Tem vantagens e tem desvantagens, acho que eles sempre admitiram isso, em algumas situações o monoprato é o suficiente e traz vantagens aerodinâmicas, peso, geometria, etc, outras vezes não é suficiente, é bom darem essa opção.
Mas fica o texto oficial:
We thought it would be nice to share the release of our next bike just with our newsletter readers. So it’s not on the website yet, it’s not sent to the media (except maybe one or two smart cookies who subscribe here). It's just between you and us. Enjoy and make your friends jealous!
Last year we started the STRADA project with phase 1: the STRADA TEAM frameset. Earlier this year we added phase 2: the STRADA PRO complete bike. Tomorrow we will launch phase 3: the STRADA DUE.
When people talk to us about the STRADA, it is usually the 1x drivetrain that gets the most attention. It’s very visible and a bit controversial, so that makes sense. But as Gerard has said from the start, the most important feature of the STRADA is actually that it is the first aero road bike optimized for wider tires, up to 30mm. To learn more about that, check this out.
It’s pointless to have an aero road bike that tests fast with 21mm tires when you run it with 25’s. Or even worse, when the 28’s or 30’s you want to run don’t even fit. The STRADA solves that by starting out with wider tires and then designing the aerodynamics around it.
The 1x drivetrain follows from there; if you do everything you can to optimize aerodynamics, going 1x approximately saves you another 8 Watts in drag and 300g in weight (shifter, derailleur, cables, chainring, frame construction).
But when we launched the STRADA, we also said it was our answer to “What will a road bike look like in 5 years?” Why did we say 5 years and not today? Because we know that some technologies and people need a bit of time. So 1x already works great for some people and some groupsets (mostly SRAM and some Shimano). Yet in other situations, 2x is still preferred (especially with electronic groupsets; Shimano Di2, SRAM eTap or Campagnolo EPS).
Enter the STRADA DUE, with the same aero and comfort benefits as the original STRADA, but designed for electronic 2x drivetrains. Now you can enjoy that unique mix of a very stiff, aero frame and the plush ride of up to 30mm tires in combination with the 2x drivetrain of your choice.
The STRADA DUE will sit beside the STRADA in our line-up and be available as a TEAM level frameset. It will also be used by Team Aqua Blue in select races. As you may know, we started working with Aqua Blue at the start of this season to see how far we could take 1x. It’s fair to say it’s gone further than most people expected, even winning a few King of the Mountain competitions including last month at the Tour de Suisse. In other races, the riders would have preferred an extra gear.
Just like 2x isn’t always perfect (ask the guys who lost Tirreno-Adriatico and Abu Dhabi due to 2x drivetrain issues), neither is 1x as we know. As we said from the start, sometimes 1x will be better than 2x, sometimes it won't matter, and sometimes 2x will be better.
Of course pro riders find themselves in a very specific situation, often going up mountains in a peloton surrounded by 100 riders with no choice but to ride the exact pace of those around them, not their own pace. In such a situation, where they can’t go their own pace, having that extra gear can be an advantage. It’s interesting to hear a pro say “when I retire, I’ll only ride 1x but right now, there are some races I would still like 2x for”.
A year ago when we launched the STRADA, the dream was to introduce the STRADA DUE at the Tour de France, but in hindsight we were not entirely realistic . That will have to wait, but a few riders will use the STRADA DUE at the Tour of Austria that starts on the same day.
So there you have it, the new STRADA DUE, available this month. And for us it’s time to go to sleep, tomorrow all the media will visit to take their first look at this bike.
"Just want to say what a privilege it was to be behind @MarkChristian8 today @tds so so strong., only to be dropped by mechanical no 4698 this season... This lab rat thing is now costing results. sorry again Mark!!#aquabluespor"...
"Manx rider Mark Christian was in an eight rider breakaway with less than 30km (18 miles) remaining of the stage when he shipped his chain. He picked up a spare bike from the team car and joined a three-man group of riders who had been dropped from the break, but the mechanical issue put paid to any hope of taking the stage victory. The break stayed away but Christian and the riders he was with were caught by the bunch.
He was more than disappointed.
“I am absolutely devastated about how today’s stage went,” Christian said. “To be within touching distance of a result – I don’t know what it might have been, but guaranteed top seven or eight – and to have been let down by the bike... I’m absolutely gutted.
“I was on a good day today. I was feeling good on the bike and everything was going well. I don’t think there is any reason why I wouldn’t have stayed with the leaders and given it all on the final climb.
"Who knows what the result might have been, but for all of that to go out of the window because of a mechanical… I’m just gutted.”
"Although Team Aqua Blue clearly thinks it has suffered a lot of mechanical issues this year, it’s unclear whether they've had a higher number than anyone else.
We know that Mark Christian’s problem was a dropped chain, but that’s about all we do know. Some people have concluded that this means the team has an issue with the SRAM 1x but, again, that’s not entirely clear."
Creio que a associação da Equipa Aqua Blue Sport com o Projeto 3T, era provar isso mesmo: a fiabilidade / multiplicidade / adaptabilidade do grupo SRAM 1X, sem qualquer restrição, nu e cru como foi concebido.
Os guias de corrente ou mesmo os chain catcher, são soluções para os problemas que foram surgindo com os grupos, embora transversais a todas as marcas...
Procurava uma outra notícia / lamento que dava conta que um atleta desta mesma equipa se queixava não ter tido andamentos suficientes (desmultiplicação pesada) para disputar um sprint com este sistema 1X da SRAM, mas não estou a encontrar...
A minha maior curiosidade prende-se com o fato de merecer, ou não, a aprovação da UCI.
Aquela pedaleira dentada desprovida de guarnição, analogamente com a utilização de travões de discos que muitos consideram um facão afiado, pode significar uma metralhadora chacinadora de membros inferiores, ou será que não estou a ver pelo melhor prisma?