Aero Gravel Bike | Ride slow, Faster
For 50 years, 3T Cycling has been producing high quality, high-performance components for the elite riders of the peloton. Starting with steel during the golden age of bike racing, 3T later pioneered aluminum handlebars, to meet the growing demand for lighter-weight road bikes. Based in Italy, 3T has maintained incredible access to professional teams and some of the world’s fastest riders, including Moser and Merckx. Today, 3T Cycling produces a full-range of high-end carbon fiber components including bars, stems, seatposts and wheelsets along side their proven alloy versions.
For 2017, 3T Cycling enters into the dirt-road realm with their groundbreaking aero gravel frameset, the Exploro. Designed by Gerard Vroomen, one of the original founders of Cervelo and current co-owner of OPEN cycles, this new frame benefits from decades of engineering expertise. The Exploro applies aerodynamic advancements to a bike destined for fast riding on gravel roads or bad pavement. Its Sqaero tube shapes optimize aerodynamics for real-world speeds and yaw angles, not the theoretical “perfect” environment found in a typical wind tunnel. In addition, Gerard utilizes his Gravel Plus concept (previously seen on the Open Unbeaten Path U.P.) to allow the Exploro frameset the versatility of fitting two different tire/wheel standards, while keeping consistent handling and control. This is one of the few carbon bikes that can be outfitted with 700c road wheels, 38c cyclocross tires and even 27.5 x 2.1” mountain bike knobbies, allowing for maximum versatility for road, gravel, and dirt.