3T Strada Team Aero Road Bike
3T Strada Team Aero Road 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.
- Frame: UD Carbon Disc, 142x12 Axle
- Fork: Fundi Team Carbon, 12x100 Axle
- Wheels: 3T Discus C35 Team Carbon - 700c
- Tyres: Continental GP5000 - 700x28c
- Gear/Brake Levers: Sram Force Hydro R - 11 Speed
- Front Derailleur: N/A
- Rear Derailleur: Sram Force
- Chainset: Sram Quarq (Power Ready) Carbon - 50T
- Cassette: Sram Force- 11/32T
- Chain: Sram XX1 - 11 Speed
- Pedals: Not included
- Saddle: San Marco
- Seatpost: 3T Strada
- Handlebars: 3T Aeronova Team
- Stem: 3T ARX II Team
- Disc calipers: Sram Force Hydo R
Please Note: All of our bikes are built to order and our current build time is 15-20 working days.
Mr Díaz I'm really happy with the bike. It's fast, stiff, light and feels very safe. All the components are top-notch and it makes for a smooth and satisfying ride. To my surprise, the wheels are better than I expected. In the end, an excellent purchase in terms of cost-benefit.
John B One word review - "wow!". This bike is seriously impressive in all respects. Gearing of 36/11 at back and single 50T up front. Absolutely nothing to worry about - and I live on the edge of the Dales. The ratios would be easy to change anyway. More importantly, the 1x system is surprisingly liberating. Definitely helps maintain momentum. I've only ever used Shimano shifters, and the SRAM shifters on this bike are intuitive and great to use! The comfort is 1st class. 28mm Conti GP4000 on deep 3T carbon rims. Long carbon seatpost. Thin seat stays. That comfort allows you to attack rough and buzzy surfaces like you wouldn't believe - this enables you to maintain speed better. Braking is excellent with the SRAM Force discs. Really good! I've lusted after this bike for a long time - and the reality is that it far exceeds expectation. Fast, comfortable, beautiful, easy to use. This bike really does demand to be thrashed from the first pedal turn. The problem is that I get so carried away smashing it, I wear myself out hafway into the ride!! This bike is next-level. Honestly. This from someone who has ridden/owned a few carbon bikes - including Giant Propel and Felt AR. I can't praise it high enough! As for Merlin's service; the bike arrived quicker than anticipated and it was really well packaged. Took me a short time to add handlebars, front wheel and seatpost. Then I was on the road hammering it! Overall am delighted - as you can tell! (FYI, am 6'4" on an XL and it's a great fit)
Paul First decent ride today... much more comfortable than my previous Boardman. 1x11 will take a little getting used to.