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.
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.
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.
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.
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