The Aethos Is The Lightest & Most Advanced Specialized Bicycle Ever

Oct 9, 2020

Category: Gear

Since the imposition of the UCI weight limit, bike manufacturers have been concerned with just one area of performance: aero efficiency. Sure, some rides boast all-day comfort and others wow with their climbing ability, but ultimately, it’s become a game of cheating the wind. Just take a look at the current crop of aero bikes — you’ll have a tough time trying to tell them apart. Now Specialized has decided it’s time for a break from the status quo.

Aptly named the “Aethos,” the latest bike to come out of Morgan Hill is one that puts the rider first. Simple in design yet powerful in impact, this model eschews aero gains in favor of an uncompromising commitment to weight, stiffness, and ride quality. But just because it’s unconcerned with podium finishes, doesn’t mean that it isn’t a proper performance machine. Rather, at just 585g for a frameset, this is the lightest bike Specialized has ever built. So light, in fact, that they claim sub-13lb builds should be no problem. And with its unique carbon layup, the Aethos is also stronger than any bike on the market. Available now as a frameset or as a complete, you can pick it up from $5,200.

Purchase: $5,200+

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