Light, stiff, and old school: our take on the new 600-gram Specialized Aethos

Most of the performance drop-bar world has fully embraced the aero efficiency theme, with everything from racing bikes to gravel bikes regularly chasing free watts. With the new S-Works Aethos, however, Specialized casts all of that aside in favor of more traditional metrics like low weight, high stiffness, and good ride quality — just like the good old days.

Aethos isn’t a wholesale change in direction for Specialized by any means, but it’s a genuinely fantastic bike nonetheless, and hopefully a sign of things to come from the industry in general, because if you’re not racing, then #aeroreallyisnteverything.