Checkpoint's aluminum-framed ALR 5 represents Trek's commitment to riders looking for freedom and adventure, but who also look for value.
The Checkpoint ALR 5 combines rugged construction, a responsive feel, versatile design and a new geometry for riders looking to discover (or rediscover) adventure cycling. The frameset of the Checkpoint ALR for 2022 is slightly different with a slightly longer top tube and correspondingly shorter stem and handlebar reach. Mountain bike designers call this "progressive geometry", allowing better control on gravel-strewn descents. A change to the fork rake ensures the nimble handling of previous Checkpoint bicycles hasn't changed. An upright fit allows a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to get comfortable. The 300 Series Alpha aluminum frame features tapered and butted tubes created by hydroforming, keeping weight low while adding plenty of strength. There's room for tires up to 45mm (!), depending on rim width. A tapered head tube/steerer tube interface also adds handling precision while traversing rough surfaces. There's more strength to be found at the threaded T47 bottom bracket that all but eliminates power-robbing flex at the crankset. A 3S chain keeper, Control Freak internal cable routing, and accessory mounts from stem to stern demonstrate how much this bike is ready for expeditions across town or across the state. There are even mounts under the top tube for a direct-mount frame bag.
Shimano's proven 11-speed GRX components are built for riding all day in the rough stuff, and are found throughout the Checkpoint ALR 5. Adjustable-reach dual-control levers, a clutch-equipped rear derailleur, toggle-pivot front derailleur, flat-mount disc brakes and a redesigned 46/30T compact crankset are all Shimano GRX components. An 11-34T Shimano cassette boasts a huge gearing range for tackling challenging terrain. Tubeless-ready alloy Bontrager Paradigm wheels are wrapped with Bontrager GR1 Team Issue 700x40c tubeless-ready gravel tires, offering easy acceleration and confident grip in a wide range of surfaces. Shimano GRX hydraulic disc brakes bring effective stopping power to the Checkpoint ALR 5 in all conditions, rain or shine. A Bontrager P3 Verse Comp saddle sits atop an alloy Bontrager seatpost, while an accessory-ready Bontrager Elite Blendr stem and flared alloy Bontrager Elite Gravel road handlebars with a 13 degree flare complete this capable machine.
This Trek road bike that has the handling and pedigree of a Paris-Roubaix winner, yet remains affordable. It's still a Domane.
The Trek Domane AL 3 is much more than a "starter" road bike. The Domane AL has been developed from a proven platform that has conquered Spring Classics, double centuries and hilly commutes alike. The fit and handling of the Domane isn't oriented towards criterium racers. Instead of a short wheelbase and aggressive fit, the Domane's more upright fit, stable handling and longer wheelbase make every mile more comfortable. The slightly taller head tube allows a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilties- to get comfortable with minimal changes (if any) to the Domane AL's components. The Domane AL doesn't handle like a clumsy touring bike, though. It will track though corners and follow curves with ease. Built from Trek's 100 Series Alpha aluminum tubing, the frame displays tapered and shaped lines that enhance strength while keeping overall weight low. A threaded bottom bracket ensures flex-free power delivery with every pedal stroke. Useful details can be found on the Domane AL 3, like the aperture in the left chainstay for a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately). A rack and vanishing fender mounts make for easy installation of accessories for commutes and day-trips.
The Domane AL 3 is equipped with Shimano's redesigned Sora 9-speed components. Adjustable-reach dual-control levers are easier to fit, while both derailleurs require less hand strength to operate. A 50/34T Sora compact crankset and 11-32T Sora 9-speed cassette boast a massive gearing range for steep ascents and day-long adventures. Tubeless-ready alloy Bontager wheels are shod with smooth-riding 700x32c Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite tires, reducing road harshness while adding confidence-boosting grip in fast corners. The Domane AL 3's cable-operated Tektro disc brakes offer excellent lever feedback and stopping power in all conditions, rain or shine. Bontrager also supplies the alloy seatpost, P3 Verse Comp saddle, alloy Comp VR-S road handlebar and accessory-ready Elite Blendr stem.
Come in and find out why Trek's Domane makes a great bike for more riders. Even their very first road bike.
Trek's Domane road bicycles have been allowing riders to take on challenging distances with criticially acclaimed comfort and stability. With wide tires and disc brakes, the Domane can carry you even further.
