All-road doesn’t have to mean riding at party pace. The Parapera Atmos² places the emphasis on performance, combining lightweight construction, aerodynamic optimisation, and a sporty attitude. Do these attributes even make sense off-road or is the Parapera Atmos² barking up the wrong tree?

This bike was tested as part of our 2023 all-road group test – you can find an overview of the group test and the featured bikes over here: The best all-road bike of 2023 – 10 all-road bikes in review

Parapera Atmos^2 | 7.32 kg in size L | Manufacturer’s website

What is the product of steam x steam? According to Parapera: Atmos². That’s because in ancient Greek, atmós means steam. And applied to the brand’s two gravel and all-road models, Atmos and Atmos², it means even more speed. The Atmos² isn’t Atmos’ successor, but rather its leg-shaving younger sibling. The differences include integrated cabling, a one-piece cockpit, dropped seat stays, and a D-shaped seat post, resulting in a weight increase of about 300 g. The geometry is more aggressive, and the cockpit is lower due to the shorter head tube. With the Atmos², Parapera have approached the all-road concept from a different starting point than classic all-road bikes, but was it a good idea?

Smoke and mirrors – What is the Parapera Atmos² capable of

Speed is the top priority! The changes on the Parapera Atmos² are said to offer improved aerodynamics and thus allow you to ride faster compared with the Atmos. While proving whether this is in fact the case is difficult to do, the Parapera Atmos² certainly looks a lot faster, almost as though it was sculpted from a single block. With Parapera’s signature matte black look, it exudes a certain level of elegance and exclusivity. Added to that is the discreet and beautiful branding with glossy black lettering and a minimalistic logo. The result: a fast yet elegant look. The aero upgrades, like the in-house D-shaped seat post and one-piece cockpit, also make for a very clean look. This impression is underlined by the complete absence of eyelets for accessories.

As is also typical of Parapera, the drivetrain is taken care of by Campagnolo, true to the motto: exclusive bike with exclusive components. Not so typical, on the other hand, is the fact that our test bike came equipped with the mechanical Campagnolo Chorus groupset. In the hierarchy, this is equivalent to somewhere between the Shimano 105 and Shimano ULTEGRA groupsets, i.e. mid to upper range. However, the 2×12 drivetrain consisting of 11–34 t cassette and 48/32 t crankset isn’t available in Parapera’s online configurator. There, you’re limited to Campagnolo Super Record EPS, Shimano 105 Di2, or Shimano ULTEGRA Di2. If you opt for a Shimano groupset, the premium Parapera Carbon SLS wheelset with robust Tune Prince/Princess hubs and a tubeless setup are replaced by a Mavic Cosmic SL carbon wheelset with 45 mm deep rims. These are paired with 30 mm wide Schwalbe Pro One Speed tires with tubes. You also get the one-piece handlebar and stem unit, featuring a relatively long 120mm stem mated to a 44 cm wide handlebar. The handlebar width and stem length vary depending on the frame size. Although this configuration isn’t available online, our test bike proves that the integrated cable routing also works with a mechanical drivetrain. Tipping the scales at just 7.32 kg, it’s the lightest all-road bike in our test field, and exactly 1 kg lighter than the average. And you get all this for € 5,350 (or € 5,464 with the Shimano 105 Di2 groupset), which is well below the analogue bike average of € 7,000 (€ 7,370 including ebikes).

Prince and princess on the pea
The Prince and Princess hubs from Tune are super robust and versatile.
Thumb power
The thumb levers on the Campagnolo Chorus groupset work well, they just don’t look all that clean.
Some room left
At least in terms of comfort, by making the most of the 34 mm tire clearance.

Parapera Atmos²

€ 5,390


Seatpost Parapera Carbon Aero D-shaped
Brakes Campagnolo Corus 160 mm
Drivetrain Campagnolo Corus 2x12
Stem Parapera Carbon Aero 120 mm
Handlebar Parapera Carbon Aero 440 mm
Wheelset Parapera Carbon SLS 30
Tires Schwalbe Pro One 700x32c

Technical Data

Size XS S M L XL
Weight 7,32 kg

Specific Features

Sophisticated aero concept
Clean look thanks to the one-piece cockpit
Premium Parapera wheels
Rare Italian Campagnolo groupset

Fast and classy
The frame’s aero features also make the Parapera Atmos² look faster.
Ergo aero bar
The handlebar doesn’t just offer aero advantages, but also provides ergonomic benefits.
Size XS S M L XL
Seat tube 460 mm 485 mm 510 mm 535 mm 565 mm
Top tube 510 mm 527 mm 542 mm 562 mm 581 mm
Head tube 102 mm 120 mm 135 mm 155 mm 180 mm
Head angle 70.5° 71.5° 72.5° 72.5° 73.0°
Seat angle 74.5° 74.5° 74.0° 73.5° 73.0°
Chainstays 408 mm 405 mm 405 mm 410 mm 410 mm
BB Drop 70 mm 70 mm 70 mm 70 mm 70 mm
Wheelbase 975 mm 981 mm 985 mm 1,000 mm 1,014 mm
Reach 374 mm 381 mm 388 mm 395 mm 402 mm
Stack 500 mm 514 mm 541 mm 562 mm 575 mm

