• McLaren S-Works Venge Bicycle by Specialized

This week, we saw BMW release the Carbon Racer and Land Rover introduce the Range Rover Evoque bicycle. Kind of odd to have two automakers release bicycles in the same seven-day span, isn’t it?
Apparently, though, there’s still another automaker – a luxury supercar brand – that also has a new bicycle scheduled for release. We don’t know what the deal is, to be honest, but it seems that these car brands are branching out more than we thought.

McLaren, one of the foremost and esteemed supercar brands on the planet, has just launched their very own sports bicycle, the S-Works Venge. Who would’ve thought?

Built in collaboration with American manufacturer Specialized and designed by Chris D’Aluisio, the head of research and development for Specialized, the S-Works Venge is a high-end performance bicycle that has an aerodynamic frame built completely from carbon fiber and weighs at a ridiculously light weight of less than 1 kg, which is about two pounds if you’re keeping score. Add in all the necessary parts and elements of the bike, including the fork, the seat, the crankset, and the electronic gearshift, and you have the whole thing weighing in at just 2.07 kg, or about 4.5 lbs.

The bike will be available in two different specifications, the McLaren and the S-Works Venge. Both versions are expected to hit the market no later than 2011 with the latter scheduled to hit stores in the UK next month with the former following suit later this year, possibly around September.

We don’t know how this is going to affect McLaren’s rep as a purely exotic automaker, but given that so many other brands seem to share the same train-of-thought these days, launching your own high-performance bicycle isn’t a bad idea.

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8 comments:

  (1211) posted on 05.9.2011

I never thought Mclaren is one of those who will make such hideous crap! I think they just waste their time in making such thing though I have to praise the performances of their car. I just wonder what are the future plans of this car manufacturer.

  (409) posted on 03.31.2011

As a cyclist like me, I want to have a light framed bike that I could easily pedal and pick my phase up quickly. This bike from McLaren could be the answer, uhm how much would these bikes possibly be priced at the market?

  (462) posted on 03.24.2011

I wonder how much these would cost.. Though I would expect this one to be rather expensive, considering that McLaren actually took time to develop it.

  (466) posted on 03.23.2011

Hahaha! A bike manufacturer’s championship featuring these guys, that would certainly be one crazy idea. But who knows, someone might actually take it up.

  (402) posted on 03.23.2011

Well, the bike actually looks good. It seems that McLaren now has a good place to go in case decide to stop building supercars. But then again, that would be a bad thing for us.

  (559) posted on 03.22.2011

Eh, they’re all doing bikes now? That seems a bit odd. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these car manufacturers introduce a so called luxury bicycle into the fold.

  (334) posted on 03.22.2011

What the, McLaren is joining this one too? Well, it seems like every car manufacturer is now releasing their ow bike lines. So, who’s next, Volkswagen?

  (531) posted on 03.22.2011

haha. It seems that McLaren is joining in the trend now just like the BMW. I really don’t get this whole idea. Why do they need to make a bike and what does the bike doing in the car section?

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