Can bikes actually get any more aero, or is the arms race over?

Have we reached the end of the aero arms race? And if so, where will future advantages be found?

Image shows a rider balancing aerodynamics and power output
(Image credit: Future)

It will come as no surprise to anyone to read that huge leaps forward have been made in aerodynamics throughout the bike industry over the last 15 years or so. But like all good things, at some point they must come to an end.  

‘Aero’ has been the buzzword for those who design and build road bikes for over a decade, but after an initial divergence that saw bike manufacturers offer an aero bike alongside a climbing bike at the top of their ranges, we’re now seeing a subtle shift back to a singular headline 'all-round' race bike. One that remains ‘slippery’ through the air but also keeps weight at a minimum and doesn’t compromise ride feel. This begs the question, is the road bike aero arms race coming to an end? 

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