Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso launch Aurum brand with disc brake Magma

They say that their new bike is better than those they rode as pros

Multiple Grand Tour winners Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso have launched their own bike brand. Called Aurum, they say they’ve been discussing the launch for many years, looking to design the bike of their dreams independent of the teams and sponsors who determined their equipment in their pro racing days. The goal was to build a bike that sets the gold standard for high-end racers.

The duo's first machine is the Aurum Magma, which they describe as the ultimate racing road bike, regardless of route profile and conditions. The pair have persued the superlative in terms of aerodynamics, stiffness, comfort, weight and handling.  

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.