Pro bike: Mark Cavendish's S-Works Venge

Glittery green 49cm aero rocket, with a 140mm stem

British sprint star Mark Cavendish will start the 2014 Tour de France — in England — aboard a custom-painted Specialized S-Works Venge. After previously riding a 52cm frame, Cav switched to a size 49cm frame and is now using a 140mm stem to get low and long.

Specialized partnered with McLaren for the sparkling paint job, which matches Cav's car, team officials said. Compared to Specialized paint jobs of the past, the logos on this frame are relatively subtle.

Handlebar tape is from Supacaz, the company run by Specialized founder Mike Sinyard's son, Anthony.

Check out the gallery above, and the video and specs below, for all the details.

Video: Mark Cavendish's Specialized S-Works Venge

Complete bike specifications

  • Frameset: Specialized S-Works Venge, 49cm
  • Stem: Zipp SL Sprint, 140mm
  • Handlebars: Zipp Service Course SL-70, 42cm
  • Handlebar tape: SuperCaz
  • Brakes: SRAM Red 22
  • Shift/brake levers: SRAM Red 22
  • Front derailleur: SRAM Red 22
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM Red 22
  • Cassette: SRAM PG-1170, 11-26T
  • Chain: SRAM PC-1170
  • Crankset: Specialized S-Works, 170mm
  • Chainrings: SRAM
  • Power meter: Quarq
  • Pedals: Look Keo Blade
  • Wheels: Zipp 404 tubulars
  • Tyres: Specialized All Round tubulars
  • Saddle: Specialized Toupe
  • Seat post: Specialized Venge
  • Computer: Garmin Edge 510
  • Bottle cage: Tacx Tao
  • Other accessories: SRAM Garmin mount

Critical measurements

  • Rider's height: 1.75m (5ft 8in)
  • Reach, saddle tip to bar: 53cm
  • Drop, saddle top to handlebar top: 7cm
  • Saddle height: 70cm
  • Stem length: 140mm
Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team, Trek Boone 5, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, Marinoni fixed gear, Santa Cruz Roadster TT bike
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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