BikeRadar Meets podcast | Alberto Contador on launching his own bike brand

Aurum Bikes co-founder on aero bikes versus lightweight bikes, current design trends and more

Aurum Magma

In the latest episode of the BikeRadar Podcast, we catch up with road racing legend Alberto Contador to quiz him on his new venture, Aurum Bikes, and brand’s debut machine, the Aurum Magma.

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Aurum is a partnership between Contador and fellow Grand Tour winner Ivan Basso. Between them, Contador and Basso have won nine Grand Tours after 31 years racing at the highest level.

The Magma is pitched as an all-round road bike with a climber’s DNA – we’ve got all the details here. The frame weighs a claimed 805g and is said to balance stiffness, lightweight, comfort and aerodynamics, with aero shaping across the head tube, down tube and fork.

BikeRadar’s Senior Technical Editor, Warren Rossiter, chats all things Aurum with Contador, discussing how the brand came to be, aero bikes versus climbing bikes, current design trends and the bikes he rode through his career that – for better or worse – helped shape the Magma.


BikeRadar Meets is the series where we chat with some of cycling’s leading designers, engineers and riders.

In previous episodes, we’ve chewed the fat with mountain bike suspension guru Chris Porter, Specialized’s road and gravel lead John Cordoba, Team Ineos-Grenadiers’ mechanic Diego Costa and 10-time downhill world champion Nico Vouilloz.

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