The Domane AL 5 Disc takes an affordable "chassis" and adds disc brakes and wide tires. What does that do for the rider? Plenty. The Domane AL 5's 100 Series Alpha aluminum frame is surprisingly light with a solid feel. Trek's refinement of aluminum fabrication is seen in the smooth welds that add very little to the overall frame weight. A tapered head tube and threaded external bottom bracket improve the Domane AL 5's overall torsional strength for better handling and power transfer. 12mm thru-axles make brake disc alignment perfect every time the wheels are installed, and improves the Domane AL 5's handling even further. The geometry and fit found on every Domane bicycle allows a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to get comfortable for long distances.
Even the small details can make the Domane AL 5 a high-performance machine for everyday rides, like vanishing fender mounts front and rear. A rear rack mount adds versatility for commuting and day trips. There's even an aperture for a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately) in the left chainstay that doesn't require clumsy zip-ties. The flat-mount format for brake caliper installation reduces overall bike weight yet again while making adjustment and alignment simple. The carbon fiber IsoSpeed fork soaks up vibration with a specific carbon fiber layup while keeping weight low, too.
Shimano's 11-speed 105 components have been considered a standard for recreational riders looking for a performance edge. The 50/34T compact crankset, front and rear derailleurs and 11-34T cassette are all Shimano 105 units, ensuring long service life and precise operation. The 11-speed Shimano 105 dual-control levers operate Shimano 105 hydraulic disc brake calipers, boasting excellent brake lever feedback and stopping power in all conditions, wet or dry. By eliminating standard caliper brakes, the available tire clearance for the Domane AL 5 Disc has expanded to 35mm. With 700x32c Bontrager R1 road tires as stock equipment already, the Domane AL 5 Disc can take wider treaded rubber for adventures on gravel or hardpan. The tubeless-ready alloy Bontrager Affinity Disc wheelset keeps rotating weight low for easy acceleration. A Bontrager P3 Verse Comp saddle, alloy Comp seatpost, accessory-ready Elite Blendr stem and Elite IsoZone VR-SF road handlebar complete this century-ready machine.
Magnificent, isn't it?
The design team and engineers at Trek wanted to keep the best elements of the previous Domane SL 5, but improve the bike's overall performance in a wider range of conditions. From terrible pavement to relentless hills to gusty crosswinds, the newest Domane is better everywhere. The frame and fork were given an aero treatment, allowing it to slice through the wind with less effort by the rider. Cable routing tucks in behind the stem, making the bike even sleeker. A Kammtail shape was used at the back of the frame's down tube and seat tube, reducing overall drag in headwinds. Aerodynamics weren't the only thing considered for the updated Domane SL 5. Clearance for 38mm tires has been added, allowing for wider, more adventurous rubber. A storage compartment in the down tube practically eliminates the need for a tool kit bag under the saddle. A single lever opens it, and a port for a multi-tool (sold separately, along with the rest of the flat repair kit) sits just inside. This feature lowers the bike's center of gravity, improving handling on poor pavement and high-speed turns (or both).
The Domane hasn't forgotten its roots, though. Built with Trek's proprietary 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber, the Domane SL's frame exhibits incredible strength as well as light weight, just like the best-selling previous generation. The front and rear IsoSpeed decouplers are still there, making short work of harsh tarmac and potholes. Even the Endurance fit and geometry that allows a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to get comfortable remains in all sizes. An aperture in the left chainstay for a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately) makes for a clean installation, while a 3S chain keeper prevents dropped chains and roadside stops (and greasy fingers). 12mm thru-axles not only make hub installation a snap, but improve the frameset's torsional strength for better power transfer and high-speed handling. The Domane's new T47 bottom bracket is far less likely to creak after prolonged miles. No, they didn't rest on their laurels when they revisited the Domane SL 5.
In the drivetrain department, Trek chose Shimano's recently revised 11-speed 105 components for the Domane SL 5. Changes and improvements to the venerable component group include:
- A Shadow-style rear derailleur with a wider gearing capacity (up to 34T!), improved aero profile, and a lighter touch at the shifter under pedaling loads
- A toggle-pivot front derailleur requiring less effort to operate at the shift lever
- A stiffer 50/34T compact crankset with a more aero profile
- Reshaped levers with an improved hood texture and adjustable lever reach for smaller hands
- Flat-mount hydraulic brake calipers boast lighter weight and improved torsional stength compared to post-mount units
- An 11-34T cassette that allows a 1-to-1 gear ratio for tackling exceptionally steep grades
Rolling stock consists of Bontrager's tubeless-ready alloy Affinity Disc wheels, featuring a 21mm width for wide, road-holding rubber. 700x32c Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite tires bring an extra layer of smoothness to every mile. A Bontrager Arvada Comp saddle sits atop a carbon fiber micro-adjust seatmast cap that boasts a mount for a tail light. An accessory-ready alloy Bontrager Elite Blendr stem and alloy Bontrager Comp VR road handlebar complete this well-engineered masterpiece.
