The news has broken and details have been released about the new 12-speed SRAM Red eTap AXS groupsets, and boundary-pushing bike manufacturer 3T has announced all three of its frame models are available with the new groupset.
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The 3T Strada, Strada Due and Exploro are now all available to purchase as full builds with the SRAM Red eTap AXS HRD and all priced at £8,990.
3T has made headlines with its bikes since the inception of its framesets. The first frameset from the brand was the gravel-focused Exploro, which addressed stiffness, weight, comfort and aerodynamics in a discipline where some aspects are overlooked.
Next came the 1X-only, disc brake-only, road-focused 3T Strada, which caused controversy in professional cycling with a string of stories arising through Aqua Blue Sport’s adoption of the bike for the 2018 — ultimately the team’s last — season.
3T is one of the launch partners for the new groupset from SRAM, alongside new bike build options from Specialized, Orbea and BMC.
3T’s 1x options should benefit most from the new groupset. 1x 11-speed setups have always offered the same gear range as traditional 2x road setups at the cost of larger gear jumps on the cassette. The extra cog will go some way in combatting this and alongside the improved shifting will result in a more refined ride for 1x riding and could prove the final piece of the puzzle for many.
Gerard Vroomen (former engineer and founder of Cérvelo) who now heads up 3T said on the launch that he doesn’t want 3T to be known as a 1x specialist but purely for getting more people out riding his bikes and enjoying it.
Despite the added benefits of 1x 12-speed, the 3T Exploro is currently only available in the 2x iteration of the groupset as a full build.
3T Strada, Strada Due and Exploro 2019 specs
3T Strada Team SRAM RED eTap AXS
The 3T Strada TeamJosh Evans/Immediate Media
Frameset: 3T Strada Team
Front brake: SRAM Red Flat Mount Hydraulic Disc, 160mm rotor
Rear brake: SRAM Red Flat Mount Hydraulic Disc, 160mm rotor