The McLaren Formula One racing team has collaborated with the Specialized bicycle company to produce what they've dubbed the Venge.
It has a carbon-fiber frame weighing only 950 grams, or 2 lb. 1½ oz. Even fully equipped, with wheels, saddle, gears, chain, and so on, it weighs only 2.07 kilograms (4 lb. 9 oz.). That's light by anyone's standards!
The bike will make its competitive debut in the Milan-San Remo race in Italy this weekend. Here are some highlights from the 2010 race, to give you an idea of what's involved.
The race apparently specifies a minimum weight for bicycles of 6.8 kilograms (15 pounds), so the Venge will have to be loaded with ballast weighing more than twice as much as the bike itself to be able to compete!
It's not the first collaboration between a bicycle manufacturer and a motor racing team (the Storck/Cosworth e-bike venture was announced just last month). I wonder if this is the start of a trend? If it is, though, it promises to be an expensive one . . . something north of $8,000 for the full-blown racing version, although a 'street' version will be available for somewhat less.