The Specialized S-Works Aethos isn't a race bike...or is it? Well, it certainly could find itself right at home in a race, but Specialized says it developed this bike for the performance rider — the kind that likes all-day epics, KOM hunts, and conquering the big climbs. It's the lightest disc-equipped bike on the market, yet it feels shockingly stiff, lithe, and responsive.
Canyon’s brand new Aeroad CFR is an aero road race bike like no other — its integrated bar/stem module unbolts on either side for up to 40mm in width adjustment. The new iteration of the Aeroad also got a complete overhaul of the frame design to shave off a few grams of both weight and aero drag.
As cyclists, we know that deep aero wheels are usually faster than lighter, shallower wheels when riding on flat roads. And we know that when climbing very steep roads, lighter wheels will be faster than deeper wheels. But what about conditions that are in between? At what point do aerodynamics, er, outweigh the benefits of slightly less weight?
The aero Venge fuses into the S-Works Tarmac race machine with exceptional ride qualities, aero performance, and a price tag to match. With the S-Works Tarmac SL7, Specialized has managed to deliver all the things a bike racer would want – theoretical and practical – into one fast, lightweight, and comfortable bike. And holy cow, is it expensive.
Cycling GPS computers have improved leaps and bounds in terms of functionality and battery life in recent years. As part of the VeloNews Project 14er, we test three computers to test battery life and elevation accuracy.
Project 14er is a new challenge from VeloNews where you climb 14,000 feet in one ride. Why 14,000 feet? Well, Everesting is now officially a thing in cycling, where riders climb 29,000ft in one go, but that's crazy. Of those who have finished, none want to do it again. We wanted a challenge that is a stretch goal, but one that is attainable, and one that is fun!
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