John loves riding up mountains - especially the Stelvio - and he wanted a light bike with excellent braking in all weathers. He has had a Parlee for a decade and more recently an Alchemy custom frame. He opted for Trek as their huge R&D budget enables them to build the lightest and strongest carbon frames currently avaibale. Surprisingly, given that the Emonda SLR is very light and strong it is also very comfortable due to how the carbon is laid up in the mould. the slim seat stays will cushion the rider and the narrow waisted top tube offers enough flex to reduce any jarring on bumpy roads.
John's trek is a custom Project One farme and painted in Deep Dark Blue Vapour Coat (£1,100.00) he built his bike with SRAM's wireless eTap groupset and used Bontrager's tubeless ready Aeolus XXX4 wheelset (1500g). Handlebars and stem are by Enve Composites.
More build info below:
Ultralight 700 Series OCLV Carbon, ride-tuned performance tube optimisation, E2 tapered head tube, BB90, flat mount disc brakes, 12 mm thru axles, internal cable routing, DuoTrap S compatible, Ride Tuned seatmast
Émonda full carbon, carbon E2 steerer, carbon dropouts, flat mount disc brakes
"Hey Julian and Phil,
I hope you are both well.
I just completed a 21 hour week on my new 165mm cranks and I am in love. They feel so so great!
Thank you for all your help. I’ve never felt so comfortable on my bike before.
All the best,
National Champion / Professional Bike Rider
"Thanks very much for consultation last week - since I saw you I do not have anything like the same amount of pain I was experiencing previously. I am so much more at ease with my new positioning and my posture feels right now."
"I had my second fitness test this weekend and on the first 8 minute time trial I'd improved average power output by a whopping 41 watts over the previous test. This is almost entirely down to the new position!"
"I tried the shorter cranks today and I like them - it feels like it's less stress for the back and it seems easier to ride higher cadence. In the end I had a good Tour with no back problems. Thanks for your help!"
"Rode my standard Box Hill loop this morning with the temp shims and more thought to position.
Felt more connected and compact on the bike.
Fastest ride of the year, picked up close to a km/per hour despite crappy wet pot holed roads, a ton of traffic and a couple of nights out Thu/Fri."