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June 23, 2015 – The new Venge may steal the headlines when it comes to Specialized’s claim of saving you five minutes over a 40k time trial, but the Venge and Roval CLX64 wheel combo actually only delivers 120seconds of that time. This is good news, since the other three minutes can be had for much less dollar-per-second.
It is a combination of new tires, skin suit, shoes, tires and existing Evade helmet that take the entire package beyond the five minute mark and the biggest gain out side of the frame and wheels is actually the skin suit. Called the Evade skin suit, it shaves a massive 96seconds off a Specialized Pro SL Kit or comparable traditional jersey and bibs. The skin suit has been in development since before Specialized built its wind tunnel and the seamless shoulders, dimpled material and 11 size options ensure it is quick.
The product responsible for the next big time drop is the tried and true Evade aero road helmet – 46 seconds versus a Prevail. This is a product we have spent a significant amount of time in and unless you climb in triple digit temperatures there is no downside to this aero advantage.
The new S-works Sub6 lace up shoe features a savings of up to 35seconds depending on individual pedal stroke. Specialized found that airflow had to thread its way between Boas so they opted for laces and actually tested lace profiles in the wind tunnel to find the most aero option. Must have been a slow day at the tunnel, so to speak. Another finding was the majority of shoe covers, while they look fast, actually slow the shoe down since they create more volume overall. To solve this Specialized created the Warp sleeve, a non-permeable mid-foot cover. The Sub6 is also super light at 170grams for single shoe.
The next product to save 35seconds does so without aero improvements. This doesn’t mean it isn’t fast, but it’s aero advantage is already lumped into the Venge and CLX64’s two minutes. The S-Works Turbo clincher, the 24mm and new 22mm aero, provide 35seconds of rolling resistance reduction over Continental GP4000 23mm tires. Officially this 35second saving shouldn’t be counted in an aero focused launch, but we’ll never argue with free speed.
S-Works Evade Skin Suit: $500 Available Spring 2016
S-Works Evade Helmet: $250 Available Now
S-Works Sub6 Shoes: $325 Available Fall 2015
S-Works Tires: $55 Available Now