The bike that Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segrafedo) has been riding over the cobbles of Belgium these past weeks has been announced by Trek. On the newest model of the Domane SLR, Spartacus powered to victory at the 2016 edition of Strade Bianche and at the 100th edition of the Tour of Flanders the three time victor of the race was only bested by world champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff). A new feature of the bike is its ability to absorb vibrations at the front end with a decoupler in the head tube. Bontrager has also released a damping handlebar that is meant to further increase the comfort over rough terrain.
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Cancellara has been atop a Domane since its first release in 2012. The main feature of Trek’s endurance race bike is the IsoSpeed rear decoupler which for the new Domane has been made adjustable to suit the terrain and an individual’s personal vertical compliance preference. This means that lighter riders can make adjustments for more give in the system while a heavier riders can tighten it up to make it stiffer. The technology was first designed to increase ride comfort by reducing the vibrations without affecting rider control or power transfer. It works by allowing the seat tube to move independently from the bb shell and the top tube.
At the front end of the bike Trek has introduced Front IsoSpeed. In previous models of the bike Isospeed made the back of the bike feel subtle but the front end remained stiff. The new Front IsoSpeed is a decoupler that allows the steerer tube to flex independently from the head tube. Trek says this allows a 10 per cent increase in vertical compliance to the front end of the bike compared to a traditional road bike.
The IsoCore Handlebar is made to address even higher frequencies of vibration and make for an even smoother ride over rough terrain. Bontrager developed the handlebar with a single layer of a thermoplastic elastomer encased in Trek’s trademark OCLV (Optimum Compaction Low Void). Trek says the handlebars improve the damping of the vibrations by up to 20 per cent over standard handlebars.
The Domane SLR is available in caliper and disc models. Tire clearance for the Domane SLR which has direct mount brakes is 28 mm and the Domane SLR disc which uses 12 mm thru axles has 32 mm of clearance. Both models have hidden fender mounts. The Domane SLR is equipped with internal housing for a Shimano Di2 battery under the bottle cage on the downtube.
The Domane SLR is available in an endurance geometry for a more upright position and race shop limited pro geometry with a more aggressive position.
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