2022 Specialized Aethos Expert Road Bike

£7,250.00

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The 2022 Specialized Aethos Expert Road Bike comes with exceptional light weight, perfectly-balanced ride characteristics, and undeniable style.

The Aethos frame has been designed to be the perfect combination of ultimate ride feel, light weight, and style. When building their World Tour pro level bike the Tarmac SL7 Specialized modelled thousands of frame shapes. They used this knowledge to reinvent the traditional road shape found on bikes of the past. Specialized have subtly altered these shapes to deliver massive gains in stiffness and balance, all without affecting weight or durability. Pair that with an entirely new carbon layup process and you have the lightest frame out there (585 grams, S-Works, size 56cm).

The Aethos Expert come with bomb-proof Roval C38 Disc carbon wheels and weight saving touches including a Roval Alpinist Carbon Seatpost and Turbo Ultralight innertubes.

This bike is perfect for

Road bike purists who want a traditional looking stylish bike that uses all the modern tech to create one of the lightest and best riding bikes around. With Shimano Ultegra Di2 gearing you get reliable shifting which needs minimum maintenance.

Key Features

  • Featherlight FACT 10r carbon frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 2 x 12 speed gearing and hydraulic brakes
  • Roval C38 Disc carbon wheels

Guide To Road Bike Gears

If you are buying a road bike one of the big differences between models will be which gears they use. Most manufacturers will make the same bike, using the same frame but putting different gears and wheels on it. So for instance you can buy a Trek Domane AL 2 Disc with Shimano Claris gearing for £975 or get the Trek Domane AL 4 Disc with Tiagra gearing for £1625. They are fundamentally the same bike. One comes with the Shimano Tiagra gears and the other comes with Shimano Claris gears.

In most cases, the bottom of the range gears and top of the range gears will basically work in the same way. The big differences are in the quality of material used and the weight. Top of the range gears will be lighter and smoother to use.

One thing to watch out for when comparing bikes is whether the full groupset is being used. If you are buying a bike that has Shimano 105 gears on it. Shimano makes 105 brakes, gear levers, front and rear derailleurs, cranks, chainrings and bottom brackets. So basically all of the running gear on the bike. Some bike manufacturers will fit the full groupset, others will fit Shimano 105 front and rear derailleurs but use their own brakes and cranks to save a few pounds. So if you are comparing bikes be sure to check how much of the groupset the bike actually uses.


Read our Guide to Road Bike Gears

Road Bike Buying Guide

Nothing beats the feeling of effortless speed you get on a road bike. There are lots of reasons to ride a road bike, from the simple joy of it, to racing, long distance challenges, or café rides with friends. Whatever you want to do there will be road bike out there for you.

Men’s and Women’s road bikes

Nearly all manufacturers have stopped making dedicated men’s and women’s bikes. They are now all unisex. What you will see is that on smaller bikes, brands will often fit a wider saddle (generally more female friendly). On larger bikes they will often fit a narrower one (generally more male friendly).

Disc or rim brakes

It is getting increasingly hard to buy new bikes with rim brakes as the industry has almost exclusively switched to discs. The reasons for this are pretty simple. Disc brakes are much, much, more powerful than old rim brake systems so you can stop a lot more easily and safely. Disc brakes also allow much bigger tyres to be fitted which is more comfortable. Older disc brake systems did often suffer from rubbing and squeaking. While this hasn’t been completely fixed yet it is much less common on modern bikes with hydraulic brakes. Mechanical disc brakes can still take a bit of fettling to get them right so go for hydraulic if you can.

Read our full road bike buying guide


Who are Specialized?

Specialized is one of the best-known quality bike brands in the world. Started by a group of riders in 1974. A fact which has guided their decision making ever since.

" Made for riders, by riders."

They strove to make the best quality tires when quality tyres weren't around. When people wanted to ride cruisers in the dirt, they made the first production mountain bike. When roadies wanted to go faster, Specialized doubled down on carbon and built their own wind tunnel.

Bikes like the Allez, Rockhopper and Stumpjumper have developed followings and reputations of their own. Specialized has a reputation for making high-end, high-quality bikes. Specialized bikes always look great with high-quality paint and sensible sizing hel0s you get the right bike each time. If you buy a Specialized bike you can be guaranteed it will do what it is supposed to and will last.


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Price Match at Cycles uk

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FrameAethos FACT 10R Carbon, Rider First Engineeredâ„¢, Threaded BB, 12x142mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
ForkFACT Carbon, 12x100mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc
HandlebarsSpecialized Expert Shallow Drop, alloy, 125mm drop x 75mm reach
StemSpecialized Pro SL, alloy, 4-bolt
TapeSupacaz Super Sticky Kush
SeatPostRoval Alpinist Carbon Seatpost
Front BrakeShimano Ultegra R8170, hydraulic disc
Seat BinderSpecialized Alloy, 30mm
Rear BrakeShimano Ultegra R8170, hydraulic disc
Shift LeversShimano Ultegra R8170, hydraulic disc
Front DerailleurShimano Ultegra R8150, braze-on
Rear DerailleurShimano Ultegra R8150, 12-speed
CassetteShimano Ultegra, 12-speed, 11-30t
CranksetShimano Ultegra R8100
Chainrings52/36T
Bottom BracketShimano Threaded BSA BB
ChainShimano Ultegra, 12-speed
Front WheelRoval C38, 21mm internal width carbon rim
Rear WheelRoval C38, 21mm internal width carbon rim
Front TireS-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm
Rear TireS-Works Turbo, 120 TPI, folding bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x26mm
SaddleBody Geometry Power Expert, titanium rails
Inner TubesTurbo Ultralight, 48mm Presta valve
Colours Chameleon Oil Tint / Flake Silver, Pine Green / White
Sizes 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61
Brand Specialized
Model Year 2022
Barcodes 888818767458, 888818767540, 888818767557, 888818767649, 888818767755, 888818768325, 888818769131, 888818769353, 888818769469, 888818769582, 888818769919
SKUs / Part Numbers 97222-3049, 97222-3052, 97222-3054, 97222-3056, 97222-3058, 97222-3061, 97222-3149, 97222-3152, 97222-3154, 97222-3156, 97222-3158

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