2017 3T Exploro Team
The engineers at 3T have some big news! They created the world’s first aero gravel bike! You might be thinking, “that’s great! But why?” The engineers can answer that with a stack of research done over years that proves that not only does the world need aero gravel bikes, it needs this aero gravel bike.
Real life isn’t like it is in the lab. That’s why 3T designed their tests to be as true to real life conditions as possible. They put mud on their bikes, they weighted them down, they did wind tests at realistic speeds- and you know what? The bikes excelled.
The way 3T cheats the wind is by turning its oversized downtube into a partial airfoil. They couldn’t turn it into a full airfoil because the shape would create too much drag. So they squared off the tail and kept most of the aero performance with a 50x75mm cross section that is also close to perfect for strength and stiffness. It’s their Sqaero shape. The wide downtube also effectively shields the water bottles.
Another very cool thing about this bike is that you have your choice of tire, and not just this road tire verses that road tire. You have your choice of road, cross, even mountain bike tire. The Exploro is designed to take 700c wheels with clearance for up to 40mm tires, or 650b wheels with mountain tires up to 2.1”. The versatility of this bike is amazing! And it looks good too. It has a clean look because all the cables are run internally.
The frame has what 3T calls a “Hang Loose Hanger”. The rear derailleur hanger detaches from frame when rear wheel is removed. This makes it much easier to fix a flat out on the
trail, since you don’t have to tangle with the chain! The thru axle makes reattaching a snap.
Frame: Sqaero Team carbon
Fork: 3T Luteus II Team carbon
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: 15mm Thru x 100mm
Headset Included: Yes, integrated IS42/28.6 IS52/40
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/2”
Bottom Bracket Type: BB386EVO
Cable Routing: Internal, electric or mechanical
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c, 650b
Max Tire Clearance: 45mm on 700c, 2.1” on 650b
Brake Type: Disc, post mount
Seatpost Diameter: Aero
Seatpost Included: Yes, 3T Charlie Sqaero
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: SM | MD | LG | XL |
Colors: White Red
Weight: 1150g | 2.54lbs