Compared to some other aero bikes, the 3T’s Strada is relatively slim and while the tubing is D-shaped, or ‘sqaero’ as 3T call it. The curved, wheel-hugging seat tube is a stand-out feature and with very skinny seat stays, it looks the business.
The groupset is SRAM Force 1, which gives smooth and accurate shifting, while the brakes, also SRAM Force, are very impressive offering excellent power when needed.
Being ix (i.e it has one chainring at the front of the drive chain), some may expect to have a reduced gear range, but we didn’t experience any problems, despite riding plenty of steep and challenging climbs on our test. We also found the cassette offers close enough steps to suit everything we took on.
With a 50t chainring and 11-36t cassette fitted as standard, the biggest gear will be the same as many double setups with a compact chainset and the easiest gear only a little bigger. With the exception of pro racers, a ix system should be suitable for most riders, although with some consideration for the chainring and/or cassette ratios used.
The 3T Discus Pro wheels are a little heavy and not exceptionally stiff, so have less aero benefit. Given the very high frameset-only price of the Strada ($4,800), it’s perhaps a surprise not to see a small compromise here.
The own label 3T finishing kit is good and the bars will be a standout feature for some, as the shape is very different to traditional bars. With a lower, flat top section and longer reach, this can effectively change the feel and sizing of the bike, and does have a noticeable effect on handling, slowing steering response a little. Unlike many integrated seatpost bolt designs, the Strada is thankfully easy to use, although the range of adjustment available in the seatpost is extremely small, with just 5cm of movement from min to max insertion.
Ride comfort is decent but not amazing, in particular on the front. Although there is clearance here for a tyre measuring up to 30mm in actual width, which would improve comfort slightly. The rear remains much smoother, even over rougher surfaces.
Beautiful frame – Slim, sleek tubes and a fantastic paint finish help it stand out.
Aggressive position – A low front end is possible, making for an aggressive riding position.
Braking – SRAM Force brakes offer excellent performance.
Not so good
Discus C35 wheels – Not light or particularly aerodynamic.
Firmer front – Wider, or tubeless tyres would make the front more comfortable.
Seatpost adjustment – Limited. With 5cm movement, frame-size choice is crucial.
Much has been made of the ix Strada and while a double-chainset Dua version is now available, a ix drivetrain will suit most riders. This is a fantastic, highly capable bike to ride and one you should definitely consider if you’re in the market for a seriously fast road bike.
Frame: 3TStrada Pro
Fork: 3TFundi Pro
Groupset: SRAM Force 1
Brakes: SRAM Force
Chainset: SRAM Quarq Prime, 50t
Handlebars: 3T AeronovaTeam Stealth
Stem: 3T Apto Pro
Saddle: Selle San Marco Aspide 2
Seat-post: 3T Charlie Sqaero Strada
Wheels: 3T DiscusPro
Tyres: Pirelli PZero Velo, 700x25c (measured 28mm)