Eurobike 2012: 3T announce new wheels, bars and seatposts

Italian brand offers ceramic bearing wheels, Tornova and Aduro bars, and new seatposts

by Mat Brett   September 10, 2012  

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3T have been busy updating their range for 2013 with wheels that feature CeramicSpeed bearings, the new Aduro TT/triathlon bar, a new Tornova drop bar along with new seatposts.

We first told you about 3T’s Mercurio wheels when we went to the launch last summer. Now the Italian brand has announced that it’s teaming up with Denmark’s CeramicSpeed to offer a version with ceramic bearings. In due course, 3T plan offer CeramicSpeed bearings in their other top-line wheelsets, including the all-carbon Accelero clincher.

The idea is that the bearings reduce friction, improve power transfer and have a longer service life than standard steel bearings.

3T have a new drop handlebar called the Tornova which combines an egg-shaped top profile with a medium-depth, round drop bend of their Rotundo. The Tornova will be available in Pro (pictured above, 7050 alloy, £79.99), Team (carbon fibre, £249.99-£264.99) and Ltd (high-modulus carbon fibre, £299.99) models.

The Team and the Ltd (pictured above) versions will come with internal cable routing and a stepped location for the shifter units. This means that there’s a small downward step above the shifter clamp that the shifter top aligns with the top of the bar. 3T reckon “this alleviates constriction of the rider’s handgrip and enhances the comfort of the handhold.”

The Tornova has an 83mm reach and 139mm drop, the same as the Rotundo, and will be available in 40-44cm widths.

We’ve mentioned the Integra stem a couple of times before (main picture also). You can fit a dedicated Garmin Edge mount on the front and it’ll be available at £259.99 from next month (110mm only; other lengths will be available from January).

3T are promising an alloy-bodied version of the stem, the Integra Team, before the end of the year.

We’ve shown you the 3T Aduro time trial/triathlon bar before too. It was previously available only as original equipment specced on the Cervélo P5 but you can now get it aftermarket.

The stem/basebar is built up with one of three different extension mounts; you can either have the extensions below the base bar, resting on its top skin, or on a V-mount 5cm above it (as shown).

3T have completely revamped their seatpost lineup. Now they have two families, the Stylus and the Ionic, each with three editions: Pro (cheapest), Team (medium) and Ltd (high end).

The Stylus (above, prices to be confirmed) is a two clamp-bolt design while the Ionic (below, Pro £79.99, Team £109.99-£119.99, Ltd £199.99) uses 3T’s Difflock splined clamping mechanism. This allows you to easily set the cassle angle with lightweight clamping by side-mounted bolts.

Both designs are available with an inline clamp or with 25mm setback, and in 27.2mm and 31.8mm diameters.

We don’t have all UK prices yet - if we've not given them above, we don't have them, so keep an eye on the website of UK importer i-ride.