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New third-tier Specialized Aethos 9r frame drops price to £3,000 with Shimano 105

New third-tier Specialized Aethos 9r frame drops price to £3,000 with Shimano 105

Specialized Aethos Sport road bike with Shimano 105 Specialized has introduced a new third-tier Aethos frame to make its throwback, round-tubed, externally routed road bike…

Tuesday, Dec 12

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Specialized Aethos Sport road bike with Shimano 105 Specialized has introduced a new third-tier Aethos frame to make its throwback, round-tubed, externally routed road bike more affordable.

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The Aethos 9r frameset is the basis for the new Specialized Aethos Sport, built with a Shimano 105 mechanical groupset for £3,000 / €3,800 (not available in the US).

An updated version of the Aethos Comp, with Shimano 105 Di2, also uses the 9r frame, having previously used the 10r frame. The Specialized Aethos Comp now costs £4,250 / $4,500 / €4,800.

The new Aethos 9r frameset retains the same ‘traditional’ silhouette as the existing Aethos 10r and S-Works framesets, but increases the weight.

While Specialized hasn’t revealed the weight of the 9r frame specifically, the Aethos Sport comes in at a claimed 7.8kg for a size-56cm bike, while the Aethos Comp now weighs a claimed 7.5kg. Re-introducing the Aethos

The S-Works Aethos was first introduced in October 2020. Specialized The Specialized S-Works Aethos was originally launched in October 2020 , following the release of the Tarmac SL7The Tarmac SL7 combined Specialized’s race bikes into one platform, with the long-standing Tarmac – historically a lightweight/all-round race bike – getting an aero makeover, and the brand’s dedicated aero bike, the Venge, being discontinued .With that, the Aethos arrived as something of an antidote to the aero tubes and integrated routing now found on pretty much every race bike.While the cables/hydraulic hoses run internally through the frame, they remain external from the two-piece cockpit. The Aethos’ […]

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