Garrett Chow and His FEA Specialized Venge

I’m still filing through all of my film photos from the 2013 ATOC but wanted to share with you a few showcasing Garrett Chow and his own FEA-inspired Specialized Venge. Without going too much into what an FEA model is, or Finite Element Analysis, I’ll give you a basic rundown. In a 3D software like Solidworks, an FEA charts the areas of high-stress or load. FEA readouts are essential when prototyping a new frame or component. They allow the designer and the engineer to address areas of high stress.

On a bicycle, these areas tend to be in the bottom bracket, seat mast or seat tube extension and the end of the forks. Garrett used the FEA diagram to become a literal paint sceme on his bike. Some areas have clear lines of demarcation, while others are almost faded into each other. It’s a truly incredible paintjob and the whole time we were walking around the San Jose stage of the ATOC, people were literally picking their jaws up off the ground.

I shot a few portrait-style photos with Garrett on his bike and maybe one day I’ll end up shooting it in more depth, but for now, check out a few more below.

Tools of the trade:
Mamiya 7ii / 80mm
Kodak Portra 400

  • nathan ong

    those shoes! thanks for sharing john

  • betterwithpesto

    Yo, nice meeting you at yellow jacket yesterday. The dynamic range on medium format is so huge! Look at that blue sky.

  • Peter Lewis

    Bad. Ass. Related mathematics for all you math nerds (I can’t be the only one, right?) –

  • CJ

    That bike is hot! But I´d change the name (“fea” means “ugly” in Spanish).

    • Alex Spishakoff


  • the tiny mash sticker on his computer. details man… details.

  • The_Palooch

    Surprised this isn’t under Beautiful Bikes

    • It doesn’t reallllly matter, it’s categorized under both.

  • Hurtin’ Albertan

    The Venge is ugly, that paint is ugly, and I am fucking in love with this bike!

  • Bjoern Merz

    And “One-Off” white Shoes!

  • Albert Lagunas

    Is this the fixie dude who was trying to drop Lance Armstrong? Haha. Campy Super Record, wut! It’s been a long time since dem dayz.

    • Yeah, he worked for Specialized developing products and paint schemes for a few years.

      • jordan

        Do you know what saddle pouch that is?

        • look again real close. It’s a spare tire and a toe strap.

          • jordan

            Haha! Very clever!

    • Conrad

      You kidding me? Super Record is equipped on Colnago’s C59 this year in the Tour. Putting that on a Specialized Venge? That is another question altogether Never heard of that.

      • Albert Lagunas

        The limited edition Sinyard Venge (more limited than the McLaren Venge) gots Campy Super Record EPS. As for my comment, I just meant that it’s a long way in terms of component choice to be rocking something classy and spensive (super record) vs what I last saw Chow on (a wacky pursuit frame with a 650 front wheel). In any case, Chow’s got great taste.

        • Conrad

          That makes sense. As far as putting Super Record on a Venge, I guess you would have to offer that option if you were trying to make it more expensive than the McLaren Venge.

  • Arnie

    What are the shoes that he has on?

  • aro

    Literally picking their jaws up off the ground. Were they though? Haha, nice bike

  • I’ve been coveting the MASH Histogram jersey for a while. Finally cracked and ordered one after seeing this bike. Can’t wait!

  • jordan

    what saddle pouch is that?

  • RM

    How about actually showing the bike instead of the tiresome tattoo?

    • Sorry, my Mamiya only lets me shoot tiresome tattoos to piss off kooks on the internet.

  • RM

    If you’re going to brag about your photo gear maybe you should study composition first. Chopping off 1/3rd the subject makes you look like a total amateur

    • You’re calling me an amateur at shooting bikes? Your email is “fuji.neopan” – if you need to use the best film ever as your handle, then you’re an amateur. I liked the colors in the bike and the colors in his tattoo. It was an incredibly windy day, so I’d rather Garrett sit on his bike, rather than prop it up with a stick or hold it by the saddle – which we tried and the wind kept blowing the front wheel around.

      Rather than being a dick, you could just keep your dickheaded commentary to yourself but if you do choose to open that orifice that spews ignorant idiocy, don’t cry when I call you out.