Aurum Magma first ride review: Have two Grand Tour winners produced a solid all-around race bike?

How does a race bike designed by Contador and Basso perform?

Aurum Magma
(Image: © Tom Wieckowski)

Early Verdict

In my first ride on the Magma, I got a sense of it being a lightweight, nimble and exciting bike to ride. It promises to do everything well and I'm inclined to agree


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    Clean, stylish aesthetics and frame silhouette

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    Geometry and ride quality feel very good

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    Claimed 17-watt saving over the old model is sizeable


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    The too wide stock handlebar

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Tech Specs: Aurum Magma

Price: €11.899,00
Frame weight: 780 grams (54cm) unpainted
Sizes: 48-58
Spec options: Four builds, ten spec options
Bottom bracket: T47 threaded
Hanger: Sram UDH  

Alberto Contador casually dropped the chain down several cogs and accelerated out of the saddle within the first kilometre of my test of the Aurum Magma with just enough intent to make me think to myself, "You better hold on to your hat". Thankfully for me, the winner of all three Grand Tours, multiple times, was simply getting up to speed and setting the tempo for the opening downhill section of the test ride at the Aurum Magma launch event.

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Tom Wieckowski
Tech writer

Tom joined the Cyclingnews team in late 2022 as tech writer. Tom has over 10 years experience as a qualified mechanic with 5 or so of those being spent running an independent workshop. Tom has ridden and raced bikes from an early age up to a national level on the road and track and has ridden and competed in most disciplines, even the odd bit of bike polo. Tom is as happy tinkering away in the garage as he is out on the road bike exploring the Worcestershire lanes.