The 2019 Specialized Venge Pro is an S-Works in disguise

Second-tier model gets exact same frameset

Are you still reeling with excitement at the launch of the new S-Works Venge aero road bike but crushed by the cold, hard reality that you simply can’t afford it? Well rejoice, because the Pro version is here and its built around the very same frameset, but costs £3,250 less.

Yes, it’s basically an S-Works

The black version is slightly less lairy, but handsome all the same
The black version is slightly less lairy, but handsome all the same

Like the S-Works Venge, the Pro’s frame is built from Specialized’s FACT 11r carbon and the brand has confirmed that under the skin, they are one and the same.

Claimed weight is 960g for a 56 with the lightest paintjob, plus 385g for the fork. The matching bar and stem comes in at 440g, while the seatpost is 175g.

For context, the old Venge ViAs had a 1,200g frame, 410g fork, 547g cockpit, and 200g seatpost.

If you must have an S-Works, you could always buy a frameset and build your own
If you must have an S-Works, you could always buy a frameset and build your own

All in, a fully built-up 56cm Venge Pro weighs 7.45kg (+/- 100g), approximately 350g more than the S-Works.

Venge Pro build — Ultegra Di2 and more good stuff

The 2019 Specialized Venge Pro
The 2019 Specialized Venge Pro

The Pro spec is built with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset, which includes the cranks, unlike the S-Works which uses Specialized’s own. The wheels are Roval CL50 carbon clinchers, while tyres and finishing kit are all the usual, high-zoot, in-house fare.

The Venge Pro is available in two colours: a stylish black with what appear to be oil-slick graphics, and a very fetching shade of purple.

At the moment there is no dedicated women’s version, although with Specialized’s move to unisex geometry that seems less significant than it might otherwise be.

Specialized Venge pricing and availability

The Specialized Venge Pro retails at £6,250 / $8,000 / AU$9,400 / NZ$10,500 / €6,999 and is available from now. 

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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