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|Posted||12 Jun 2015|
It isnt the weight of your bike, gravity or the friction in the bearings and tires that has you working so hard on your weekend rides. No, it is the wind resistance. This force of nature and physics is what makes the road so hard some days. You dont have to be a Pro Tour racer or even a local weekend racer to appreciate aerodynamics. Riding farther with less energy is a goal for everyone.
Fortunately there is the redesigned AC1 from Blue Competition Cycles. The unique design of the top tube allows it to be comfortable for the long haul and the SFT2 (Super Flow Tube Technology) allows it to be 21% more efficient than a round tube frame. Combined with a new tapered 1-1/8 to 1-1/4 carbon steer tube and BB30 bottom bracket for efficiency in pedaling and climbing this bike will allow you to take more county line sprints or just see more county lines. The Blue AC1 Aero Road bike with SRAM Force and hot looking deep Alex Aero Wheels is one of the best aero packages currently on the market at this price!
Blue overhauled the AC1 SL for 2012. Adjustments to the carbon material and layup lightened the frame by 110 grams. Blue also says the new, tapered and more aero head tube is 4 percent stiffer. The seat and down tubes are taller in order to increase the aerodynamic efficiency. Blue also say the bottom bracket remains one of the stiffest in the aero road bike category.
There are other updates as well: The new seat tube requires a larger yet more slimline seatpost. The bike ships with a 20mm offset model, and a new and improved clamping system. The frames internal cable routing was refined to reduce friction and make maintenance easier.
Like many aero bikes, the AC1 sounds like a jet engine winding up for take off when its rolling, amplifying road noise with a whoosh-our own version of a sonic boom-that makes you feel fast. And this bike definitely feels fast: The rear end doesnt wiggle, the bottom bracket doesnt sway, and the front end resists wind-up and responds predictably when you want to wind up the pace. Despite the efficient ride, the bike damps the road enough that you wont feel fatigued after a long day.
The handling is more stable than on many race bikes, the AC1 requires a deliberate push to initiate a turn. Field sprinters may not prefer this type of handling, but we think its wise to take the edges off an aero bikes responsiveness, because the bike will be easier to control in crosswinds.
This new bike from Blue impresses all over again. Its an ideal bike for anyone looking for an immediate aero advantage.
Frame: Aerus Composites 40T/30T high-modulus carbon fiber
Fork: Aerus Composites C4SFT2 carbon aero road fork with carbon dropouts
Shifters: SRAM Force 20-speed
Front Derailleur: SRAM Force Braze-On
Rear Derailleur: SRAM Force
Crankset: SRAM Force 50/34 BB30 (XS/SM-170mm MD-172.5mm ML175mm)
Bottom Bracket: BB30
Cassette: SRAM OG-1070 11−26
Brakes: SRAM Force
Wheelset: Alex deep section Stealth
Tires: Vittoria 700 x 23c
Handlebar: Aeous (C-C,XS380mm SM/MD-400mm ML-440mm)
Headset: FSA Orbit C-33 1-1/8 inch top bearing, 1-1/4 inch lower bearing integrated
Stem: Aerus 7050 AL Pro Ti 31.8 (XS/SM-80mm MD-90mm ML-100mm)
Seatpost: Aerus C4 Aero Carbon Pro
Saddle: Prologo Scratch Pro DEA
Weight: 7.3kg (Size:XS)
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