3T is introducing its new road disc fork, Fundi, featuring a unique Sqaero tube profiling technique developed for the 3T Exploro aero gravel bike. The 700c Fundi fork is aimed at road bike riders that have moved on to high-volume tyres and disc brakes from traditional narrow tyres on rim-braked wheels.
It is optimized for tyres of 25-30mm width and supports flat-mount disc callipers and a 12mm diameter thru axle. The Fundiís Sqaero fork legs are profiled for ultra-low drag and the aerodynamically integrated flat brake mount on the left leg are designed to fit to current flat-mount disc brake units.
There is lateral clearance for tyres of up to 30mm width, with 346.5mm vertical clearance to the lower surface of the crown (axle-to-crown dimension is 355mm), while the minimalist short-stack fork crown keeps the overall height of the bike’s front end low.
3T’s Sqaero shapes, squared-off aero shapes that are structurally efficient and fast, aim to offer RealFast aerodynamics. According to the company, they are faster not only under perfect conditions but also in the real world. Even when covered by mud and muck.
Internal brake line routing, with the entry point at the fork’s left shoulder, provides protection for hose or cable, with a ‘super-clean visual profile’. Fork offset is 43mm and the headset fitment is IS42/47 tapered.
Among the brands that have committed to Fundi is Italian newcomer T-Red, which in 2016 won CAN’s ‘best Italian company’ award. T-Red is using the new 3T fork to develop a disc version of its light (sub-6kg) steel road bike, Aracnide Acciaio OOL.
3T and T-Red will jointly present this machine at Eurobike 2017. Other brands including Sarto will also be fitting 3T Fundi as original equipment to 2018 bikes.
Fundi Team weighs 400g with an MSRP of approximately £500. It will be distributed in the UK starting from August.