Spotlight Collection- Trek Domane
Domane is Trek’s endurance ready road bike. With models to suit every rider from budget to spec. With 3 ranges to choose from; Domane AL, Domane SL and Domane SLR. There really is something to suit every type of cyclist, from starter to seasoned cyclist. In this spotlight blog we will explore the Domane AL and SL range.
Trek's Domane AL Range
The Domane AL range is the comfortable, affordable and versatile aluminium framed road bike offering from Trek. Domane AL comes with specific endurance geometry, Carbon Isospeed fork and clearance for wider tyres as standard. The Domane AL Disc is ideal for long days in the saddle- even on gravel! The frame is made of Trek’s lightweight Alpha Aluminium features internal cable routing keeping the cables hidden for more protection and a sleeker look. The Domane AL Disc frame is designed for endurance riding, with a shorter reach and taller headtube for maximum comfort for those long days in the saddle. Domane AL frame is equipped with mounts for racks, mudguards and up to 3 bottle cages perfect to prepare you for those long rides, to enable you to carry whatever you should need on your adventure. The addition of disc brakes on disc models allow for additional tyre clearance, meaning tyres of up to 35c to be fitted. The extra tyre width means that the Disc models are easy to control even off the tarmac, as well as that the additional stopping power from the disc brakes is a huge benefit on and off road. What’s more the Domane AL range is designed for cyclists of all genders. Built with a universal saddle as stock, Trek offers an exchange to a ladies specific saddle if you so wish completely free of charge.
The Domane AL models;
The Trek Domane AL2 is the ideal model to get into road cycling without the huge price tag. It’s comfortable, stable and light. Packed full of features such as Trek’s Isospeed carbon fork, endurance ready geometry, full Shimano Claris 8 speed drivetrain. Plus tubeless ready wheels. It really is the perfect quality starter road bike.
Domane AL2 Disc
Domane AL2 Disc is a great value starter road bike, much like the Domane AL2. The AL2 Disc carries the same spec as the Domane AL2, however it has been given the upgrade of disc brakes. By adding the Tektro mechanical disc brakes, the AL2 Disc has been kept at a great value price point. but has increased the bikes stopping power and brake efficiency in any weather, as well as increasing the tyre clearance to 35c.
Domane AL3 Disc
The Trek Domane AL3 Disc is the next in the range and a level up in spec from the AL2 Disc. Upgraded features of the AL3 Disc include; Shimano 9 speed drivetrain for a wider range of gears and wheel upgrade to Trek Paradigm, making a weight saving of around 200g based on a size 56cm frame.
Domane AL4 Disc
Domane AL4 Disc sees upgrades from the AL3 Disc such as; Shimano Hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano 10 speed Tiagra drivetrain. Hydraulic brakes allow for sharper braking with less maintenance over a mechanical brake, plus the 10 speed drivetrain delivers a wider range of higher quality gears for crisper shifting. Making it a great middle of the road, well specced but great value option.
Domane AL5 Disc
The Domane AL5 Disc is the top level aluminium Domane AL from Trek. The AL5 Disc has a number of upgrades over the AL4, making it a high performance race ready aluminium road bike. The Domane AL5 is built with higher end components such as; IsoZone handlebar for increased vibration damping and race-worthy Shimano 105 11 speed drivetrain, for a wider range of gears and crisper shifting over the models before.
Trek's Domane SL
Domane SL is all new for this season. Domane SL is built for endurance road bike comfort without affecting performance. The Domane SL frame is built with Trek’s 500 Series OCLV Carbon with integrated internal storage in the downtube, making it a compliant and versatile bike. The SL frame also features Trek’s IsoSpeed technology, which enables you to ride for longer with reduced fatigue, by smoothing out the bumps. The tubes of the Domane SL frame are designed with aerodynamics in mind, allowing you to glide along with less resistance. What's more the Domane SL frame is built with versatility in mind, boasting a tyre clearing for up to 38c, allowing on and off road use.
The Domane SL models;
Domane SL 5
The Domane SL5 is Trek’s entry level carbon bike, ready for all day in the saddle. Domane SL5 is equipped with race ready Shimano 105 groupset for a wide range of gears & smooth shifting, Shimano 105 hydraulic brakes and Bontrager Paradigm SL tubeless ready wheels. Weighing in at 9.2kg for a 56cm, the Domane SL5 is a fantastic value, versatile first carbon road bike.
Domane SL6 is the second in the Domane SL range, upgraded component wise over Domane SL5. Key upgrades of the SL6 include; Top level Shimano Ultegra 11 speed drivetrain for lightweight crisp shifting, Shimano Ultegra series hydraulic brakes for efficient braking, bontrager Paradigm Comp wheels with 54 points of engagement for faster acceleration and control and tubeless ready tyres in addition to tubeless ready rims making it tubeless out the box.
Domane SL7 is the high performance speed machine, built with top level components. The SL7 gets a smattering of high end components upgraded over the SL6 such as; Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic drivetrain for fast precision shifting and Bontrager Aeolus carbon pro wheels. Making it the ultimate endurance race ready bike.
"My Domane is an absolute joy to ride and has made me fall in love with road cycling again. The ride quality is superb, barely getting any road buzz even along Hertfordshire's most questionable road surfaces. The wide tyre clearance and built in suspension make for such a versatile bike, and the downtube storage is a helpful quality of life feature too! Couldn't recommend the bike enough and already dreading having to eventually go back to my winter bike!"- Daniel Latchford