Le 3T exploro permet de rouler sur toutes les surfaces.

3T Exploro 2022 range: Freedom and Speed

In 2016, 3T shook up the bike world with the first Gravel-Aero. Designed by Gerard Vroomen, former design director at Cervélo, as a bike for "go slow faster," meaning a bike that is as fast as a road bike but performs so well that it can be ridden anywhere. As Gerard Vroomen says: "When cycling started, all road cycling was in fact Gravel so there's nothing that new. For us, Exploro is about getting back to experiencing the great outdoors, it's about freedom, it's about going places you might not otherwise go and exploring your surroundings."
3T Exploro RaceMax in its natural environment

3T Exploro RaceMax in its natural environment - Photo: feedthehabit.com

But what does that mean, a Gravel bike Aero ? Is it simply a road bike with wider tires or a Gravel that can also ride well on the road? This article answers these questions by reviewing the Exploro and the current lineup, their differences, their features and why it will be your next adventure partner.

The first aerodynamic Gravel bike

When it was first launched, many in the bike world considered the Exploro to be simply designed to keep up with market trends, while the Gravel was starting rather than to come up with a revolutionary design. However, these claims were quickly dismissed when people started trying it out.

The 3T Exploro looks incredibly powerful and brims with confidence with its massive tires, a carbon fork fork and a high-profile frame. The frame's gracefully flowing tubes create a distinctive silhouette, but this bike isn't just beautiful. The Exploro is an absolute blast on the trails, a bike that will let you put your head down and go fast as well as participate in big events. That said, as with any other bike, the Exploro will only reveal its full capabilities if you have theright tires
You won't always have dirt roads next to you, so chances are you'll have to spend some time on asphalt, and the Exploro handles like a road bike in this situation. After all, the Exploro is the first aerodynamic Gravel bike. So let's talk about it.
The Exploro features what 3T calls Sqaero tube profiles, which means you have a leading edge designed for aerodynamics with a square rear section. The airflow essentially behaves as if the airfoil had a long tapered tail. In addition to reducing drag, this profile is designed to provide strength and stiffness without making the frame too difficult to handle in crosswinds.
The Exploro's geometry is designed for a fast, comfortable ride - more like a road or cyclocross position than a mountain bike. Your riding position will always make more difference to the overall aerodynamics (of the bike and rider) than any tube shape or frame feature, so it makes sense for 3T to offer an aggressive configuration.
For a bike like this, the groupsets should also be aligned with the quality offered. In the case of the Exploro, there is something for everyone. You can choose between a group electronic or mechanical SRAM Rival or Force single or double chainring, Shimano GRX or Campagnolo Ekar 13 speed single chainring. And the options don't stop there, as you can use a high-end SRAM Eagle XX1 MTB rear derailleur with a Force group to be able to climb and descend on more technical routes.

The Exploro 3T 2022 range

6 years after the release of the first Exploro, the Italian bike manufacturer 3T continues to expand its product line in 2022.

Exploro Team and Pro:

The world's first aerodynamic Gravel bike continues its momentum in 2022 with two different models: the Exploro Pro and the Exploro Team. Both use a similar high modulus unidirectional carbon fiber frame and 3T's own Fango fork.

The main difference between the two models is in the components offered. The Exploro Pro is more entry level with a mechanical groupset, while the Exploro Team comes standard with an electronic groupset and larger tires.

See the entire Exploro Team range at The Cyclist House
Exploro RaceMax:

The evolved version of the bike that started it all, the Exploro RaceMax is for riders who want the speed of a road bike, no matter the surface. With a cutaway rear wheel, narrower head tube and streamlined frame tubes, the Exploro RaceMax is designed to be fast in all conditions.

The RaceMax range is equipped with Campagnolo Ekar 13-speed groupsets, but each frame can be built in two options: Race for pure speed and Max for off-road.

In Race mode, the frame can be optimized for tires with a width of between 35 and 42 millimeters. In Max mode, the frame can be optimized for tires up to 61 mm wide by simply fitting 650b wheels.

See the entire Exploro RaceMax line at The Cyclist House
Exploro RaceMax Boost:

Take what's already great, like a 3T Exploro RaceMax, the most aerodynamic Gravel frame available, try putting a battery in it without changing anything about the shape or performance, and get something truly exceptional: the Exploro RaceMax Boost,the electric version of the Exploro.
With its custom Mahle Ebikemotion X35 system, the 3T Exploro RaceMax Boost electric bike is perfect for trails and off-roading. It's light and strong, agile and stable, fast and fun. The RaceMax Boost uses the same frame as the RaceMax; all the electronics fit neatly inside without the need for bulky tubes or visible cables. This makes the RaceMax Boost a great ally for extending your adventures.
3T's goal was to maintain the fun and fluidity of a fast, agile gravel bike. That means the pedal assist system has to be very light, offer a very smooth build-up of power, and not be a pain when it's turned off. If you're looking for extra assistance on the climbs or a little extra power to keep up with your friends, the Exploro RaceMax Boost is definitely for you.

See the 3T Exploro RaceMax Boost at The Cyclist House
Now that you've got all the tools you need to choose your perfect adventure companion, head on over to our3T collection collection to go through them with a fine-tooth comb. It's safe to say your companion adventure companion and long trips awaits you!

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