Get aero for less: We rank bike upgrades by watts saved vs cost

A Cube Litening road bike fitted with the CeramicSpeed OSPW Aero pulley wheel
(Image credit: @cyclingmedia_agency)

In all senses, cycling has been getting more expensive lately, over and above the cost of inflation in many cases. Gaining a competitive advantage over your rivals went through an aero boom in recent years, with each new component promising varying degrees of wattage savings, but the returns are now diminishing as brands seek to wring out every last spare watt that can be found within the confines of the UCI rulebook.

The launch of the new OSPW Aero from Ceramicspeed, offering a saving of around three watts at an eye watering cost of €739 got us thinking: What’s the most cost-effective way to make your setup more efficient on a watts per pound (£, not lb) basis.

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.