A Bontrager BITS Internal Frame Storage Bag is included with the purchase of this bicycle.
The Domane SLR has taken an innovative approach to making every mile smoother, as well as improving performance overall. Trek starts with their proprietary OCLV 600 Series carbon fiber for the Domane SLR's frame and fork construction. This material is a "recipe" of different carbon fiber materials strategically placed to add strength where needed, and add compliance in the right places for improved rider comfort. Shaping that carbon fiber just right allows the Domane SLR to be incredibly effective at delivering power from the crankset to the rear wheel without energy-robbing flex in the frame. Called Power Transfer Construction, the overall frame shape all but eliminates torsional frame flex. Where the Domane SLR excels is in the frame's compliance over rough pavement, potholes and even cobblestones. Featuring the same IsoSpeed technology found on the first-gen Domane, the Domane SLR boasts a new twist for better ride quality for a wider range of riders: Adjustablility. This Domane SLR features a slider at the back of the seat tube that can be adjusted in the field using a simple torque wench. By moving the slider up or down, the seatmast becomes more or less flexible, soaking up rough and choppy pavement. In fact, the Domane SLR can be made more compliant than the original Domane 6-series by 14%. When moving the slider up to the top of the limit, the rear of the bike can be made stiffer, allowing better road feel during sweeping descents and turns on more civilized tarmac. The Domane SLR's fork has also gone through a revolution with front IsoSpeed. By adding a decoupler hidden at the top of the fork's steerer tube, the Domane SLR has 10% greater compliance than the previous version (which was pretty comfy to begin with), keeping the rider's hands, arms and shoulders more comfortable. The Domane SLR's BB90 bottom bracket offers a super-stiff anchor for the bike's crankset, returning every watt of power that the rider puts into it. A tapered head tube also adds precision to the bike's handling in high-speed turns and under hard braking. The Domane SLR 6 sees direct-mount brake caliber installation that all but eliminates lateral flex in the caliper, improving brake lever feel and brake pad life.
Making the Domane SLR perform better than the previous version was only the start. Trek wanted to keep all the details that helped make the 1st-gen Domane so complete, like the aperture for a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor in the left chainstay that eliminates the need for ugly zip-ties. The Domane SLR also keeps the removable fender mounts for riders in wet climates and seasons. There's even an integrated adjustable 3S chain keeper that prevents a dropped chain on broken pavement and potholes. The same seatmast cap found on the previous Domane (and current Emonda SL and SLR) is used on the Domane SLR. This is just one example of how Trek will improve a bike without throwing away well-engineered technology from previous designs.
The Domane SLR 6 is equipped with Shimano's latest 11-speed Ultegra R8000 components for high performance, long service life and light weight. The adjustable-reach dual-control levers, front and rear derailleurs and 50/34T compact crankset are all new R8000 Ultegra components. An 11-34T Shimano cassette boasts a very wide gearing range for tackling hilly rides and adventures. Improvements from the previous generation of Ultegra components include a larger capacity for the rear derailleur, better shifting response, improved lever hood shape and a stiffer, more aero crankset.
Bontrager's tubeless-ready alloy Paradigm wheels are tubeless-ready and sport a 19.5mm width for a better tire-to-road contact patch, adding to the bike's excellent ride quality. 700x28c Bontrager R2 Hard-Case Lite tires bring confident grip to the party, making the Domane SLR 6 sure-footed on pavement both good and terrible. Shimano Ultegra direct-mount brake calipers are light and offer fantastic lever feedback for optimum control. Bontrager also supplies the padded Elite IsoZone alloy road handlebar. An accessory-ready alloy Bontrager stem makes handlebar computer and light mounting a snap (literally!). A Bontrager Montrose Comp saddle tops off the seatmast cap to complete this excellent Classics-conquering machine.
