The Emonda SLR ultralight road bicycle has been an eye-opening performance machine for everyone who wants to tackle challenging terrain, from recreational road riders to pro-level racers. This Emonda SLR 7 eTap features SRAM's wireless eTap AXS 12-speed shifting, disc brakes and an extra dash of aero.
The Emonda SLR boasts a new carbon fiber "recipe" from Trek: 800 Series OCLV carbon fiber. With a frame weight of only 750 grams (that was not a misprint), the Emonda SLR is an incredible performance booster in hilly or mountainous terrain. Astounding lightness is not the only outcome when using this material. Improved torsional strength prevents frame-robbing flex with every pedal stoke. 800 Series OCLV carbon fiber also gave the engineers at Trek the leeway to add aerodynamic Kammtail shaping on the frame and fork. With a slipperier frameset, the latest version of the Emonda SLR will save a minute when riding 25 miles compared to the previous version. Internal cable routing and an aperture in the left chainstay for a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately) keeps the Emonda SLR looking clean and sleek.
This Emonda SLR 7 comes with SRAM's latest 12-speed Force eTap AXS component group, boasting wireless shifting. With a servo motor moving the derailleur instead of a cable, shifting accuracy is always perfect. Every. Single. Time. The lightning-quick shifting speed will even prolong the lifespan of your chain. Each derailleur is equipped with a lithium ion battery that can be removed for easy charging. A full charge will last roughly 60 hours of riding. The SRAM eTap AXS batteries are completely interchangeable, allowing the batteries to be swapped between derailleurs in case one loses charge before the other during a ride. Charge levels can be monitored with a SRAM AXS smartphone app that can also update the drivetrain's firmware. The Emonda SLR's Force 48/35T crankset is paired with a SRAM Force XG-1270 10-33T cassette, bringing a huge gearing range to the party.
The Emonda SLR 7's wheels are Bontrager's Aeolus Pro 37's, wrapped with Bontrager R3 Hard-Case Lite 700x25c tires. Weighing only 1500 grams a set, the Pro 37's eagerly spin up to speed and slice through the wind like a razor. The Dual Directional Design (or D3) rim profile is crosswind resistant as well as very aero for a 37mm profile. SRAM Force hydraulic disc brakes perform brilliantly in all conditions, rain or shine.
Trek made sure the Emonda SLR 7's "furniture" would match the rest of the bike's capabilities. A One-piece OCLV carbon fiber Aeolus RSL handlebar and stem adds very little total weight to the bike, and keeps the cockpit very sleek. It has an aperture for a handlebar computer mount, eliminating the need for ugly strapwork. The Aeolus Elite saddle sits atop a Ride Tuned seatmast cap, completing this world-class performance machine.
A SRAM eTap battery charger is included with the purchase of this bicycle.
This bicycle was produced by hand in Waterloo, WI, using the same molds and techniques as the Madone 6.9 SSL of the same year. The bicycle uses Trek's proprietary OCLV 110 carbon fiber material for very light weight and impressive torsional strength. An aggressive geometry provides nimble handling and lightning-fast pedaling response, especially during uphill, out-of-the-saddle efforts. Up front, a 1-1/8" Cane Creek external-cup headset holds the lightweight Bontrager Race X Lite OCLV 110 carbon fiber fork. The Madone's cables are all externally routed, allowing easy servicing in the field.
The Livestrong Madone bicycles feature real gold leaf panels on the top tube, down tube and seat tube. Lance Armstrong's signature appears across the top tube under the clearcoat. Yellow highlights and custom graphics adorn the bike and many of the components.
Shimano's 10-speed 7800 Dura Ace components are found throughout the bike, including the dual-control levers, both derailleurs, both multi-pivot brake calipers, and the 12-25T cassette. Long service life and precise operation can be expected for years to come from Shimano's best pro-level components. A Bontrager crankset with carbon fiber arms, 53/39T chainrings and matching custom graphics is an impressive centerpiece to the Livestrong Madone. Bontrager Race X Lite alloy wheels also feature custom yellow spokes and carbon fiber hubs, and are wrapped with 700x23mm Bontrager tires. A Bontrager carbon fiber seatpost, Bontrager saddle, Race XXX Lite carbon fiber stem and OCLV carbon fiber handlebar also boast custom yellow graphics.
Giant has been refining their race-ready TCR series of bicycles for years, but somehow they've kept the prices pretty chill. The TCR Advanced 2 Disc is a perfect example: The Advanced-Grade carbon fiber Composite frame shows off new flowing lines that help cheat the wind, along with absurdly light weight. Those truncated shapes found at the head tube, down tube and fork legs help the TCR Advanced 2 Disc slice through the air with less effort. A tapered OverDrive head tube/steerer tube interface adds handling precision in fast corners. A press-fit PowerCore bottom bracket ensures instant response with every pedal stoke. The TCR Advanced 2's carbon fiber Composite fork helps keep weight low as well. There's even room for tires up to 32mm wide. All this makes for a pretty strong argument for a bike that can brag about best-bang-for-your-buck.
But there's more. Lots more...
Shimano recently redesigned their venerable 11-speed 105 component group. Called R7000, the new 105 components are a direct descendant of Shimano's pro-level Dura-Ace component group. The Shadow-style rear derailleur shifts even smoother and boasts a wider gearing capacity, the toggle-pivot front derailleur requires less effort to operate, and the new levers adjust to fit smaller hands better. A Shimano RS510 52/36T alloy crankset and 11-30T Shimano 105 cassette makes the TCR Advanced 2 Disc an even better choice for tackling otherwise fearsome hills and inclines. Tubeless alloy PR-2 wheels and Giant Gavia Course 1 tubeless tires take grip and smooth ride quality to another level. Helping to reign in speed is the job of Shimano's (you guess it) 105 hydraulic brake calipers. A Giant Approach road saddle, Composite carbon fiber Variant seatpost, alloy Contact stem and alloy Contact road handlebar complete this race-worthy machine.