Trek Introduces New Road Bike – Domane

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Meet the all-new Trek Domane (doh-MAH-nee): a race-ready road bike that combines unprecedented comfort and efficiency to carry you over the most demanding roads. Domane helps you ride longer, with more power, no matter what your day-long epic route has in store.

Long missing from Trek’s lineup of race ready road bikes has always been a serious classics race bike. With the official launch today of the Domane, pronounced (doh-MAH-nee), Trek has filled that void. Earlier this month, when Fabian Cancellara crossed the finish line first at Strade Bianche 2012 in a stealthy all black Trek, rumors started to spread. The rumors were all but confirmed when just a week ago, three models “Domane 1, 2, 3″ were listed on the updated UCI approved frame list.

Trek’s new Domane was developed with Spartacus specifically to try to develop technologies that would help him go faster. According to Ben Coates of Trek, Cancellara said, “I want to go smoother over the cobbles. I want to be able to ride longer, faster, harder, and I don’t want to give anything up.” With that, Trek set out and developed a bike showcasing three main technologies, IsoSpeed, Power Transfer Construction, and Endurance Geometry.

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Trek focused on how the body vibrated while on the bicycle, what they found was that different parts of the body vibrated at different frequencies. For instance, your eye vibrates at 30 to 60 hertz, while your hands vibrate at just 20 hertz. They developed IsoSpeed as a way to take the energy that goes into a frame, or into the bicycle at the axle and dissipate it without actually going straight into your body. By allowing the seat tube to flex and also isolate the flex from the frame, you’re not affecting any of the handling characteristics, but you’re able to double the compliance of the bike. A rider would in theory be able to hit a bump the same size and feel half as bad as they would have had they been on a bike without IsoSpeed. How Trek was able to do this is with a smart new junction point at the seat cluster. It’s no longer a rigid fixed point, but integrates a de-coupler, with a pair of sealed bearings, that isolates the movement of the seat tube from the rest of the frame. Freeing the seat tube to absorb more forces from the road, the Domane is able to achieve more vertical compliance, Trek claims up to double that of its competitors. The frame with the with the addition of the IsoSpeed sealed system is still only 1050grams for a 56cm frame.

At the front end of the Domane, Trek wanted to keep the crisp handling similar to it’s Madone line, so they kept the E2 oversized head tube of the Madone, but developed the IsoSpeed fork. The new fork has a greater curvature and a little bit more rake, giving you more compliance, but still retaining the great handling. The increase length of the fork required the use of rear dropouts, but Trek claims the new fork is not only more compliant, but 30% stiffer than the fork found on the Madone.

Trek was able to leverage a lot of the ideas and concepts from their Madone line over to the Domane. At the heart of the Domane is a bigger, stiffer, and lighter downtube that maximizes power transfer. By optimizing the BB90 bottom bracket and the E2 headtube system into the new frame, Trek was able to make the Domane even stiffer than the Madone.

Rounding out the three main technologies that make the Domane stand out is the all-new Endurance Geometry. After two years of engineering and testing, Trek decided that the new geometry would add little bit of length to the chain stays, making the wheelbase a little bit longer, a little more stable. Add in the new 20% increase in fork offset from the Madone, and you end up with = a bike Fabian Cancellara calls, “The most stable bike I’ve ever used on cobbled roads.”

Available now through Trek’s Project One custom bike program, where prices start at $4,500 but will vary depending on your build. Also, available will be the Radio Shack Nissan Trek Team Edition complete with Shimano Dura Ace Di2 for the lofty price of $11,896.47.

The Trek Domane offers unparalleled rider comfort while retaining amazing power transfer thanks in part to a unique technology called IsoSpeed.

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What goes into making the most comfortable and efficient road racing bike in the world? See the story behind the development of the all-new Trek Domane, and learn how it helps you and Fabian Cancellara ride longer, faster.
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About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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  • Ric says:

    I am always amazed at the haters that take jabs when they have never been on the bike? On this page there are two types those that own the bike and love it. and those that do not like Trek so they hate it without riding it.
    I bought one and am here to say Trek is UNDERSTATING how good the ride is. My speed is up (slightly) but the comfort is way more than advertized.

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