My view

Cycling Weekly - - TECH QUESTION - Paul Mcguin­ness Global com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, Ro­tor

Con­fi­dence is go­ing to be a big part of it. [Road riders] are go­ing to be say­ing look, this is what I have on my cur­rent bike set-up, will 1x13 give me the same or bet­ter range or bet­ter dis­tri­bu­tion of gears? We are pre­par­ing com­par­i­son charts that will show peo­ple with­out get­ting too sci­en­tific or too heavy-go­ing that it will, and we have four dif­fer­ent cas­settes and a range of chain­rings so they can match 50/34 and 11-28 or what­ever 2x set-up they’re used to.

Ob­vi­ously Shi­mano have a huge amount in­vested in the front de­railleur. They don’t want to take away the front de­railleur be­cause they want their cus­tomers to buy more of them. And they also want to have dif­fer­ent groupsets for dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines — that’s their busi­ness model. As a smaller man­u­fac­turer we can be a bit more ag­ile.

Pro­fes­sion­als are very slow to adopt new tech­nol­ogy, which is un­der­stand­able… but hav­ing said that, Mario Mola, world triathlon cham­pion, is go­ing to test 1x13 on his train­ing bike. So peo­ple are open to try­ing it. From a philo­soph­i­cal and tech­ni­cal point of view we be­lieve the 1x13 should be adopted by road­ies in gen­eral but we do one day in the near fu­ture hope it will go to the pro pelo­ton.

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