Coming in at a more affordable price than its LTD counterpart, the Exploro Team frame only carries about a 200 gram weight penalty (with much of that being in the paint). This places it in the weight realm of other bikes such as the Open Cycle U.P. while bending genres as an aerodynamic gravel bike.
GO SLOW FASTER:the best gravel rides are long and grueling, so saving a few Watts is very welcome. Enter our Sqaero shapes, squared-off aero shapes that are structurally efficient and fast. Sqaero shapes offer RealFast aerodynamics; they are faster not only under perfect conditions but also in the real world. Even when co vered by mud and muck.
THAT'S RIGHT our Sqaero shapes are designed to be as fast dirty as they are clean. The Exploro uses Sqaero 50/25, with a 50mm wide downtube perfect to pick up the airflow coming off a wider cross or mtb front tire and lead it on to the water bottles. The seattube is 25mm wide to make it aerodynamically disappear in-between the bottles and the rear tire. The headtube, seatstays and custom seatpost also use Sqaero shapes.
Our Realfast approach means we design for bikes in the real world, with bottles, covered in mud, and for realistic speeds. And then we test them that way too, not at 30mph (48kmh) or but at 20mph (32kmh) for the Exploro. The Exploro saves 7 Watts over the equivalent round tube frame (same tube widths, same frame details, same components), or 24 Watts at 30 mph if your mind is still set to that speed. Put more succinctly, an Exploro with 40mm knobby cross/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). So with the Exploro you are up-to-speed on-road, and leave everybody in the dust off-road.
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. For 700c, we recommend our 3T Discus wheels, for 650b our 3T DiscusPlus wheels.
Exploro offers the most responsive ride ever on gravel thanks to its super compact performance gravel geometry: short 415mm chainstays and agile, steering ensure phenomenal acceleration and grip on loose dirt as well as asphalt.
Internal cables, hoses and seatpost clamp clean up the frame aerodynamically and visually. The FlipTop cable guide on the toptube comes in several versions to allow for mechanical and electronic shifting, with single or double chainrings. For mechanical shifting, the Exploro uses full housing through the frame to completely the cables from any dirt or debris.
Hang Loose Hanger rear derailleur detaches from the frame when the rear wheel is removed, making it a lot easier to re-install the rear wheel after a repair in the field without wrestling with the chain. With the rear wheel back in place, simply remount the derailleur hanger and tighten the thru axle.
|FRAME SIZES||S - M - L - XL|
|FORK||3T Luteus II LTD3T Luteus II TEAM 15mm thru axle (included)|
|CHAINRING FIT||Max inner ring: 36T
Max outer ring: 50T
Max single ring (offset ring): 46T
Max single ring (flat ring): 50T
The above applies to round rings, oval rings come in various shapes and need to be measured individually.
|HEADSET||Integrated tapered IS42/28.6 | IS52/40|
|SEATPOST||3T Charlie Sqaero|
|REAR AXLE||142X12mm thru axle|
|REAR BRAKE||Post mount for 160mm disc|
|CABLE ROUTING||Internal via interchangeable FlipTop covers for 1x10/11, 2x10/11, Di2, eTap|
|BAG MOUNT||100mm front-post-to-bearing-bore-edge|
|INCL. IN BOX||Frame, fork, seatpost, seatpost internal clamp, front thru axle, 1 front and 2 rear derailleur hangers, front derailleur cable liner, noise-cancelling foam sleeve for rear derailleur housing and brake hose|