3T Strada Pro Aero Disc Carbon Road Bike 2019
2019 3T Strada Pro Aero Disc Bike
The 3T Strada is the road bike everyone is talking about; and for good reason! For the Strada 3T threw out the rule book, totally reinventing the aero road bike from scratch.
But 'Aero Road' doesn't do it justice, as it's not just extremely aero but also considerably more comfortable than other aero road bikes on the market. How have 3T managed to engineer a road bike that can be both? The key elements are tyre size optimisation, a lightbulb moment designing new aero profiles and shapes and a totally new approach to the specification of the drivetrain. Wide Tyre Optimisation The biggest factor in road bike comfort are the tyres, providing more compliance than any other part of the bike.
Wider tyres are better at reducing shocks from rough surfaces, cobbles and potholes as well as benefiting from lower rolling resistance. Traditionally wider tyres have heeded poor test results in the wind tunnel, however this has only been the case in instances where they are combined with frames and parts that were originally optimised for narrow tyres. The 3T Strada is the first aero road frame designed specifically around the properties of a wider 28mm tyre with geometry, angles and tube profiles all carefully designed and constructed to blend seamlessly around the profile of a wider tyre.
1 x Aero Drivetrain In the evolution of aero road bike design the performance of the drivetrain has never really been addressed. 3T identified that the bottom bracket area of most aero road frames combined with the frame, crank, chainrings, front derailleur, water bottles and rider's legs cause the most drag in wind tunnel tests. Speccing a single ring drivetrain eliminates the need for a front derailleur and an additional chainring, significantly reducing frontal area and creating more space for better airflow while freeing up the design of the Strada's seat tube allowing the designers to further shield the year wheel within the frame.
Careful specification of a single chainring and wide-ratio cassette will provide you with all the gears you need so you won't be spinning out on the downhills or running out of gears on steep hills.
Frameset Frame: UD Carbon Disc, 142x12 Axle Fork: Fundi Pro Carbon, 12x100 Axle Wheels Wheels: 3T Discus C35 Pro - 700c Tyres: Pirelli P Zero - 700x25c Drivetrain Gear/Brake Levers: Sram Force CX1 Hydro - 11 Speed Front Derailleur: N/A Rear Derailleur: Force CX1 Type 2.1 Chainset: Sram Quarq (Power Ready) - 50T Cassette: Sram - 11/36T Chain: Sram - 11 Speed Pedals: Not included Components Saddle: San Marco Aspide 2 Seatpost: 3T Strada Handlebars: 3T Aeronova Team Stealth Carbon Stem: 3T Apto Pro Disc calipers: Sram Force Flat Mount... more details.
|Strada Pro Aero Bike Specification|
|Bike Type||Road Bikes|
|Road Bikes Type||11 speed, Disc, Single Chainring|
|Number of Gears||11 Speed|
|Size||S, M, L|
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3T Road Bikes
3T is a brand synonymous with lightweight road cycling components, such as stems, bars and seatposts. Founded in 1961, 3T (Tecnologia del Tubo Torino - or Turin Tube Technology) was initially named 3TTT, and is situated near Milano in a city called Bergamo, in Northern Italy. As the name suggests, initially their products were made with metal - steel to be precise - as the founder Mario Dedioniggi specialised in working with this material. By 1970, steel was replaced by the increasingly popular alloy, in order to save weight without sacrificing performance. 5 years later the famous Superleggera handlebar was born, weighing just 250g, which at the time was believed to be the lightest handlebar on the market. It was constructed from 7075 aluminium alloy, which was usually reserved for aerospace industries.
Over the years 3T has provided components for victorious Tour de France, Olympic, World Championships and successful World Hour Record attempts. In 1984 Moser pushed past the 50km barrier in his hour attempt using a 3T bar, eventually setting a new record of 51.151km. In recent years Ryder Hesjedal won the 2013 Giro d'Italia on a 3T equipped bike. In the MTB world, Nicolas Vouilloz won his 3rd Downhill World Championships whilst riding with a 3T bar. Nowadays 3T produce components in carbon fibre, as well as having cheaper lightweight alloy ranges for those on a budget. For more information on 3T's products, please visit their website, or view their history page. Alternatively you can find more information on the Italian company on their Wikipedia entry.