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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.

3T Exploro Team Aero Gravel Road Bike Headtube

3T Exploro Team Aero Gravel Road Bike Downtube

3T Exploro Aero Gravel Road Bike Seattube

When outfitted with road tires, a 3T Exploro bike delivers the comfort and performance one would expect from a high-end carbon road bike. Dramatic tube shapes allow for short chainstays and road-like geometry.  Utilizing the same road wheelset, riders can switch over to a big cyclocross or gravel tire and get massive traction and compliance benefits for dirt, gravel, or rough roads.  For even more aggressive riding and compliance, a 27.5” (650b) x 2.1” tire can be fitted to the smaller wheel, creating extra cushion and traction for exploring singletrack and doubletrack previously limited to mountain bikes.

3T Cycling offers two versions of the Exploro Frameset, the Exploro Team and Exploro LTD.  The 3T Exploro LTD offers the most advanced composites and complex carbon layups, to maximize performance and minimize weight.  The 3T Exploro Team is nearly identical to the LTD, but with a 200g weight penalty. With the latest in technology and versatility, the 3T Exploro will take you further from the beaten path, faster.

3T Exploro Team Ultegra Di2 Complete Bike

3T Exploro Team Ultegra Di2 Complete Bike

The 3T Exploro offers a host of technical features and designs, all of which enhance the riding experience.  Selecting the components that make up a complete bike, however, has only gotten more difficult.  It’s for this reason we’ve created our 3T Exploro Team Ultegra Di2 Complete Bike. Like our OPEN U.P. Unbeaten Path Ultegra Complete Bike, we’ve hand-selected components that match the Exploro’s design and intended usage. In this case, we’ve gone with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 kit, which seamlessly integrates with the Exploro’s internal cable routing.  HED Ardennes Plus wheels allow for a wide range in tire sizes, again matching the versatility in design.  We do custom bike builds nearly every day, but for those who would rather be out riding than researching components, here’s a bike we’re proud to offer as our own.

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At Contender Bicycles, our best tools for selling bikes are the people who ride them. Each of us on staff has extensive experience riding bikes across many brands. Ryan Littlefield is our expert on 3T Exploro Aero Gravel Bikes. To contact Ryan regarding any questions about the 3T Exploro, email him at ryan@contenderbicycles.com or call him at the shop.