2011 Specialized McLaren Venge

Specialized Venge McLaren

Aero is the word in cycling for 2011. Specialized launched their Venge last week with much fanfare. The S-Works model will be available for purchase by the end of April. The McLaren Venge will be available in September. Cavendish already rode one to victory last week. That bodes well for this model.

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Fabian Cancellara Scores Paris-Roubaix Win

Cancellara riding to victory

In an amazing demonstration this afternoon, Fabian Cancellara rode to victory in another solo breakaway, that left Tom Boonen and other favorites in his wake. Cancellara rode to victory, having a lead of almost 3 minutes at one time.

Asterisk*Cycles

Asterisk*Cycles

I’ve set up a blog for all the posts concerning bicycle purchases from Taiwan. It will serve as a focus for all of the bicycle-related posts from Taiwan. Asterisk*Cycles specializes in high-end bikes.

It is my opinion that to save money, the best thing is to actually purchase bikes or components that are worth more than $3,000 USD. That’s when the real savings start, but modest savings can be had starting from $1,000 USD.

Complete bikes and components, such as gruppos, wheelsets and frames are available, from Pinarello, Giant, Colnago, TIME, Scott, Specialized, Wilier, Orbea, Kuota, and DeRosa. Components from Mavic, Zipp, Lightweight, Campagnolo, Shimano and SRAM are available, as well as seats, stems, and handlebars from FSA, MOst, and other companies.

Currently, there are some major discounts to be had on the 2010 Pinarello Dogma 60.1, the 2010 TCR Advanced SL product line from Giant, the 2010 Anthem X Advanced SL 0 from Giant as well as the 2010 Trance X Advanced SL 0 from Giant.

To find out more, visit Asterisk*Cycles or send me an email at djrange at gmail dot com.

Dreams And Bikes

Specialized S-Works Epic Carbon
Specialized S-Works Epic Carbon

In my apartment, we don’t dream of Ferraris or sports cars, we dream of the latest Pinarello Prince Carbon road bicycle, or the Scott Genius Limited, or the Trek Madone 6.9 Pro, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL2, Canondale Scalpel Team, or the Specialized S-Works Epic.

It’s a healthy place to be. No one eats processed food, we all train for cycling, running and triathlons. I like it.

Specialized S-Works Enduro SL Carbon

At a whopping $7700, the Specialized S-Works Enduro SL Carbon is one heck of a bike. The only criticism that I have is that it’s a wee bit pricey. A Cannondale Scalpel is almost $2-3K cheaper.

However, the Enduro is a great all-mountain bike. It climbs well, descends well and has 6″ of travel. Another thing is that Specialized has decided to go with their own brand of shocks, seat posts, saddles, stems, tires and forks, instead of using other brands. I’ve researched this and it’s obvious that the tires are shitty. Fork looks fine, but it’s had some issues, same as the rear shock. Personally, I’d expect to get premium flawless parts on such a high-end bike. Then again, the frameset is available for purchase, so you can mount your bike the way you wish.

The carbon fiber frame alone is about $3900. You only save 3lbs over the aluminum version, which makes you wonder if it’s worth the extra two grand. Comparatively, the Cannondale carbon fiber frame Scalpel is $2500. My feeling though is that the Scalpel is an XC type of bike. The Scalpel 2007 frames are available for as low as $800 on ebay.

Just like the Scalpel, this is one good looking bike. It has beautiful lines and doesn’t compromise for bikers wanting a lot of travel for downhill racing. Fully specced out, it can weigh about 26-27lbs.

Here is a great initial review over at mtbr.