Today, the Strada line-up is complete. After introducing the original Strada and the incredible value for money Strada Pro, we added the Strada Due for all those people who love our blend of comfort and speed but prefer a 2x drivetrain.
Earlier this year, we added SRAM Red & Force AXS eTap models, and now the final piece of the puzzle has arrived: The Strada Due Ultegra Di2. You can find out complete line-up here for the Strada and here for the Strada Due.
The main highlights of the new Strada Due Ultegra Di2 are:
Strada Due frame:
Of course, the frame is the beating heart of the bike. The Strada range started the worldwide trend towards aero bikes with bigger tires. So much so that it is now mentioned with every new aero bike that is launched. You’ll see claims like “fits big 26mm tires” or “even fits 28mm tires” left, right and center.
But that misses the point. It’s not about having enough clearance to fit these bigger tires for more comfort; what makes the Strada unique is that the entire aerodynamics of the frame is designed around bigger tires.
Aero frames are still designed around 23mm tires, so that it’s easy to score impressive numbers in the wind tunnel. But when you then plop in 28mm tires, the drag shoots up. So the tire fits but performs poorly. With the Strada & Strada Due, we say forget about those silly tires nobody wants. 28-30mm is the tire that gives you the most comfort, so let’s design the frame such that it performs the best with that tire. And amazingly (as you can for example see in the review from German magazine TOUR, unfortunately in German and in print/behind a paywall only), it is among the top performers of frames with any size tire.
Ultegra Di2 groupset
Ultegra has been the standard of affordable top performance for 20 years. And the Di2 group is no exception. It’s sophisticated, reliable, smooth-shifting and beautiful. Enough said.
3T Discus C45 WIDE wheelset
The Strada Due Ultegra Di2 comes standard with our brand-new Discus C45 WIDE wheelset. This is not just a wheelset, it is part of the Strada system. Designed specifically to work with tires that are effectively 28-30mm wide (no matter what the label says, we want the tire to MEASURE 28-30mm) and in combination with the Strada frame & fork, the C45 is super-fast.
Thanks to its Nosetail design, it provides the speed of a 60mm deep rim with a profile that is only 45mm deep. So the speed of 60mm, the confidence-inspiring crosswind manners of a 45mm rim. To learn more, check our the Discus C45 WIDE page.
The first Strada Due Ultegra Di2 bikes are in stock now. Unfortunately, due to the success of the Force AXS eTap and Red AXS eTap bikes earlier this year, we diverted some frame production to those models. So for 2019, we will have only very limited numbers of Ultegra Di2 bikes. So it’s a bit of an unintentional limited edition.
For more information and detailed specs, check our the Strada Due page. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below and we’ll answer them as quickly as we can.