The Exploro is designed to fit road, cross and even mountain bike tires following the GravelPlus standard. The road and cross tires are 700c, the mountain bike tires use the 650b size, ensuring that all of these have virtually the same overall wheel diameter and therefore the same predictable handling.The Exploro is three bikes in one.
With road wheels and tires, the Exploro is a very fast aero road bike.
Switch to monster 2.1” (54mm) mountain bike tires to conquer the toughest terrain.
Stay with a medium-sized tire to mix on- and off-road segments on your rides.
Why is aerodynamics important on allroad (asphalt, gravel, fire roads, single track) rides?
3T didn't want the Exploro to be fast in theory, but in the real world. So they tested it 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 tires 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 tire (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 we square off the tail, keeping most of the aero performance with a 50x75mm cross section that is also close to perfect for strength and stiffness; our Sqaero shape. The wide downtube also effectively shields the water bottle
CHECKPOINT CHARLIE: For mechanical efficiency and safety, both seatpost and seattube have a minimum insertion. The Checkpoint ensures you insert the Charlie seatpost far enough into the seattube.
FLATMOUNT BRAKES: Let’s be clear, this is not a big deal. Post mount disc brakes work perfectly well, but the industry slowly moves to flatmount and that’s fine too. We’ll save our energy for a battle that actually matters.
|Frame||Exploro Flatmount TEAM|
|Frame color||Racing Green Special Edition|
|Black/White Special Edition|
|Fork||3T FANGO Team flatmount disk brake w/12mm thru axle|
|3T Handlebar||Superergo Pro|
|Headset||3T Exploro sealed 1.125 - 1.5"|
|Shifters||SRAM Force CX1 Hydraulic DoubleTap|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM Force CX1 Type 2.1 Medium Cage|
|Crankset||SRAM Quarq Ready Alloy GXP|
|Chainring||SRAM Force XSYNC, 42T|
|Bottom Bracket||BB386EVO for SRAM GXP|
|Chain||SRAM 11-speed XX1 Powerchain® II with PowerLock® connecting linkSRAM 11-speed XX1 Powerchain® II with PowerLock® connecting link|
|Freewheel / Cassette||SRAM 11-speed PowerGlide™ 11-42T with JET™ black finish|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Force HRD|
|Front Brake||SRAM Force HRD Hydraulic Disc w/ SRAM 160mm Centerlock rotor|
|Rear Brake||SRAM Force HRD Hydraulic Disc w/ SRAM 160mm Centerlock rotor|
|Cables||SRAM Hydraulic brake & derailleur with SRAM sealed housing and Jagwire clable clips|
|Rims / Wheelset||Discus Plus C25 PRO 650b (24mm internal width) 100x12mm Front, 142x12mm Rear|
|Tires||WTB Byway Black|
|Accessories||Cable clip, sealed ferrules, Maxxis Superlight inner tubes, reflector kit|