TREK 2019 ROAD BIKE GUIDE–EMONDA, DOMANE AND MADONE

Words by Cycles UK

on 15/01/2019 09:25:00

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Trek was founded in 1976, in a southern Wisconsin barn located halfway between Madison and Milwaukee with 5 employees making steel framed touring bikes. Today Trek are one of the biggest bicycle manufacturers in the world and have developed some of the best road bikes on the market.

Trek’s road bike range for 2019 is fairly complex as it thoroughly fills every discipline. Which is brilliant, but it can be confusing. This guide will break down the different models in the Emonda, Domane and Madone range, for a detailed run down of Trek’s gravel and cyclocross bikes, hold fire! The Trek all-road guide is on it’s way.

First of all, Trek categorise their bikes in to four frame levels

-AL (aluminium)

-ALR (higher grade aluminium)

-SL (carbon fibre)

-SLR (higher grade carbon fibre)

This can mean different things for different models like which Isospeed decoupler the frame is equipped with, the grade of frame material and frame geometry.

This is then categorised further by a number that represents the level of components the bike is equipped with.

Some models have the choice of rim brake or disc brake set ups as well as Women’s variations that are equipped with specific touchpoints, but do not compromise performance or price.

With this in mind let’s move on to each bike’s discipline.

Emonda

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The Emonda (pronounced Eh-mon-da) is Trek’s climbing bike with relatively aggressive geometry and a focus on weight saving for a fast and nimble ride. It’s right at home on club rides and even racing.

There are three different models of Emonda:

ALR (disc or rim brake models)

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-ALR 4 Tiagra

-ALR 5 105

All of which are made of 300 series Alpha aluminium, the 56cm disc frameset weighs 1.87kg whilst the rim brake weighs 1.71kg.

SL (disc or rim brake models and Women’s models)

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-SL 5 105

-SL 6 Ultegra

-SL 6 Pro Ultegra (carbon wheel set)

-SL 7 Ultegra Di2 (carbon wheel set)

All of which are made of 500 series OCLV carbon fibre. The 56cm disc frameset weighs 1.78kg whilst the rim brake weighs 1.66kg.

SLR (rim brake only available on SLR 6 model. Women’s models available)

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-SLR 6 Ultegra

-SLR 7 Ultegra Di2 (carbon wheel set)

-SLR 8 Dura-ace (carbon wheel set)

-SLR 9 Dura-ace Di2 (carbon wheel set and integrated stem/handlebar)

All of which are made of 700 series OCLV carbon fibre. The 56cm disc frameset weighs 1.37kg whilst the rim brake weighs 1.21kg. All SLR models come with a carbon seatmast and handlebar (and an aluminium stem, except the SLR 9 which has a carbon integrated stem/handlebar).

All complete Emonda models are designed with the ‘H2 Fit’ geometry which is “The optimal fit to put most riders in the right position for power and performance”, however, you can get the ‘H1 Fit’ geometry on the SLR frameset which is the geometry favoured by the Trek pro team for it’s low aero positioning.

Domane

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The Domane (pronounced Do-mar-nee) is Trek’s Paris Roubaix inspired endurance bike with a focus on comfort in both the high end endurance race models and entry level beginner models. With Disc models, extra tyre clearance and Trek’s Isospeed decoupler technology, the Domane is a very diverse bike which is perfect for club rides, long days in the saddle, commuting and even light off road.

There are three different models of Domane:

AL (No decoupler, Women’s models available)

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-AL 2 Claris

-AL 3 Sora

-AL 4 Tiagra

-AL 5 105

All of which are made of 100 series Alpha Aluminium, have Isospeed carbon forks and mounts for mudguards/racks. These bikes are perfect for those just starting out with road cycling.

SL (Disc or rim brake models and Women’s models)

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-SL 5 105 (alloy seatmast)

-SL 6 Ultegra (carbon seatmast)

-SL 7 Ultegra Di2 (carbon seatmast)

All of which are made of 500 series OCLV carbon fibre and have non adjustable rear and front Isospeed decouplers and carbon handlebars. The SL Disc 56cm frameset weighs 2.03kg whilst the rim brake weighs 1.56kg.

SLR (Disc or rim brake models and Women’s models)

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-SLR 6 Ultegra

-SLR 7 Ultegra Di2 (carbon wheel set)

-SLR 8 Dura-ace (carbon wheel set)

-SLR 9 Dura-ace Di2 (carbon wheel set)

All of which are made of 600 series OCLV carbon fibre, have adjustable rear and front Isospeed decouplers, a carbon seatmast and carbon IsoCore handlebars. The SLR Disc 56cm frameset weighs 1.90kg whilst the rim brake weighs 1.75kg.

All Domane models are built with Trek’s Endurance Fit and Endurance Geometry that is “Still racey, but with a slightly higher head tube for better stability and greater comfort throughout the entire ride”

Madone

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If you stay up to date with pro cycling, you will recognise the Madone (pronounced Mad-own) as the Trek Segafredo race-winning aero weapon with it’s blade shaped tubing and dazzling Project One colour schemes. The Madone has a focus on aerodynamics and speed making it ideal for racing but it also benefits from Trek’s Isospeed decoupler giving it added comfort. This is mainly for performance as a comfortable rider can ride faster, however, it makes the Madone a great bike for weekend club rides and casual riding too.

There are two Madone models and both are carbon:

SL (integrated rim brake only)

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-SL 6 Ultegra

The SL 6 is the best value Madone using a 500 series OCLV carbon fibre frame, aluminium rims and a standard stem and aero bar setup which makes it easier to customise for triathlon.

SLR (disc or rim brake models and Women’s models)

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-SLR 6 Ultegra

-SLR 7 Ultegra Di2

-SLR 8 Dura-ace

-SLR 9 Dura-ace Di2 or Sram eTap (Bontrager Aeolus XXX wheelset)

All of which are made out of Trek’s lightest 700 series OCLV carbon fibre and have the Madone specific carbon seatmast, handlebar and stem. All SLR models come with carbon Bontrager Aeolus wheels but the SLR 9 comes with the top end Bontrager Aeolus XXX wheels.

All Madone models are designed with Trek’s H1.5 fit for ultimate aerodynamic performance. Trek market the Madone as the race bike that suits any race because of it’s adjustable top tube isospeed which lets you adjust the frame’s compliance and bump absorbing qualities.

Trek’s Emonda, Domane and Madone covers the entire range of road bike disciplines at price points between £595 and over £10,000 offering high levels of performance throughout.

To recap:

Emonda - Lightweight climbing bike

Domane - Comfortable and fast endurance bike

Madone - Aerodynamic race bike

Trek’s road bike range also includes:

Domane+ - Electric road bike based on the Domane

Checkpoint - Gravel adventure bike

Crocket & Boone - Cyclocross race bikes

520 - Steel touring bike

Speed Concept - Time trial and triathlon bike