Specialized Aethos: First look, gallery and early review

What happens when a bike company stops the clock and ignores the rules of competition? The Specialized Aethos is a bike designed for the rider, not the racer

What is a hands on review?
Specialized Aethos
(Image: © Graham Cottingham)

Early Verdict

Our first impression is that Specialized's Aethos proves that rules were meant to be broken

Pros

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    Extremely positive ride feel

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    Incredible weight

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    Beautiful finish

Cons

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    Non-tubeless wheels

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What happens if the racing rule book is torn up and a bike is created not to be first over a finish line but instead focusing on creating a purer riding experience? The designers at Specialized conducted a year-long project in secret exploring what forms the essence of riding pleasure and how to create the best road bikes designed for the love of riding. 

The result is the new Specialized Aethos. A concept that goes against the status quo and may revolutionise how bikes are designed and built in the future.

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