In the space of a few days Trek, Specialized and Cannondale have
launched all-new aero road bikes that move this niche category
forward a massive leap from the early days of heavy and compromised
aero road bikes.
We've been taking an in-depth look at each bike as it was
announced (links below), and here's an overview of this remarkable
selection of flagship aero machines.
Early aero road bikes were fine for racers and sprinters, but
everyone else, especially if there are any hills to contend with or
poorly surface roads, favoured traditional road bikes. The Tarmac,
Emonda and SuperSix Evo have all been popular over the last 5-10
years for that very reason.
But increased understanding of aerodynamics and greater
investment is starting to change this, and the latest breed of aero
bikes that have been launched this year look like making the next
bike buying decision a bit tricker than before.
Even if you're not racing, and providing you're riding at speeds
in excess of 15kph and gradients no steeper than 6-8%, everyone can
benefit from an aero road bike. And no, you don't need to be riding
fast to take advantage - a slower rider is going to spend more time
on course and potentially benefit more.
More comfort, less weight - and yet with increased aerodynamic
efficiency - these bikes are looking set to break out of their
niche and become a much more mainstream choice.
Read on for our individual looks at these feature-packed new
bikes, in order of appearance: