The groundbreaking second generation Domane smoothes even more broken ground
In stock this week, Trek has unveiled the all-new Domane SLR. Originally unveiled in 2012, Domane is Trek's performance road platform of caliper and disc brake-equipped Endurance Race bikes. There are some significant improvements on the new Domane:
Improving on what has been widely accepted as a breakthrough in modern bicycle design, Domane's key feature, IsoSpeed rear decoupler, is now adjustable to suit the terrain and rider's vertical compliance preference. The Isospeed rear decoupler allows the seatpost to flex independently of the rest of the frame, dampening road vibrations for a much more comfortable ride, especially over uneven road surfaces, without compromising power transfer. Riders come in many sizes and shapes, and employ the Domane in varied conditions and terrain all while seeking a preferred ride feel. Located just behind Domane SLR's seat tube is a slider that allows the rider to control Domane SLR's vertical compliance based upon their preference or the terrain they intend to conquer. In its lowest setting, vertical compliance increased overall by 14% when compared to the first generation Domane.
Expanding upon IsoSpeed's potential, Trek has now graced the cycling world with a solution to the bumps and vibrations riders feel in the front half of their bike with the introduction of Front IsoSpeed and the brand new vibration damping IsoCore Handlebar. Front IsoSpeed is a decoupler that allows the steerer tube to flex independently from the head tube, increasing the vertical compliance of the front of the bike by 10% compared to a traditional road bike.
The team knew they had something special in Front IsoSpeed but the effect could be amplified if they had a new handlebar to address higher frequency vibration. Bontrager's development team responded with the all-new IsoCore handlebar. Constructed with a continuous inner layer of a specialised thermoplastic elastomer encased in proprietary OCLV carbon, the IsoCore handlebar improves damping of high-frequency vibration with a reduction of vibration by 20% over standard carbon handlebars.
Domane SLR is available in caliper and disc brake models, both possessing enhanced tyre clearance. Adding to the platform's versatility, riders can now run 28c tyres on Domane SLR and 32c tyres on Domane SLR Disc while still meeting CPSC and ISO clearance standards. The caliper Domane SLR features lightweight direct mount brakes while the disc-equipped bikes utilise 12mm thru axles. Both versions include hidden fender mounts.
Borrowing from one of the most lauded features of its aero brethren, Madone, Domane SLR is equipped with Domane Control Center, housing an internal Di2 battery just under the downtube water bottle cage.
Riders looking for a more custom option can begin building the bike of their dreams immediately as Domane SLR's caliper brake models are available immediately via Trek's custom bike program Project One. Both Endurance Geometry and Race Shop Limited Pro Endurance Geometry are available to customise through Project One.