Aero revisited: One year on, how far have aero road bikes come?
A decade ago the aero road bike segment didn’t exist; today it is redefining how race bikes are made. Ten years after Cervélo led the way with its aluminum Soloist, Specialized, Felt, Scott, Litespeed, Ridley, Blue and others are fighting to make race bikes that best their round-tubed competitors. In the past, significant aerodynamic gains came at the cost of frame stiffness, which explains why many racers preferred round-tube bikes. But what do the aero bikes of 2012 have to offer?