Trek Emonda SLR 8 - 2016

Trek smashes the notion of what fast can be with the Emonda SLR 8. With a frame weight of just 690 grams, the Emonda leaves other bikes at the bottom of the climb. And that's only part of the story. Light is meaningless if the ride isn't th ...(Read More)

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Trek smashes the notion of what fast can be with the Emonda SLR 8. With a frame weight of just 690 grams, the Emonda leaves other bikes at the bottom of the climb. And that's only part of the story. Light is meaningless if the ride isn't there. The geometry was tweaked with direct pro racer feedback so it's crisp, tight and aggressive. Trek does carbon like no one else, so it's stiff where you demand it, and smooth where you need it. One ride and you find yourself going a little faster, leaning into those corners a little more, and taking the long way home every time. A full Dura-Ace drivetrain and Bonty Speed Stop brakes grace the frame, and you splinter the pack with Race X Lite wheels. Two fits are available, H1 for flexible, aggressive riders and racers, while the H2 provides a slightly more upright fit. The Emonda is Trek's benchmark for fast, get used to waiting for others.

Tapered head tube and fork.For increased stiffness and improved steering precision, tapered head tubes (see image, on left) and forks pair an oversize lower steerer tube (usually 1 1/2-inch, see image, on right) with a standard diameter upper steerer tube (usually 1 1/8-inch). This combination sheds weight compared to straight 1 1/2-inch systems, and adds stability and stiffness when compared to straight 1 1/8-inch systems. The result is a bike that tracks better through corners while allowing for the use of standard stems.

Trek's Madone features a unique bottom bracket (image, right) that's 90mm wide (traditional ones are 68mm wide). This wide bottom bracket lets Trek build the frame with larger tubes for increased power transfer. Plus, the 90mm bottom bracket is machined so that the bearings can be placed directly into the frame (image) saving weight (due to fewer parts), ensuring additional pedaling efficiency and simplifying maintenance and repair.

Specs

Frame Trek 700 Series OCLV Carbon w/E2, BB90
Fork Trek Emonda SLR carbon
Rims/Wheels Bontrager Paradigm Elite Tubeless Ready
Tires Bontrager R4 Hard Case Lite, 700 x 23c
Crankset Shimano Dura-Ace
Chainrings 53/39 (H1), 50/34 (H2)
Front Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace
Rear Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace
Rear Cogs Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-speed: 11-28
Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace
Handlebars Bontrager XXX, OCLV carbon
Tape/Grips Bontrager Gel Cork
Stem Bontrager Race X Lite, 31.8mm, 7 degree
Brake Levers Shimano Dura-Ace
Brakes Bontrager Speed Stop
Saddle Bontrager Paradigm RXL, carbon rails
Seatpost Bontrager Ride-Tuned Carbon seatmast cap

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