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Specialized S-Works Aethos LTD in Italian Marble with Campy Super Record Wireless

Specialized S-Works Aethos LTD with Campagnolo Super Record Wireless in faux Italian marble
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The latest news out of Specialized this week is a fresh limited edition S-Works Aethos LTD road bike kitted out with the cream of the Campagnolo crop – a full carbon Campy Super Record Wireless gruppo and top-tier ultralight Hyperon Ultra wheels. Just a few hundred of these killer lightweight road bikes will be built, topped off with a hand-painted finish that Specialized is for some reason labeling ‘Satin Birch with Black Pearl. But there’s no denying that it’s really faux Italian marble!

S-Works Aethos LTD road bike gets Campagnolo’s best!

Specialized S-Works Aethos LTD with Campagnolo Super Record Wireless in faux Italian marble, frame
(Photo/Specialized)

With carbon frames as light as 585g, Specialized’s S-Works Aethos ignores aero optimization and overly integrated designs to create a bike too light to race according to the UCI. They call it the ‘lightest production road bike in the world‘. So, why not give it some ultralight 1240g carbon Campy wheels and the most advanced road bike groupset that Campagnolo has ever produced? As much as this is a ludicrously over-the-top bike build, the S-Works Aethos LTD is a bike begging to be ridden.

“In 1973 it was a love of riding and Italian craftsmanship that inspired Mike Sinyard to sell his VW bus, pack up his bike, and go ride in Italy. He made it his mission to bring the same Italian craftsmanship to riders in the US, and Specialized Bicycle Components was born.”

Specialized S-Works Aethos LTD with Campagnolo Super Record Wireless in faux Italian marble, Mike Sinyard in the 1970s

Italy’s the place where people really care about bikes. At the time, that was the best product out there. If you could afford Campy, you’d just get it. There was no question. I look at some of my old Campy bikes, and the stuff is still really good! It was really beautiful, and it still is.

I sold my Volkswagen before I left for Italy and said, ‘Let me see what I can do!’ The craziest thing was I didn’t really know how to do it. I was staying at this youth hostel. I asked the woman there to help me get a hold of all these companies. She called them up for me and said this American businessman wants to come over. I looked like a bum! So I went to downtown Milan and bought a suit so it would look like I knew what I was doing.

Then a Swiss woman staying there who spoke Italian said she would go with me. I kind of just made it up! ‘I said I have a company in the US,’ I didn’t have a company! I said I really admired their components. They could tell I was really sincere, and they sold me the products.

I was crazy about the Italian components. I read everything about everything. We still have the same fondness for products today.

– Mike Sinyard, Specialized founder

Limited edition bike build

A build kit fit for a king, a pope, or anyone else with deep pockets.

Specialized S-Works Aethos LTD with Campagnolo Super Record Wireless in faux Italian marble, cockpit

Specialized adorns the featherweight S-Works Aethos FACT 12r Carbon frameset with a lightweight S-Works Short & Shallow carbon bar. Plus, an S-Works AL alloy stem, Roval Alpinist carbon seatpost, and full carbon conventional S-Works Power saddle.

Specialized S-Works Aethos LTD with Campagnolo Super Record Wireless in faux Italian marble, Campy SR WRL

The complete build features the made-in-Europe Campagnolo Super Record Wireless 12-speed hydraulic disc brake groupset. And a big 48/32T chainset pairs to 10-29T cassette out back.

Specialized S-Works Aethos LTD with Campagnolo Super Record Wireless in faux Italian marble, Campy Hyperon Ultra wheels

Rolling stock are the ultralight 21mm internal tubeless carbon Hyperon Ultra wheels. (Not the standard Hyperons that debuted today.) Then, wrapped with 28mm S-Works Turbo 2BR tires. The wheels come fitted with Turbo Ultralight butyl tubes. But Specialized does even include RapidAir sealant so you have everything you need to go tubeless out of the box.

