Like the idea of 3T’s 1x specific Exploro or Strada bikes but want to make a bit more of a statement? You can now order them in a Ready-to-Paint format, letting you take the prepped frame to any painter you want. The program is new, and it won’t be shown as a drop down option on their website. If you want it, you’ll need to go through your local 3T dealer or a custom painter, who can order one for you. Your favorite painter not a dealer? 3T can set them up.
The frames come with a base coat and ready to paint with no further prep needed. Thanks to that base coat, though, you don’t actually need paint and can save up to 200g by running it “bare”. The RTP frames come only as Team edition layups with a $200 discount off painted retail prices, so it’s $2,800 for the Exploro and $3,600 for the Strada. You may be able to snag one of these “Get Creative” series frames from their blog for a $600 upcharge.
For inspiration, they sent a couple frames out to famed painters. The red one is by Dario Pegoretti, and you can find the background story for both on 3T’s blog, along with future installments as more custom painted frames come online.
This American flag themed paint scheme is for U.S. road race champion Larry Warbasse and was painted by Tony Stanton of Hottubes.com. They wanted a “deconstructed” flag design that was modern and got the point across without throwing it in your face.
Check the blog for another one by Velovas.
That flared-to-straight drop bar is the 3T Superghiaia, which is offered in 40cm and 44cm widths. The flare changes based on size, with the 40 having the lower section of the drop bent into a straight back (or nearly so) position, while the 44 maintains a fully angled flare.