Trek Emonda SL Frameset - 2016

Trek's Emonda SL is an incredibly light frame that more importantly, rides incredibly well. Trek set out to make a super-light production frame, and they succeeded, with this gorgeous piece of carbon craftsmanship coming in at 1,050 grams. ...(Read More)

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Trek's Emonda SL is an incredibly light frame that more importantly, rides incredibly well. Trek set out to make a super-light production frame, and they succeeded, with this gorgeous piece of carbon craftsmanship coming in at 1,050 grams. Beyond the weight, the folks at Trek know that the RIDE is everything. The geometry was crafted with feedback from pro racers. Stiff where you want power transfer, compliant where it counts. Only from countless wins and hours in the saddle can you achieve a ride like this. All the things that make a truly great frame are here: a tapered head tube, BB90 and internal cable routing. You even get started off right with a full carbon fork and a seatmast cap courtesy of Bontrager.

Tapered head tube and fork.For increased stiffness and improved steering precision, tapered head tubes (see image, on left) and forks pair an oversize lower steerer tube (usually 1 1/2-inch, see image, on right) with a standard diameter upper steerer tube (usually 1 1/8-inch). This combination sheds weight compared to straight 1 1/2-inch systems, and adds stability and stiffness when compared to straight 1 1/8-inch systems. The result is a bike that tracks better through corners while allowing for the use of standard stems.

Trek's Madone features a unique bottom bracket (image, right) that's 90mm wide (traditional ones are 68mm wide). This wide bottom bracket lets Trek build the frame with larger tubes for increased power transfer. Plus, the 90mm bottom bracket is machined so that the bearings can be placed directly into the frame (image) saving weight (due to fewer parts), ensuring additional pedaling efficiency and simplifying maintenance and repair.

Specs

Frame Trek 500 Series OCLV Carbon w/E2, BB90
Fork Trek Emonda carbon
Headset FSA Integrated, cartridge bearings
Seatpost Bontrager Ride-Tuned Carbon seatmast cap
Accessories & Extras Frame hardware for mechanical drivetrains, 3S chain keeper, carbon steerer expansion plug

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Pros

  • Comfortable 
  • Fit and finish excellent 
  • Lightweight 
  • Versatile 

Cons

  • Less than exciting paint 
  • Must buy seat mast topper 

Best Uses

  • Fast group rides 
  • Long rides 
  • Road bikes 
  • Rough roads 

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Nice all around bike.

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from Athens, AL

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Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Fit And Finish Excellent

Cons

  • Must Buy Seat Mast Topper
  • Less Than Exciting Paint

Best Uses

  • Long Rides
  • Rough Roads
  • Fast Group Rides
  • Road Bikes

Comments:

I wanted a frame that would accommodate wider tires and a frame that was a bit more forgiving but, hopefully, wouldn't give up any acceleration or handling. I found a pretty good example of that in this frame. Super comfortable, excellent handling, and easy to build up. Previous frame was a $5k deal that was one of the lightest in 2012 when it was new. This mid-level model only added about 240 grams with no perceived different in acceleration or climbing. In fact, I did my fastest 50 miles ever on this frame at nearly 26 mph so it does the job just fine for my enthusiast (middle aged, over weight) skill set. Worth a look for sure if you want a really good all around frame at a reasonable price.

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