We review the Airstreeem Triple E SL Team bike

1. First Ride

Airstreeem is an Austrian brand that was launched in 2008 by former pro cyclist Stefan Probst. The Triple E SL Team is the stiffest and most aggressive race bike in its range, which also includes a super-light climbing bike, an aero road bike and two TT bikes. Airstreeem worked with the Red Bull F1 team to develop its carbon fibre, and all the frames and components are its own design; nothing here is open mould

2. Fast Ride

The SL Team loves to go fast, but not in a constant 25mph way – more in a frantically sprinting out of corners way. The frame and wheels have some aero features but both prioritise stiffness over aerodynamics and they really deliver – the power transfer is incredible and it’s an exciting ride. The rear rim’s asymmetric profile is said to boost stiffness but we can’t see how it can be ideal from an aero point of view

3. Hilly Ride

Despite the SL in the name, this isn’t  a light frame. To make it so stiff requires more material and Airstreeem claims it weighs a chunky 1,190g. If you need the stiffness, it’s weight well spent. If not, the brand also has an 810g frame. Light kit keeps all-in weight to 6.76kg so it’s still a lively bike on climbs, especially short, steep ones where stiffness comes into play. The compact Rotor Q-Rings help on the toughest hills

4. Long Ride

The SL Team is aimed more at fast rides than long ones. If the sharp steering doesn’t give that away, the unpadded carbon saddle certainly should. Yet the saddle is good for several hours (if the shape suits you) and the bike as a whole is firm but not harsh. The Triple E is no ‘any distance, any race’ all-rounder but it’s well suited to a tight, hard-ridden sprint-distance bike leg and several team riders choose it for that reason

Spec sheet

Price – £4,799  as tested (£3,599 with stock aluminium wheels)

Contact – airstreeem.com

Weight – 6.76kg

Size tested L – (56.5cm)

Sizes available – XS, S, M, L, XL

Frame – Carbon fibre

Fork – Carbon fibre

Seating – Airstreeem carbon fibre seatpost and saddle

Handlebar/stem – Airstreeem carbon fibre handlebar and stem

Gears – SRAM Red

Brakes – Airstreeem

Wheels – Airstreeem Carbon Aero 50

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Tyres – Continental Sprinter tubulars, 700x22c