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3T Exploro adds Lauf Grit suspension fork option for its aero gravel bike

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3T has partnered with Lauf to offer the Icelandic brand’s Grit micro-suspension fork on the Exploro gravel road bike. Paint matched for their white and red Team edition, the fork will be an upgrade option that adds 30mm of leaf spring suspension while still allowing a 27.5 x 2.1 mountain bike tire or 700×42 road tires.

They claim that, when settled in with the average 6mm sag, it changes the head angle by less than one degree compared to the stock build with the 3T Luteus fork. Trail is increased just 3mm. The fork comes with a five year warranty and is rated for riders up to 242lb (110kg). Explore more below…

3T didn’t have any photos of the complete bike built with the fork yet, but the matched paint should look sharp while dulling the bumps and bruises along the path.

Check out our review of the Lauf Grit! 

and our first review of the Exploro itself, which we are taking out on a mega adventure this weekend as part of a long-term review and a XPDTN3.club ride!

Fork weight is 900g with steerer cut to 210mm (full length out of the box is 300mm), and unsprung weight is 250g. It uses flat mount disc brakes (post mount adapter is available) with 160mm rotors. The fork is $790 USD (€850), available through 3T’s online store.

3Tcycling.com

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Anthony
Anthony
6 years ago

Aero gravel hmmmm

Jason
Jason
6 years ago
Reply to  Anthony

My thoughts exactly.

Bmx
Bmx
6 years ago
Reply to  Jason

With the optional fork that looks as aero as a brick.

KBogey
KBogey
6 years ago
Reply to  Anthony

Aero gravel with a distinctly non-aero fork!

ELEVEN_g
6 years ago
Reply to  Anthony

Aero gravel…. ummm… I guess if *we* have to spell it out, there’s little point.

Chader
Chader
6 years ago

Title should be “Exploro” not “Explore”.

Kerk
Kerk
6 years ago
Reply to  Chader

You know with all the proofreading us readers for the typos, we should be getting paid.

will
will
6 years ago

You mean 27.5×2.1 and 700×42?

Kerk
Kerk
6 years ago
Reply to  will

You know with all the proofreading us readers for the typos, we should be getting paid.

Marin
Marin
6 years ago

I won’t rest until they make aero full suspension endurance gravel adventure bike with rack mounts, dropper post, wireless gearbox shifting, 60mm tires and it should weigh no more than 7kg because my performance would suffer otherwise.

boo
boo
6 years ago
Reply to  Marin

they wont rest either so you’re good

thesteve4761
thesteve4761
6 years ago
Reply to  boo

MY20 Bro.

mudrock
mudrock
6 years ago

That’s got to be the biggest down tube I’ve ever seen, and on a gravel bike at that. Why such a stiff design for a bike meant for rough surfaces? And then their “hang loose” der hanger, where the hanger and derailleur fall out when you take off the rear wheel. Vroomen has lost it.

mudrock
mudrock
6 years ago

That’s the biggest down tube I’ve ever seen, and on a gravel bike too. Why such a stiff design for a bike meant for rough surfaces? And check out their “hang loose” derailleur hanger, where the hanger comes loose when you remove the TA. Vroomen has lost it.

Sam
Sam
6 years ago
Reply to  mudrock

AAAAEEEEEERRRRRROOOOOOOO

mudrock
mudrock
6 years ago

oops..what?

carbonfodder
carbonfodder
6 years ago

PT Barnum loves the aero gravel market. A new place for triathletes to spend their quarterly bonuses

Eric Forest-Cat Lynch
Eric Forest-Cat Lynch
6 years ago

That down tube is clearly compensating for something…

haromania
haromania
6 years ago

That is a sweet looking machine. Not sure I’m a fan of the fork or not as I haven’t ridden one, but the bike itself is sexy as heck.

Mtb4me
Mtb4me
6 years ago

That dt is an uglifier!

Cowtowncyclist
Cowtowncyclist
6 years ago

Man, still 2 weeks until April 1st. Are you guys going to have anything left?

Rob Allen
Rob Allen
6 years ago

For what its worth. I have one of these bikes. Its actually amazing with all 3 tire sizes on it. Its crazy stiff, light and fast with a set of 28’s on it and holds it own on road group rides with no problem. Its very fast and precise with 700×35-40’s and very single track capable with the 27.5 tires and a proper handle bar. One of the most interesting part about the bike is how smooth it rides in the rough stuff, my guess is the seatpost has a fair amount of engineered movement in it. I will do some road races, CX for sure and I am pondering putting this actual Lauf fork on for Leadville in August. If you had to pick one bike this one would be a very capable option.

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