This article first appeared on Cyclingnews.
Switching from Ridley bikes to the unusual 3T Strada for the 2018 season, UK-based custom paint specialists Fat Creations unveiled Warbasse's frameset, which commemorates his national title, back in January.
The 3T Strada is only available with a 1x drivetrain system and disc brakes, with Aqua Blue Sport the only team in the top two rungs of cycling (WorldTour or Pro Continental) that has adopted the technology exclusively.
The decision was met with some criticism when announced, and while complications are associated with the drivetrain components, team riders have suggested the technology has been costing the team results.
As the frame can only take 1x drivetrain components, options are limited. At last week's Tour de Suisse — where Warbasse's bike was photographed — Mark Christian, who also rides for Aqua Blue Sport, complained that a mechanical cost the British rider the best result of his career after a suspected rear derailleur failure.
The frameset is paired with a mechanical SRAM Force groupset, and SRAM also provides the hydraulic disc brakes and levers. A SRAM Force 1 rear derailleur includes a clutch system to reduce chain slack.
Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at Larry Warbasse's custom 3T Strada.
- Frame: 3T Strada Team in custom colours for US national road race champion
- Fork: 3T Fundi Team in custom colours for US national road race champion
- Front brake: SRAM Force hydraulic disc with 160mm rotors
- Rear brake: SRAM Force hydraulic disc with 160mm rotors
- Brake/shift levers: SRAM Force HRD Shift-Brake control
- Front derailleur: N/A
- Rear derailleur: SRAM Force 1 Rear Derailleur
- Cassette: 3T, 9-32t
- Crankset: Quarq power meter with SRAM 44t chainring
- Wheelset: 3T Discus C60
- Tyres: Pirelli P Zero Velo
- Handlebars: 3T, 400mm
- Stem: 3T ARX Team, 130mm 6-degrees
- Pedals: Speedplay
- Saddle: Selle San Marco Shortfit
- Seatpost: 3T Charlie Sqaero Strada
- Bottle cages: Elite Vico Carbon
- Rider height: 1.83m
- Saddle height (from bottom bracket centre to saddle top): 750mm
- Tip of saddle nose to centre of bars: 615mm