I aired up the tires on the 5200 the other day and readied it for duty. It’s a fantastic bike and now that I have a good saddle on it, it’s exceptionally comfortable, a plush ride indeed… The bike and all of its components perform flawlessly.
I walked into the bike room to get a cap to wear under my melon protector and there sat my Venge. Four pounds lighter than the Trek, lightning fast wheels and all go… Speeds that take a fair bit of “want to” on the Trek are vastly easier on the Specialized.
I can feel the difference in the transfer of power between the two bikes. The 5200 is a little squishy under full power. The Venge is stout.
Instead of going with the Trek, I pumped the tires up on the Venge and wheeled it out the door, threw a leg over the top tube and pushed off. The instant surge forward is a little bit addicting when you push down on the pedals. The smooth operation of the four-year-old steed is intoxicating.
Riding a Specialized Venge is like cheating compared to the Trek. One day shortly I’m actually going to find out by how much (a friend has power meter pedals and I’m going to figure out how to measure the difference fairly) but in the meantime, I just have to smile every time I ride it.