S-Works Aethos LTD – Pricing, options & availability

Specialized S-Works Aethos LTD with Campagnolo Super Record Wireless in faux Italian marble, complete
2023 Specialized S-Works Aethos LTD

The limited edition S-Works Aethos LTD sells for a cool $15,500 / 15,500€ – offered in six stock sizes (49-61cm). Specialized describes the project as a celebration of founder Mike Sinyard’s “long standing love of Italian components” after 50 years. And they will make just 300 S-Works Aethos LTD bikes. Each features a unique hand-dipped paint job so everybody’s Italian marble effect will be one-of-a-kind. And each limited edition bike is individually number, and available no online, then thorough your local Specialized dealer.

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Eric Semianczuk
7 months ago

Beautiful

Mike
Mike
7 months ago

Looks heavy

Andreas
Andreas
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike

agree, kind of a strange idea to paint something they sell on light weight in a colorway that signifies heavy stone. marketing fail in my book.

Roger Pedacter
Roger Pedacter
7 months ago

So, what’s the bike weigh? The article talks about all the absurdly lightweight parts and frame and then doesn’t give a complete bike weight? I know weight isn’t everything to most riders (and doesn’t really matter much at all to performance), but when you make it a centerpoint of your marketing, it seems like that should be included…

DefRyder
DefRyder
7 months ago

Curious to see the 1st fool to buy this bike try to sell it used even after turning the crank just one time. I bet Bicycle Blue Book will note the value at less than $5,000 as ‘like new’ the day after purchase (or 30 days after purchase).

Spesh (and other bike companies) that try to gorge customers with these types of ‘limited edition bikes’ (or atrociously priced models) are nucking futz, but then so are the consumers that buy such bikes just for the sake for posting their ‘coolness’ on Instagram, X, or TikTok.

Tom
Tom
7 months ago
Reply to  DefRyder

Or conversely, some people may want to own something relatively unique and not just another blacked out bike. If they like it and want to buy it, what is it to you? Why do you care? Bikes aren’t just about resale value, I buy mine to ride the crap out of them and donate them when I’m done because they’ve been hammered. Just take a seat pal

Fig Ciocc
Fig Ciocc
7 months ago
Reply to  DefRyder

I used to ride with a guy who always had Specialized special editions. Huge bike collection and rotated these bikes out every 6-12 months. These go to big time buyers who have 30-50+ grand in Spesh in the garage. He always would have them stripped and sell the framesets for pretty close to what Specialized charged him (they give breaks for the big shots). Awesome guy, 1st generation American, built several businesses and mentored a lot of 1st generation entrepreneurs, really liked specialized bikes. Don’t get me wrong, buying these wasn’t a for profit endeavor but I mean when you’re worth what that guy was worth you buy toys you like and don’t worry about what random people in the internet comments section say about you.

Hal
Hal
7 months ago
Reply to  Fig Ciocc

Such a cool story

Joe Bond
Joe Bond
6 months ago
Reply to  DefRyder

I once told a Craigslist lowballer trying to justify his lowballing with a Bicycle Blue Book amount that that was a fantastic price-he should totally buy that bike at that price at bicyclebluebook.com

Mic
Mic
7 months ago

What am absolutely HIDEOUS paint job.! Specialized really had the worst taste aesthetically they cannot get beyond the tackiest least refined paint schemes ever even trek does a better job. How lame .

Dave
Dave
7 months ago
Reply to  Mic

So don’t buy one. It really is that simple. I actually like the paint job and would love to have this bike.

Mike
Mike
7 months ago

It’s birch bark. Not Italian marble.

Fig Ciocc
Fig Ciocc
7 months ago

So is the frame made in Italy or that suburb of Italy know as Taiwan?

Carbonspoke
Carbonspoke
7 months ago

Typos
And each limited edition bike is individually number, and available no online, then thorough your local Specialized dealer.

Tom
Tom
7 months ago
Reply to  Carbonspoke

What is wrong with you? Feel better now?

tireburp
tireburp
7 months ago

Yeah it’s cool. But I will never spend over 4k on a bike let alone 15k. They just need to stop doing these one off bikes.

Tom
Tom
7 months ago
Reply to  tireburp

You are not the only target customer for Specialized. You may never spend over $4k but there are plenty of people who can/will drop $15k+ on a bike because they want to and they can. So no, they should NOT stop doing these one off bikes.

Tom Wenzel
7 months ago

Specialized exists.

Discuss.

John
John
6 months ago

Non-integrated cables in 2023 on a road bike

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