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 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.
The team racked up a stage win on the new bikes at the Herald Sun Tour last month.
The riders at the Dubai Tour were very positive about the change in gearing, with some of them running a cassette that contained a 9-tooth sprocket on the race’s flat sprint stages.
Aqua Blue rider Conor Dunne said: “I’m really liking it actually, it’s something new so I was apprehensive to begin when but in training I’ve found it good. For these stages I’ve been riding a 54-9 and I’ve not noticed the jumps between the gears to be honest.”
He added: “For sure if I was just a recreational cyclist I’d just get a 1X.”