The Cento is par­tic­u­larly smooth. I of­ten for­got I was rid­ing an aero bike

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every shock and you can be tricked into think­ing you’re peg­ging it along faster than you re­ally are.

The Cento, much to its credit, is par­tic­u­larly smooth. It’s still ag­gres­sive – at the clos­est I could get to my cor­rect set up there was still a fairly long drop from sad­dle to bar – but other than the po­si­tion I of­ten for­got I was rid­ing an aero bike. There is a real re­la­tion­ship be­tween the front and the rear ends, where the fork tracks pre­cisely and the rear fol­lows with­out com­plaint. But more than that, vi­bra­tions up the seat­post and through the ped­als felt on the same level as those that trav­elled up the steerer tube and through the bars, a trait that makes a bike feel more like a ho­moge­nous piece and less like a collection of parts.

In this re­spect I’d liken the Cen­to10air to the Scott Foil (is­sue 50), an aero bike that coped well enough with the cob­bles of Roubaix to help Mathew Hay­man to

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