Trek Emonda SLR 6 H2 Road Bike 2016
Thankfully Trek have opened up the SLR line within the incredible Emonda range to those of us that prefer a little more comfort or are looking to ride longer distances by building this Trek Emonda SLR 6 H2 Road Bike 2016 to their H2 geometry. The entire Emonda range is incredibly light, even able to declare itself the lightest range of production road bikes ever.
The 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.
Phenomenal technology and design is abundant throughout this SLR 6, but is centred around their Ultralight 700 Series OCLV Carbon fibre frame. This has been net moulded to produce the most precise shapes with extremely tight tolerances. The best examples of this are the cupless BB90 bottom bracket, the widest available on a road bike, and head tube.
This 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.
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. Integration is also continued for the front derailleur mount, carbon dropouts and water bottle bosses which are all moulded into the frame to further reduce weight by shedding unnecessary material.
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.
Innovative design on this Emonda SLR 6 is not limited to just those parts designed by Trek. Things such as the Shimano Ultegra 6800 eleven speed groupset is near the pinnacle 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.
Trek have broken with the Ultegra theme though in order to save some more weight by directly mounting the Bontrager Speed Stop callipers straight to the frame. This eliminates some more surplus material as well as increasing the braking performance.
The American company Bontrager have adorned the bike with great 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 Lite Tubeless Ready wheels and Bontrager R3 Hard-Case Lite tyres for a great all round package.
Upgrades from the SL 6:
- Ultralight 700 Series OCLV Carbon frame
- Émonda full carbon fork with asymmetric steerer
- Bontrager RL Tubeless Ready wheelset
- Bontrager R3 tyres with 120 tpi casing
- Bontrager Paradigm RL saddle with hollow Ti rails
FRAME Trek Ultralight 700 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 asymmetric steerer, carbon dropouts
STEM Bontrager Race X Lite, 31.8 mm, 7-degree
HANDLEBARS Bontrager Race Lite, VR, 31.8 mm
FRONT BRAKE Bontrager Speed Stop, direct mount
REAR BRAKE Bontrager Speed Stop, direct mount
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Ultegra 6800, braze-on
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Ultegra 6800, 11-speed
SHIFT LEVERS Shimano Ultegra 6800, 11-speed
CASSETTE Shimano Ultegra 6800, 11-28, 11-speed
CRANKSET Shimano Ultegra 6800
CHAINRINGS 53/39 (double)
WHEELSET Bontrager Race Lite 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
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