Tifosi Auriga review

The Tifosi Auriga is the aero bike of the Spirit Tifosi elite race team, but its geometry and price in this Ultegra option give it a much broader appeal

Tifosi Auriga
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Auriga is capable of being raced at elite level – as the Spirit Tifosi team demonstrates – but is equally at home on longer, slower-paced training or endurance rides. Certainly it's missing carbon deep-section wheels, but when you consider this bike costs under £2K that is most certainly not a deal breaker. As it is, the Tifosi Auriga is fast, light and exciting.

Reasons to buy
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    Aerodynamic

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    Good looking

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    Lightweight

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    Ultegra R8000

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    A proper race bike

Reasons to avoid
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    Head tube on the tall side

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    Miche brakes lack power

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    Wheels a little heavy

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This dramatically-styled, wind tunnel-tested machine from the Italian-sounding British brand is the aero bike of the elite Spirit Tifosi team. When we tested it earlier this year we were incredibly impressed with its performance and ride quality – we were doing unheard-of 20mph average rides on it in February. But that's only half the story: at under £2,000 it costs a fraction of what you'd pay for one of the big brands' aero bikes.

The one we tested sported the iridescent lime green livery the team has been riding; the new silver scheme for 2019 is not the only thing Tifosi has changed: it has also moved the rear brake caliper from its position hidden behind the BB – which we said in our original review below made wheel changes a bit fiddly – up to a more user-friendly, traditional position on the seatstay wishbone.

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