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Best aero road bikes of the year

Here are the top-five aero road bikes from our crop of bike tests in 2016. If you want wind-cheating speed, you've come to the right place.

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The need for speed is real with these drool-worthy aero road bikes. Integrated cockpits, airfoil tube shapes, and hidden components help these bike sneak through the wind at lightning speed. They are the most innovative, exciting, and typically expensive bikes out there — here are five top picks from our crop of bike reviews in 2016. Watch a video explaining the aero road category >>

Trek Madone 9.9 Women’s and Race Shop Limited

Price: $12,000 – $13,000
Overall Score: 89.7 and 89.1 out of 100 (women’s and Race Shop Limited, respectively)

Photo: Trek
Photo: Trek
Photo: Trek
Photo: Trek

Trek’s sexy, sleek Madone is cycling’s Bugatti Veyron — an exotic beast that looks like it’s moving fast even when it’s standing still. This bike begs for high-speed sprints and fast, twisty descents. But the Madone doesn’t ride like your typical harsh aero bike. It uses an IsoSpeed decoupler that allows the seat tube to move (flex) independently of the top tube, making the Madone an easy bike to reach for on everyday rides. We love the women’s specific touch points and drool-worthy paint scheme of the Madone 9.9 Women’s edition but who can resist that racecar red and slick components package of the Race Shop Limited Madone. Both are dream machines for racers who ride fast and are without a doubt, VeloNews’s favorite aero bikes of the year.

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Liv Envie Advanced Pro 1

Price: $5,350
Overall Score: 88.5/100

Photo: Liv
Photo: Liv

Liv proves that women’s bikes can be just as badass as men’s bikes with the Envie Advanced Pro 1. Sure, it borrows the wind-tunnel-proven tube shapes of Giant’s Propel aero road bike but the Envie’s geometry is specifically designed for women. A size medium Envie has a slightly shorter top tube (55cm) and taller head tube (16cm) – shortening the reach by nearly a centimeter — compared to its Propel counterpart. Like the Propel, however, the Envie provides an equally quick, responsive, and exciting ride on both flat straightaways and through twisty descents.

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Argon 18 Nitrogen

Price: $9,599
Overall Score: 85.5/100

Photo: Argon 18
Photo: Argon 18

The Nitrogen doesn’t sugarcoat its ride characteristics. It transfers rough roads to the hands and backside in a way that suggests comfort is an afterthought. But for crits, you want power transfer and confident handling, and the Nitrogen has plenty of both. Argon 18 took few chances with geometry, using a 72.7-degree head angle and 98.7-centimeter wheelbase for its medium frame. The result is stable handling at high speeds, particularly in the drops, when there’s extra weight on the front end.

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Cervelo S5 Ultegra

Price: $5,500
Overall Score: 86.5/100

Photo: Cervelo
Photo: Cervelo

If Cervélo didn’t invent aero road, the company has certainly been doing it at a high level longer than any other major builder. That heritage is apparent in the S5. It offers a refined blend of road feel and stiffness, the latter due in no small part to the burly bottom bracket and short chain stays. Once you’ve made your attack, the S5 is ready for an ambitious solo breakaway with wheel-hugging seat and down tubes and house-brand aero drop bars.

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BMC Timemachine TMR01

Price: $5,000
Overall Score: 84.3/100 

Photo: BMC
Photo: BMC

The TimeMachine’s stiff carbon layup paired with its BB86 bottom bracket provide an impressively responsive ride that was felt when powering through sprints or accelerating out of corners. It scored exceptionally well in our BB stiffness test with only 0.19mm of deflection: that’s one of the lowest scores we’ve ever seen. But while that stiffness was great for stints out of the saddle, it did lead to chatter over bumpy roads, reminding us this is, indeed, an aero bike at the expense of comfort.

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