Blue's Triad EX is engineered to slip through the wind and put more of your pedaling power on the road. The power producing components are designed to either cut through the wind, or hide from it. The all-new Power-Arc curved chain stays create a wind shadow for the rear cassette and derailleur. The rear brake is hidden under and behind the bottom bracket. The custom-shaped seat stays offer a sharp edge to the wind and closely hug the rear wheel. The narrow 1" head tube and internal cable routing reduce drag even more.
The unique geometry, monocoque frame design and carbon fabrication provide the ultimate in crank-to-road power transfer. On a Triad, you can actually feel each pedal stroke propelling you forward - fast.
•Aerus Conquest T800 and T1000 high modulus carbon fiber
•Aerus Conquest C4TT aero fork 405g
•Aerus Conquest 2 position seatpost, 76° and 80° 300g
•Cane Creek S2 1" integrated headset
•Internal cable routing with alloy housing stops
•Power-Arc curved chain stays create a wind shadow for rear cassette & derailleur
•Tektro R725 Rear brake included
•BB30 bottom bracket shell
•Available in XS, SM, MD, ML, LG
We get calls all the time with people wanting to know more about Blue Competition Cyles, so we'd thought we'd let you know. Here's who they are, according to Chance Regina, Blue's Director of Sales:
Blue Competition Cycles started when Parent Company PSI (one of the largest distributors of Scuba equipment in the world) was sponsoring a regional cycling team. Owner Mike Skop had been working with, for many years, a local team that was mostly a women's and junior's program. Mike, a certified USAC and USAT coach and engineer by trade, couldn’t get the proper fitting bikes for the women’s team, which at the time was quickly rising to national prominence (the team was SCUBA Genesis and they went on to be the number one ranked team in the US two years in a row). He already had a business designing, sourcing, marketing and distributing life saving items for Scuba and took his engineering and cycling knowledge and started Blue.
Mike and Chris Pic (former Mercury/7UP/Jittery Joes pro and husband of the most decorated female Crit racer the US has ever seen, Tina Pic) do all of the bike design in the offices in Norcross, GA. They produce their bikes in a variety of facilities, like most other brands, but do about 60% of the assembly in their Norcross facility.
The Triad was a big step forward for Blue in 2009, as they had only previously done alloy TT bikes. The Triad and Triad SL have been a smashing success with race wins all over the world including European Ironman Championship, multiple 70.3 and IM titles, an ITU Long Course Worlds title, 3rd at Kona in 2009 and 3rd at 70.3 Worlds in 2009.
The AC1 grew out of the development of the Triad. As Blue was testing frame designs for the Triad in conjunction with USAT and their ITU format racers, they did some comparison testing with standard round tube frames, like the RC8, for instance. They found the aero frames were 14% faster than a round tube frame when a range of yaws were averaged. When built with the exact same set up as Sarah Haskins used on race day on her RC8, but on a Triad frame, the difference moved to 20%. This is VERY significant. For example, if you take the fastest production TT bikes out there (as there is no access to some of the "uberbikes" recently deemed illegal by the UCI) and the middle of the pack TT bikes the difference in drag across an average range of yaws is vey small, less than 3% from best to worst.
The end result of this test was that Sarah Haskins raced in the 2008 Olympic Games Triathlon on the Triad with an ITU set up and Brent McMahon raced the entire ITU calendar in 2009 on the bike as well. However, the geometry needed to be more like a road bike to suit these disciplines better. In addition, with the materials and construction methods available in this day and age the weight of a bike is not a question (well that is not entirely true...if you are looking at any high-end bike with Dura Ace or SRAM Red build and decent wheels you do have a weight issue...one of keeping it above the UCI minimum...more on that in a moment). Therefore, it seemed foolish to leave 20% on the table when designing our new road bike.
