3T Strada Team Replica Aero Road Bike
3T Strada Team Replica 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 Team Carbon - 700c
- Tyres: Continental GP4000S II - 700c
- 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: The current build time for bikes can be found at the checkout.
Mr Delahaye great bike delivered next day boxed up and wrapped well easy to make up seat wheel and handle bars just needed fitting very pleased with purchase slight change on parts supplied than as advertised saddle is fabric rear cassette is 11/36 tyre came as 25mm pzero
Andy I’ve just received the bike and using this to update the spec I received vs what was advertised as it is different (in a good way). Rear cassette was 11-36 (good and would have replaced if 11-32), bar tape is Zipp service corsa (good), tyres conti GP5000 in 25mm (good as concerned actual size of 28mm would cause frame damage), saddle is a Fabric shallow race line (undecided), rear deraillier has a type 3 clutch (good). As a pedantic engineer I’d say build is very good and packaging spot on to remove risk of damage. First impressions are excellent. Colour looks better in person than the picture, top notch components and as someone who regularly rides 1x11 CX on the road I have no doubt it will be brilliant once I’ve refined the bike fit. Very happy as this is a bike I didn’t expect to be able to afford to own. Hope these points help with your decision.
Mr Bozcivit Thank you Merlin for best price and service. it is great bike, very comfortable and aero.
Robby So the rain has conspired against me riding this amazing machine yet (would you want to get your dream bike wet?), but I can tell you that it just looks fast, sitting in my bedroom. It’s absolutely gorgeous and much lighter than I expected. It came well packed in simple cardboard and bubble and everything arrived intact and as ordered. I’m really looking forward to getting a dry day to try her out!
Mr Ison Brilliant service with the bike being delivered when I asked, bike build was superb with only the handle bars to put on and seat post to instal. First ride was brilliant with no teething issues, shifting was good etc. Excellent bike at great value and spec better than I thought.
Pedro Great bike! The bike is fast by nature and all the equipment is very good. I wasn't expecting that it would be so comfortable. Perfect.