A comfortable fit makes every mile better, and the Defy Advanced Pro 2 boasts a tall head tube, allowing a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to fit more easily for multi-hour rides. A slightly longer wheelbase improves stability, reducing rider stress when the tarmac goes from bad to worse. Instead of sharp-handling geometry found on a pro's road racing machine, the Defy Advanced Pro 2's geometry is more like a Grand Touring car: Swift and light, but still manageable and comfortable. Need wider rubber than the Defy Advanced Pro 2's stock tires? There's enough space for tires up to 35mm wide!Shimano's venerable 11-speed Ultegra components are found throughout the Defy Advanced Pro 2, including the dual-control levers, both derailleurs and 11-34T cassette. An alloy Shimano Ultegra 50/34T compact crankset offers a wide gearing range for challenging terrain without the added weight of a triple crankset. Boasting a wide gearing range for steep ascents and long service life, Shimano's Ultegra drivetrain performs best on challenging routes and centuries. Hydraulic Shimano Ultegra disc brakes are not only powerful and feature excellent lever feedback, but also perform in all conditions, rain or shine. Giant’s own carbon fiber tubeless SLR-2 42 wheelset adds stunning all-round performance, thanks to very low rotating weight. A bullet-nosed rim profile helps reduce drag in a wider range of wind directions as well. The carbon fiber rim is hookless, reducing weight further and improving overall durability. Giant Gavia Fondo 1 700x32c tubeless tires deliver outstanding grip, low weight and high resistance to punctures. A Contact Fleet SL saddle sits atop the aforementioned D-Fuse seatpost. A Contact SL stem and SL D-Fuse handlebar complete this century conqueror.
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.
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.
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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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.