A Blue Bike

Blue’s Axino SL

For three days I walk, tired and weary at the Interbike Trade Show in Las Vegas. Like slowly circling a drain I covered the show floor at Mandalay Bay, until I spotted this Blue Axino SL.

It’s Tip-Top Taiwanwith an A-Team spec and build. And, if a bike buyer doesn’t want/care about disc or thru axles, it’s arguably the best their money can buy from an earnest company who’s just trying to sell bikes. Instead of a lifestyle, taste-making brand, or trying to define their version of riding road bikes on dirt with plus sizes tires, Blue offers this.

The glorious zenith of a carbon road bike.

The Axino SL represents the previous, glorious zenith of a carbon road bike. Could’ve been a contender on a Pro Tour team too with its DA, carbon wheel spec; or, at the very least, a privateers crit bike.

When asked, what I told Blue was, “Go direct, slot in where Redline used to be before the Dutch plundered and squandered it.” Offer enthusiasts a value line of bikes before Canyon gets here with mail order, and what Bulls does now.

Really, a great bike, even if it’s not the latest and greatest.

And, sure, marketing totem it. When words on a frame are all you got to market with, fill every v-shaped tube with them.

At $5K , the Blue represents a value not in terms of “500 hours in a wind tunnel” or a “Team endorsed,” but really what Taiwan factories do best.

They make really great bikes that even a jaded journalist appreciates.


We’re working on the next issue of our magazine that’ll include more from the Interbike trade show floor, CrossVegas, and our Mobile Social. That was a fun event, it looked like this….