New Year, New Bike
Its more about need than want, my Trek Domane Team Issue bike is on its last legs (in my head at least) and the ten speed Shimano parts are no longer available, my Seven is now three years old and will become my training bike this winter, my Open UP is set up for riding in the woods in the spring and summer with 650B wheels and Lauf forks, that’s my fun bike (yes, I have been known to have such a thing on occasions on my own in the woods, but don’t tell social services).
So, I’ve been on the horns of Phil’s Trek Trilemma for several weeks trying to work out which model road bike would suit me best, I am the Goldilocks to Trek’s three bears. The first big event this season for me is the Strade Bianche Gran Fondo, it has rolling gravel roads, it can be wet and short steep climbs, followed by Roubaix or Flanders, the Eatpe du Tour in July and possibly ride London to finish off on a normal bike this time with gears.
Let’s start with usage.
Goldilocks and the Three Bikes
Mummy Bear - The Domane – endurance, comfort, stability, yes, all good, disc brakes fat tyres does it fit? Nope, too short and too high for me. Can I race on it? Not really, its got a low bottom bracket and long wheel base for stability on long scary descents, I still think I’m twenty two, I want something punchy. Too big, Goldilocks whined.
Daddy Bear – the Madone – I love these frames so neat and so fast, super aero, no visible cables; rim brakes and carbon wheels, hmmm, I heard some horror stories about the Strade Bianche this year with riders wearing through their brake pads due to the fine dust on the gravel sections. The Madone will save you 30watts of effort at 40kmh but I don’t often ride that fast… I heard a story the other day that the Madone is the bike of choice on the lunchtime chain-gang at Trek’s Wisconsin HQ. If you found yourself losing the wheels out the back of the group, a hasty staff purchase of a Madone would find you taking your pull on the front a week later. Tyres? 28mm at a push, I need something fatter for Roubaix. Too hot, Goldilocks whined.
Baby Bear – The Emonda Disc – the most recent addition to Trek’s road bike armoury arrived a little late this year in July for many to get a good season’s riding in and I’ve been holding back until now. It’s the perfect bike: Light at 6.5kg fully built, disc brakes, road bike geometry, fat (ish) tyres, perfect for mountain climbs in the Etape du Tour, punchy enough for the steep hills on the way back to Sienna in the Strade Bianche and for Paris Roubaix? Let’s see, if Andre Tschmil could do it on 19mm tubulars I should be OK on my 32mm tubeless tyres and a couple of Tramadols. Last but not least custom paint too via Treks’ Project One offer.