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From the start, our goal for the Strada was the best aerodynamics AND comfort. Because without comfort, you won’t be able to maintain your aero position. While push the limits of aerodynamics and comfort in every detail, the New Strada has two clearly distinct zones: Speed zone: the front half of the bike, with its ultra-deep yet narrow headtube, wrap-around downtube and bladed fork.
Comfort zone: the curved seattube, slender seatstays and long exposed seatpost provide the ultimate comfort while also helping aerodynamics
As co-founder of Cervélo, our Head of Design Gerard Vroomen loves aerodynamics. Not just the theory, but real world aerodynamics. So we test at 20mph (32kmh) and 30mph (48kmh), we test with bottles and other “difficult parts”, we sometimes even test dirty and muddy bikes. But while the aero details of the Strada range stand out, he is proudest that it has started a worldwide trend towards more tire clearance on aero bikes. Comfort & speed.
Running cables internally can be nice and potentially reduce aero drag, but what is the point if you end up with a very wide and bulky headtube with oversized bearings to house the cables?
Our goal was to hide the cables but keep the headtube narrow and keeping the same narrow bearings of the original Strada. Quite the puzzle but the result is stunning. In the front view you will see our bearings are still narrow and the headtube even thins down in-between them. In the side view, you’ll see the headtube is deeper and with a full aero “nose”, taking full advantage of the new UCI rules.
To top it off, the cables hide inside the 3T Apto Integrale, using the original minimalist Apto shape but with cable guidance. Beauty meets functionality as this gives you full adjustability to find the perfect fit. Because aerodynamics are meaningless if you cannot stay comfortably in your aero position. 3T Integrale is compatible with SRAM and Shimano electronic drivetrains, both 2x and 1x.