When SRAM invited 3T as a launch partner for its new AXS group sets, 3T notes that one of the features that stood out was the ability to mix road and mountain bike parts. This combination got 3T interested in using AXS components for a special edition 3T Exploro gravel bike.
In a release 3T noted ‘The unique personality of the Exploro – fast like a road bike yet ultra-capable off-road thanks to big tyre clearance – screams out for a wide range of gears. In SRAM terms, that means you’d want to combine the Force AXS road shifters and lightweight brakes with the Eagle XX1 AXS wide range rear derailleur.’
With production preference first given to the pure road and pure mountain bike group sets, 3T adds that ‘it has taken a bit of time, but now the mixed groups are finally available in sufficient quantities.’
That setup works with a variety of Eagle cassettes, either the ‘insane range 10-50T’ or the ‘still very large range 11-50T’. While on a mountain bike, 3T notes it would prefer 10-50T, on the Exploro 11-50T is ‘actually a better choice for most cases, keeping the gears spaced a little closer.’
The company opted for its own 3T Torno crank. Specifically designed for aerodynamics in 1x, it has a full carbon design including spider and axle.
Manufactured from scratch at its factory near Bergamo, Italy, ‘the Torno stands for the future of 3T’. Given its limited production, it’s not a crank that 3T specs on most of its bikes (‘the standard SRAM Force AXS crank is of course nice too’) but was included for 3T special edition Exploro bike.
In addition to the standard build, there is also an option to upgrade to 3T’s new DiscusPlus i28 LTD wheels. This wheelset combines 3T hubs with lightweight carbon rims featuring a wide 28mm internal width. For those who prefer to stay on 700c wheels, riders can also opt for the Discus 45 | 32 LTD wheels.
Last but not least, 3T adds that a special edition needs a special colour. So it opted for ‘Caribbean blue / Burnt orange’… ‘With the matching fork, this colour combination really stands out, no matter how much dust covers it.’