When is custom paint more than just pretty colors? That would be when the paint can actually add to your safety as a rider. That’s what 3t is claiming with their new Illumia hi-viz cockpit components.
Recently 3T announced a new line of custom color options for their Ergonova, Arx, and Ionic-25 Ltd components. Available from the factory, the paint options provided some personality to the components but nothing in the way of visibility. That’s where the Illumia treatment steps in. During the day the components have a bright white sheen, but at night the parts glow in the dark.
When used as a complete set, the bar, stem, and seatpost are said to help motorists or other riders pick up the lines of the bike. Certainly no replacement for a good set of lights, but every bit helps. Plus – who doesn’t like glow in the dark?
Again available on the same components as the custom color collection, you can find the glow in the dark treatment on the classic 3T Ltd cockpit. The Illumia finish is offered with the custom color accents, but it is also offered with the standard 3T finishing so that the white will replace the gloss black UD finish on the parts.
Pricing is slightly different than the custom color collection with the Illumia Ergonova compact drop bar selling for $425, the Arx stem at $335, and the Ionic-25 seat post with DiffLock retailing for $295. Even with the additional paint, 3T points out that in standard sized the 3 parts together come in at under 500g.