When Trek's design team looked at how racing bikes were great for, well, racing, but not for long days in the saddle over rough pavement, they asked their pro racers how they could improve their best machines for a smoother ride. The designers asked the pros what they wanted for hilly, multi-hour races over rough and choppy pavement, or even cobblestones. The designers in Waterloo then added their revolutionary technology that soaks up low- and high-frequency vibration: Trek's IsoSpeed decoupler. Found at the junction of the seat tube and top tube, the IsoSpeed decoupler allows the seat mast to flex much more freely, improving frame compliance and reducing rider fatigue. The latest version of the IsoSpeed unit is adjustable, allowing riders of different weights to dial in the perfect feel. A damper has been added to the rear IsoSpeed unit, keeping the bike from feeling like a pogo stick on washboard surfaces. Up front, there's an IsoSpeed unit at the top of the head tube, soaking up impacts on the way to the handlebar. The Endurance Geometry and fit of the Domane series is more upright, allowing a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to get comfortable for long hours in the saddle.Trek's proprietary 700-series OCLV carbon fiber is used throughout the frame, minimizing excess resin use while keeping consistent weights throughout the manufacturing process. The Domane SLR's massive down tube is shaped using Power Transfer Construction, making the bike incredibly stiff for uphill, out-of-the-saddle sprints. A tapered head tube and all-carbon fork add a precise feel to the Domane's handling, especially during high-speed descents. Anchoring the bottom bracket is an oversized threaded T47 bottom bracket, adding another level of rigidity for instant pedaling response. Internal cable routing keeps the Domane SLR 7 looking clean and sleek. The Domane SLR has hidden fender mounts and eyelets, allowing the bike to be a versatile commuter, as well as a century-conqueror. A storage compartment for a repair kit has been added to the frame's down tube, all but replacing the ubiquitous seat bag. An aperture for a ANT+ DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately) is found in the left chainstay, eliminating the need for clumsy zip ties. Rough roads can bounce a bike around, but the Domane's integrated 3S chain keeper prevents dropped chains (especially at critical moments on pave').
The frameset is pro-level, and so is the Domane SLR 7's component list: Shimano's latest 12-speed Ultegra Di2 series. Unstoppable reliability, incredible performance and light weight are just a few of the descriptions given some of Shimano's best components. Ultegra Di2 components are found throughout the Domane SLR 7: Ultegra derailleurs, 50/34T compact crankset, adjustable-reach dual-control levers, 11-34T cassette, chain and hydraulic disc brakes. The dual-control levers are connected wirelessly to the 12-speed derailleurs (yes, 12 speeds) and the rechargeable battery mounted inside the frame. With Di2 shifting, every shift is perfect. Every. Single. Time. The new dual-control levers feature stepped shift buttons, making shifts more intuitive when wearing full finger gloves. Battery life is roughly 900-1,000 miles between charges.
Bontrager adds their brilliant Aeolus Pro 3V carbon fiber wheels to the Domane SLR 7's parts list. OCLV carbon fiber is used throughout the rim construction, ensuring a durable wheel as well as very light weight. The rim's Dual Directional Design -or D3- profile reduces drag while handling gusty crosswinds more effectively than a V-shaped profile. The Pro 3V's 25mm inner rim width allows the tire to spread out for a larger "footprint" on broken pavement, enhancing lateral grip. The Aeolus Pro 3V's bladed spokes add an extra dash of aerodynamic performance. Tubeless-ready Bontrager R3 Hard-Case Lite tires in a generous 700x32c size boast low rolling resistance and confident grip.
The Domane SLR 7's "furniture" was scrutinized to keep the rider comfortable. Bontrager supplies the OCLV carbon fiber Pro IsoCore handlebar that reduces vibrations. The elastomer material built into the handlebar's structure soaks up vibrations from the road by 20% over a standard carbon fiber bar. An accessory-ready alloy Bontrager Pro Blendr stem and Bontrager Verse saddle complete this century-conquering masterpiece.
A Shimano Di2 charging cable and BITS tool storage bag is included with the purchase of this bicycle.
This might be the best entry level to a carbon fiber road machine with electronic shifting. Trek's Emonda SL 6 eTap shares the same Kammtail Virtual Foil (or KVF) aero frame shape as its big brother SLR version. This feature alone will save you a minute over 25 miles compared to the previous Emonda SL version. But the reason Trek built the Emonda is all about lightness...
With a sub-19 pound build, the Emonda SL 6 eTap will make every hill just a bit easier to tackle. Trek's 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber is a proven material to build outstanding performance road bicycles. A rock-solid T47 bottom bracket ensures no energy is wasted with every pedal stroke; perfect for attacking steep inclines and sprinting away from the peloton. Internal brake hosing and a chainstay aperture for a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately) keeps the Emonda SL 6 looking clean and sleek.
