of the shifting duties

SRAM RED22 takes care of the shifting duties (Image credit: David Rome)
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A hugely stiff Zipp SL Sprint stem is used with Zipp's alloy SL-70 bar in a classic bend

A hugely stiff Zipp SL Sprint stem is used with Zipp's alloy SL-70 bar in a classic bend (Image credit: David Rome)
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Another look at the aero profiles of the S-Works Venge

Another look at the aero profiles of the S-Works Venge (Image credit: David Rome)
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Older style Look Keo Blade pedals keep Renshaw attached to his bike - he chooses the '16' tension version

Older style Look Keo Blade pedals keep Renshaw attached to his bike - he chooses the '16' tension version (Image credit: David Rome)
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Specialized provide the crank arms, while the power meter and chainrings are both from SRAM

Specialized provide the crank arms, while the power meter and chainrings are both from SRAM (Image credit: David Rome)
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep are one-of-three teams sponsored by SRAM for 2014

Omega Pharma-QuickStep are one-of-three teams sponsored by SRAM for 2014 (Image credit: David Rome)
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Slippery lines and high levels of stiffness are the key design areas for the Venge

Slippery lines and high levels of stiffness are the key design areas for the Venge (Image credit: David Rome)
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A Specialized Romin saddle sits on top of the aero seatpost

A Specialized Romin saddle sits on top of the aero seatpost (Image credit: David Rome)
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Renshaw does away with the aero headset top-cap in order to get extremely low

Renshaw does away with the aero headset top-cap in order to get extremely low (Image credit: David Rome)
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Renshaw uses Zipp's 404 wheels shod with 24mm Specialized Turbo tubular tyres

Renshaw uses Zipp's 404 wheels shod with 24mm Specialized Turbo tubular tyres (Image credit: David Rome)
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The race timing sensor is mounted on the chainstay with a combination of duct tape and zip-ties

The race timing sensor is mounted on the chainstay with a combination of duct tape and zip-ties (Image credit: David Rome)
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The Australian is back with Cavendish for 2014

The Australian is back with Cavendish for 2014 (Image credit: David Rome)
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The Specialized Venge is all about cheating the air, with design inspiration taken from the company's Shiv time trial bike

The Specialized Venge is all about cheating the air, with design inspiration taken from the company's Shiv time trial bike (Image credit: David Rome)
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Tacx Tao cages take care of hydration needs

Tacx Tao cages take care of hydration needs (Image credit: David Rome)

This article originally published on BikeRadar

After two years as a lead sprinter, Mark Renshaw returns to the side of his former teammate Mark Cavendish, re-creating the sprint force that we last saw in 2011. With this, Cavendish should have plenty of confidence going into 2014 against the likes of Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel.

Moving to Omega Pharma-QuickStep means Renshaw is re-united with the Specialized Venge. We recently took a look at the Cavendish's S-Works Venge, a bike built for pure speed and one that shares many similarities to Renshaw’s.

The Venge is a sprinter's weapon, offering a stiff, wind cheating module with pure speed purpose. Most of the Omega Pharma team actually ride the S-Works Tarmac SL4, leaving the Venge to the team’s sprinters.

Renshaw’s setup does away with the Venge’s integrated-aero headset cover in order to get extremely low. This provides an incredible 140mm saddle to bar drop – something not often seen with a 1.79m (5ft 10in) rider.

The rest of the bike is a few ceramic bearings, bottle cages and pedals away from being exclusively Specialized and SRAM.

A mostly stock SRAM RED22 drivetrain is accompanied by Specialized’s OSBB S-Works Carbon cranks, with Quarq power meter and a solid SRAM outer chainring.

The Zipp 404s are covered with Specialized S-Works Turbo All-Round tubulars in 24mm, a model that is still unavailable for sale, and the same tyre that’s readily available in a clincher version.

Zipp provides the ultimately-stiff Sprint SL carbon stem, and a slightly heavier and less-matched SL-70 aluminum handlebar.

Complete bike specifications

Frame: Specialized S-Works Venge, 54cm
Fork: Specialized S-Works FACT
Headset: 1 1/8-to-1 3/8in tapered w/ CeramicSpeed bearings
Stem: Zipp SL Sprint, 120mm x -12°
Handlebar: Zipp SL-70, 40cm (c-c)
Tape: Specialized S-Wrap Roubaix
Front brake: SRAM Red 22 DoubleTap
Rear brake: SRAM Red w/ Zipp Tangente Platinum Pro pads
Brake levers: SRAM Red w/ Zipp Tangente Platinum Pro pads
Front derailleur: SRAM Red 22
Rear derailleur: SRAM Red 22
Shift levers: SRAM Red 22 DoubleTap
Cassette: SRAM PG-1170, 11-28T
Chain: SRAM RED22
Crankset: Specialized S-Works w/ Quarq power meter, 170mm, 53/39T
Bottom bracket: Specialized OSBB w/ CeramicSpeed bearings
Pedals: Look Keo Blade (original version) CR (16 release)
Wheelset: Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon tubular
Front tire: Specialized S-Works Turbo All-Round tubular 24c
Rear tire: Specialized S-Works Turbo All-Round tubular 24c
Saddle: Specialized S-Works Romin, 143mm
Seatpost: Specialized S-Works Venge
Bottle cages: Tacx Tao (2), SRAM QuickView computer mount

Critical measurements

Rider's height: 1.79m (5ft 10in)
Rider's weight: 73kg (161lb)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 747mm
Saddle setback: 65mm
Seat tube length (c-t): 507mm
Seat tube length (c-c): 460mm
Tip of saddle to center of bar: 560mm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 140mm
Head tube length: 140mm
Top tube length (effective): 565mm
Total bicycle weight: 7.25kg (15.95lb)
Top tube length (effective): 530mm

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