DISPLAY BIKE: Strada Team Ekar Grey/Gold
The 3T Strada blew us away. It\'s a truly stunning bike with breathtaking speed, impressive smoothness and fine handling balance. If this is the future, as some people have speculated, we\'re sold. Take our money, 3T. This is one of the most exciting road bikes available right now. Superbike of the Year.
“It doesn’t only meet our traditional expectations of a race bike—responsive, very stiff, quick steering, and light. It is faster, smoother, and better riding overall because of them. The 3T Strada is a bold new paradigm for the road racing bike. Decades from now, you’ll be telling people you were riding when this style of bike was born.”
"It’s rare to test a bike that’s truly different. 3T’s Strada is one of those rarities. Sure, it looks distinctive, but many bikes have a distinct look that’s not necessarily mated to a truly different ride. The Strada is a unique beast not only because of its 1X drivetrain, but also for its approach to aerodynamics.” “With so many distinct advantages, it’s possible we’re witnessing the future of race-bike DNA in the Strada.”
"I’m still not fully on-board with 1x on the road, at least as long as we’ve only got 11 cogs at the back, but I do love innovation and I think 3T deserves praise for going its own way with the Strada (and the Exploro that preceded it). Road cycling is a ridiculously conservative sport that needs brands willing to do things a bit differently, and I’m looking forward to seeing what 3T comes up with next."
"Singularly brilliant? “We have ridden the Strada intensively for several weeks, including several bike marathons. It mostly behaved as one would expect from a modern racing bike: It is very light for a disc-brake bike, its stability is convincing and its aerodynamics are top.” "At the Lake Garda Granfondo, the gearing was sufficient.” 6.7kg with 3T Torno crank & Bailout cassette.
"Unique & forward-thinking”. “The bike is an absolute rocket”. "The bike stands apart as it minimizes, maybe even eliminates, all forms of excess and focuses instead on the essentials of performance.” “We are sure of one thing—Gerard Vroomen may very well have afforded all of us a unique looking-glass into what the future road bike could look like."
"Perhaps the bike’s biggest ride quality will be comfort, especially in the aero road category. We’ve seen a lot of technology thrown at producing comfort in aero road frames, but 3T went for a low tech and incredibly effective strategy – wide tires. Nothing improves comfort and handling like wide tires."
“The Strada looks more like a wacky concept bike than a proven aero endurance ride. But 3T sees fat tires—with their lower rolling resistance and road-smoothing qualities—and simpler, lighter weight 1x drivetrains as the future of road bikes, so it engineered a gorgeous frame with curvy Arcfoil tubes that minimize drag on that setup.”
The biggest factor in road bike comfort are the tires; they provide more compliance than any other part of the bike. Wider tires are better at reducing shocks from cracks, curbs, cobbles and potholes, which is why they are the norm at Paris- Roubaix. Wider tires also have lower rolling resistance, because their shorter contact patch requires less bending by the casing.
In addition, wider tires offer an advantage on long and multi-day rides, reducing the steady drain on a rider’s energy level caused by high-frequency road buzz. But aerodynamics are also important on such rides, and wide tires tend to test poorly in the windtunnel. However, that is to be expected if you test them with frames and parts optimized for narrow tires. The STRADA is the first aero road frame optimized for wider tires, so finally you can be fast and comfortable all the time, from the cobbles to the climbs. All day, every day, with one and the same bike.
The Strada comes in two versions: Strada Due with traditional 2x drivetrains and the original Strada with 1x drivetrains. Here’s why:
With all aero road bike developments of the past 20 years, the drivetrain was never really tackled. So we did. The BB area - with frame, crank, chainrings, front derailleur, water bottles and rider legs - leaves little room for the air to pass through. A single ring drivetrain eliminates the front derailleur and inner ring. Thus it reduces frontal area and creates space for unobstructed air flow. And with modern cassettes (in particular the 3T Overdrive and Bailout), you still have all the gears you need.
Just think about it, 30 years ago we had 12 gears (2x6) of which only 8 were unique (the rest overlapped). Now we’re at 2x11 or even 2x12 but riders barely notice when they upgrade to an extra cog. Sometimes more is not better, it’s just more. 1x gives you the gears you need, the range you need, less complexity, less weight, less drag and less hassle.
For those who love the Strada’s speed and comfort but still prefer electronic 2x drivetrains, we offer the Strada Due compatible with Shimano Di2, SRAM eTap and Campagnolo EPS. So the 1x Strada offers ultimate aerodynamics and comfort while the Strada Due let’s you use any of the major drivetrain brands’ electronic groups with a small aero penalty for the front derailleur and second ring.
As the co-founder/owner of Cervélo, our Head of Design Gerard Vroomen loves aerodynamics. But rather than just theory, he’s interested in real world aerodynamics. So we test at 20mph (32kmh) and 30mph (48kmh), we test with bottles and other “difficult parts” for, we sometimes even test dirty and muddy bikes. But while the aero details of the Strada range stand out, he is proudest that it has started a worldwide trend towards more tire clearance on aero bikes.
Unfortunately such bikes now may have CLEARANCE for 25mm or 28mm tires but they are still aerodynamically OPTIMIZED for much smaller tires. So you pay an aero penalty for bigger tires. What sets the Strada range apart is that it not only fits 28-30mm tires, it is aerodynamically optimized for those widths. Comfort & speed!
Minimalist Crown: Instead of a bulky, unaero crown, we minimize its size. This improves the crown’s aerodynamics and moves the front wheel closer to the downtube, creating a perfect transition for the airflow.
Continuous fiber crown: The integrated carbon bearing race uses a separate ring layup (green), so fibers in the fork crown run more straight from the legs into the steerer for a strong and stiff connection.
Sqaero fork legs: The Sqaero fork airfoil only has a small truncation, perfect to guide the airflow around the front wheel and boost fork stiffness. Different left & right profiles are used to counteract braking forces.
Kinked leg: The Fundi connects all the relevant points (axle, brake mount, crown) the most direct way possible, achieving a low weight and a minimal frontal area with visually striking design.
Integrated adaptor: The Fundi supports flat mount disc brakes with 140/160mm rotors. The disc adaptor to switch between 140 and 160 is completely integrated into the left fork leg shape.
Syntace x-12 thru axle: The best for stiffness and aerodynamically integrated. With practice, you can also remove them quickly. Adding a quick-release to save a second once in a blue moon would make no sense.
MAGNUS AT THE CLASSICS: 2004 Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt and his daughter Elynor ride the cobbles of Roubaix, the Kapelmuur and the Mur de Huy.
MAGNUS REVISITS 1986 TOUR: Magnus and Elynor ride the legendary Briancon-Alpe d\'Huez stage of the 1986 Tour (LeMond vs. Hinault).
MAGNUS’ ICONIC GIRO CLIMBS: Magnus and Elynor ride the famous Giro climbs of Stelvio, Gavia, Val Mortello and Kronplatz.
For frame specifications, component compatibility, clearances, etc, please check our STRADA FRAME SPECIFICATIONS. Geometry information is found below
|Rider Height* (cm)||150-|
|Rider Height* (inches)||4’9”-|
|Max. BB to saddle rail** (mm)||617||670||706||758||803|
|Headtube angleHead angle||69.5||71.2||73||73.5||73.5|
|Seattube angleSeat angle||72.5||72.5||72.5||72.5||72.5|
* Rider heights are approximations. For more accuracy, compare stack/reach with your current bike or visit your 3T retailer.
** Note that most saddles add an additional 40mm from the rail to the top of the deck. shown here is the maximum height to the rail, achieved with the standard seatpost for that size. You can order longer seatposts here if you require a higher saddle position.