Trek’s 2017 road bike range
2016 has been a big year for Trek with the launch of its new Domane and the front Isospeed decoupler to match the rear, as well as adding adjustability to the rear too via a seat tube mounted slider, so we expected a quieter 2017.
It seems that 2017 will be quieter on the launch front with instead more variety in the Domane, Emonda and Madone platforms, and some new and serious bikes for women.
Trek Domane SLR
We’ll start with the Domane SLR, seeing as that has been Trek’s major launch in 2016. It’s been a busy few years for Trek, with the Emonda launch in 2014 followed up by the Madone in 2015 and the Domane in 2016.
Trek took the Domane back to the drawing board when developing the SLR, and the result was a frame with an adjustable rear IsoSpeed decoupler, which allows the rider to fine-tune the amount of compliance served up by the internal seat cluster pivot and, more radically, an additional IsoSpeed decoupler in the headtube and headset which seeks to balance out the comfort served at the front and rear end of the bike.
As for the bikes, there’s an expanded range of nine SLR machines in the line-up for model year 2017: three with disc brakes and six with rim brakes. The £7,600 Domane SLR 9 eTap really caught our eye but a more realistic way into the SLR range is with the most affordable of the bikes, the £3,600 Domane SLR 6 pictured, which comes equipped with a Shimano Ultegra groupset. If you want disc brakes then the range opens with the Domane SLR 6 Disc, again with Shimano Ultegra but at £4,000. That bike is on our way to us for review.
Trek Domane ALR
The Domane range doesn’t stop with the carbon fibre S, though – there’s also the aluminium ALR frame, which has had an update for 2017. Trek say it’s lighter and with smoother welds to give it a carbon-like finish. It continues to have a rear IsoSpeed decoupler.
There are three bikes to choose from and the £1,300 Domane ALR 4 Disc looks like a hit. The Quicksilver finish is stunning and you get Shimano’s latest Tiagra groupset and the Japanese firm’s new Tiagra-level RS405 hydraulic disc brakes.
Trek Emonda SLR
While the Domane comes from Trek’s endurance range, the Emonda and Madone bikes have a racier touch, focusing on light weight and aerodynamics respectively. Of those two, let’s start with the Emonda.
Once again, there are three carbon frame platforms: the SLR, SL and S – with the frame weight rising but the price lowering as you move between each. The SLR is the same 690g frame ridden by some members of the Trek-Segafredo team, including climber Bauke Mollema
There are four bikes in the Emonda SLR range and if you want to go full bling then there’s only one option: the £9,700 Emonda SLR 10 Race Shop Limited. For your considerable outlay you get a frame made from Trek’s lightest carbon fibre, 700-Series OCLV, with a super-light ‘carbon vapor coat’ paintjob (yeah, paintjobs can be ‘super-light’), and Trek’s pro-inspired H1 geometry (all Race Shop Limited bikes use the H1 fit). It’s equipped with SRAM Red eTap, Bontrager Aeolus XXX SL tubular wheels and Bontrager R4 Tubular tyres in a build which has one thing in mind – low weight.
Trek Emonda ALR
Claimed frame weight is 1,050g, so it’s lighter than the carbon fibre Emonda S, and the same chassis is used on the three bikes which make up the 2017 Emonda ALR range.
The Trek Emonda ALR 5 is the pick of the bunch for us and pairs that lightweight frame in team livery with a Shimano 105 groupset for £1,200. Otherwise you can get a Tiagra groupset for £975 and an Ultegra-equipped machine for £1,500. Trek also offer the Emonda ALR as a frameset only for £700, so you can put together your own alloy build if you want.
You’ll likely be familiar with the Trek Madone. It’s been around since the mid-2000s but has evolved significantly since then, pitched as something of an all-rounder before getting an aero revamp in 2015. But it’s not purely an aero road bike, as it also looks to throw comfort into the mix by using a variation of the IsoSpeed decoupler first found on the Domane in order to boost comfort.
There are four bikes made from 600-Series OCLV carbon, ranging from the Madone 9.9 dressed once again in Dura-Ace Di2 for £8,800 to the Madone 9.2 with Shimano Ultegra for £4,800. You can also get the Madone frameset in a H1 fit for £4,400 and slightly more relaxed H2 fit for £3,600.
All the way at the other end of the Trek range, you’ll find the 1-Series, Trek’s entry-level, aluminium road bike. Whereas the Emonda ALR uses Trek’s 300-Series Alpha Aluminium, the 1-Series uses 100-Series alloy, and these are bikes aimed at riders making there first pedal strokes into the sport.
There are two bikes: the 1.2 with Shimano Sora, which has had an update to use a similar four-arm chainset design as further up the range and internal cabling, and the 1.1 with Shimano Claris. The frame has front and rear mudguard and rack mounts, adding some additional versatility.
Trek Speed Concept
Not forgetting time trialists, the Trek Speed Concept comes in three complete bike builds for 2017. The 7.5 here sits in the middle and comes with SRAM Force gearing for £3,600.
Otherwise, you can step up to the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 equipped Speed Concept 9.9 for a cool £8,900 (it’s also made from a higher grade of 600-Series carbon, compared to 500-Series for the 7.5), or move down to the 7.0 with Shimano 105 for £2,700. You can also get the Speed Concept 7 frameset for £2,000.
Trek Boone and Crockett
There’s nothing new frame-wise, with the Boone and Crockett carrying over from last season, but there are updated specs and, we hear, a completely new CX platform coming at the turn of the year.
The Boone is Trek’s self-styled ‘cyclo-cross superbike’ and, like the Domane, uses an IsoSpeed decoupler at the seat cluster to try and smooth out rough ‘cross tracks. The flagship Boone Race Shop Limited is inspired by the bike ridden by two-time ‘cross world champion Sven Nys and combined a 600-Series OCLV carbon fibre frame with a Shimano Ultegra groupset for £3,200.
The Crockett, meanwhile, still has a racy, ‘cross-specific geometry but is made from aluminium. There are two Crockett bikes – the 7 Disc with a SRAM Force CX1 groupset for £2,100 and the 5 Disc with Shimano 105 for £1,350 – while both the Crockett and Boone are also available as a frameset (£550 for the Crockett, £1,500 for the Boonen, both in disc and cantilever brake variations).