SRAM's wireless Rival eTap AXS component group lowers the threshold for every rider looking for lightning-quick shifting, precise operation and a wide gearing range.Emonda SL 6 Disc has all the advantages of an ultralight carbon road bike, with the added benefit of aero tube shaping that will make you faster on flats and up climbs, too. An ultra-smart and smooth SRAM Rival AXS wireless electronic drivetrain, lightweight carbon wheels, and an included power meter make this bike a great choice for fast roadies who want every performance advantage. It's right for you if... You're no stranger to long, fast rides and you're looking for an ultralight, aerodynamic bike with race-ready parts. You also want the incredible speed, precision, and clean looks of SRAM's newest wireless electronic drivetrain. The tech you get A lightweight and aerodynamic 500 Series OCLV Carbon frame and fork, a SRAM Rival eTap AXS 2x12 wireless electronic drivetrain, Rival AXS power meter, and Aeolus Elite 35 tubeless ready carbon wheels. The final word Yes, you can have it all: a super lightweight, aero frame for more speed on any terrain, exceptional handling characteristics, and an advanced wireless electronic drivetrain for lightning-fast shifts (even under load) and less maintenance. All without the sticker shock! Why you'll love it - Aerodynamic tube shaping makes this our fastest Emonda SL platform ever—on flats and climbs alike - The SRAM Rival eTap AXS wireless drivetrain won't leave a hole in your wallet, and you can fully customize your shift logic using the AXS app - The 12-speed cassette lets you be more precise about your cadence - Comes with a SRAM Rival AXS power meter for more effective training rides from the start
When the first-gen Emonda SLR appeared, jaws dropped everywhere. It was light. Like, science-fiction light.
Trek has somehow managed to make a lighter version of the Emonda's SLR frame, but can run disc brakes.
Let that soak in for a second. The disc-brake-ready version of the Emonda SLR frame weighs in at an absurd 665 grams for a 56cm frame (H1 fit). The disc brake fork is also an all-carbon unit, and weighs only 350 grams. That's actually lighter than the previous-gen caliper-brake version. How did the mad scentists at Trek in Waterloo do it?! They started with a revamped version of their in-house 700 Series OCLV carbon fiber material. The qualities of this year's 700 Series OCLV carbon is different due to changes in raw material, layup schedule and resin formulation. With the aid of in-house digital prototyping, the Emonda SLR's frame design also went through refinements from stem to stern. The hourglass-shaped top tube and stouter chainstays are the more obvious clues to the new Emonda SLR's changes, while 12mm thru-axles add torsional anchor points for better power delivery and handling. The tapered head tube and BB90 bottom bracket are still there, but they function better with the improved frame architecture and material "recipe". Aerodynamics didn't enter into the equation; only lightness and ride quality mattered when the Emonda SLR Disc was under development. Internal cable routing keeps the Emonda SLR Disc looking sleek, while an aperture in the left chainstay for a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately) eliminates the need for clumsy zip-ties. The ride quality was improved with the new 700 Series OCLV, giving the Emonda SLR a smoother feel over rough pavement.
Equipping the Emonda SLR with Shimano's excellent 11-speed Ultegra R8000 components was an easy choice. Known for light weight, precise functionality, and overall durability, Ultegra components just work well for racers and recreational riders alike. The dual-control STI levers require less effort to shift than the previous generation, and still boast an adjustable lever reach for smaller hands. The tucked-in Shadow-style rear derailleur can handle much larger cassettes while shifting better under hard pedaling loads. The front derailleur's toggle-pivot design also requires less effort to operate. An alloy Ultegra 50/34T crankset and 11-32T Ultegra cassette bring a wide gearing range to every challenging ride. Hydraulic disc brakes aren't just for riding in the rain; better lever feedback and improved stopping power makes for safer braking in any conditions, wet or dry.
High performance can be found in the Emonda SLR's rolling stock as well. Bontrager's alloy Paradigm Comp wheels are disc-specific, and are tubeless-ready. They're shod with Bontrager's R3 Hard-Case Lite tires. Bontrager also supplies the saddle, accessory-ready alloy Blendr stem and alloy road handlebar.
The 50cm example in black/gunmetal we have is an H1 fit, rather than the more upright H2 fit.
