Buyer's guide: Best aluminium road bikes of 2018

Joseph Delves Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 13:59 A breakdown of 2018’s best aluminium road bikes along with what to consider before you buy Since carbon became the sole material from which to make a competitive racing bike, steel has forged a second life for itself. Defended by beardy types who’ll chew your ear off about its unique ‘feel’, it’s not just for touring either, there’s even been a renaissance in building fast bikes from the stuff. But what about aluminium? If steel is vinyl, outmoded but charming and with a few undeniable advantages, then aluminium seemed in danger of becoming an eight-track cassette tape. An unloved evolutionary steppingstone doomed to the charity shop of history. Despite its ubiquity, aluminium enjoyed only a brief reign at the top. For around a decade from the mid 90s to the early ‘00s it was the material of choice, with Miguel Indurain winning ...

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