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    Aqua Blue Sports' New Bikes!

    Whoa, I did not see this one coming at all. The luddites and traditionalists are going to lose it over this one. Pass the popcorn....

    Aqua Blue Sport to compete on 3T Strada disc bike with 1x drivetrain in 2018 | Cyclingnews.com
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    Wow, I guess they don't have any sprinters on that team? And just don't expect to compete in steep climbs or on fast downhill attacks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migen21 View Post
    Wow, I guess they don't have any sprinters on that team? And just don't expect to compete in steep climbs or on fast downhill attacks?
    Their gear range should be fine.

    The bike uses the new Sram XDR freehub body, so there's no lockring on the cassette and they can go as low as a 9 tooth cog. They can make the large cog as large as they want too. 3T is making custom cassettes.

    Problem is the gaps between the gears.

    I like the team a lot, I hope this works out for them.
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    Seems like the Luddites were right. 12 gears are more than plenty
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    Ha! That's a good 'un, den bakker.

    One of the guys in my club is the Scandinavian rep for 3T. He's talking about a rather wonky 12 speed cassette, with an "overdrive" 9 toooth cog and a "granny" 40, and 10 more normally spaced gears between.
    Interesting bike, the 3T Strada. Like a mutant Cervélo S5.
    They do anything just to win a salami in ridiculous races. I take my gear out of the car and put my bike together. Tourists and locals are watching from sidewalk cafes. Non-racers. The emptiness of those lives shocks me. It was the illest of times, it was the dopest of times. And we looked damn good. Actually the autobus broke down somewhere on the Mortirolo.

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    Nice to see someone other than Specialized daring to be different in the markeplace.

    Hey I raced on 12 and 14 gears, as did all the pros in the late 80s early 90s - as that was with effectively only 8 unique gears due to overlap. They should be able to manage the gearing needs, albeit need to change them to suit each race. And I think they will need 2x11 climbing bikes still if they want to do grand tours - but the teams have separate climbing bikes already anyways.

    will be interesting to see if the team actually tries to prove the hype of the large dia tire being more aero and lower rolling resistance - despite being heavier.

    but oh my the Strada is odd looking and priced extremely high, S-Works territory for a company new to making frames (iirc)

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    So Team Aqua Blue is sporting...red bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCSaltchucker View Post
    Nice to see someone other than Specialized daring to be different in the markeplace.

    Hey I raced on 12 and 14 gears, as did all the pros in the late 80s early 90s - as that was with effectively only 8 unique gears due to overlap. They should be able to manage the gearing needs, albeit need to change them to suit each race. And I think they will need 2x11 climbing bikes still if they want to do grand tours - but the teams have separate climbing bikes already anyways.

    will be interesting to see if the team actually tries to prove the hype of the large dia tire being more aero and lower rolling resistance - despite being heavier.

    but oh my the Strada is odd looking and priced extremely high, S-Works territory for a company new to making frames (iirc)
    But if they go with 3T as a bike sponsor, this and the Exploro are their only options. The company doesn't produce a pure lightweight climbing bike. I guess they could also use the Open U.P. since basically the same people own that company too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    So Team Aqua Blue is sporting...red bikes?
    C'mon man, their kits aren't even aqua blue. You also know most teams paint their bikes to match their kits each season anyway. For the record though, Lotto NL Jumbo's Bianchi's don't match their kits either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    C'mon man, their kits aren't even aqua blue. You also know most teams paint their bikes to match their kits each season anyway. For the record though, Lotto NL Jumbo's Bianchi's don't match their kits either.
    Their bibs are blue, at least. I will say...whomever designed their (2017) kits deserves a raise. Classy. Minimal. Easily spotted. Home run of kit design. Were it not for the cost, I might consider getting a kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    But if they go with 3T as a bike sponsor, this and the Exploro are their only options. The company doesn't produce a pure lightweight climbing bike. I guess they could also use the Open U.P. since basically the same people own that company too.
    some have suggested they might go to rebranded Cervelo for climbing bikes that can fit a 2x drivetrain. being as the 3T bike maker was co founder of Cervelo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    Their bibs are blue, at least. I will say...whomever designed their (2017) kits deserves a raise. Classy. Minimal. Easily spotted. Home run of kit design. Were it not for the cost, I might consider getting a kit.
    What do you consider expensive for a cycling jersey?

