The Limited Edition introduced last month provided a sneak preview of the direction for the “tough build” Exploro. That one is now sold out, although you may still be able to find one at a local store (or you can order it on the Exploro page as a custom-paint order).
Now the new Exploro Force/Eagle AXS is here, with a very similar build and the same capabilities. Just a short recap, one of the most interesting features of AXS is the ability to mix road and mountain bike parts. Perfect for an Exploro, where you want gears for fast road sections and slow drags up rocky climbs.
That means you want to combine the Force AXS road shifters and lightweight brakes with the Eagle XX1 AXS wide range rear derailleur.
That setup works with a variety of Eagle cassettes, either the “insane range 10-50T” or the “still very large range 11-50T”. On the Exploro, the 11-50 is usually a better choice, keeping the gears spaced a little closer. but of course you can swap to the 10-50 without a problem.
This drivetrain in combination with the Exploro frameset is really amazing; in fact we had one customer who took the Limited Edition and immediately won his division (and came 6th overall!) at the Mongolia Bike Challenge last week. Meanwhile, everybody else was on mountain bikes because they thought the terrain was so tough.
So whether your goal is Dirty Kanza, the Mongolia Bike Challenge or your Saturday ride, the Exploro Force/Eagle AXS has you covered.
In comparison to the Limited Edition, the standard version gets the carbon Force crank instead of the Torno (but the latter is available as an upgrade).
Of course the color is new too, it’s almond brown metallic. You know, because most almonds are made of metal, or maybe they taste a bit metallic, I don’t know. But really, the color is quite spectacular, albeit very hard to capture in these photos. So swing by your 3T Experience Center and come check it out!
The full specs and prices you can find here. Any questions, comments? Leave them in the comments section below and I’ll reply as soon as possible.