Which climbs faster – an aero bike or lightweight bike? (video)

Our experiment sets out to discover how much the weight penalty of an aero bike will hold you back on a typical UK climb

Aero road bikes are primarily built for straight-line speed on flat terrain. That's fine, but when the road starts to go up, the gravity-defying benefits of the lightweight road bike begin to fight back against the wind-cheating attributes of the aero. So we set up an experiment on the iconic Box Hill climb in Surrey to find out which is faster uphill: an aero road bike or a lightweight road bike?

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