Bike test 01: RIDE 73 – Trek Domane SLR 9

Testing a new breed of Trek is always a pleasure. The latest Domane – the Domane SLR – marries day-long comfort with a lightweight frame and some of the best components on the market.

A decoupler in the head tube and one in the seat tube makes it ultra comfortable over rough surfaces. There is extra compliance but the bike does not yield too much. Trek’s added comfort is barely noticeable when riding at maximum effort but it certainly makes a difference at the end of a ride. Your hands, shoulders, neck and backside are all better off when riding a Domane.

 

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The seat tube decoupler (Isospeed, in Trek language) can be adjusted to make the rear end as firm as an Emonda or more relaxed than the previous Domane, and all else in between.

Such a simple way to change the feel of the bike is an impressive aspect of the Domane SLR and appeals to a wide variety of cyclists. Cancellara can win on it, but it is equally suitable for an easy Sunday roll.

(For the full review, see p.186 of #RIDE73 – on sale now.)

 

The five test bikes in #RIDE73:
Trek Domane SLR 9 • Johnson Riddler AR • Gios Compact Pro • Liv Envie Advanced Pro 1 • BMC 
teammachine ALR01

 

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Photos by Shane Lovejoy

Author: design@ride

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