More than a Gravel bike the Exploro is a road bike when fit with road tires. The Exploro is the closest thing on the road to the one bike that does it all.
It's aero quality's make it as fast and maybe faster than most road bikes. It's super high mod carbon makes it as light and stiff as the best road bikes as well. Add the ability to run 650b and 700c x 40mm gravel tires and this one bike is like no other.
Why is aerodynamics important on allroad (asphalt, gravel, fire roads, single track) rides?
- You may go slow off-road, but on the connecting asphalt sections you need road riding speed.
- If you’re slow because of gradients, aero doesn’t matter much. But if it's due to head- or crosswinds, you're slow relative to the ground but very fast relative to the air and that’s what determines the resistance you experience (that’s exactly why you’re slow).
- The Exploro is also a great road bike in its own right. When using it for fast paved (group) rides, any aero benefit is appreciated.
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). They even designed the Sqaero shape to work well when covered in mud! The result? A muddy Exploro with 40mm knobby gravel tires and 2 water bottles (red line in the graph) is faster than the equivalent clean round tube bike is with 28mm slick road tires and without bottles (grey line).
|Frame||Exploro Flatmount LTD|
|Frame color||Stealth black|
|Fork||3T FANGO LTD flatmount disk brake w/12mm thru axle|
|Stem||Apto Team Stealth|
|Handlebar||Superergo Team Stealth|
|Headset||IS 42/28.6 I IS 52/40 Upper: 41.8 SSC (1-1/8) Lower: 51.9 SSC (1-1/2) alloy TC 8.3mm, no crown race|
|Shifters and Brake Levers||Sram RED eTap AXS|
|Rear Derailleur||Sram RED eTap AXS|
|Front Derailleur||Sram RED eTap AXS braze-on|
|Crankset||Sram RED eTap Dub|
|Chainring||Sram RED eTap 46-33T|
|Bottom Bracket||Sram Dub BB386|
|Chain||Sram RED 12 speed|
|Freewheel / Cassette||Sram XDR Driver Body / XG 1290 10-28T 12 speed|
|Front Brake||Sram RED Flat Mount Hydraulic Disc w/ Sram CenterlineX 160mm Centerlock rotor|
|Rear Brake||Sram RED Flat Mount Hydraulic Disc w/ Sram CenterlineX 160mm Centerlock rotor|
|Cables||Sram Hydraulic brake & derailleur with Sram sealed housing|
|Saddle||Sella San Marco Aspide 2 Full Fit Dynamic Narrow 2018 277mm x 132mm|
|Rims / Wheelset||Discus C45 LTD (700c)|
|Spokes||Sapim CX Ray Straight pull, stainless steel, black finish, double butted, 24F/24R|
|Tires||WTB Riddler 700x37C|
|Accessories||3T bottle cage, user manual, eTap charger, rim stripes, reflector kits, transparent protector, spoke protector, tubeless valve stemt|