3T Exploro RaceMax review: rapid on-road, fast on gravel

On first inspection, the 3T Exploro RaceMax is a whacky hybrid of an aero road bike and an XC mountain bike. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The huge, meticulously profiled downtube gives way to skinny but knobbly tyres that look far too narrow for the package.  (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Having spent some time looking over the slightly madcap machine, the question begins to dawn… is this an aero gravel bike?  (image credit: The Gear Loop)
We figured, it is. Because we’ve never ridden a bike that has the same spirit as the RaceMax. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
It ignited our sense of adventure and gave us a taste of fun and a thirst for fast gravel riding. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Admittedly, we has some gripes with the Campagnolo groupset attached to this demo bike, while the wheels could easily be better. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
But if blasting around at full tilt on all manner of surfaces for a couple of hours is more your thing, then the RaceMax is a worthy contender.  (image credit: The Gear Loop)