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by James Huang
July 6, 2018
Photography by James Huang
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Hot on the heels of the recently revamped S-Works Venge aero road bike, Specialized has announced a special-edition Sagan Collection version for those who want to go a little faster, but also want to be noticed in the process.
Like the previous Sagan Collection family of bikes, this new version is once again awash in glitter-infused paint. But this time around, Specialized has opted for a slightly less ostentatious blue hue instead of gold. Interested buyers aren’t limited to just the S-Works Venge, either. As before, Specialized will also offer the limited-edition finish on the Tarmac SL6 and a few other select accessories.
No one buying a Sagan Collection bike should expect any extra performance, of course — and in fact, given that paint is surprisingly heavy, each of the machines in the collection likely weighs a bit more than its inline equivalent (and in case you’re wondering, Sagan’s S-Works Venge weighs 7.69kg as pictured here). But hey, there’s nothing wrong with just wanting to look good, right?
More information on the new S-Works Venge can be found here (along with CyclingTips senior editor Caley Fretz’s first impressions), and you can find more details on the Sagan Collection at specialized.com.
This second Sagan-edition S-Works machine is no less sparkly than the first one, but it’s arguably more tasteful.
One nice benefit of aero road bikes for graphic designers is the bigger canvas they have to play with.
The matte black upper/rear section is punctuated by Sagan’s name and a smattering of sponsor logos – at least on the team bikes, that is.
The matching anodized headset cap bolt is a nice touch.
The lower half of the bike is particularly dazzling, especially in bright sunlight. Team bikes are fitted with thread-together CeramicSpeed bottom brackets to adapt the Dura-Ace cranksets into the OSBB press-fit shells.
It’s unlikely Sagan will be able to continue his three-year run as the road world champion given how much climbing is slated for the 2018 edition, but it’s still been a hell of a run.
Can anyone even remember the last time Sagan raced in his trade team jersey?
Sagan’s personal Specialized S-Works Venge was fitted with a 150mm-long stem at the team pit area.
Bare-topped aero bars have become increasingly common in recent years.
The mount for Sagan’s Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT Bolt computer is integrated into the stem faceplate.
The black Supacaz bar tape camouflages the Shimano Di2 sprint shifter.
Cables are neatly tucked away beneath the stem.
Sagan (and the rest of the team) is using Shimano Dura-Ace cranksets fitted with Specialized power meters instead of the carbon fiber S-Works cranks found on consumer bikes. Both power meters were developed in partnership with 4iiii Innovations.
Roval’s 64mm-deep wheels are supposedly the fastest of the bunch, but many riders still prefer the slightly shallower 50mm variety for their enhanced versatility.
The glittery paint job of the Sagan Collection bikes certainly stand out against the austere black-and-white finishes on Bora-Hansgrohe’s other machines.