Get Creative – Larry Warbasse’s Exploro – part 2/2

Get Creative – Larry Warbasse’s Exploro – part 2/2

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3T Ready-To-Paint frames give everybody the chance to own a completely unique bike. Massachussetts-based custom painter Hottubes went to work on a New Exploro Flatmount for off-season fun for Larry Warbasse, the US Road Race Champion.

In our previous blog, we showed you how Toby from Hottubes came out with this amazing paint job (from a mysterious sketch…) After getting the frame from the U.S. (in a hurry) we caught up with Larry to present him with the frame while he was in the Netherlands in anticipation of the AmstelGold race.

It was cold and misty in the morning near our hotel, but the sun rapidly cleared the fog and rose to welcome us, offering a nice temperature for riding and shooting,  and perfect gravel and single tracks to test the Exploro FM (a first for Larry!)

Our XPDTN3 Explorer Kim Van Dijk joined the ride with Larry,  and she gave him a few pointers on gravel riding and 650B wheels. Kim rode on her Lauf equipped Exploro that has taken her around some cool gravel trips around the world.

Larry was having fun on his new “weekend & off-season” rig, and his smile after his first ride on the Exploro was enough to make all the team effort worthwhile!

Here’s the final result with the complete bike, we think it looks pretty cool, what do you think?:

Specs:

FRAME: New Exploro FM

PAINT: Hottubes

WHEELSET: 3T DiscusPlus C30W, 650B

DROPBAR: 3T Superghiaia 42cm

STEM: 3T Apto

SADDLE: Selle San Marco Aspide

GROUPSET: SRAM Force 1

PEDALS: Speedplay

BOTTLE CAGE: Elite

TIRES: WTB Byway (Larry uses Pirelli on his road bike, but they do not offer 650B gravel tires yet)

Check the VIDEO and the full PHOTO GALLERY below: (just click for full-size)