We’ve all heard the saying, “time is money,” but over the years the true sentiment of this statement has been lost. What we mean to say is time is invaluable, it’s always passing us by, and it’s near impossible to regain. But Specialized decided to pose a couple of questions: what if riders could get time back while doing something they love? What if they could capture an extra five minutes over the course of an average ride?
When Specialized built the Win Tunnel in 2013, the goal was to not only provide riders with real world aerodynamic benefits, but to set a new benchmark in cycling aerodynamics. They wanted to push the boundaries of possibility, and provide riders with an advantage so great that they’re not just gaining an advantage over the wind, but time itself. After years of tireless effort, and rigorous testing and re-testing, Specialized are confident that they’ve shattered the mold of both innovation and expectation.
Five new products have been designed that together provide what they call the ‘complete aerodynamic ecosystem’: the S-Works Venge ViAS (Seamless – Venge integrated aero system), Roval CLX 64 with S-Works Turbo tires, S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit, S-Works 6 shoes, and the S-Works Evade helmet. Compared to standard road equipment, these products will save the average rider more than five minutes over 40 kilometers when used together. Imagine what that would mean when going out around Taupo in November, taking on the REV out in the Cambridge hills or tackling the North Island Series or Calder Stewart Elite Series.
Specialized couldn’t be more excited as to what this group of products will mean for riders around the world – five minutes is big concept and an even bigger advantage on the road. Products will become available from as early as next month.
The S-Works 6 shoes saved 35 seconds over 40km after testing carried out by the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. The team there looked to improve upon the acceleration to peak power, comparing the S-Works 6 shoes to their predecessor. It’s features include an asymmetrically optimized Powerline carbon outsole, which when couple with the Stiffness Index rating of 13.0 makes it Specialized’s most rigid shoe.
When it came to the skinsuit, the team that worked on the S-Works Evade GC Skinsuit looked for something that would go as far as possible towards eliminating the problem of fabric bunching. The eleven sizes on offer go some way to providing a next-to-custom level of fit. Features on the skinsuit include Dimplex fabric for the shoulders, creating a dimpled – golf ball-like – texture that reduces pressure drag. At the same time they’ve also developed a shoulder construction that eliminates the need for seams, thus increasing aerodynamic profile, overall fit and comfort; amongst other things!