Made at 3T’s Italian carbon factory, the Extrema frame sits next to the Racemax Italia in its brand-new line-up. While the Racemax focuses on fast courses and tarmac/gravel mixed riding, the Extrema is designed exactly as it sounds: for the toughest race courses and fast adventures.
Though the Extrema and the Racemax share the same carbon production technology based in filament winding and RTM, the Extrema sets itself apart from the well known racing-oriented aero gravel Racemax by incorporating a number of adventure and endurance cycling minded features for a more comfortable and capable ride without compromising speed and performance.
The debate in the world of gravel has always focused around tires and their clearance within a given frame. In this, the Extrema aims to be a new point of reference in the market thanks to the ability to accept 700c/29” wheels with a WAM (Width-as-Measured) of 57 mm. That means that 29er tires in size 2.1-2.2” can fit, giving the Extrema the same grip as top of the line cross-country mountain bikes but with a much faster rider position.
Despite this, it would be a gross underestimation to think of this as a bike for slow rides. The Extrema is designed for speed on the climbs, flats, and descents. Its “3Touring geometry” lands squarely in the performance area of the gravel market even though it guarantees increased comfort relative to the Racemax, making it a fantastic option for an all-road long distance event where a more relaxed and comfortable position is essential to performance hour after hour, and often day after day.
The Extrema’s round seat tube allows for a dropper or suspension seatpost, making it the perfect bike to have fun on more technical (MTB) trails and descents. As the rest of the frame tubes are aero, you’re sure not to lose any time along the way.
To further boost its aero credentials, the Extrema borrows the Integrale internal cable routing and the MORE carbon stem. This gives you internal cables from start to finish while allowing quick stem adjustments and changes. And by using an integrated yet 2-piece carbon stem & bar, you can pick the handlebar size and shape of your choice independent of the stem.
The Extrema is designed solely for electronic groupsets and wireless dropper posts. Thanks to its UDH rear derailleur hanger, it is compatible with all regular rear derailleurs as well as the new SRAM Eagle Transmission rear derailleurs that feature a hangerless direct-mount design.
So the choice is yours. The Extrema can be your adventure bike capable of going fast and having fun to the point of having to remember to stop every now and then to enjoy the journey. Or it can be your racing bike that performs better as the miles tick by. It’s up to each rider to decide based on personal expectations and riding style. Or of course, it can just be both!
The Extrema is a frame capable of adapting to both approaches, responding well even on the most technical terrain, and often allowing you to stay on the bike where you otherwise would have had to climb off for the dreaded hike-a-bike.
The Extrema Italia is available as a frameset or as a complete bike in the Mercurio, Terra, or Project X (naked carbon finish), the latter showing off the carbon layup. All full builds take advantage of the UDH and use mullet configurations with SRAM Rival/Force AXS shifters and brakes with an Eagle Transmission (T-Type) series rear derailleur and a massive 10-52 cassette. The two screws in the lower part of the seat tube allows for the installation of a chain catcher but also fits a FD mount for 2x electric drivetrain (such as SRAM AXS or GRX Di2). This does however somewhat reduce rear tire clearance.
For the crankset, riders can choose SRAM Rival or the more performance oriented 3T Torno “Wide”, which will be produced in the same Italian factory where the Extrema is created and will be available starting in June 2024. It is already possible to select this configuration today. If you do, your bike will be fitted with a SRAM AXS Wide crankset straight away and then receive a free upgrade at a 3T Experience Center when the new Torno Wide is released.
The Extrema with the Torno crank together will also be available in some configurations with a 50mm Rockshox Reverb AXS XPLR dropper post. All versions will come with the 3T Aeroghaia LTD aero flared dropbar.
The Extrema Italia Integrale is available starting today on the 3T website and at select dealers in the following versions and prices:
Extrema Integrale Mercurio or Terra with 3T More Integrale Stem and 3T Aeroghiaia handlebar:
- EU: €4,999
- UK: £4,593
- Asia: US$4,917
- USA: US$5,499
- Canada: CA$7,199
Extrema Integrale Ready to Paint (only Project X prep) with 3T More Integrale Stem and 3T Aeroghiaia handlebar:
- EU: €5,299
- UK: £4,868
- Asia: US$5,213
- USA: US$5,799
- Canada: CA$7,699
Extrema Italia Integrale Project X with 3T More Integrale Stem and 3T Aeroghiaia handlebar:
- EU: €5,499
- UK: £5,050
- Asia: US$5,408
- USA: US$6,099
- Canada: CA$7,999
Complete Bike Pricing
Extrema Italia Integrale Mercurio or Terra with SRAM Rival/GX Eagle Transmission, Zipp 303S and 3T Aeroghiaia handlebar:
- EU: €7,299
- UK: £6,697
- Asia: US$7,179
- USA: US$7,999
- Canada: CA$10,599
Extrema Italia Integrale Mercurio or Terra with SRAM Rival/GX Eagle Transmission, 3T Torno Wide crank, Rockshox Reverb dropper post, Zipp 303S and 3T Aeroghiaia:
- EU: €8,299
- UK: £7,612
- Asia: US$8,163
- USA: US$9,199
- Canada: CA$12,099
Extrema Italia Integrale Project X with Sram Force/XX SL Eagle Transmission, 3T Torno, Rockshox Reverb dropper post, Discus 45|40 superwide, 3T Aerghiaia:
- EU: €10,499
- UK: £9,625
- Asia: US$10,327
- USA: US$11,599
- Canada: CA$15,299