When champions collude, a new bike brand is born

Well, the latest news out of Europe tells us that Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso started their own bike company, Aurum.


With more than 30 years of combined racing experience between the Spanish and Italian riders respectively, it’s safe to assume that both riders know something about how a road bike should perform. The name literally means gold, and for Contador and Basso, it reflects the standard to which their bike appeals.

The frame is built with a selection of thin tubes and to help enhance its aero mettle. The Aurum press kit included the requisite photos of the bike in the wind tunnel. Aurum frames will be available in a handful of models and in six sizes. Each frame uses a size-specific lay-up with a claimed frame weight in the neighborhood of a minimal 805 grams (for an unpainted size 54).

The Magma frames are available in either a Glacial Blue or Carbon Black finish and can be purchased directly from the website. The price for a frameset is $4820; $11,520 for a complete bike. Consumers can choose between groupset and components (Shimano/Enve, Shimano/Lightweight or SRAM/Zipp). Check out our First look for more details and info.

Aurum Magma Specs

  • Aurum Magma ECT frameset (Experience Carbon technology)
  • CFD-optimized aero fork and front triangle
  • FEA-optimized frame-tube dimensions and shape for every size
  • 12mm Stealth ultralight thru-axles
  • Flat-mount disc brake only
  • Internal cable routing
  • Tapered 1 1/8 to 1 3/8 inches headset with stainless steel angular bearings
  • BB386Evo bottom bracket
  • 27.2mm round seatpost with custom hidden wedge
  • Electronic and mechanical drivetrain compatible
  • Frame sizes: 50, 52, 54,56, 58, 61cm
  • UCI approved  

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