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Aethos options and questions

Old 06-15-21, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Fox Farm View Post
If a 13 or 14 pound bike is your objective, you could probably find other options. I think that you get charged a premium for the S name. How else do they sponsor those teams and have the S only stores? But yes, the reviews that I have read about the bike is that it is pretty good. Wheels... some light wheels will make that bike or any other one fly up hills. Something in the 1300 gram range. But, all of this said, when you start to get into light frames, and builds, you pay an awful lot for saving one pound, really. Perhaps work on your own body mass and save a few thousand.
Maybe a slight premium for a premium brand that does a lot of R+D. Sure they sponsor some teams, so does Trek and BMC and Giant and others. What you do get is a lifetime warranty on the frame and fork, really excellent support and a well designed frame that will look quite nice.

There is more in a bike than just carbon and a name on the outside.
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Old 06-16-21, 04:08 AM
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That is a beautiful machine!
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Old 06-20-21, 07:11 PM
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Beautiful! Congrats on the new bike!
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Old 06-22-21, 12:39 PM
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I like it! Very clean lines.
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Old 06-22-21, 12:40 PM
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lmfao smashing PRs all last weekend. it's very fun to ride!
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Old 06-22-21, 04:51 PM
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lmfao smashing PRs all last weekend. it's very fun to ride!
Hmm.. that's done. What do you do next weekend?
just kidding. Nice black bike
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Old 06-22-21, 06:04 PM
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Now we just ride and have fun smiling 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻
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Old 06-22-21, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by bigevil View Post
ok ok bear with me my friends. any help in advance is epic and appreciated!

Worked hard AF this year so for my bday treating myself to a great climbing/fun road bike.
As I have a Checkpoint for gravel/endurance rides I'm loving the idea of something light/nimble and as I don't race I've landed on the Aethos.

After test riding it today at Specialized I was blown away. I almost bought it on the spot but they only had the $13k S-works one in stock and I thought better in the moment and luckily walked out unharmed.

I really love the expert level because of force etap and or ultegra di2 but I hate (like hate) the colors. That puts me in a position of a few options

1-buy the comp model and upgrade the gruppo ad other parts as I go [the rival isn't bad at all, but at nearly 18lbs its only 1lb lighter than my checkpoint]
2-buy the framset for $3.3k and build up my own pretty pimped out version [thinking force etap or ultegra di2, maybe even throwing my current Aeolus pro 37 wheels on it to start and save $ on the build]
3-something else I'm not thinking of that you'll all I'm sure think of.

Things important to me are lightweight, fun, power meter, great gear range for climbing and group rides. Not a racer.
things not important are electronic shifting(I'm down to have it, just not a deal breaker) and def don't need super aero everything.

lastly, is it worth alllllll that extra $$ just for s-works carbon to save 200grams?
No one actually buys those bikes at full price. You can buy them with a 15% discount if you buy online from the specialized website. You can buy them for 20% off if you just buy a lightly used one on craigslist or another site. Specialized employees can buy them at a steep discount and will often resell to buy the next model.
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Old 06-22-21, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by bigevil View Post
fwiw this is my exact thinking atm. grab the comp, and when new di2 launches upgrade everything to that. in the meantime upgrade the stem, saddle, bars, to s-works spec (or some dope enve/zipp stuff), add a power meter, and use my current wheels (Aeolus Pro 37) which would fly over the comp ones. (long as no one thinks those are crap wheels for the aethos)

seems better then building from scratch but only bummer is the comp has a teal fork and not white but then again that's just me being picky. maybe could swap the fork down the line....

I do think if spending $5k, scratch that, even $3k on a bike and higher you should love the color.

thank dear lord for my wallet that the S-works colors really suck on the aethos!
Has anyone looked into less expensive light weight bikes to see if they ride like the aethos? I agree, the ride quality on the aethos is great, and it's not just the weight. But is there anything that rides similarly?

What about:Options:

ICAN A2 light weight bike

Canyon Ultimate CF SLX Disc 9.0

Cannondale SuperSix Evo

Giant TCR advanced pro one (3,600) or SL zero

Factor O2 VAM Disc (may be harsh)

Bianchi Specialissima CV Ultegra
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Old 06-22-21, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by SoCal_Cyclist View Post
No one actually buys those bikes at full price. You can buy them with a 15% discount if you buy online from the specialized website. You can buy them for 20% off if you just buy a lightly used one on craigslist or another site. Specialized employees can buy them at a steep discount and will often resell to buy the next model.
the 15% off online isn't valid on bikes sadly. but it's great for saddles, bars, and other components.
that said finding things in stock was much harder than chasing the best price. ultimately I got very lucky putting it together.
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Old 06-22-21, 07:37 PM
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Is the carbon layup any different in the sworks version of the aethos than the pro? Or is the frame the same and its just the components?
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Old 06-22-21, 07:46 PM
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S works has better carbon and saves some grams but is over $2k more. Also (if it matters) no mechanical routing option. Most importantly I just prefer the color I got over any others even at any price point
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