3T is a venerable name in Italian cycling. Over the years, many of the great champions put their trust in 3T handlebars and handlebar extensions. Now an invigorated 3T is back in the pro peloton winning race after race.
3T was originally called ‘Tecnologia del Tubo Torinese’ (Turin Tube Technology), taking its name from the city of Turin, where it was founded in 1961 by Mario Dedioniggi. Though written 3T, it’s usually called Triple T.
Dedioniggi was a talented engineer. Clever at manipulating and bending steel tubes and he was taken on as a young man by the Ambrosio concern (which continues to this day). There, he learned to fashion the bars and stems desired by racing cyclists. The resurgence of cycle sport in the 1950s drove demand for top-quality racing equipment and the ambitious Dedioniggi spotted his
opportunity. After ten years at Ambrosio, he left to set up shop on his own. The new enterprise had a three-room warehouse in Turin, one employee, and a manual tube-bending machine. Soon, the grandiose name gave way to the more manageable 3TTT.
In 2010, the tradition lives on. Simple, elegant and innovatory – these qualities are the strands of 3T’s DNA.
In the present 3T uses CAE design visualization to develop bars that are light yet very strong. CAE allows 3T to design and preview a prototype in 3D. CATIA (Computer Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application) technology, allows them to create real world demos outside of the production line. These models can be handled and manipulated by engineers and test riders allowing instant feedback. Finite-element analysis software predicts the manner in which the final product will react under stress forces from the rider and the road. In the end 3T utilizes in-house and independent testers to evaluate final production line products.
There are 3 distinct shapes of drop bars.
These shapes are available in Pro, Team and LTD.
1. The Rotundo is the most traditional bar offered by 3T, it is a medium depth round drop bend bar. The bar comes in at a mere at 192 g making it lighter and stiffer than similar bars such as the Easton EC90 SLX3. This traditional shape remains popular is it offers a great combination of control and handling.
2. The Ergosum is shallower than Rotundo and has a shape that is much more comfortable for riders with smaller hands. The bar transitions from the area directly below the levels to the bottom of the bars in a smooth gradual manner. This allows the bar to be comfortable and ergonomic along the entire length. to get hold of anywhere along the length of the drop. This is also a sub 200 gram bar.
3. The Ergonova is a design unique to 3T, it bulges out along the front of the top area of the bar and the drops flare out approximately 2cm. The longer radius provides a wider top surface for the hands.