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Trek launches new Domane SLR

24 Jul 2019
Verdict:

Trek’s endurance platform gets aero, more comfortable and sports bigger tyre clearances

Trek has just revamped its Domane endurance bike, making it comfier, more versatile and significantly more aero. The tube shapes have been redesigned to such an extent that the bike looks like a ‘Lite’ version of Trek’s aero race bike, the Madone SLR.

It also adopts similar levels of cable integration in a bid to smooth air flow around the bike’s cockpit.

If the brand is to be believed these aero modifications have done the trick - while the given power output and speed required were undisclosed, the new bike is apparently one minute faster per hour than the outgoing model.

‘This is by far the fastest Domane we've ever made,’ says Jordan Roessingh, Trek's director of product for road bikes. ‘The new design improves on all the best-loved parts of the previous generations. It's smoother, more integrated and more capable than ever, and it brings better performance to a broader audience.’

The front and rear ‘Isospeed Decoupler’ features remain from the previous bike, although the rear has been changed to the same L-shaped leaf spring design of the newest Madone SLR, as opposed to the straight design used on the previous Domane.

It is commonly regarded that these features work well to improve rider comfort but further help will come from the new Domane SLR’s massive 38mm tyre clearance.

That is with Trek’s recommended 4mm of clearance between tyre and frame, so provided consumers are willing to push the boundaries of clearance the new Domane could house tyres wide enough to make it a capable gravel machine as well as an endurance road bike. New models come stocked with disc brakes and 32mm tyres.

Versatility was well-considered in the new design. The frame has an integrated storage compartment that allows riders to stowaway tools and gear internally.

‘A jersey pocket or saddle pack can do the job, but these solutions don't always look or feel great,’ said Roessingh. ‘The Domane's new integrated storage keeps these essentials protected, while still allowing for a water bottle cage on the down tube.

'The new models also feature a saddle-integrated mount for a Flare R tail light.’

The new Domane SLR - and the lower spec SL - models are available now.

UK Pricing

(P1 denotes Project One custom paint inclusive)

Domane SLR 9 eTap P1  -  £9,650
Domane SLR 9  -  £9,000
Domane SLR 9 P1  -  £9,550
Domane SLR 7 eTap P1  -  £6,550
Domane SLR 7  -  £6,000
Domane SLR 7 P1  -  £6,550
Domane SLR 6 P1  -  £5,400
Domane SL 7 eTap  -  £5,000
Domane SL 7  -  £4,900
Domane SL 6  -  £3,200
Domane SL 5  -  £2,450
Domane SL 4  -  £2,100
Domane SLR Frameset  -  £3,000
Domane SLR Disc Frameset  -  £3,000
Domane SL Frameset  -  £1,900
Domane SL Disc Frameset  -  £1,900

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