A drip to a trickle
I think it's fairly safe to say that the Domane has been our most popular bike since it's relase about 5 years ago. The top end of the range has had an update and an overhaul earlier in the year with the release of the race winning Domane SLR and we've seen these flying out, now it's time for Trek to let that tech trickle down the ranks a little with the launch of the new Domane ALR, S and SL ranges. Lets take a closer look, starting with the SL...
SL For Slightly Long?
Well no. To be honest, I'm not sure what it stands for. What I do know is that Trek have taken the naming of ranges that they've used on the Emonda range and brought it over the the Domane, I'm assuming as they feel it's slightly less confusing that the old style "Series..." that they have previously used and because they want to keep all the branding the same across all ranges.
The biggest change to the top end Domane SL range from previous models is the introduction of a Front Isospeed Decoupler. This was first seen on SLR version and gives the front end of the bike an extra 10% compliance over traditional road bikes to reduce road buzz and give you a balanced, smooth ride which aims to enable you to ride faster, longer and stronger by reducing the road buzz that contributes to fatiguing your muscles.
The SL features the Bontrager Speed Stop Direct Mount caliper brakes, these allow for greater tyre clearance, allowing you to run up to 28mm tyre with mudguards as well as giving great stopping power. All of this means that that there's also no weight penalty to the frame, making the Domane as light as ever.
For the disc break versions Trek have used all new Shimano flat mount disc brakes which are small, lighter and more elegant than traditional disc brakes as well as allowing you to run up to a 32mm tyres with mudguards and providing superior stopping power in harsh conditions.
Specced with standard caliper brakes and now coming in a wide range of all new colours and graphics, the Domane S delivers all of the performance and comfort that you'd expect from a Domane.
The disc brake versions of the Domane S run a 15mm front thru axle with a 12x142mm rear thru axle.
The new Domane ALR is a vision to behold in red! As well as it's rather lovely new paint, the ALR receives direct mount brakes while the disc version is equipped with flat mount disc brakes.
Trek have used the invisible weld technology that they've previously used on the Emonda ALR. This offers a better connection at each tube junction, increasing strength while using less material.
For more information on the new Domane range or to order yours, either contact us or come into the shop!