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Optimise your performance with the Trek Domane

November 21st, 2016

Trek’s carbon fibre road bike range contains three different families of performance machine. For the aerodynamic speed freaks, there is the Madone. For the climbers and slender types, the Emonda is one of the world’s lightest frames. Then there is the bike designed for the very finest return on your effort despite bad roads, cobbles or many, many hours in the saddle: the Domane.

Richmond Cycles are all over the Domane. There is a broad range of bikes, including a completely redesigned women’s alternative under the banner of Silque. From the rarified atmosphere of their team issue bike so beloved of Fabian Cancellara, they go right down to the stunning quality of the £1400 Domane S4.

The real defining feature of the Domane is kits use of Trek’s clever IsoSpeed couplings, designed to dramatically increase comfort without any loss of power or steering quality.

Not willing to take them at their word (sorry Trek) we took our Domane SLR 6 up to the wild, bouncy roads of North West Scotland to see if it works.

The first thing we notice is this, despite all the extra technology and additional comfort, is a seriously light bike. This 52cm demo weighs in at a fraction over 7kgs on our scales.

The rear IsoSpeed is adjustable, with a smart and intuitive rod system that is easily tweaked via a bottle cage bolt. Even with gloves on – it was cold up there – it was a simple operation.

The SLR 6 also wears a front coupler to take the sting out of the bumps before they hit your hands, shoulders and neck.

So, the question is: does it work?

In response, we were reminded of where bears do their business or what the Pope wears to keep his hair dry. It’s really, really excellent. Without any noticeable change in the feel of the road surface beneath us, a quick glance down shows the rear IsoSpeed working overtime to eliminate the buzz. The front took a little more getting used to, but once we realised that we could hold the bars firmly without having to worry about them bouncing over the rough stuff, it was a dream ride.

Riding over the constant ups and downs of the Applecross Peninsula roads before tackling the six-mile 2,000ft ascent of the Bealach-na-Bá proved that this is a bike that climbs just as well as many supposedly more rigid machines, while descending terrible roads as if they’ve had invisible Trek tramlines fitted for our own personal benefit.

It’s back in Richmond now. Come and have a go and see for yourself.