'The jury is out on how it’ll feel in the mountains': Aqua Blue Sport riders weigh in on 1X bikes

Irish team Aqua Blue Sport switched to SRAM's single-chainring drivetrain for 2018 – we asked them how they are getting along with it

Aqua Blue Sport's new 3T Strada team bike

(Image credit: Marc Gasch)

Aqua Blue Sport’s SRAM 1X equipped 3T bikes are “simpler” but the “jury is out” on how they’ll perform in the mountains, according to riders on the team.

The Irish squad, now in its second year, is riding the 3T Strada bikes that are equipped with disc brakes and SRAM’s 1X drivetrain. Although 1X drivetrains, which have only a single chainring, have become popular in mountain biking, Aqua Blue are the first team to race exclusively with them in the pro peloton.

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