Bicycling (South Africa)

Does Aero Really Matter?

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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.

JAMES’ VIEW:

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.

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TREK MADONE 9.2 R75 995

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