Not angry, but if it was SOOOO superior then why did most Specialized Pro Tour riders and most consumers that I personally have seen walk in and order a Specialized go for the SL4? The people that are the least practical often buy into the largest amount of hype and the impractical folks are often of the same lot since they're a bit impractical with the other habits as well.
Fair comment, I think there in lies the answer. Specialized want to sell it as a second or third bike, people might want to blast out a few miles on the venge after work but take the sl3/4 on the weekend ride. The paradox is that this has cannibalised sales of the roubaix bikes. I look at Specialized and Cervelo closely as I think both companies are becoming very similar. Cervelo are copying the Specialized matrix for multiple rigs at ,multiple prices, and Specialized are looking at how Cervelo engineer bikes before marketing. I suppose the consumer wins as there is more choice. As I've said before, the venge is very s2/3 to me. Oddly the perception of speed is greater on my Cervelo than my sL3 but in reality my times are the same. It just feels faster. Might be something to do with the BB height?
Being honest I am not sure if I truly want or need the venge but it's an itch i need to scratch and I can hopefully advise if the bike is as good as suggested or of the hyperbole is exactly that. I'm no pro, but I reckon I can get enough out of it to see how it goes. Also, I have a limited edition world championship edition coming, only 45 being made so I figured yeah why not !