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.
Frame: UD Carbon Disc, 142x12 Axle
Fork: Fundi Pro Carbon, 12x100 Axle
Wheels: 3T Discus C35 Pro - 700c
Tyres: Pirelli P Zero - 700x25c
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
Saddle: San Marco Aspide 2
Seatpost: 3T Strada
Handlebars: 3T Aeronova Team Stealth Carbon
Stem: 3T Apto Pro
Disc calipers: Sram Force Flat Mount
Please Note: The current build time for bikes can be found at the checkout.
Mr Leelovely bike, ride so smooth
Mr LiukkonenExcellent bike, great design, delivery fast pretty dast, assembly was ok, bar tape had to be installed, front brake gives headache.
RichardI have wanted one of these for a while, and at this prices an absolute steal. I love the geometry of the frame, I am 6"5" tall, and the XL is perfect. The sram one system is a real bonus, although i will try and sneak a 42-11 cassette on the back for cycling hills and mountains. The wheels are very good, it handles beautifully, altogether a great buy and a real bargain.
CharlieFantastic bike, good gearing and great price.
Dr MorrisAbsolutely wonderful bike
Mr PriceIncredible bike, Rolls smooth, freewheels for days. As comfortable a road bike as any I’ve ridden. Massively impressed
MichaelLove it ! Absolutely beautiful bike.... fit and finish is perfect. Handles well and is very fast. Highly recommend this bike
GregBeautiful bike. Just took it for a spin around the block and the shifting is spot on. The Seatpost to saddle interface takes a careful eye to torque down correctly. Super good price on this beautiful piece of art. The blue is metallic, just stunning. Very happy with the purchase and shipping to USA.
Mr LawrenceThere aren`t enough stars for how much I love this bike! Choosing gearing is pretty important for this bike so I've picked up a couple of chain rings and a spare casette. Fast, efficient, comfortable and most importantly fun!