3T is making a more concerted push into the mountain bike market for the coming season, with all-new handlebar and stem options and even a rigid carbon fibre fork. The company hasn’t ignored the road market, however, and has two new aero drop bars too.
The common theme across 3T’s new mountain bike handlebars is additional width – both their flat and riser models measure up to 740mm across. Riser bars also feature very short tapered sections with long sections of constant-diameter ends to provide extra room for mounting controls.
3T will have options in both carbon fibre and aluminium, with the lightest bars coming in well under 200g.
Accompanying the new bars is a new MTB-focused stem, built with forged aluminium construction, a two-bolt steerer clamp, and a wide four-bolt faceplate.
3T’s new range of mountain bike bars
3T will even offer a new carbon fibre rigid fork, which we suspect will mostly appeal to singlespeeders. Its asymmetric construction is designed to maintain stability under braking, while the thru-axle dropouts should further help tie things together. Post mounts are sized for 160mm dropouts and the carbon fibre steerers will come in 1 1/8 to 1 1/2in only.
3T’s carbon fibre rigid fork with asymmetric construction
Road riders will get two new aero drop bars for the coming season. The new Aeronova uses semi-anatomic drops with a short 104mm reach, shallow 127mm drop, and 6-degree outward flare. These are paired with forward-swept, aero-section tops that are designed to cut through the air.
3T Aeronova bars
3T has shaped the tops to provide a surprisingly ergonomically friendly grip too, while internal cable routing will allow riders to run with partial tape jobs if desired.
Riders who prefer a more aggressive bend can instead go with the Aerotundo model, which uses the same aero-section tops but traditionally shaped lower sections with a deep 139mm drop and 113mm reach.
3T Aerotundo bars
Claimed weight for both the Aeronova and Aerotundo bars is 205g in top-end LTD trim.