So, this week I was looking at our new bikes for the season and spent a week riding them to make sure we are happy with them for our up and coming season.
For all our riders we ask they send through their measurements/ dimensions on their bike at home. We then individually set up the bikes beforehand so they are good to go for our riders upon arrival.
The measurements I gave were spot on and the bike was ready to go as soon as I arrived with no changes having to be made. A good start to the week, it meant that I could unpack, then throw my leg over my bike and head out with little delay.
So, let’s get to the nitty gritty!
The Trek Emonda SL Bike Spec?
- Trek Emonda SL full carbon frame
- Ultegra or 105 Groupset
- Bontrager wheels or Mavic Syrium wheels
- Carbon seat post
- Bontrager seat
Where does the Emonda sit in Trek’s array of bikes?
The Emonda is tagged as Trek’s climbing bike, however, I feel this bike performs exceptionally well as a traditional all-rounder.
We’ll offer two different bikes for the retreat, based on availability. For the purpose of the test rides, I requested the 105-group set which is arguably a lower spec group set than the Ultegra. In my opinion, aside from a few grammes of weight, there is very little difference in the 2 group sets with respect to performance, and given my riders may be using the 105 group set I thought it best to put it through its paces.
The bike handled well from the outset and was very comfortable to ride, and surprisingly responsive. The frame felt very efficient in transferring power from my pedal stroke, pushing me forward. Not at all surprising when you see how thick the top tube and bottom bracket are… huge! The bike remained agile, balanced and confident while cornering and sure footed under heavy braking, which I like.
I was really impressed with the bike. It looks, feels and handles like a sportive bike, allowing you to still feel fresh after a few hours in the saddle despite it being pegged as Trek’s stiffer climbing bike.
The group set shifted smoothly and crisply, giving that positive feel when moving up and down the cassette. The front derailleur can be trimmed, giving you a greater range of all the gear ratios and removing any annoying chatter.
After a week on the Trek I have concluded that the bike it’s a great all-rounder, very comfortable, efficient and responsive to ride… perfectly suited to the riding at Cycle Retreats! We’re happy that after a lot of searching and testing of bikes, we’ve finally found two outstanding bikes, you won’t be disappointed.