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Is this the future of road bikes (wider tires, aero, and no front der.)???

3T Strada: Aero, disc brakes, 30mm tyres and no front mech | road.cc

3T Strada 1x aero bike for rough roads - BikeRadar USA

IMO, 3T really needs to rethink their pricing and not offering the option to add a front mech. (at least not braze on). Other than that, I like the general idea. I just don't see a lot of people overpaying for an extra 2mm of tires. You can get the new Cervelo R5, Specialized Tarmac, and BMC Teammachine and have a similar bike that will probably be lighter at a much more affordable price point.
 

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Is this the future of road bikes (wider tires, aero, and no front der.)???

3T Strada: Aero, disc brakes, 30mm tyres and no front mech | road.cc

3T Strada 1x aero bike for rough roads - BikeRadar USA

IMO, 3T really needs to rethink their pricing and not offering the option to add a front mech. (at least not braze on). Other than that, I like the general idea. I just don't see a lot of people overpaying for an extra 2mm of tires. You can get the new Cervelo R5, Specialized Tarmac, and BMC Teammachine and have a similar bike that will probably be lighter at a much more affordable price point.
Not sure that "aero" and "disc brakes" should really be used to describe a bike.
 

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I can't think of a single ride I've ever done where that combination of "features" would be what I wanted.

I can just picture a group of engineers opening the first shipment from China and the look on their face when they realized they forget about the front der hanger. yeah yeah it was intentional....but come on.
 

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I obviously pretty much feel the same, but in being honest, there is a guy that works at one of the local shops here that swears by 1X on the road. He says he never plans on going back to 2X with all of the 1X crankset and cassette options that now exist. I haven't really tried it, so I don't have much to offer. I can say I like the options that a 2X system provides, especially now that 52/36 cranksets can easily be combined with 11/28, 11/30, or 11/32 cassettes. To each his own though.
 

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here is my endurance bike built in 2008. nothing new here. BTW I'm doing a 400km ride starting tomorrow night with this set up. Usually a single speed set up but I have a heap of climbing to do, so exposed cabling and barcon shifter.
 

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Yes the un-aeroness of disc brakes is exaggerated. But so are the benefits (for lack of a better word) of an aero frame.

So I think Kerry's point was that it's kind of silly to split hairs to come up something to say about the benefits of your frame while not splitting the same hairs about the brakes you put on it.

If the goal is aero go all out aero.

This thing is just a Frankenstein of random flavor of the day bike marketing trends where the sum of the parts equals a niche bike for which the corresponding niche riding is unknown.
 

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Yes the un-aeroness of disc brakes is exaggerated. But so are the benefits (for lack of a better word) of an aero frame.

So I think Kerry's point was that it's kind of silly to split hairs to come up something to say about the benefits of your frame while not splitting the same hairs about the brakes you put on it.

If the goal is aero go all out aero.

This thing is just a Frankenstein of random flavor of the day bike marketing trends where the sum of the parts equals a niche bike for which the corresponding niche riding is unknown.
Valid points. Fair enough.
 

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The clearances seem very tight from those pictures with 30mm tires, I wonder if they are complying with the industry standard for clearances which I think is 6mm everywhere?

And yes, price is off the charts just like the Exploro.
 

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With that seat post/tire, that bike should have a horizontal dropout.
I don't do X1, we have mountains around here.
 

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An "endurance bike" with no tire clearance...massive gaps in cog spacing...and narrower gearing than a double...YIPPEE pressfit BB!!!...Oh yea. And that is one ugly muskrat of a frame.


Looks like a shovel and a baguette got it on in an airplane hangar.
 

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And whom would be the target audience for this bike?

Serious road racers ain't gonna buy into any 1x drivetrain bike as their only bike. And at this price, this bike is too much to be the "quiver killer" for any serious roadie. And the "adventure" guys ain't gonna bite either.

seems to be like the potential buyers of this bike would be only rich hippity roadies with to spare and who also like to do some dabbing in the dirt but are not really serious dirt guys. I will bet that this bike will be shortlived. Not a wise inventment.
 

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And whom would be the target audience for this bike?

Serious road racers ain't gonna buy into any 1x drivetrain bike as their only bike. And at this price, this bike is too much to be the "quiver killer" for any serious roadie. And the "adventure" guys ain't gonna bite either.

seems to be like the potential buyers of this bike would be only rich hippity roadies with to spare and who also like to do some dabbing in the dirt but are not really serious dirt guys. I will bet that this bike will be shortlived. Not a wise inventment.
My guess is that it will be the same crowd that likes the BMC Roadmachine, prefer the Roubaix over the new Diverge, love the Canyon Endurace, and/or want a trek Domane, etc. It's really in that class of bikes (all road, but not gravel race bikes) and there seem to be plenty of fans of that category from what I see.
 

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My guess is that it will be the same crowd that likes the BMC Roadmachine, prefer the Roubaix over the new Diverge, love the Canyon Endurace, and/or want a trek Domane, etc. It's really in that class of bikes (all road, but not gravel race bikes) and there seem to be plenty of fans of that category from what I see.
I couldn't even ride it on my roads here. Tire clearance that minimal and traction gravel thrown on the shoulders the DOR uses here would destroy that frame/fork.
 

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They just took every trend and tried to cram it all on one bike without regard to how much sense individual trends make when combined with each other.

It's like a food company doing marketing research and seeing that pizza and ice cream are trending up so figuring Ice Cream Pizza makes sense.
 

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Serious road racers ain't gonna buy into any 1x drivetrain bike as their only bike.
I can see where 1 would be fine for people who live where it's flat and no serious wind. But why a buyer would want to eliminate the ability to change that some day should the desire arise and why a company would want to eliminate most of the market (people who go up and down hills) is a big mystery.

Coming stock with a 1 is okay I guess. But not being able to change that is just stupid.
 

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I can see where 1 would be fine for people who live where it's flat and no serious wind. But why a buyer would want to eliminate the ability to change that some day should the desire arise and why a company would want to eliminate most of the market (people who go up and down hills) is a big mystery.

Coming stock with a 1 is okay I guess. But not being able to change that is just stupid.

I find my 11-32 on my unpavement bike has gear wider spacing than I want. Can't imagine how annoyed I'd be with an 11-40(+) simply in step size, nevermind range.
 

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I find my 11-32 on my unpavement bike has gear wider spacing than I want. Can't imagine how annoyed I'd be with an 11-40(+) simply in step size, nevermind range.
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I have a bike with compact chainrings and 11-32 cassette, and it's VERY annoying to ride on the flat, so annoying that I can even say I dread, even hate, riding it in such configuration on the flat. The jump in gearing just kills the road experience IMO. Hell even an 11-28 cassette is already too wide for me on the flat. Of course I also think that I'm more on the side of a serious roadie where every little RPM in cadence matters to me, so the ability to fine tune gear selection is most appreciated.
 

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I can see where 1 would be fine for people who live where it's flat and no serious wind. But why a buyer would want to eliminate the ability to change that some day should the desire arise and why a company would want to eliminate most of the market (people who go up and down hills) is a big mystery.

Coming stock with a 1 is okay I guess. But not being able to change that is just stupid.
Yeah not exactly sure what the thinking was there. Specialized did eventually had to offer a front derailleur to their Allez Sprint 1x too
 
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