When you pair a frame as good as the Ultralight 500 Series OCLV Carbon fibre one found in the Trek Emonda SL 8 Road Bike 2016, with a groupset as good as Shimano's Dura Ace 9000 11-speed, you create a phenomenally light and highly performing road bike. Especially if you finish it with great components from Bontrager.
Trek Emonda SL 8 Road Bike 2016
Trek Emonda SL 8 Road Bike 2016
Undeniably this featherweight Trek Emonda SL 8 Road Bike 2016 is a climbers dream. But once you have ridden it you will realise that Trek's attention to detail in delivering a performance road bike that fits in the lightest range of production road bikes ever as actually produced a world beater for every terrain and situation.
This has been made possible by the Ultralight 500 Series OCLV Carbon fibre frame and the full carbon fibre fork and steerer. This is the principal means by which Trek has been able to achieve their audacious goal of maximising the ride quality of a supremely light bike.
A great example of ingenious weight saving design is the E2 head tube system which tapers from a 1.5" lower bearing to a 1-1/8" upper bearing and is wider from side to side than it is from front to back. Being asymmetric it minimises weight and maximises power transfer keeping the fork stiffer under cornering loads. Similarly, the Trek exclusive BB90 is the widest available on a road bike and makes the frame lighter, stiffer and faster to accelerate.
The rider tuned seat-pin delivers the lightest and most comfortable daily performance. Using a no-cut design, the traditional seatpost clamping forces are eliminated, meaning less material is used at the seat cable junction. This again adds to the frame's featherweight credentials.
Integrated Duo Trap S compatibility allows speed and cadence data to be sent seamlessly via bluetooth or ANT+ technology to your smartphone, bike computer or other compatible device.
The 3S chain keeper keeps gear shifting seamless under heavy loads and rough surfaces. The chances of being stuck at the side of the road with a slipped chain is reduced significantly.
Trek's exquisite H2 fit is a geometry that suits most riders. With a good balance between an all out racing position and a more relaxed one. This makes the bike ideal for racing but also more than capable of racking up long miles on.
Innovative design on this Emonda SL 8 is not limited to just those parts designed by Trek. Things such as the Shimano Dura Ace 9000 eleven speed groupset is the premium of mechanical groupsets. This phenomenally light groupset delivers the smoothest, fastest and most reliable gear shifting possible from a mechanical set up. Should this somehow not become enough for you, the performance cable routing means that you can seamlessly upgrade to an electronic set up, such as Di2 or EPS, whilst maintaining the superbly clean finish.
The American company, Bontrager have adorned the bike with quality parts. Their Race Lite handlebar and Race X Lite stem complete the stunning looks, whilst the Bontrager Paradigm RL saddle is a very comfortable but lightweight option. Finished off with Bontrager Race Tubeless Ready wheels and Bontrager R3 Hard-Case Lite tyres for a great all round package. This is a fast, lightweight and exciting bike that you are going to be motivated by to push your boundaries thanks to the superb all over quality.
Upgrades from the SL 6:
- Full Shimano Dura-Ace gruppo
- Bontrager R3 tyres with 120 tpi casing
- Bontrager Paradigm RL saddle with hollow Ti rails
FRAME Trek Ultralight 500 Series OCLV Carbon, ride-tuned performance tube optimisation, E2 tapered head tube, BB90, internal cable routing, DuoTrap S compatible, Ride Tuned seatmast
FORK Trek Émonda full carbon, carbon E2 steerer
STEM Bontrager Race X Lite, 31.8 mm, 7-degree
HANDLEBARS Bontrager Race Lite, VR, 31.8 mm
FRONT BRAKE Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, dual pivot
REAR BRAKE Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, dual pivot
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, braze-on
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, 11-speed
SHIFT LEVERS Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, 11-speed
CASSETTE Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, 11-28, 11-speed
CRANKSET Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
CHAINRINGS 50/34 (compact)
WHEELSET Bontrager Race Tubeless Ready
TYRES Bontrager R3 Hard-Case Lite, 120 tpi, aramid bead, 700 x 23c
SADDLE Bontrager Paradigm RL, hollow titanium rails
SEATPOST Bontrager Ride Tuned carbon seatmast cap, 20 mm offset
Please note: Image shown for representation of colour way only, specification subject to change at any time. Bicycles do not come with pedals unless otherwise specified.
PRODUCT REF: 16EMONDASL8
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