The 3T Exploro has become well known within the gravel riding world for the simple fact that it's the only true fully aerodyanmic gravel bike there is and the Team edition is one of the top models around. Created to be fast, furious and a whole lot of fun, the Exploro Team speaks for itself out on the trails. Here at the Tristore we are offering a demo ride with our currently in stock Large, allowing you to experience the thrill of the Exploro Team for yourself. Another great feature of the Exploro is it's ability to take road, cross and mountain bike tyres, opening you up to a wide variety of riding and exploring options, keeping your training well varied. This Exploro Team comes with WTB Horizon 650bx47c Road TCS tyres and Fulcrum Racing 7 DB wheels as standard, ready to tackle the terrain of the trails. To ensure 3T's design wasn't just impressive in the lab, 3T used realistic conditions including using a more common speed of 20mph rather than 30mph as well as fully mounting water bottles and even throwing in some mud to get a true idea of how to shape the Exploro Team. This allowed the 3T to create a gravel bike that'll ride faster with 40mm bobbly gravel tyres than on a clean, round tube bike that's fitted with 28mm slick road tyres and no water bottles. To finish off a smart ride, 3T equipped the Exploro Team with a Force eTap AXS groupset and hydraulic disc brakes to provide you with a superior riding experience out on the trails all day long.
The Exploro is designed to fit road, cross and even mountain bike tyres following the GravelPlus standard. The road and cross tyres are 700c, the mountain bike tyres use the 650b size, ensuring that all of these have virtually the same overall wheel diameter and therefore the same predictable handling. 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.
Fast & Aero
3T didn’t want the Exploro to be fast in theory, but in the real world. So they 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). 3T even designed the Sqaero shape to work well when covered in mud! The result? A muddy Exploro with 40mm knobby gravel tyres and 2 water bottles is faster than the equivalent clean round tube bike is with 28mm slick road tires and without bottles.
The key to the Exploro’s speed is the aero downtube that is wide enough to catch the airflow coming off the big front tyre (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 3T squared off the tail, keeping most of the aero performance with a 50x75mm cross section that is also close to perfect for strength and stiffness; their Sqaero shape. The wide downtube also effectively shields the water bottles.
Frame - Exploro TEAM, Unidirectional pre-preg carbon, High-modulus/high-strength performance blend layup
Fork - 3T Fango TEAM
Headset - Sealed cartridge 1.125" - 1.5"
Front & Rear Wheel - Fulcrum Racing 7 DB with DRP double-seal hubs, 650b, tubeless ready (upgrade to 3T DiscusPlus i28 possible)
Front & Rear Tyres - WTB Horizon 650bx47c Road TCS (tanwall)
Crankset - Sram Force AXS, 42T chainring (S: 165mm - M: 170mm - L: 172,5mm - XL: 175mm)
Rear Derailleur - Eagle XX1 AXS Long Cage
Cassette - 12-speed Eagle, 11-50T
Shifters - Sram Force AXS eTap
Brake Caliper - Sram Force AXS eTap
Brake Rotors - Sram Force AXS Hydraulic Disc w/ Sram 160mm Centerlock rotor
Handlebar - 3T Aeroghiaia LTD carbon (S: 40cm M, L: 42cm - XL: 44cm)
Stem - 3T Apto Stealth (S: 80cm M: 90mm L: 100mm - XL: 110mm)
Saddle - Fizik Argo Tempo R5