Rumors and photos are popping up about a new Trek road bike for 2015 dubbed the “Emonda SLR.” After MatosVelo.fr first spotted it at the Dauphine, more info is surfacing around the web. Here’s what we know so far:
- It’s not a replacement for the Madone or Domane, but rather a new frame entirely
- It’s on the UCI list of approved frames
- Trek has, of course, trademarked the name
- Folks are speculating that it will be a superlight frame to compete with some of the top offerings from Specialized, Cannondale, and Cervelo
- It ditches the Kammtail Virtual Foil design of the Madone
- It ditches the integrated rear brake of the madone
Let us know what you think!
UPDATED: Here are more shots of the new bike and a screenshot of the UCI approval:
Update #2: Here are all the official details:
Ultra lightweight When designing Émonda, the goal was simple: Design the lightest line of road bikes in the world. Émonda comes from the French verb émonder – to prune and trim away – and we held true to its meaning.
Émonda SLR 10 The lightest production road bike in the world, brushing the scales at 10.25lb/4.65kg, the Émonda SLR 10 is the pinnacle of lightweight road bike performance.
Dare to compare We will put the Émonda line up against any other bike on the market. In fact, we did and the results speak for themselves.
Size-Specific Ride Tuned Performance Utilizing Trek’s extensive engineering resources and carbon expertise, our R&D team undertook the most stringent and sophisticated frame tube optimization project in our history – one that’s three years in the making. The result of focusing on each strand of carbon, every minute detail is a line of bikes blessed with frames that are the absolute lightest in their class, with the pinnacle being the Émonda SLR frame that comes in at 690 grams.
OCLV Carbon Integration Nobody knows carbon like Trek. Only with our OCLV carbon process can a company fully integrate a complete bike system to create the lightest road bike line in the world. It started with what we do best, build the lightest frameset, in Waterloo, WI. The next step was to compliment it with the lightest available rideable and reliable components. When we found opportunities for further reduction, we took it and built the parts ourselves.
Lifetime warranty The lightest road bike line in the world is backed by the cycling world’s best warranty.
New Ultralight Ride Tuned Seatmast Our Ride Tuned Seatmast is the lightest, most comfortable solution for all day race comfort. The no cut design eliminates traditional seat post clamping forces, so we can use less material at the seat tube junction, resulting in a lighter frame. We now offer an ultralight version of our Seatmast Cap, available on the SLR 10 and for aftermarket sales.
Bontrager XXX Bar/Stem Combo Introducing the all-new Bontrager XXX Bar/Stem combo which pushes the boundaries of light weight with outstanding strength and stiffness. This Trek/Bontrager collaboration saves 75 grams over a comparable Bontrager XXX bar & stem combination, while retaining the same stiffness. 129mm drop, 93mm reach, and Blendr-compatible.
Blendr The Bontrager XXX Bar/Stem combo features Bontrager’s new integrative technology, Blendr. Blendr seamlessly mounts Bontrager Trip computers, Bontrager Ion lights, and Garmin computers to the XXX Bar/Stem, keeping everything zip tie-free and in its place.
Bontrager Speed Stop Brakes Émonda’s Bontrager Speed Stop brakes mount directly to the frame via two bolts to reduce parts, save 50 grams per caliper over Ultegra units, and increase braking performance. Adjustable leverage ratio, two position quick release, and an ultra wide stance add to Speed Stop’s versatility and adjustability. This Trek/Bontrager collaboration also increases tire clearance so that running larger tire sizes is possible.
DuoTrap S The second generation of our speed and cadence sensor that is integrated directly into the chainstay, DuoTrap S keeps your sensor and magnet in the right place without the use of zip ties or fear of sensors moving around and losing contact mid-ride. The DuoTrap S differs from our DuoTrap sensor by offering Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity, along with a different mounting system that makes for better aesthetics.
What do the Émonda bikes weigh?
Weights below are for 56cm bikes (52cm for WSD).
Yes, that is a 4.65kg / 10.25lb bike complete bike (no pedals).
Has the geometry changed at all?
The top-end Émonda SLRs are available in both H1 and H2, while the SL and S models are offered in H2 – which is absolutely the best choice for the majority of riders. In both H1 and H2 flavors of Émonda, we’ve changed the geo changed slightly from the aero Madone to best suit a Grand Tour riding bike. Thorough blind ride tests have confirmed that Émonda’s geometry is preferred for this kind of riding.
How are the models set up?
All Émonda models are organized by their frame level and drivetrain build. The frame levels are S, SL, and SLR. The number that follows the frame designation represents the drivetrain spec.
- 4 – Shimano Tiagra
- 5 – Shimano 105 5800
- 6 – Shimano Ultegra 6800
- 8 – Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical
- 9 – Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2
- 10 – The pinnacle of lightweight, featuring SRAM Red
For example, on the Émonda SL 6, the SL designates the SL frame and fork, while the 6 designates the complete Ultegra drivetrain.
What is the difference between the three frame designs?
Here are some shots of the various builds along with their MSRP’s:
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