2018 3T Exploro Pegoretti Edition
There are a lot of great bikes in the world, but few would really warrant being called works of art. Nevertheless, that lofty statement certainly could be applied to the 3T Exploro Pegoretti LE frame. Underneath, it is the same fantastic frame that 3T released early in 2017, but somehow the good people at 3T have convinced Dario Pegoretti to unleash some of his creative spirits in decorating a very limited number of frames.
If you are new to the racing scene, you may not know exactly who Dario Pegoretti is. His list of accomplishments, as well as the list of seriously famous professionals he custom built frames for is too long to write here. But when steel was still king in the 90s, he made frames for everyone from Indurain on down the line. He has also excelled in custom painting his frames, and frames for others, making him the patron saint for cyclists who hate the dull matte black finishes so often relied upon by minimalists.
So it only stands to reason that anyone looking seriously to buy a 3T Exploro would respond to the creativity of an artist like Pegoretti. You’re not looking for a run of the mill bike, and so why should you stick with standard colors? If you like to shake up the establishment a little, then getting an Exploro, which made its name introducing the notion of an aero gravel bike, will fit extremely well with your mentality. What they’ve done is develop tubes with aero qualities that are maximized at the lower speeds that us normal riders will be doing, and even took into account the actual mud you’ll likely be layering your bike in after a couple hours in the woods. Sqaero is what they’ve dubbed their enormous aerodynamic downtube which takes the typical teardrop aero tube shape and hacks off the tail end, effectively squaring off the tube – and creating the perfect canvas for Pegoretti’s vision. And since it is 50mm wide, the 25mm wide seat tube can completely shelter behind the downtube’s slipstream, basically disappearing in an aerodynamic sense. In fact, that downtube is so wide, your water bottles will practically disappear behind it. The head tube, seatstays and bespoke seatpost also use the Sqaero shape for an aero advantage.
The Exploro is made for sharp, snappy handling thanks to its Performance Geometry, which is intended to help you get through tight switchback corners on woodsy gravel tracks without having to dab or scrub your speed. This is a road racer’s bike for backcountry adventures. The fact that you can stick on a whole array of different wheel and tire sizes is what will make you crave the trails. This is a Gravel Plus bike after all. With the dropped chainstay giving that whole bottom bracket area more room to breathe, you can fit everything from 700x28mm or 700x40mm road and cross and tires all the way up to 650b wheels with mountain bike tires up to 2.1 inches wide.
With cleverly designed ports to match the internal cable routing for Di2, e-Tap, as well as 1x10/11, 2x10/11, you’ll be able to suit up your rig with clean lines and an uncluttered look. The fork is their in-house 3T Luteus II LTD, which is a full carbon construction with a 15mm through axle that can accept up to 180mm disc brake rotors. However, the rear triangle accept up to a 160mm rotor and is a 12mm through axle.
As any art connoisseur knows, price is of no importance if you are in love with the work. This is a frame that you will love for its unification of beauty and utility. Prove your taste in art is as solid as your taste in bikes with the 3T Exploro Pegoretti LE.
Frame: Sqaero LTD carbon
Fork: 3T Luteus II LTD 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: Pegoretti Edition
Weight: 950g | 2.09lbs