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TThis fu­tur­is­tic steed might not have had the best sea­son on the pro tour – the rid­ers from the now-ter­mi­nated Aqua Blue team didn’t get on well with the 1x driv­e­train, and there were some me­chan­i­cal is­sues, such as dropped chains and slip­ping seat posts. But hey, that’s how progress hap­pens.

Wider tyres, disc brakes and 1x are all stan­dard in moun­tain bik­ing; and be­lieve it or not, they also seem to work won­ders in a wind tun­nel. It’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore the road­ies catch on.

The ge­om­e­try is ag­gres­sive, get­ting you for­ward and down over the front wheel. When the road gets in­ter­est­ing, the disc brakes of­fer plenty of bite, and the wide tyres give you ex­tra trac­tion. (The frame is de­signed for 28mm rub­ber.) The sin­gle chain­ring up front gives the frame a clean look, and of­fers sim­plic­ity in terms of shift­ing and main­te­nance.

The only thing that will slow you down will be the ques­tions from cu­ri­ous cy­clists you meet on the road.

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