Road racing is going through somewhat of a transformative time at the moment with trends and even the racing landscape challenging the status quo. That has left manufacturers reassessing how they approach bike design. The best road bikes have become specialist beasts, optimised for a single job whether that’s climbing, aero or out-and-out endurance. 

A lot has changed though in the last few years and we aren’t just talking about disc brakes’ triumphant win over rim brakes in the pro peloton. The best lightweight bikes that were once the target of all bike manufacturers have proven to be slower than more aerodynamic models in real-world scenarios. Dedicated aero bikes are no longer purely faster with bone-jarring hard ride qualities (in pro racing anyway) and riders are warming to the notion of ride compliance and the wider tyre movement.