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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Trek Émonda SLR 10 Now In Stock

Today we received the lightest complete production bike in the world, the new 4.8kg Trek Émonda SLR 10.

With the Madone becoming a more aerodynamic focused machine (due spring 2015) Trek Factory Racing riders Arredondo and the Schleck brothers required something more in tune with their climbing exploits. Trek began the Émonda project in 2012, 700 prototypes and countless hours of testing later and here we are. The 56cm frame weighs just 690 grams, including a seatmast worth about 50 grams. That puts it ahead of the Cannondale SuperSix EVO by about 20 grams and ahead of the Specialized Tarmac S-Works SL4 by just under 210 grams.

A new seatmast topper saves precious grams by using a carbon clamp and titanium hardware. Team riders will continue to use the old seatmast topper to help bring bikes up to the 6.8kg weight limit.
The Émonda SLR and SL models use the relatively new direct-mount brakes first debuted on the Madone, where they were integrated neatly into the fork and chainstay to improve aerodynamics. But the design has other benefits as well. The new Bontrager-designed brakes are lighter than standard single-bolt Dura-Ace brakes, and the frame mounts are also lighter. The threads can be molded straight into the fork and seatstays, reducing the number of parts and eliminating redundant material. Components from niche German brand Tune, including a carbon saddle with no padding, help keep weight at a minimum.
The new XXX integrated bar/stem saves another 70-100 grams, depending on size. It comes with an integrated modular computer mount, dubbed Blendr, which can be used with a Garmin, iPhone or Node computer.

On the subject of bicycle design, Keith Bontrager famously stated: "Strong. Light. Cheap. Pick two."

Often, when a bike polarises itself toward low-weight, comfort or power transfer, one of these areas become compromised. This is not the case with the Émonda.

Please visit us in store and we'll be more than happy to tell you more about how Trek have constructed one of the finest bikes we've seen for a while. We may even let you pick it up...