    They seem to be fairly inexpensive as team jerseys go. ~$53 US (44 euros)

    https://www.aquabluesport.com/clothi...essential-line

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCSaltchucker View Post
    some have suggested they might go to rebranded Cervelo for climbing bikes that can fit a 2x drivetrain. being as the 3T bike maker was co founder of Cervelo
    That would be interesting to see a pro team have a sponsorship/supply agreement with two different bike companies. While he helped create Cervelo, it's now owned by Pon Holdings.
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    it is not uncommon at all for pro teams to purchase rival components and frames, then whitewash them or black out logos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migen21 View Post
    What do you consider expensive for a cycling jersey?

    They seem to be fairly inexpensive as team jerseys go. ~$53 US (44 euros)

    https://www.aquabluesport.com/clothi...essential-line
    Derp. I was thinking the pre-Brexit exchange rates.

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    Wish they would have sponsored a different team to be honest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    Derp. I was thinking the pre-Brexit exchange rates.
    the dollar is playing catchup better hurry ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCSaltchucker View Post
    it is not uncommon at all for pro teams to purchase rival components and frames, then whitewash them or black out logos.
    Not frames, not these days. Bike sponsors contribute too much to the operation now. They're not going for that.
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    Sadly, this team isn't getting much respect from the race organizers...

    https://twitter.com/RickDelaneyABS/s...729728/photo/1

    I was kinda pulling for them to be successful, if for no other reason than they are willing to buck tradition a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finx View Post
    Sadly, this team isn't getting much respect from the race organizers...

    https://twitter.com/RickDelaneyABS/s...729728/photo/1

    I was kinda pulling for them to be successful, if for no other reason than they are willing to buck tradition a bit.
    Well that is crap.

    I guess the ASO and UCI expect 8-rider limits to make things interesting on non-mountain stages....Yea I'll call BS on that one right now.
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    As soon as two Spanish continental teams moved up to the Pro Continental level any hope they had for a bid to la Vuelta disappeared. La Vuelta prefers to take "home" teams as their wild card teams and Cofidis is one of la Vuelta's main sponsors, plus they signed the Herrada brothers during the transfer season. Thus the 4 invites to la Vuelta. Giro is similar in typically preferring Italian wild card teams over anyone else. Also both of those races rely much more heavily on their home fans than international fans whereas the Tour is more international but still prefers French teams for Wild Card invites. Also Tour of California is going to give wild cards to US based teams if they can and 3 US based Continental teams moved up to the Pro Continental team level during the off season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    Well that is crap.

    I guess the ASO and UCI expect 8-rider limits to make things interesting on non-mountain stages....Yea I'll call BS on that one right now.
    They ride LBL (organized by those meanie beanie ASO), Amstel, tour de suisse, and quite some HC races this spring.
    16 on the european tour ranking.
    Not sure what they expected.
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    For the few folks who will wander in and read this, I would like to give a quick review on the 3T Strada that Aquablue is riding.
    I have taken delivery of my own Strada and find it superior in every way to my previous steed. (Wilier Cento10 Air)
    I was really worried about the gearing but after much deliberation I settled on a 48t up front and an 11-40 in the rear. In over 400 miles I have never lacked for a gear. Yes the step up between gears is bigger but I was used to it after the first ride.
    Handling and ride on the 28mm tyres is phenomenal, along with the disc brakes it makes for a very confidence inspiring and planted ride.
    I know that there is always a placebo effect with a new steed but when the blokes I have been riding with for eons are complaining about the speed, you know there is something real happening. One of the amigos threw a leg over my bike for 15 minutes and ordered his own that very afternoon. It really must be experienced to appreciate.

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