The 2023 Trek Domane Al 2 Disc Road Bike makes a great first road bike. The lightweight frame is responsive yet stable for a confidence-inspiring ride and it’s built with reliable all-weather parts.
The Domane AL 2 is built around a lightweight 100 Series Alpha Aluminium frame which has a stable Endurance Geometry for a confident ride. The carbon fibre forks help to keep the weight of the bike down and smooth out bumps and vibrations.
The Domane AL 2 Disc comes with a Shimano drivetrain has 16 speeds and a wide range of gears to make lumpy rides easier. Sturdy Bontrager wheels, puncture-resistant tyres and disc brakes, plus mounts for mudguards, mean this bike can also double a commuter or light tourer.
This bike is perfect for
Riders looking for a first road bike and who want a versatile, comfortable and affordable bike with reliable parts an all-weather stopping power from mechanical disc brakes.
Guide To Road Bike Gears
If you are buying a road bike one of the big differences between models will be which gears they use. Most manufacturers will make the same bike, using the same frame but putting different gears and wheels on it. So for instance you can buy a Trek Domane AL 2 Disc with Shimano Claris gearing for £975 or get the Trek Domane AL 4 Disc with Tiagra gearing for £1625. They are fundamentally the same bike. One comes with the Shimano Tiagra gears and the other comes with Shimano Claris gears.
In most cases, the bottom of the range gears and top of the range gears will basically work in the same way. The big differences are in the quality of material used and the weight. Top of the range gears will be lighter and smoother to use.
One thing to watch out for when comparing bikes is whether the full groupset is being used. If you are buying a bike that has Shimano 105 gears on it. Shimano makes 105 brakes, gear levers, front and rear derailleurs, cranks, chainrings and bottom brackets. So basically all of the running gear on the bike. Some bike manufacturers will fit the full groupset, others will fit Shimano 105 front and rear derailleurs but use their own brakes and cranks to save a few pounds. So if you are comparing bikes be sure to check how much of the groupset the bike actually uses.
Nothing beats the feeling of effortless speed you get on a road bike. There are lots of reasons to ride a road bike, from the simple joy of it, to racing, long distance challenges, or café rides with friends. Whatever you want to do there will be road bike out there for you.
Nearly all manufacturers have stopped making dedicated men’s and women’s bikes. They are now all unisex. What you will see is that on smaller bikes, brands will often fit a wider saddle (generally more female friendly). On larger bikes they will often fit a narrower one (generally more male friendly).
It is getting increasingly hard to buy new bikes with rim brakes as the industry has almost exclusively switched to discs. The reasons for this are pretty simple. Disc brakes are much, much, more powerful than old rim brake systems so you can stop a lot more easily and safely. Disc brakes also allow much bigger tyres to be fitted which is more comfortable. Older disc brake systems did often suffer from rubbing and squeaking. While this hasn’t been completely fixed yet it is much less common on modern bikes with hydraulic brakes. Mechanical disc brakes can still take a bit of fettling to get them right so go for hydraulic if you can.
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Trek made their first bikes in 1976 in a barn in Wisconsin. Now they’re one of the biggest bike brands in the world. Trek bikes cover everything from professional-level road and mountain bike race bikes to commuters, hybrids and kids bikes. There is a strong heritage of racing at Trek and many Trek bikes have a strong race influence. They take a very scientific approach to researching bike and human performance and then make the fastest and most efficient bikes they can.
It doesn’t stop their attention and passion for cycling flows through everything they do. Since the 1990s, Trek has supported Places for Bikes. Places for Bikes is an advocacy organisation in the USA that gets more people on bikes more often! Places for Bikes ethos falls in line with the companies mission statement to:
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Frame - 100 Series Alpha Aluminium, tapered head tube, internal routing, mudguard mounts, DuoTrap S-compatible, flat-mount disc, 142x12 mm thru axle
Fork - Domane AL carbon, tapered alloy steerer, internal brake routing, mudguard mounts, flat-mount disc, 12x100 mm thru axle
Hub front - Formula RX-512 alloy, 6-bolt, 100x12 mm thru axle
Skewer front - Bontrager Switch thru axle, removable lever
Hub rear - Formula RX-142 alloy, 6-bolt, Shimano 11-speed freehub, 142x12 mm thru axle
Skewer rear - Bontrager Switch thru-axle, removable lever
Rim - Bontrager Affinity Disc, Tubeless Ready, 24-hole, 21 mm width, Presta valve. Bontrager Paradigm, Tubeless Ready, 24-hole, 21 mm width, Presta valve
Spokes - 14 g stainless steel
Tyre - Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite, wire bead, 60 tpi, 700x32 c
Max tyre size - 35c without mudguards, 32c with mudguards
Shifter - Shimano Claris R2000, 8-speed
Front derailleur - Shimano Claris R2000, 31.8 mm clamp
Rear derailleur - Shimano Claris R2000, medium cage, 34T max cog
Crank - Shimano RS200, 50/34 (compact)
Bottom bracket - Shimano UN300, 68 mm, threaded cartridge, 110 mm spindle
Cassette - Shimano HG31, 11-32, 8-speed
Chain - Shimano Sora HG71, 8-speed
Saddle - Size: 44, 49, 52 - Bontrager P3 Verse Comp, steel rails, 155 mm width. Size: 54, 56, 58, 61 - Bontrager P3 Verse Comp, steel rails, 145 mm width
Seatpost - Bontrager Comp, 6061 alloy, 27.2 mm, 8 mm offset
Handlebar - Bontrager Comp VR-S, alloy, 31.8 mm
Handlebar tape - Bontrager Supertack Perf tape
Stem - Bontrager Elite, 31.8 mm, Blendr-compatible, 7-degree
Head set - FSA Integrated, sealed cartridge bearing, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottom
Brake - Tektro C550 mechanical disc brake, dual piston, flat-mount, 160 mm rotor
Weight - 56cm size - 10.76 kg / 23.73 lbs
Weight limit - This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider and cargo) of 125 kg (275 lb).
|Colours||HEX BLUE, TREK BLACK|
|Sizes||44, 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61|
|Barcodes||601479149865, 601479149926, 601479150069, 601479168705, 601479168729, 601479168767, 601479168781, 601842022672, 601842022856, 601842022870, 601842022894, 601842022931, 601842022955|
|SKUs / Part Numbers||5274810, 5274811, 5274812, 5274813, 5274814, 5274815, 5274816, 5274817, 5274818, 5274819, 5274820, 5274821, 5274822|
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