The Prosecco EX will be available in September and it is a full carbon gravel/endurance road bike that comes with Shimano's Ultegra Di2 and will retail for only $2,699.
Blue Competition Bicycles is a brand that has been around since 2004, but they have recently come under new ownership. Although the brand's original founder is gone, the new owners are making a big push to let everyone know that they are back and they mean business. Now known as simply Blue Bicycles, we got an up close look at their 2017 model lineup including road, aero road, cross, gravel, tri and even track models. But clearly, the biggest news is their full carbon gravel/endurance road bicycle called the Prosecco EX that will sell for $2,699 with Ultegra Di2.
The Prosecco EX is a full carbon version of their current Prosecco AL model. The thin stays provide compliance and comfort for the rider.
Blue Prosecco EX
The alloy Prosecco is a current model in Blue's lineup and for 2017 they have the Prosecco EX model that is full carbon. It is an endurance/gravel bike with thru-axles front and rear, 386 bottom bracket and flat stays for compliance and comfort. The geometry is more relaxed and has a longer head tube than a standard road bike. On all of the Blue Bicycles seen here, you will find Aerus wheels in alloy and carbon. Aerus is Blue's own in-house wheel brand. It can fit up to a 42c tire and the best part? It will retail for an amazing price point of $2,699 which includes a Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain. The Prosecco EX will be available in September.
The Prosecco AL is still available and is a bargain in its own right at $1,364 equipped with a Shimano 105 drivetrain, disc brakes and a carbon fork.
Blue Prosecco AL
The Prosecco AL is made from 6061 custom hydroformed double butted aluminum and provides a lightweight platform at an entry level price. The relaxed geometry is designed for long rides and stable handling. The full carbon fork, all internal routing, Shimano 105, and mechanical disc brakes compliment the build. This bike can fit up to 40c gravel tires. The Prosecco AL is available from your local Blue dealer now with a price of $1,364.
The AC1 is a mainstay in Blue's model lineup and the new EX version improves upon its predecessors.
Blue AC1 EX
The AC1 is one of the longest standing models in Blue's history and the first generation of this line was created in 2008. It is an aero road bike that is heavily tested at the A2 wind tunnel in Georgia. Of course, the bike has undergone several upgrades and changes since those early models and now features Blue's top of the line high-modulus carbon fiber. It has a BB30 bottom bracket, Blue's SFT2 Super Flow Tube Tech (which means the down tube and seat stay cross sections oriented to the direction the wind flows across bike), Blue's C4RDA carbon aero road fork with carbon dropouts, FSA integrated headset, tapered headtube and micro adjust front derailleur hanger for superior shifting. The seatclamp has been redesigned to provide more comfort to the rider. It is available in 3 models including a Shimano Ultegra Di2 version, Shimano Ultegra version and Shimano 105 version. The Shimano Ultegra (mechanical) version will run $2,676.
Blue's proprietary Kamtail designed tube shapes that are designed to make the bike fast and to provide exceptional handling.
Blue Axino SL
The SL stands for super light and for 2017, the Axino road bike is taken to a whole new level. The distinct feature of the Axino line is Blue's proprietary Kamtail designed tube shapes that are designed to make the bike fast and to provide exceptional handling. Kamtail refers to a shape that is much like an airplane wing, but instead of tapering out to a point, it's slightly chopped off and flattened on the tail end, drastically improving aerodynamics over standard round tubes. The frame is made from high-modulus, uni-directional carbon fiber.
The Axino SL will come in three builds including Shimano 105, Shimano Ultegra (mechanical) and the Shimano Dura-Ace shown here. These bikes are available now and the Dura-Ace equipped Axino SL will run you $5,144.
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The Norcross SL features a high-modulus carbon frame, Shimano Dura-Ace drivetrain, carbon Aerus tubeless wheels, a carbon fork and Shimano disc brakes.
Blue Norcross SL
Like the AC1, the Norcross is a mainstay of the Blue Bicycles lineup. Blue has worked with Jonathan Page in the past and he gave input in the design of the bike including a lower BB height, which differs from the more traditional Belgian style BB which tends to be higher. The Norcross features a tapered headtube and has internal cable routing with easy flush so you can wash mud and dirt away with a hose. Blue uses a BB30 bottom bracket and the frame is T800 carbon fiber. The SL version of the Norcross will be available in September and pricing has not yet been determined.
Blue Norcross SP
The Norcross SP shares a lot in common with the SL model, but uses a more affordable SPort level build including a Shimano 105 drivetrain, alloy Aerus wheels, Hayes CX Expert mechanical disc brakes. The frame is still high-modulus carbon. The Norcross SP is available now with a price of $2,046.
Blue Triad Elite
Triathlon has always been one of Blue's strong points and this tradition continues for 2017. Check out this video highlighting some of the development and testing done on the all new Triad Elite:
This new time trail bike is still being worked on and is not yet available. The front fairing of the bicycle is not quite finalized. This piece covers the front brake and junction box for the Shimano Di2 drivetrain in an effort to keep things as aerodynamically efficient as possible. Expect pricing to be in the $8k range.
The Lehigh is a carbon track bike based off of the current Lehigh AL model that remains in Blue's lineup. This bike has track specific geometry and performed very well in wind tunnel testing in North Carolina. The 20T high modulus carbon fiber frame has a tapered head tube, BB30 and has a fully adjustable drop out with tensioner. The Lehigh comes standard with Aerus Quantum SL 80 tubular wheels and Rotor cranks. It also features an Aerus composite C4 Carbon Fork. Price is $2,834 and the Lehigh is in stock now.
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