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    Got to snap some pics of the Venge that one of my good buddies just built up.. This is a 2013 S-Works Venge team Astana bike. Specialized never sold this color way. This is a pro bike from team Astana, formerly ridden by Andrea Guardini. I haven't been able to track down a specific number of frames that were built in this color way, but I've got some friends at Specialized that have guessed that maybe 20 Venges were built in this color scheme in 2013 and perhaps fewer than 10 in this size (49).

    I'll be doing a full write up with photo shoot for Crank Addicts.... but here's a teaser.

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    First TT race of the year for our state TT cup is tomorrow. I'm racing the Non-TT bike division on my Venge. Here she is, all ready to go.

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    3 time trials in 2 weeks... 3rd place in each of them and holding onto 2nd place for the overall cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TricrossRich View Post
    3 time trials in 2 weeks... 3rd place in each of them and holding onto 2nd place for the overall cup.
    fast AND consistent. nice work out there Rich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TricrossRich View Post
    3 time trials in 2 weeks... 3rd place in each of them and holding onto 2nd place for the overall cup.

    A more aero jersey nets you 2nd.

    Seriously, you've been beasting, so congrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetworks View Post
    A more aero jersey nets you 2nd.

    I'm actually wearing a very aero jersey. Its the Pactimo Summit Speed aero jersey... but for sure, it can be improved upon. I ordered a skin suit yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TricrossRich View Post
    First TT race of the year for our state TT cup is tomorrow. I'm racing the Non-TT bike division on my Venge. Here she is, all ready to go.

    Congrats on your finish! I like the move to the gumwall tires. The color pops just right.
    Every climb has its end, for verily with difficulty there is relief...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    Congrats on your finish! I like the move to the gumwall tires. The color pops just right.
    Those are strictly for racing... The S-Works Turbo Cotton tires are too expensive and don't offer enough flat protection for daily use, IMO. In terms of looks, its so-so.... they are fast as hell, though.
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    snap from yesterday's race... made a few tweaks and finding more and more speed.

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    Got some new hoops on the Venge for TT days.

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    This thread hasn't moved in a long time, did everyone sell their Venges?

    I swapped on some ee brakes and some Jagwire elite link cables.









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    These were last year. Not much has changed since I posted these in the other thread. I'll probably pick up the new dura ace brakes this year as that is the last lingering bit of 105 from the original bike. I'm thinking of getting a power saddle as well, maybe the sworks one as that is also left over from the original bike. Not sure how much weight or difference I would get from swapping out the stem. Other than that not much else to do unless I want to get more expensive wheels which I don't. Maybe a power meter? Contemplating a tarmac for this year if finances allow, not completely sold on the new venge, especially with it going disc brakes only and the weight penalty (lots of hills around here).


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    Quote Originally Posted by taodemon View Post
    These were last year. Not much has changed since I posted these in the other thread. I'll probably pick up the new dura ace brakes this year as that is the last lingering bit of 105 from the original bike. I'm thinking of getting a power saddle as well, maybe the sworks one as that is also left over from the original bike. Not sure how much weight or difference I would get from swapping out the stem. Other than that not much else to do unless I want to get more expensive wheels which I don't. Maybe a power meter? Contemplating a tarmac for this year if finances allow, not completely sold on the new venge, especially with it going disc brakes only and the weight penalty (lots of hills around here).


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    love the color scheme of this bike. looks great with the HED wheels.

    regarding the power saddle, I'd recommend finding a cheap used model first to try out, before pulling the trigger on the S-Works. I grabbed one last (S-Works) to use on an alternate seat post so that I could flip the saddle more forward and higher for TT's. I hated the Power. I used it for one TT, 12.5 miles or so, and my ass hurt so bad. I found another Fizik Antares, which is what I normally use and everything was bliss again. It seems that the power saddle gets love, universally, but I DID not like it.
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    I took an S-works ViAS for a short 9-10 mile test spin last year that had the power and it felt pretty good. I normally use a Romin saddle so it isn't a huge change in terms of general fit/feel. Fizik saddles I've only used on friends bikes but never found them very comfortable. I'll see about getting a lower end one first to get more miles on it to be sure before investing in the more expensive version for sure though.

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    Came across a can't pass it up deal on a Venge Vias Expert Disc, pics to follow when it arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetworks View Post
    Came across a can't pass it up deal on a Venge Vias Expert Disc, pics to follow when it arrives.
    Nice... can't wait to see.
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    Couple of quick and dirty pics before I take it to get built up. Two observations, the 'Rocket Red' is more of a flo orange, similar to the accent color on my Diverge. Second, I can't get over just how thin this frame is!



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    can't see any pics Tom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TricrossRich View Post
    can't see any pics Tom.
    I was able to see them yesterday at home on my phone but today from PC at work it shows something about upgrading account.

    Must be something with viewing from pc as I was able to see on phone and uploaded them to here just now.

    Or not as now they are showing the same on phone. Must have grabbed them from the cached data or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TricrossRich View Post
    can't see any pics Tom.
    Photobucket is ransoming everyone's pics apparently. Time for an imgur account.

    Thanks for uploading them, taodemon

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    Got it built up and did a rough fitting, going to dial it in more next week. But I just couldn't wait to get out and blast around on it:




    As for the ride, the first thing I noticed (compared to my Tarmac) was the difference in the wind. I had a full headwind the first part of the ride and I was really able to tell just how less the bike was a factor compared to the Tarmac; it was clear I was the least aero thing in the wind, whereas on the Tarmac it feels a bit more distributed.

    Second, the Venge is a willing climber. Coming from a clyde I feel that's worth mentioning.

    Third, the hydraulic brakes are terrific. The Tarmac has the Spyre HyRds which are very well-regarded and have served me well. But the Shimanos allow for much better modulation and lack the spongy feel of the HyRd when giving a strong pull on the lever.

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    Tom... that bike is sick. Really love the color. It needs some deep wheels though. It looks weird with shallow wheels... its begging for them, can you hear it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TricrossRich View Post
    Tom... that bike is sick. Really love the color. It needs some deep wheels though. It looks weird with shallow wheels... its begging for them, can you hear it?
    Lmao, yes I can. I need to be patient, it's not like I've been frugal as of late.

    I may not go much deeper than ~40, although I suppose the right 50s may catch my eye.

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    The clx50s seem to be a pretty good compromise if they fall within the budget. Nice balance of aero, weight and not too deep. I'm considering getting them for my next set of wheels. I would be going down just a bit from my 54mm hed jet5s though. I'm just not sure when the budget will allow it especially since now I'm conflicted between keeping my current tarmac or going for the new aero one.

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