Bicycling (South Africa)
Does Aero Really Matter?
MORE SLIP IS EITHER HYPE OR HAPPENING.
This year, manufacturers treated consumers to the aero bike – and it became impossible not to stop and stare when you saw one pass in the peloton, or propped up outside a cafe. Thanks to technology, these days aero machines are often as fast on the hilly stuff as they are on pan-flat roads.
I’m a big proponent of putting the rider before the bike when it comes to improving performance; but some of these bikes are enough to win me over. With aerodynamics improving yearon-year, new windcheating tube profiles, integrated components, deep-section wheels, and improved carbon lay-ups that keep weight lower and compliance levels higher than ever before, they’re becoming more and more desirable.