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Editors' Choice: Aero Road Bikes
Proven in competition, aero road bikes are ready to make you faster. —Bicycling Test Staff
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Aerodynamic Road Bikes Tested

It’s no longer enough for a race bike to be light and stiff—now it also needs to slice through the wind. Because cyclists use the majority of their power to overcome wind resistance, aero frames are faster in nearly ­every situation,­ leading to a new category for performance bikes. A ­marriage between time-trial bikes and standard road racers, these models are light, efficient, and wind-tunnel certified.

The execution of the aero road bicycle has taken time. Many early models were heavy, not stiff enough, or transmitted too much road noise. But now, ­several generations later, the bikes are more refined, riding with characteristics similar to traditional frames. For our first-­ever Editors’ Choice award in this category, we gathered some of 2012’s best examples. In addition to extensive road evaluations by our test riders—our practice with every bike we test—­we took all five to North Carolina’s A2 Wind Tunnel to evaluate the aerodynamic­ characteristics of each, comparing them with a 2012 Editors’ Choice award-winning race bike, the Specialized Tarmac S-Works SL4. In the tunnel, there was a clear winner, but the differences between bikes were minimal. That means you should base your purchasing decision on ride characteristics and fit rather than on aerodynamics. If you want to go faster, one of these slippery machines will speed up your next competitive ride—be it a race or Strava segment.

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They've changed a lot since they first came out and they got very good. I'm thinking about getting one as well. I'm starting to believe in their efficiency. me
Come on... another shootout without the Trek option. Maybe it wouldn't be fair to include US-made bicycles? ;) tantric massage london majestic
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What about the 155 lbs. of flesh sitting on the seat with cloths flappin' in the wind. Don't get suckered. It's the rider, not the bike. Ask Lance.
Where is Trek? Well, it's out putting more rubber on the road than all the others combined. They must be doing something right, and that something is a Madone. I heard somewhere that Trek has more development engineers than Pinerello has employees. And yes, the top Madones are made in the USA. Specialized, I believe, has no manufacturing capability. Their stuff is all made to their specs in Asia.
Where's the Velokraft NoCom?
Every time I think of re-subscribing again to Bicycling you review $5000+ bikes. I guess even recession-hit Americans who've lost their homes can afford that but I certainly can't.
Come on... another shootout without the Trek option. Maybe it wouldn't be fair to include US-made bicycles? ;)
I have noticed the same thing . . . where's Trek in these reviews?? I'd put my Madone up against any manufacture in this list and I think they kind of pioneered the whole aero thing and remain among the most aerodynamic even with rising competition. Do they not advertise in this magazine enough? What's the deal?