3T Exploro Team Frameset
3T takes the Exploro Team and LTD out of the same molds. The differences are the carbon plies, the paint, and the cost. They use simpler carbon fiber and more paint to yield a bike that weighs only 20..
- Brands 3T
- Product Code: RAUP-002
- Availability: In Stock
3T takes the Exploro Team and LTD out of the same molds. The differences are the carbon plies, the paint, and the cost. They use simpler carbon fiber and more paint to yield a bike that weighs only 200g more and a much better bargain. The paint itself is about half the weight difference. Likewise, the Luteus II fork is the Team edition, and the same basic differences hold-same mold, simpler carbon, more paint. Otherwise, the two versions are identical.
The Exploro is an everything aero road bike, though it leans in the gravel-grinder direction. Because of this, it has been built around the GravelPlus wheel standard and disc brakes. That means you can run either 650b or 700c wheels, depending on what you have and how you want the bike to ride.
Where the bike really distinguishes itself is in the ride. They thought of geometry and sizing in road bike terms. For the most part, what you ride for a standard road bike should be your size here, just base it on the stack and reach measurements. The seat angle is 72.5-degrees and the seatpost has zero setback. This is a “neutral” position, as it’s where you put your saddle that matters. The seatstays are a tight 415mm, which keeps the rear wheel tucked underneath for excellent stiffness and acceleration (they’re able to fit road cranks and fat tires thanks to the dropped right stay). The bottom bracket drop is 70mm for stability. The front end has a more relaxed angle than is typical for road bikes and is married to a 50mm rake. They kept the trail in check and increased the front-center to minimize toe-clip overlap and improve low-speed stability. In terms of comfort, while the downtube is huge, the bb juncture massive, and the fork legs sturdy, the ride is pretty comfy. That’s thanks to the large tires, thin seat stays, and truncated seatpost, which also features an elastomer ring around the clamp to damp high-frequency vibrations.
Here’s something to think about with wheel and tire choices. This bike was designed to ride like a road bike when you have 650b wheels with 2.1” tires (max width) installed. Take a second look at the geometry. The 415mm stays are short for a road bike. The stack and reach numbers mimic road bikes. You can get a road-like ride in terms of stiffness and agility even with fat tires installed. 650b gets more attractive for it. 650b is great when you’ve got to contend with lots of dirt and gravel and rough, rough terrain, while the 700c option is gentler stuff, road riding, and even cyclocross-700c tires up to 40mm will fit as well, though they also assume that 28mm is probably about as narrow as you’ll want to go.
The bike comes from the mind of Gerard Vroomen, the brain behind the bikes that put Cervélo on the map. He’s always been a fan of aero, because as long as you’re moving, the wind is always on. The longer you ride, the more aero can add up. The aero downtube is the centerpiece of the aero equation. It is 50mm wide and squared off in back. They call it Sqaero, for square and aero. It keeps the airflow steady off the wide tires as the air transitions from the tires to the frame, and protects the water bottles and effectively hides the 25mm wide Sqaero seat tube from the wind as well. The Sqaero shape is also applied to the head tube, seat stays and seatpost. The result is a savings of seven watts at 20mph, 24 watts at 30mph. And this is practical aero, as it includes water bottles in the numbers. For a contrast, know that the Exploro set up with 700x40mm knobbies and two water bottles is faster than a round-tubed bike with 700x28mm slicks and no bottles. They even tested the bike covered in mud, and the aerodynamics were still excellent. Because they’re so fixated on aero, they have set up three holes for the downtube water bottle mount. Use the lower two if you’re running a single bottle, the upper two if you’re mounting a second bottle on the seat tube.
When you’re setting up the bike to ride, you have maximum flexibility. The front derailleur hanger is removable for single-ring setups. The bottom bracket standard is BB386EVO, so that just about everything can fit. Thanks to the dropped chainstay, you can fit an inner ring of a maximum 36T, a single offset ring up to 46t, and a double outer ring up to 50T. The upper steerer tube is a standard 1 1/8”, but the head tube is tapered with a 1.5”. Headset bearings come with the frameset. The seatpost clamp is the same you’ll find on 3T DiffLoc seatposts: it comes with three sets of caps to fit 7mm round, 7x9mm oval, and 7x10mm oval rails. There are top tube bosses starting at 100mm from the head tube. These can be left empty or any number of bags and bottle mounts can be fixed in place.
Also included with the frameset are a spare rear derailleur hanger, an internal seatpost clamp, a front derailleur cable liner, and a noise-cancelling foam sleeve for the rear derailleur housing and brake hose.
The bike comes with guide lines installed for the cable runs. don’t remove these until you’re ready to install the cables. Use the lines to thread the cables, then housing through the bike. If you’re concerned about the full housing rattling, use the included foam sleeve, cut into pieces to line the inside of the frame tubes. If you’re running Shimano Di2, you can pull the fork and drop the battery in through the downtube opening in the head tube. Let the battery go to the bottom of the downtube before reinstalling the fork.
The 3T Exploro Team’s white paint is so people will know you have no fear about getting dirty.
- Bottom Bracket Type BB386 Evo
- Fork 3T Carbon, 1 1/8" - 1 1/2"
- Frame Material High Modulus Carbon Monocoque
- Front Derailleur Type Braze-On Required
- Headset 1 1/8" - 1 1/2" Integrated
- Seatpost 3T Exploro Carbon