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3T unveils Strada ICR: “the world’s most comfortable aero bike” now comes with integrated cable routing

New head tube is as narrow as before but deeper for an aero gain; both 1x and 2x builds are available

3T has launched a new version of its Strada aero road bike, the Strada ICR coming with integrated cable routing. 3T says the Strada ICR is “the world’s most comfortable aero bike” – which is a title it has been claiming for the Strada since its launch in 2017. Read our original 3T Strada frameset review here.

3T says that its goal with the Strada ICR bike was to hide the cables internally – rather than having them enter the frame just behind the stem, as previously – but to keep the head tube narrow and aerodynamically efficient rather than wide and bulky.

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The Strada ICR uses the same bearings as the original Strada – 1-1/4in upper, 1-1/2in lower – with the head tube narrowing slightly between them when viewed from the front. However, 3T has taken advantage of changes in the UCI rules to make the head tube deeper than before with what it calls an aero “nose” extending forward at the front.

The original Apto stem shape remains but it now has cable guidance inside.

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3T says that its integrated cable routing system is compatible with SRAM and Shimano electronic drivetrains in both 2x and 1x configurations.

3T divides the Strada ICR in two: the front half being the “speed zone” with the rear half the “comfort zone”.

As well as the deep and narrow head tube, the speed zone features fork legs built to what 3T calls a Sqaero airfoil profile – an aero shape that’s squared off at the back. The idea is “to guide the airflow around the front wheel and boost fork stiffness”. The blade profile on the left side is different from the right side in order to counteract braking forces.

The deep-section down tube sits closely behind the front wheel, the idea being to create a smooth airflow transition and less turbulence.

Out back, the comfort zone features slim seatstays and a seat tube that covers the leading edge of the rear wheel. The geometry also means you’re likely to have a lengthy section of exposed seatpost that can flex slightly for extra comfort.

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On top of that, the Strada ICR can take tyres up to a measured width of 30mm and a measured radius of 344mm to provide plenty of compliance and reduce high-frequency buzz.

When we reviewed the original 3T Strada we called it “a fast, comfortable and exciting aero race bike that works brilliantly”.

“It's a truly stunning bike with breathtaking speed, impressive smoothness and fine handling balance,” we said. “If this is the future, as some people have speculated, we’re sold.”

Back in 2017, the 3T Strada was a pretty radical bike but it has stood the test of time with disc brakes and wide (for a road bike) tyres becoming ever more mainstream.

The Strada was initially designed for 1x (single chainring) systems only but a double chainset Strada Due soon followed. Today the 3T Strada ICR is offered in both 1x and 2x builds.

The Strada ICR Rival XPLR (£5,199), for instance, features a SRAM Rival AXS groupset 40T chainring and a wide-ranging 10-44T cassette.

The Strada ICR Rival AXS (£5,499), on the other hand, comes with either a 46/33T or a 48/35T chainset and an 11-36T cassette.

Here’s the complete range of options so far announced:

3T Strada ICR Rival XPLR 1X12 £5,199
Groupset SRAM Rival AXS, 40T chainring, 10-44T cassette
Wheels Fulcrum Rapid Red 900

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3T Strada ICR Red AXS 1X12 £7,499
Groupset SRAM Red AXS, 42T chainring, 10-36T cassette
Wheels 3T Discus 45 | 32 LTD

3T Strada ICR Rival AXS 2X12 £5,499
Groupset SRAM Rival AXS, 46-33T or 48-35 chainrings, 10-36T cassette
Wheels Fulcrum Rapid Red 900

3T Strada ICR Force AXS 2X12 £6,199
Groupset SRAM Force AXS, 46-33T chainrings, 10-36T cassette
Wheels Fulcrum Rapid Red 900

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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bobrayner | 1 year ago

I do have a soft spot for 3T, but: That cable routing change is a fairly minor thing for a road bike. But are they planning to do the same on their enormously-popular gravel bike, on which everybody wants to put a top-tube bag exactly where the cable emerges...?

(I'm sceptical about the aero benefits when riding muddy trails with a dozen bags and straps flapping around, but 3T are big advocates of aero, so they really ought to allow top tube bags to fit snugly behind the stem)

lesterama | 1 year ago

Hmm. Take a Strada. Give it ugly injections.

So much for Italian aesthetics. This is the Fiat Multipla of bikes.

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