Peter Sagan took to this year’s Tour Down Under Classic criterium with an absolute showstopper of a bike.
In what could certainly be interpreted as a smart marketing move by the big S, people simply weren’t expecting to see the Slovakian take on the season curtain raiser on an alloy frame, let alone with the 26mm S-Works Turbo tubeless tyres it was rolling on.
Sagan ended up taking second place in the one-hour crit aboard the 8kg alloy bike, before switching to his usual S-Works Venge for the rest of the Tour Down Under.
CeramicSpeed’s chainless, ultra-low friction Driven drivetrain concept captured the headlines when it first emerged last year, but it wasn’t until 2019 that we were able to see the true potential of this concept.
On display at this year’s Eurobike trade show was a Driven-equipped Specialized S-Works Venge, proudly declared as the most aerodynamic road bike ever tested in the Specialized wind tunnel.
The working prototype was also shown cycling through its gears while CeramicSpeed employees explained the workings of the transmission.
A full-suspension Canyon Lux XC bike outfitted with Driven also debuted the concept on a mountain bike for the first time.