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BikeRadar recently took a tour of the McLaren/Specialized research area and reported their findings in this ARTICLE:
McLaren has created a set of tools that can be fitted onto a bike and the bike rider. The data kit is used by Specialized to acquire banks of data on different frames – the race-ready Tarmac, the comfortable Roubaix, the aero Venge. Once this data is acquired (Specialized has been gathering information for over 18 months now), the goal of Duncan and his team is to use this information to create a simulator, using the technology they have already developed for the car side of the business.
Part of the data acquiring tools developed by McLaren include these hubs that can record movement, acceleration and deceleration and vibration
Then, when they want to design and develop a new bike, the parameters of what makes a good bike for the cobbles, or the best bike for an alpine stage, can be input into the simulator. A ‘virtual’ prototype using FEA, CFD and so on, can then be uploaded and ridden before ever going near cloth and glue to build a bike.
Yes you are paying more for a Venge compared to the Allez but besides the frame material there is a lot more research going into the Venge and how to make it faster for everyone that rides one. I am not saying the Allez is not a good or great bike but this is to point out why the Venge is more expensive for those looking for a top notch race bike!
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