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3T Exploro Team Force - 2019

3T Exploro Team Force
$3,824.99
$4,500.00

Details

The Exploro is designed to fit road, cross and even mountain bike tires following the GravelPlus standard. The road and cross tires are 700c, the mountain bike tires use the 650b size, ensuring that all of these have virtually the same overall wheel diameter and therefore the same predictable handling. For 700c, we recommend our 3T Discus wheels, for 650b our 3T DiscusPlus wheels.


Why is aerodynamics important on allroad (asphalt, gravel, fire roads, single track) rides?

You may go slow off-road, but on the connecting asphalt sections you need road riding speed.
If you’re slow because of gradients, aero doesn’t matter much. But if it's due to head- or crosswinds, you're slow relative to the ground but very fast relative to the air and that’s what determines the resistance you experience (that’s exactly why you’re slow).
The Exploro is also a great road bike in its own right. When using it for fast paved (group) rides, any aero benefit is appreciated.
We didn’t want the Exploro to be fast in theory, but in the real world. So we tested at a realistic 20mph (32kmh) instead of the standard 30mph (48kmh) and optimized the frame for water bottles (tough to do long, epic rides without). We even designed the Sqaero shape to work well when covered in mud! The result? A muddy Exploro with 40mm knobby gravel tires and 2 water bottles (red line in the graph) is faster than the equivalent clean round tube bike is with 28mm slick road tires and without bottles (grey line).


The key to the Exploro’s speed is the aero downtube that is wide enough to catch the airflow coming off the big front tire (a skinny downtube wouldn’t even touch the airflow). But at 50mm wide, a full airfoil with a normal ratio would have to be 150-200mm deep, causing too much surface drag. So we square off the tail, keeping most of the aero performance with a 50x75mm cross section that is also close to perfect for strength and stiffness; our Sqaero shape. The wide downtube also effectively shields the water bottles.

We also use Sqaero on the headtube, seattube, seatstays and seatpost.

GRAVELPLUS: FIT ROAD, GRAVEL & MTB TIRES

GRAVELPLUS

The Exploro is designed to fit road, cross and even mountain bike tires following the GravelPlus standard. The road and cross tires are 700c, the mountain bike tires use the 650b size, ensuring that all of these have virtually the same overall wheel diameter and therefore the same predictable handling. For 700c, we recommend our 3T Discus wheels, for 650b our 3T DiscusPlus wheels.

REALFAST

Exploro

Why is aerodynamics important on allroad (asphalt, gravel, fire roads, single track) rides?

  • You may go slow off-road, but on the connecting asphalt sections you need road riding speed.
  • If you’re slow because of gradients, aero doesn’t matter much. But if it's due to head- or crosswinds, you're slow relative to the ground but very fast relative to the air and that’s what determines the resistance you experience (that’s exactly why you’re slow).
  • The Exploro is also a great road bike in its own right. When using it for fast paved (group) rides, any aero benefit is appreciated.

We didn’t want the Exploro to be fast in theory, but in the real world. So we tested at a realistic 20mph (32kmh) instead of the standard 30mph (48kmh) and optimized the frame for water bottles (tough to do long, epic rides without). We even designed the Sqaero shape to work well when covered in mud! The result? A muddy Exploro with 40mm knobby gravel tires and 2 water bottles (red line in the graph) is faster than the equivalent clean round tube bike is with 28mm slick road tires and without bottles (grey line).

SQAERO

Exploro

The key to the Exploro’s speed is the aero downtube that is wide enough to catch the airflow coming off the big front tire (a skinny downtube wouldn’t even touch the airflow). But at 50mm wide, a full airfoil with a normal ratio would have to be 150-200mm deep, causing too much surface drag. So we square off the tail, keeping most of the aero performance with a 50x75mm cross section that is also close to perfect for strength and stiffness; our Sqaero shape. The wide downtube also effectively shields the water bottles.

We also use Sqaero on the headtube, seattube, seatstays and seatpost.

DESIGN IS IN THE DETAILS

Exploro

CLEAN PERFORMANCE: Internal cables, hoses and seatpost clamp clean up the frame aerodynamically and visually. Dedicated FlipTop cable guides are future-proof with in mechanical & electronic versions for single & double chainrings.

Exploro

HANG LOOSE HANGER: Mounting a rear wheel with disc brake can be a pain, we make it easy. Forget the derailleur, focus on the disc, put the wheel in, slide thru the axle and hang the derailleur back with the wheel already securely in place.

Exploro

ATTACHMENT ANCHORS: Attach a small toptube bag onto the frame without using straps which may interfere with your knees. Several bag manufacturers make toptube bags in different sizes following this standard.

Exploro

CHECKPOINT CHARLIE: For mechanical efficiency and safety, both seatpost and seattube have a minimum insertion. The Checkpoint ensures you insert the Charlie seatpost far enough into the seattube.

Exploro

FLATMOUNT BRAKES: Let’s be clear, this is not a big deal. Post mount disc brakes work perfectly well, but the industry slowly moves to flatmount and that’s fine too. We’ll save our energy for a battle that actuall matters.

Exploro

SEATPOST EXPANDER: The original Exploro has a beautiful hidden expander, but a top-mounted expander is a bit more user-friendly so just like on the Strada, we now offer this design on the Exploro.

Specs

Frame 3T Exploro Team Edition
Fork 3T Fango LTD for 12mm axle
Headset Integrated tapered IS42/28.6 | IS52/40
Rear Shock n/a
Rims/Wheels 3T Discus Plus C25 PRO 650b (24mm internal width)
Hubs 100x12mm Front | 142x12mm Rear
Tires Panaracer GRAVELKING SK 650B x 48mm (27.5" x 1.90")
Crankset SRAM Force1 XSYNC
Chainwheel SRAM Force XSYNC, 44T
Bottom Bracket BB386EVO for SRAM PF30/86
Chain SRAM 11-speed XX1 Powerchain® II with PowerLock® connecting linkSRAM 11-speed XX1 Powerchain® II with PowerLock® connecting link
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM Force CX1 Type 2.1 Medium Cage
Rear Cogs SRAM 11-speed PowerGlide™ 11-42T with JET™ black finish
Shifters SRAM Force CX1 Hydraulic DoubleTap
Handlebars 3T Superghiaia Team Stealth
Stem 3T Apto Team Stealth
Brake Levers SRAM Force HRD
Brakes SRAM Force HRD Hydraulic Disc w/ SRAM 160mm Centerlock rotor Front & Rear
Pedals N/A
Saddle Selle San Marco Mantra Open-Fit Dynamic Carbon Fiber reinforced with Microfeel covered Biofoam
Seat Post 3T
Color(s) white, grey, red
Sizes Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large
Weight coming soon...

* Subject to change without notice.

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