The RC8 and its previous versions have been well received as they were good looking, nice quality, super strong power transfer and reasonably priced. There were some drawbacks, however; the frame was a bit heavier than some of the 1000g machines out there as it weighs in at 1080g. Also, a lot of people didn’t like the look of a tube and lug bike as they felt it seemed dated. The one thing heard over and over again in regards to Blue bikes is "man, they handle great and have a lot of power". The stage was set. Take the handling and power transfer of the existing bikes, which everyone knew were great and combine them with what was learned in the wind tunnel on the Triad design.
This is the genesis of the AC1 series.
Using Blue’s proven geometry (with slightly taller head tubes than the very aggressive RC8) and with the infusion of the BB30 design, they were able to make a massive BB area and chain stay to ensure that the power transfer was still there...or even improved. We also improved the aerodynamic shapes on the tubes of this bike with our SFT2 technology and the truth is when built that exact same way as the Triad it is only 2-3% off of the Triad...which, as you can guess, has led to the all-new Triad SL for 2011!
In the end the AC1 series turned out totally bad ass (yes that is a technical term) and has been hugely popular. In fact, Blue sold out of most sizes before mid-year. The bike has the stiffest drive train they have ever delivered and the frame is still pretty light. Granted they are not sub 1000 gram frames, but none of the sub 1000 gram frames tested matched stiffness (or even got close) and they were all WAY slower in tunnel tests. The SL is 1100 grams for the frame with hangers, this taken from an average of 10 painted frames in a MED (54). The Cervelo S3 came in at 1080g and Felt AR1 at 1160g...so for aero road frames the weight is in there with the big boys.
Again, the weight is VERY competitive, even with round tube bikes, which are much slower aerodynamically.
But don’t take Blue's word for it...just look at the research out there. Trek/Bontrager have been publishing tests about weight vs. aerodynamics as well as rolling resistance vs. aerodynamics...and Cervelo has a massive 10 page dissertation on the advantages of aerodynamics vs. weight where they go so far as to break down the myth of "well, it is faster until you start climbing" by looking at an average rider on the Le 'tape course finishing atop le Alpe d’Huez.
|Part||Frameset||all3sports Special SRAM Red||all3sports Special Shimano Di2|
|Fork||Aerus Conquest C4TT||Aerus Conquest C4TT||Aerus Conquest C4TT|
|Headset||Cane Creek S2 1"||Cane Creek S2 1"||Cane Creek S2 1"|
|Seatpost||Aerus Halo System||Aerus Halo System||Aerus Halo System|
|Shift Levers||SRAM TT-500||Shimano Dura Ace 7970 Di2 Bar End|
|Front Derailleur||SRAM Red||Shimano Dura Ace 7970 Di2|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM Red||Shimano Dura Ace 7970 Di2|
|Cassette||SRAM 1070||Shimano Ultegra 6700|
|Chain||SRAM 1070||Shimano Ultegra 6700|
|Front Brake Calipers||SRAM Red||Shimano Dura Ace 7900|
|Rear Brake Calipers||Tektro R725||Tektro R725|
|Brake Levers||Profile QS-2||Shimano Dura Ace 7970 Di2 Brake levers w/ remote shifters|
|Crankset||SRAM Red BB30||Shimano Dura Ace 7900|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM Red Ceramic||SRAM BB30 w/ BB30 Adapters|
|Stem||Profile Aris||Profile Aris|
|Basebars||Profile Airwing||Profile Design 0 Zero Alloy|
|Aerobars||Profile T1+ or T2+ Alloy||Profile Design T2 Cobra|
|Saddle||fi'zi:k Arione Tri2||fi'zi:k Arione Tri2|
|Wheels||Shimano R500 (or Equivalent)||Easton EA90 Aero|
|Tires||Vittoria Rubino Pro Folding||Vittoria Rubino Pro Folding|
|Prices and specification are subject to change without notice.|
Note: No substitutions or changes allowed on all the all3sports Special build kits. Special Di2 Pricing only available in conjunction with the purchase of a 2011 Blue Triad EX, QR Cd0.1, Argon 18 E-112 or SCOTT Plasma 10 Framesets.
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