3T launches the Torno, a 1x crank with aero credentials

3T has today lifted the lid on a new aero-profiled crank, dubbed the Torno, as designed by expert in clever curves Gerard Vroomen.

Designed to complement 3T’s Strada and Exploro frames, the 330 gram carbon crankset is dedicated to 1x drivetrain and benefits from sister company THM’s expertise in producing efficient drivetrain.

At the time of writing, this is said to be the world’s second-lightest crankset, sat only behind THM’s own Clavicula SE. THM merged with 3T in 2016.

Made in Europe, the highly sculpted crankarms are designed to carve through the wind throughout the pedal stroke.

“Our best aero shape was a knife-like 12mm wide at the pedal, significantly thinner than anything else in existence (cranks are usually 15-17mm at the pedal end). In the other direction, our desired profile was much deeper than usual,” writes 3T on the design.

Three lengths – 170, 172.5 and 175mm – are to be available. Interacting with the chainring, 3T pairs the crankset with dedicated Wolf Tooth aero rings for best performance.

“We wanted the chainring to be separated spatially from the drive-side crank arm (not one blended shape) to avoid aerodynamic blockage,” adds 3T.

Saddleback distribute 3T goods to the trade in the UK and the crankset is priced (in Euros) at €1,049. The distributor is contactable on 01454 285285.

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