Bike of the Week | Fully integrated 3T Strada ICR ups the aero with dedicated ‘speed zone’

Launched in November 2022, 3T’s Strada ICR has arrived at BikeRadar Towers for testing.

An update to the original 3T Roadthe Strada ICR is an aero road bike optimized around wider 30mm tyres.

3T says the front end of the bike prioritizes aerodynamics, whereas the rear end is built around delivering comfort.

As a result, 3T claims the ICR road is “the world’s most comfortable aero bike”.

With aero bikes having an historic tendency to not be as comfortable as race bikes, could 3T be onto something? Let’s take a closer look.

A striking frame

The front end is particularly distinct.
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At the center of the 3T Strada ICR is its high-modulus carbon frame. The head tube is particularly striking, with a bulbous leading edge at its base paired with a skinnier fork.

Interestingly, the crown of the 3T Fundi Integrale fork doesn’t match the base of the head tube’s profile, but 3T says this is by design. The brand claims this improves the fork’s aerodynamics, because the front wheel could be moved closer to the down tube, creating a more optimal transition for airflow.

The down tube features truncated aerofoil profiles, with a wide section at its base to shield the bottle cage from the airflow.

The down tube uses a wrap around design.
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The leading edge of the down tube also narrows to match the profile of the front tyre, as does the curved seat tube for the rear.

3T says it engineers comfort into the frame with the compact design of the frame and curved seat tube, which allows for a greater length of exposed seatpost, as well as the pencil-thin seatstays.

The Strada ICR uses a curved seat tube and seriously thin seatstays.
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3T broke convention when it launched its original 1x-specific Street in 2017, which was used by the Aqua Blue Sport team.

The new Strada ICR is designed for a 2x cranksetalthough 3T will also offer two 1x drivetrain builds.

The very definition of a beefy bottom bracket.
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On the 1x-specific builds, though, 3T doesn’t include inserts to accept a front derailleur hanger.

This means there’s no option to convert a 1x 3T Strada ICR to a 2x setup later, should you change your mind.

There are no ports to accept mechanical cables, either, so the Strada ICR is only compatible with electronic groupsets.

There’s an integrated seat wedge clamp.
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There’s a proprietary D-shaped carbon seat post with a Ritchey seat clamp. The integrated seat wedge is said to use a self-aligning design to offer a higher clamping force for less torque.

Finally, the Strada ICR uses a BB386 press fit bottom bracketwith 3T speccing a thread-together option to help reduce the likelihood of any annoying creaks.

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Fully integrated

Not a cable in sight.
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Like most modern aero bikes, the Strada ICR is fully integrated. In contrast, the previous-generation bike routed gear cables and brake hoses into a port behind the stem.

The hydraulic hoses run through the brand’s Superergo Integrale LTD handlebar into the 3T Apto 3TICR stem. The stem’s design is based on the previous one 3T Apto stem but with new internal cable guides.

Fitting spec

The size-large Strada ICR Force AXS 2×12 we have in to test typically retails for £6,199.

However, our bike has arrived with a wheel upgrade, which ups the price to £7,398 / $7,398.

Our bike has the ‘Chrome’ colourway, but this build is available in ‘Red/Black’ too.

The range starts at £5,199 for a SRAM Rival XPLR eTap AXS 1×12 build and peaks at £7,499 for a SRAM Red eTap AXS 1×12 builds.

This bike uses a SRAM Force eTap AXS groupset, albeit with a deviation to the 10-36t cassette, which is Rival. 3T specs 46/33-tooth chainrings with a 172.5mm crank lengthand the disc brake rotors are 160mm front and rear.

As stock, this build would come with a Fulcrum Rapid Red 900 wheelset. However, 3T has supplied its Discus 45 | 32 Ltd wheelset, which typically costs £1,799.

The wheels have a 45mm-deep hooked carbon rim with a 25mm internal and 32mm external rim width.

They are shod with Pirelli P-Zero Velo tyres, which are interestingly supplied in a 25mm width. 3T says it would typically spec the 30mm equivalent of these tires, but hasn’t on our test bike due to lack of availability.

Either way, when measuring the tire width with a vernier caliper, the actual width is 29.46mm.

You’ll need to use 3T’s specific adapter to torque the stem bolts.
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The stem length is 110mm and the handlebars are 42cm wide.

We’ve weighed the bike in at 8.02kg without pedals on our scales of truth.

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