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Update and Pre-Review: Blue Axino

When it comes to cycling, but more specifically cycling equipment, not too much comes cheap. The idea of buying an entire new bike for most is quite a daunting thought. I was in the market for a new racing bike, when I was informed by the Mars Hill Cycling coach, Hugh Moran, that the team would be given a deal with Blue Bikes. I had already been looking at their AC1 aero frame, but caught draft of a new frame for 2011, the Axino. Without hesitation, and on a budget, I checked out this mysterious new frame.

Because it hadn’t been released yet, it was difficult to decide, but after taking one look at the bike on Blue’s website the decision was made! The Axino simply screams “race” with its compact geometry, BB30, sleek internal cabling, and downright badass looks. A frame weight of 995g doesn’t make the decision too difficult either. When the frame arrived at my door, I knew that I had made the right choice, and carefully tucked it in bed with me that night.

True to my word from a previous post and with no regrets, I built the frame up with SRAM Force, though the entire specification can be seen on the “My Bikes” page.

The first pedal stroke I took on our first journey on the road together, I seemed to move forward with ease. The Axino is undoubtedly fast, and after only a few rides I can already tell you that this is my favorite bike I have ever owned. It’s speed, stiffness, and comfort make it absolutely perfect. Adding to this perfection is the fact that the geometry “fits me to a tee.” My old bike left me a bit stretched out, but with the Axino it feels as though I’m on a custom frame!

As I get more rides in over the next few months, but more importantly take it out for racing, I will post a detailed review about the bike.

Blue is beginning to make a much bigger name for themselves in the U.S. cycling scene, and with this frame along with its fair pricing, its sure to be a huge success!

Keep an eye out for the upcoming review!

Click here to see more details about the Blue Axino.

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