Trek Emonda SLR 8 H1 Road Bike 2016
Just one step down from the very top model, this Trek Emonda SLR 8 H1 Road Bike 2016 is a thoroughbred that is race ready thanks to its incredible specification and H1 geometry. The entire Emonda range is incredibly light, even able to declare itself the lightest range of production road bikes ever.
One such piece of cutting-edge design is their Ultralight 700 Series OCLV Carbon fibre. 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 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 (sold separately) 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.
Trek's exceptional H1 fit is a geometry designed for those that like to go fast. This is Trek's raciest option with a lengthened front and centre for stability as well as allowing you to get lower and more aerodynamic than ever before.
No thoroughbred such as this Emonda SLR 8 would be complete without a version of Shimano's legendary Dura Ace 9000 eleven speed groupset. Here this comes as the mechanical set up to allow you to service it at the road side in the highly unlikely scenario that you encounter any issues. The chances of this are next to none as Dura Ace is the highest quality possible and delivers exceptional durability as well as the incredibly light and precise gear shifting. 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 XXX carbon fibre Handlebar and Race X Lite stem completes the stunning looks, whilst the Bontrager Paradigm RXL saddle is a very comfortable but superbly lightweight option. Finished off with Bontrager Paradigm Tubeless Ready wheels and Bontrager R4 Hard-Case Lite tyres for a great all round package. This is a fast, lightweight and exciting bike that you can destroy the opposition on thanks to the frame saving you 20 grams on the Cannondale Super Six and over two kilograms on the Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4!
Upgrades from the SL 6:
- Full Shimano Dura-Ace gruppo
- Bontrager Paradigm Elite Tubeless Ready wheelset
- Bontrager R4 tyres with 220 tpi casing
- Bontrager XXX OCLV carbon handlebar
- Bontrager Paradigm RXL saddle w/carbon 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 XXX, OCLV carbon, VR-C, 31.8 mm
FRONT BRAKE Bontrager Speed Stop, direct mount
REAR BRAKE Bontrager Speed Stop, direct mount
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 53/39 (double)
WHEELSET Bontrager Paradigm Elite Tubeless Ready
TYRES Bontrager R4 Hard-Case Lite, 220 tpi, aramid bead, 700 x 23c
SADDLE Bontrager Paradigm RXL, carbon 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.