3T Collaborates With CycleOps on Integrated Computer Stem, Taunts UCI with Aerobars
3T has collaborated with CycleOps to develop the new Integra stem and integrated (but optional) computer.
Pricing should be around $250-$300 for the stem, maybe $300-ish for the computer as a base model, but the one shown here is CycleOps top line one with GPS that’s considerably more expensive. While they’re designed to go together like a fat kid and cake, the stem will work on it’s own. That said, they’ve worked hard to integrate it with other parts of the bike, too. 3T’s Meta crank reports cadence and the Cycle-Ops hub, which is laced into 3T’s new Mercurio wheels, measures power. It all communicates via ANT+, so it should work with other cadence sensors and things that talk like ants.
Really, the prices listed above might as well not be printed as they have nothing finalized. They’re shooting to have it ready by January, and we should get more pricing and specs closer to then. Apparently we really messed with their heads (sorry, Claudia!) when we leaked the Luteus fork way too early, so we probably won’t be getting anything before they’re ready to announce it. Detail pics and some stuff that’s absolutely, positively not UCI legal after the break…
The stem clamps to the handlebar separately from the cover. If you just like the torpedo look but don’t want the computer, it comes with the cover. CycleOps designed and sells the spacer that is between the stem and computer, which gives them the ability to modify it as necessary to fit different computers in the future.
The new Ventus II LTD aero bar gets a full carbon stem (replaces alloy), gets a bit thicker and Di2 compatible. It’s not 3:1 by any stretch of the imagination and is done as a big FU to the UCI because that rule killed sales of their original Ventus until triathletes realized it didn’t matter if it was illegal in UCI races because -wait for it- they weren’t racing in UCI races. Product Technical Director Richard McAinsh pointed it out to a UCI-affiliated person in their booth and said “See what you could have had?”
Not shown is the new Nano Narrow Arrow bar that begs the question “how narrow will you go?” It was developed on a bit of a lark because their sponsored athletes kept asking for something narrower than the Ventus, so they chopped it down to just 300mm wide center to center. McAinsh says most triathletes will only use it a couple of times during a race because they’re usually in the drops, and everyone they’ve showed it to said “oh yeah, I’d ride that!” so they went ahead and produced it. It’ll be Di2 compatible and come with the extensions and pads.