The Emonda SLR can lay claim to the title "most refined road bicycle" for several reasons. Trek began using their latest 800 Series OCLV carbon fiber with the Emonda SLR, ensuring the best raw material and construction techniques. Finite Element Analysis was used to eliminate any excess carbon fiber, keeping total frame weight incredibly low. How low? Just under 700 grams for the bare frame. The frame and fork boast Kammtail Virtual Foil (or KVF) shaping, allowing it to cleave through the wind better than any round-tubed bicycle. 25 miles can be covered a minute faster with the new Emonda SLR. That same shaping keeps weight down compared to full-aero road bikes that can feel like a sailboat in gusty crosswinds.
The engineers at Trek knew that small details can add up when building a high-performance road machine like the Emonda SLR. Instead of a conventional seatpost, a Ride Tuned seat mast helps smooth out rough pavement. An aperture in the Emonda's left chainstay is for installing a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately), eliminating the need for clumsy zip-ties. Room for 28mm road tires allows the Emonda SLR to handle rough and choppy pavement better than skinny rubber. A tapered head tube/steerer tube interface enhances torsional strength, adding sharpness to handling in high-speed turns and descents.
This Emonda SLR is equipped with SRAM's latest wireless 12-speed shifting technology called eTap AXS. Both derailleurs feature battery-driven servo motors to change gears, making every shift lightning-quick. The lack of physical connection eliminates cable routing headaches, and there are no cables or housing to foul or corrode. The batteries are detachable and will last 500-600 miles between charges. Battery status can be shown on the AXS smartphone app, too. The 48/35T Rival alloy crankset and 10-36T SRAM Rival cassette boast a wide gearing range for tackling challenging courses and hilly terrain. Did we mention that the Emonda SLR comes equipped with a SRAM power meter in the crankset's spindle?
The Emonda SLR's wheelset was developed in tandem with the bike. The Aeolus Pro 37's are built with OCLV carbon fiber rims in a "bullet-nosed" shape that resists crosswinds while still keeping drag very low. They're tubeless-ready, and come with valve stems and rim strips. Weighing in at roughly 1500 grams, these wheels are brilliant for criteriums, century rides and cyclocross but excel at climbing. They're shod with 700x25c tubeless Bontrager R3 Hard-Case Lite tires, bringing a smooth ride and confident grip to every mile. Reigning in speed is the job of the Emonda's hydraulic SRAM Rival disc brakes.
A SRAM AXS battery charger and tubeless tire sealant is included with the purchase of this bicycle.
The Emonda SLR is one of Trek's flagship machines. Just pick it up, and you'll know...
Using absurdly, stupifyingly light 700 Series OCLV carbon fiber is just a small part of why the Emonda SLR is such an incredible bike. The frame engineers at Trek knew that the right combination of different qualities of carbon fiber can make a bike perform effortlessly. Immense torsional strength is needed to help with power transfer and precise handling. Measurable frame compliance can take the edge off rough pavement and keep the rider fresher for longer, making the difference in a final sprint to the finish line. Several different qualities of carbon fiber are used to produce these seemingly conflicting performance characteristics. When Trek uses their Optimum Compaction, Low Void (or OCLV) manufacturing process, they reduce the need for excess resin in the frame, keeping overall weight low and improving quality control.
They could use garden-variety frame elements seen on bikes around the world, but Trek knew they could make a bike better. A Ride Tuned no-cut seatmast and cap still allows for plenty of saddle adjustment, but the seatmast itself adds an extra dash of smoothness to the ride quality. It also cuts more weight off the Emonda SLR's frame, especially at the top of the bike where it counts more for out-of-the-saddle sprints and uphill efforts. A press-fit BB90 bottom bracket anchors the crankset while still keeping overall weight low. Adding a tapered head tube allowed the engineers to build an oversized down tube that enhances the frame's torsional strength while still keeping weight down. Direct-mount brake caliper installation improves frame strength as well as reducing weight. An aperture in the left chainstay is meant for a Bontrager DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor, eliminating the need for clumsy zip-ties. Internal cable routing keeps the Emonda SLR looking clean and sleek, too. The more upright H2 fit of this Emonda SLR allows a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to get comfortable.
Shimano's 11-speed Ultegra R8000 components are found throughout this Emonda SLR, including the dual-control levers, derailleurs, 50/34T compact crankset and direct-mount rim brakes. An 11-32T Shimano cassette offers a wide gearing range to help on fearsome inclines. Long life, precise operation and lightning-quick shifting are the hallmarks of Shimano's performance-oriented Ultegra component group. Bontrager's tubeless-ready alloy Paradigm Comp wheelset and 700x28c R3 Hard-Case Lite tires add easy acceleration and a smooth feel. Alloy Bontrager handlebars and accessory-ready stem keep the cockpit light and comfortable.