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if you have been longing to ride Shimano's 12s-speed Ultegra Di2 on a fantastic road frameset but you don't want to break the bank, this is the bike you want. The Specialized Aethos Expert Ultegra complete bikes feature a frameset that is step down in carbon grade from the ultra-light S-Works frame, but at 699 grams in a 54cm (!), it is hardly a heavyweight and is still as light nearly any other production frame made. Although the Aethos design carries a race geometry, it was engineered and developed to offer the apex cycling experience for the serious enthusiast who appreciates the ultimate in quality and design, with the cleanest aesthetic, an incredible finish, and wondrous ride quality.

The story of the Aethos is pure Specialized. The achievement of the frameset design represents virtually all of the foundational principles of the company, except one. For one of the leading proponents of aerodynamic design for road cycling and racing, as exemplified by the Tarmac SL7, aerodynamics was never factored in to the development of the Aethos. Having struck the perfect balance between light weight and aerodynamics for the SL7 race machine, the engineering problem of building the lightest, most exceptional riding road bike was incredibly appealing. In order to crack it, new and more efficient applications of carbon fiber, as well as a new Continuous Curvature Design strategy were achieved. The end result of Aethos process pushed the most innovative team in cycling development to new heights and will certainly inform and impact the future. While the S-Works frame features the ultra-premium FACT 12r carbon, the Aethos Pro and Expert models have the more cost-effective FACT 10r layup.

The Aethos frame has been designed with the perfect combination of ultimate ride feel, light weight, and style. This was achieved by reinventing the traditional road tube shapes found on bikes of the past, subtly altering these visual shapes to deliver massive gains in stiffness and balance, all without affecting weight or durability. That visual story appears simple on some level, but it was the application of carbon technology and incredible engineering capabilities to find the stress loads, tube thicknesses, and how to best integrate all of the shapes and engineering requirements in ways you can't see to create the FACT 10r Aethos. This new process, with an entirely-new layup system tapped into the R&D system Specialized has perfected over multiple decades to be the most innovative company in cycling.

The creation and engineering story is ripe for a graduate course offering, so the discussion must turn the possibilities and rationale of the rider experience. A superlight frame is useless without confidence-inspiring ride characteristics, which is the team developed the Aethos to have the perfect balance of front and rear stiffness combined with exceptional overall ride quality. By studying the flexing and breathing of carbon fiber, the testers were able to discover groundbreaking findings about how forces flow through frames. With just a few firm pedal strokes you’ll realize this sublime ride sets a new standard. Every detail has been designed with style, weight, and durability in mind, everything required in pursuit for the perfect ride. The geometry is exceptionally close to that of the Tarmac SL7, with a few modifications that may add up to a subtle handling difference if you were comparing each bike built with the same exact kit.

The electronic shifting-only Aethos frameset is equipped with a 27.2mm round seatpost, the Roval Alpinist to be exact, which offers some engineered flex into the upper portion that adds to the frame compliance and weighs a scant 136 grams in the 300mm length. Not to worry, it (and the frameset) is rated for a rider weight up to 275lbs. The frame and fork can accommodate tires up to 32mm with 4mm of clearance on both sides. The fork steerer is round, accepting standard stem and bar set-ups. Every line, every junction just feels so economical and judicious in the use of materials. Again, no real aero impact, as even the internal wiring set-up avoids the headtube integration mechanics quiver over. Still, the system is clean, simple, and looks totally inline with the Aethos concept. There isn't a single detail on the frame that has been overlooked. It is an amazing frameset: stunning, brilliant, and eminently rideable, which is truly the best part.

Shimano's updated Ultegra R8170 Di2 components deliver impeccable electronic shifting and all conditions disc braking with wireless signal from the shifters, while the derailleurs are each wired directly to the seatpost battery for longevity and reliability. Specialized and Roval supply the build kit, with carbon wheels and all-around quality. This 2022 Aethos Expert Ultegra Di2 build offers incredible value in a complete bike, with tremendous performance and a riding experience you'll long for before every ride.

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  • 15lb + complete pure road bike with Ultegra R8170 Di2, Roval C 38 carbon disc brake wheelset
  • Superlight frameset engineered for a singular road cycling experience
  • Aethos FACT 10r Carbon frame, Rider First Engineered™, Electronic only, Flat Mount disc, 12/142mm thru-axle
  • Aethos FACT Carbon fork, tapered, headset, Flat Mount disc interface, 12/100mm thru-axle
  • Road race geometry, and race capable, but developed for the serious enthusiast who desires the lightest weight and exceptional ride characteristics, cleanest aesthetics
  • Perfect balance of front and rear stiffness combined with exceptional ride quality
  • Continuous Curvature Design strategy developed tubes with subtle, elongated conical sections deliver the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio ever tested
  • Max tire size: 700x32mm, with 4mm on either side
  • Specifications
  • Note: Component Specifications are subject to change due to supply chain challenges
  • Groupset: Ultegra 12s Di2 R8170/R8150/R8100 w/ hydraulic disc braking
    • Shift/Brake levers: R8170 Dual Control levers for Di2/hydraulic disc use; wireless shifting signal
    • Derailleurs: R8150 Front (braze-on) and Rear derailleurs; RD features controls/junction/charging port/DFly; FD and RD are each directly SD300 wired to BT-DN300 internal seatpost battery
    • Crankset/BB: R8100 Hollowtech II 52-36T / 68mm BSC threaded
    • Cassette/Chain: R8100 11-30T / CN-M8100 12s
    • Brake Calipers/Disc Rotors: R8170 FM mineral oil / Ultegra F-160mm, R-140mm Center Lock
  • Wheelset: Roval Rapide C 38 carbon TLR, 38mm profile, 21mm IRW, DT370 LN HG11/12
  • Tires/Tubes: Specialized S-Works Turbo 120 TPI Clincher Tires, Black Belt, 700x26 / Turbo Ultralight 48mm presta
  • Cockpit: Specialized & Roval
    • Handlebar: Expert Alloy Shallow Drop Bar, 75mm Reach, 123mm Drop
    • Stem: Pro SL Alloy 4-bolt, 31.8mm
    • Seatpost: Roval Alpinist Carbon 27.2mm, 12mm offset
    • Saddle: BG Power Expert, ti rails
    • Bar tape: Supacaz Super Sticky Kush
  • Thru-axles: Specialized machined 12/100mm FT, 12/42mm RR
  • Component specifics by frame size
    • 49cm Bar: 38c-c, Stem: 80mm, Crank: 165mm, Saddle: 155mm, Post 300mm
    • 52cm Bar: 40c-c, Stem: 90mm, Crank: 170mm, Saddle: 155mm, Post 300mm
    • 54cm/56cm Bar: 42c-c, Stem: 100mm, Crank: 172.5mm, Saddle: 143mm, Post: 360mm
    • 58cm/61cm Bar: 44-c-c, Stem: 110mm, Crank: 175mm, Saddle: 143mm Post 360mm
  • Colors: Chameleon Oil Tint/Flake Silver, Pine Green/White
  • Weight: 15.72 lbs (56cm)
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