Given all the hulla-balloo surrounding the recent release of his latest creation – the 3T Exploro aero gravel bike – maybe it shouldn’t have been such a surprise to find out that Gerard Vroomen would be attending Press Camp, but it still seemed surprising.
And then as I was walking towards the expo area located behind the Silver Baron Lodge I spied Gerard and his new American hire (General Manager of 3T America) Dave Koesel pushing a luggage cart filled with bike parts, boxes and two pop-up tents to get set-up. Seeing Vroomen straining as he pushed the cart through the dirt reminded of how his days have definitely changed from those when he was running Cervelo and attending the Tour de France.
Here’s the full low-down on the 3T Exploro from an earlier post.
Gerard: “Trust me, I’m the last guy to suggest that the bike industry creates any new standards. The reason the 650b (27.5″) wheel exists is that there was a handful of mountain bike brands that missed the move to 29’er wheels.”
Gerard (on 650b versus 700c): “I don’t like niches. The tire selection isn’t there yet, but 650b can be ideal for both full road to full dirt.”
Gerard (on internal cable ports & the top tube mount): “I hate to see frames with all these holes drilled in them (for cables) that aren’t even being used. Everytime you drill a hole in the frame you can weaken the whole structure. We put a single hole in the top tube where it is already reinforced. For me, all those un-used holes are worse than the gravel bikes that come with cyclocross gearing. Our Flip Top plate is future proof!”
Gerard (on wheel clearance): “There’s only a few ways you can get 2.1″ tire to fit; lengthen the chainstays which hurts the handling, use thinner stays which bring unwanted flex, make them higher which adds weight, or make them asymmetrical and drop them down like we’ve done.”