Name: Euan McNair
Lives: Neutral Bay
Club: Hert Sydney Jets Triathlon
Years Riding: 4 years
Your New Toy: Specialized S-Works Venge
Component group: SRAM Force which I transferred from my old Focus road bike. I’m a huge fan of the SRAM groupsets and while I did think about upgrading to Red, the Force is just as good.
What training / racing wheels do you use: Train on some 50mm carbon wheels sourced by the guys from Jet Cycles. Race on Zipp 404s.
How did you end up with this bike: Despite the Shiv comment (see Shiv review), this was more of an extravagance as I already had an excellent Focus Team Milram Replica (currently for sale, great price) that was barely 12 months old. I had a look at a Venge prototype that the boys at Jet Cycles had and knew the Shiv needed it’s stable buddy. The economics again were pretty good so I just bought the frame and transferred the groupset over…and whacked on some new wheels the guys had sourced. It turned up 2 weeks ago and has been getting looks of envy from many ever since.
What were you looking for: The Focus was a great bike but the Venge definitely offers more flexibility for technical courses in that it is easier to handle than the TT and yet has the benefit of the aero features of the Shiv and Transition TT bikes. I’m still undecided as to which one to take to Beijing for World Champs in Sept!
How’s the ride: To quote Tim Don, “it’s dirty fast”. The first time I rode it for the 10min burn home over the bridge I loved it so much I texted the boys thanking them for “one heck of a commuter bike”. The frame is super stiff yet a really comfortable ride. It is really responsive to increases in effort and easy to handle too. In short, it is a cracker of a bike and boy can it go quick.
Have you ever had a bike fitting (and where): Mark Newton of Jet Cycles does my bike fitting and it was definitely worth it. Both the Shiv and Venge fit beautifully!Where did you purchase this bike: Jet Cycles, Sydney
What Jet Cycles said: Mark Newton – Euan’s definitely the luckiest and only person we know in Sydney, except for Macca, who rides both an S-Works Shiv and Venge.
The Venge is something altogether different. Back in April and just after the international launch of the Venge, the ITU triathlon was held in Sydney and Specialized shipped all of the new Venge’s for their pro triathletes to the store to be built – these were blank canvases and never ridden. It was amazing as we had them seemingly everywhere. It was then that we invited Euan and some of our good customers in store for an extra early preview. Having ridden the Shiv and knowing just how good the S-Works bikes are, Euan gave the nod and jumped straight on the front of the queue….then came the wait.
Before it landed I managed to ride the Venge at the 2012 Specialized launch in Monterey California and have to say what a bike – there is an obvious reason this is the bike of choice and most successful at the tour at high speeds – it feels planted! So there you have it, Euan’s Venge, first on the streets of Sydney and it rocks. The fit was great and what else appealed for Euan was the reverse mount seat post which enables a zero offset so he can ride it as a TT bike on a tricky course.
Best of luck in China mate, club rides are now that bit easier for you, faster and harder for everyone else.