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
- Lightning-quick shifts with the latest generation Di2 derailleurs and wireless Di2 dual-control levers
- Programmable shifting for righties and lefties with Shimano's E-Tube Project smartphone app
- Wireless shift signal can be received by most 3rd party handlebar computers from Garmin and Wahoo
- Larger 36T rear cassette cog capacity on the 105 Di2 derailleur
- The internal battery is wired to both derailleurs and is charged by a new aperture at the rear derailleur
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 OCLV carbon fiber Aeolus Pro 3 Disc wheels are tubeless-ready and very light. They're shod with Bontrager's R3 Hard-Case Lite tires. Bontrager also supplies the saddle, accessory-ready alloy Blendr stem and alloy Elite road handlebar.
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.
Felt continues to offer excellent performance at every price level. The VR60 is a prime example of how Felt's Variable Road (or VR) series brings high performance to an affordable price point.
The VR60 starts with a lightweight custom-butted FLite aluminum frame and UHC Advanced carbon fiber fork. The frame's shaped and tapered tubes ensure impressive torsional strength while retaining light weight and a smooth road feel, especially on rough and choppy surfaces. The geometry of the VR60 emphasizes a more upright posture for a wider range of rider fits and flexibilities. Up front, the UHC carbon fiber fork soaks up fatiguing vibration while helping to keep the entire chassis light. Details such as internal cable routing, a ControlTaper head tube/steerer tube interface, flat-mount disc brake installation and a top tube "bento box" mount demonstrate how Felt wants your first endurance road bike experience to be a good one. But they didn't stop there...
Shimano's 8-speed Claris conponents are found throughout the VR60's drivetrain, including the adjustable-reach dual-control levers, front derailleur and long-cage rear derailleur. This family of components might be Shimano's most introductory product for road bicycles, but the overall feel and functionality of Claris will set a high standard. An alloy Shimano Claris 50/34T compact crankset and 11-34T cassette brings a wide gearing range to the VR60, making steep ascents less challenging. Tubeless-ready alloy Devox wheels are wrapped with 700x30c Vittoria Zaffiro semi-treaded tires for easy acceleration and confident grip. Cable-operated Tektro disc brakes bring effective stopping power in all conditions, rain or shine. A Devox saddle, alloy Devox seatpost, alloy Devox stem and alloy Devox road handlebar complete this value-packed machine.