Letting off steam – The Parapera Atmos² on the test track

The Parapera Atmos² definitely looks like it wants to let off steam and blast off. You’ll have to get used to the very aggressive riding position before tucking in and getting going. The stretched and low riding position is due above all to the long stem and short head tube. This gives you an aerodynamic advantage, of course, but it also requires a certain degree of fitness and flexibility – especially on long distances. Due to the stretched riding position, the weight distribution is also shifted forward, which influences the bike’s handling significantly. As such, it offers plenty of stability on fast straights, but once you hit winding roads and sharp bends, you’ll have to muscle the bike around the corners. In a nutshell: speed and straight-line stability? 100%! Agility? Not so much. While it’s a lot of fun on long straights, the lack of agility can become a bit annoying on tight, fast corners. It requires an experienced rider to compensate for the bike’s stubbornness through the corners.

In addition to the weight, handling, and riding position, the bike’s compliance is also characterised by its racing genes. The Parapera Atmos² is on the stiffer end of the spectrum, passing impacts from the ground onto the rider, unmitigated by the seat post or frame. This isn’t a big issue on smooth to rough asphalt, but as soon as things get bumpy, the Parapera Atmos² quickly feels out of its depth. On the other hand, the all-road bike is quick to respond when you step on the pedals, whether on a climb or level terrain. The Campagnolo Chorus drivetrain is top-notch for a mid-range groupset, though the thumb shifters aren’t for everyone, both in terms of looks and functionally. That said, the Campagnolo brake levers were the most popular in the entire test field. The one-piece cockpit also fares excellently in terms of ergonomics.

The Parapera Atmos² goes like a rocket, but it requires a skilled rider to handle it.

Helmet POC Ventral air | Glasses Oakley Sutro Lite | Jacket Maap Alt_Road Longsleeve
Pants Maap Alt_Road Cargo Bib | Shoes Dromarti Road Shuhe | Socks´ Maap Alt_Road Trail Sock | Special Tudor Black Bay Chrono

Who is the Parapera Atmos² for?

The Parapera Atmos² is clearly aimed at competitive and experienced riders. Anyone who already has a high 5-digit figure on their lifetime cycling odometer and is looking for a fast all-road bike to mainly ride on asphalt should consider the Parapera Atmos². If you max out the 34 mm tire clearance, there’s nothing to stop you from taking the occasional woodland detour, but your focus should be on asphalt and speed, nonetheless. All-road weight-weenies will also have fun with this bike.

Tuning tip: 34 mm tires for more comfort

Riding Characteristics



  1. cumbersome
  2. playful


  1. nervous
  2. confident


  1. demanding
  2. balanced

Fun factor

  1. boring
  2. lively


  1. firm
  2. comfortable

Value for money

  1. terrible
  2. very good

Technical Data


Size: XS S M L XL
Weight: 7,32 kg
Price: € 5,390

Indended Use

Smooth tarmac 1
Allroad/Gravel 2
Everyday/Commuting 3

Conclusion on the Parapera Atmos²

The Parapera Atmos² is all about speed, aerodynamics, and minimal weight. The premium looking all-road bike ticks all of the above. However, these characteristics come at the expense of compliance and agility. As such, it’s unsuitable for longer off-road excursions. Ultimately, the Parapera Atmos² is a good-looking, fast, and ambitious road racer capable of accommodating relatively wide tires. A real jack of all trades, and master of some.


  • sexy design and finish
  • fast and furious on asphalt
  • excellent brake lever ergonomics of the Campagnolo Chorus groupset


  • limited off-road capability and lack of practical features

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The testfield

This bike was tested as part of our 2023 all-road group test – you can find an overview of the group test and the featured bikes over here: The best all-road bike of 2023 – 10 all-road bikes in review

All bikes on review: Argon 18 Krypton (Click for review) | Merida Scultura Endurance 9000 (Click for review) | Parapera Atmos² | Pinarello X (Click for review) | Rondo Ratt CF (Click for review) | Rose Reveal Plus (Click for review) | Scott Solace eRide 10 (Click for review) | Specialized Roubaix Comp (Click for review) | Trek Domane SLR 7 AXS Gen 4 (Click for review) | Wilier Granturismo SLR (Click for review)

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Words: Martin Staffa Photos: Jan Richter