Specialized S-Works Venge review

We had the chance to test Specialized's top-of-the-range, do-anything aero road bike – and here's what we thought

S-Works Venge review
(Image: © Josh Croxton)

Cyclingnews Verdict

With its bullet-fast power transfer and samurai-sharp handling, the weight-gain over the Tarmac is unnoticeable


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    Sharp handling

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    Absolute power transfer

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    Effortless flat-level speed

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    Around four million times easier to live with than the Venge Vias


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    Doesn't come with tubeless tyres as standard, which which will be offputting for a select few

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It's been two years since Specialized launched the current iteration of the S-Works Venge, and we thought it about time to put one through its paces to see if it's really worthy of a spot in our guide to the best aero road bikes.

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton.

Josh has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years.

He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. 

These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.