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Gerard Vroomen unveils a 1x aero road bike at PressCamp

“It’s not for everybody,” admitted bike design guru Gerard Vroomen at PressCamp in Deer Valley, Utah, as he unveiled his first aero road bike design for six years: the Strada.

The Dutchman has produced the bike for 3T of Italy. It dispenses with the front derailleur (for aero benefits) and the MTB-style 1x set-up – with a Strada-specific cassette – offers a wider range of gears than a double chainring and standard rear block, said Vroomen.

The Strada also has wider-than-usual tyres offering “Paris–Roubaix comfort”, said Vroomen. The bike can fit tyres up to 30mm in width.

Vroomen was the co-founder, in 1995, of aero specialist Cervélo and now designs for other companies, as well as his own brand, Open, a gravel bike specialist.

He told editors at PressCamp that he had “some unfinished road bike business in my head” and that he has been mulling Strada-style ideas for ten years.

The introduction of the Strada is billed by Vroomen as “reinventing cycling” – other road bike companies will produce similar bikes in the not-too-distant future, he believes.

The wider tyres on the Strada offer lower rolling resistance than skinny tyres, and said Vroomen, there’s only a minor aero penalty, something more than made up for with the additional comfort of more rubber on the road.

The Strada’s 3T 11-28 cassette has a 350+% gear range.

The disc-brake equipped bike will be introduced later this year.

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