Arguably one of the biggest buzzwords in cycling, aero road bikes can make all the difference when going for glory in competition. For 2016, we’ve already had a good look at what the pros are riding at season opener the Tour Down Under.
We begin with the Trek Madone 9 Series, with its own slippery components including custom one-piece carbon handlebar and stem, believed by many to be the finest aero road bike available. There’s also Canyon’s Aeroad CF SLX, regularly seen at the pointy end of races, which forces an aggressively low and long rider position, or how about the Specialized Venge ViAS, with truncated head tube, proprietary rim brakes and more?
We also look at the Cervélo S5, which returns to the WorldTour for 2016 with Dimension Data. It gets a more aggressive fit and greater frame stiffness, but keeps things more ‘normal’ elsewhere with standard rim brakes and cockpit. We finish with the Scott Foil, which is said to save 27secs over 40km at 45kph, and gets more stiffness from less weight compared to the previous version.
Which one of these floats your boat? Let us know in the comments below…