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The brand grew steadily from there, though a decision to move into lower end, affordable bikes under the title ‘Full Force’ in 1995 saw it lose the support of distributors and suffer financially.
Though most models have seen updates since, when we directly compared a host of aero road bikes, the Venge came a very close, almost negligible, second to the Trek Madone.
The brand’s collection is expansive – ranging from aero road bikes to full-suspension mountain bikes, and covering off pretty much everything in between.
We’ve taken a good look at the key road models, differences between the models to help you choose the best for you.
If it sounds like we’re gushing that this is a genuine do-it-all, then we are, because it is.
The carbon varies across the range – from FACT 9r at the entry level (£2,350 with Shimano 105 and hydraulic discs), to FACT 12r at S-Works, where you get Dura Ace Di2 and a Roval CLX 50 Disc carbon wheelset for £9,150.
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The Venge is the Specialized take on the aero road bike – its tubes have been shaped to slice through the air as efficiently as possible.