Trek releases all-new aerodynamic Émonda

Trek launched an all-new Émonda road bike today. The latest Émonda is focussed on aerodynamic efficiency while improving on the lightweight climbing ambitions of the previous Émonda models. In fact, Trek claim a rider holding a constant 350 watts will be 15 seconds faster up the iconic Alpe d'Huez over the previous Émonda.

 

There will be two Émonda frame specification levels, the SLR and SL. Both frames are identically shaped, meaning there is no difference in aerodynamics efficiency and geometry. The range topping SLR frame uses Trek's new 800 Series OCLV Carbon with a frame weight dipping under 700 grams. The more affordable SL frame is constructed from 500 Series OCLV Carbon with a claimed frame weight of 1142 grams but offers all the same aerodynamic and handling gains.

 

Accompanying the launch of the latest Émonda are new Aeolus aerodynamic wheels and Aeolus RSL bar/stem combo that cleans up the cockpit.

 

In South Africa, we'll have access to the Émonda SLR frame through the Project One customisation programme. On the shop floor you'll find the Émonda SL7 and SL6 Pro models.

 

Read the press release below for all the details on the all-new Émonda.

Press Release


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Trek released an all-new Émonda with aerodynamic tube shaping today. It's a major performance upgrade for the platform, and it makes Trek's lightest climbing bike faster than ever, while still keeping the frame weight under 700 g.

 

Too often aero frame shapes are heavy and ride poorly. After over two years of development, and the creation of Trek's lightest OCLV Carbon lay-up ever, Trek engineers have found the perfect balance of speed and light weight, all while maintaining the amazing ride quality that Émonda is famous for.

 

Available in both an SL and SLR version, the all-new aero Émonda is proven to be faster on flats and climbs alike.

 

Émonda SLR


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The all-new Émonda SLR is the bike of choice for Trek-Segafredo climbers. In fact, racer Lizzie Deignan deemed it 'the best bike I have ever ridden'.

 

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It’s made of all-new 800 Series OCLV Carbon, weighs less than 700 grams and delivers significant speed advantages thanks to its aerodynamic design. Compared to its predecessor, Émonda SLR is 60 seconds faster per hour faster on flats and 18 seconds per hour faster at an 8% grade.

 

800 Series OCLV Carbon


800 Series OCLV Carbon is Trek's lightest and highest-performing carbon lay-up to date. It’s 30% stronger than previous OCLV Carbon laminates, yet just as stiff, allowing Trek engineers to create the Émonda SLR's aero shapes without adding a lot of weight.

 

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Émonda SL


The Émonda SL features the same fast aero tube shaping as Émonda SLR, but it's made from lightweight 500 Series OCLV Carbon. Riders will enjoy both the gains in speed and lower price-point Émonda SL provides.

 

Speedy design details


The all-new Émonda models have hidden cable routing, most come with new aerodynamic Aeolus wheels and the Émonda SLR comes with an Aeolus RSL Bar/Stem that was purpose-built for it. Plus, the Émonda’s H1.5 geometry, developed with the Trek-Segafredo pro cycling team, puts the rider in the optimal aero race position.

 

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Available in Project One


The Émonda SLR is also available for customisation in Project One, Trek's custom bike programme, giving riders the chance to create the bike of their dreams.

 

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Geometry


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Technical Details


Weights
  • SLR Frame Mass (unpainted, with hanger)698g
  • SLR Fork Mass (unpainted, 220mm steerer)365g
  • SL Frame Mass (unpainted, with hanger)1142g
  • SL Fork Mass (unpainted, 220mm steerer)380g

Frame Specs
  • Recommended Tire Clearance28mm (with required 4mm of ISO clearance and 2mm tolerance factor)
  • Max Chainring 2x53/39
  • GeometryH1.5 Race (see geo chart)
  • Bottom BracketT47
  • Axle Spacing100x12 F / 142x12 R

Aerodynamics Gains
  • Aero Savings over 2018 Émonda182g (yaw weighted, comparing 2018 Émonda with XXX 2 wheels, XXX Bar/Stem Combo to 2021 Émonda with RSL 37 Wheels and Aeolus RSL Bar/Stem Combo)
  • Time savings @ 0% grade60s/hr (vs old bike, at 350W)
  • Time savings @ 8.1% grade (Alpe d’Huez)18s/hr (vs old bike, at 350W)

 

South African Availablility


The Émonda SL7 and SL6 Pro models are available in South Africa immediately. The SLR is available through the Project One programme.

 

Émonda SL7 (Gloss Radioactive Red/Matte Carbon)

 

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  • FrameUltralight 500 Series OCLV Carbon, Ride Tuned performance tube optimization, tapered head tube, internal routing, DuoTrap S compatible, flat mount disc, 142x12mm thru axle
  • ForkÉmonda SL full carbon, tapered carbon steerer, internal brake routing, flat mount disc, 12x100mm thru axle
  • Weight Kg (56cm)7.76 kg
  • WheelsBontrager Aeolus Pro 37, OCLV Carbon, Tubeless Ready, 37mm rim depth, Shimano 11-speed freehub, 100x12mm thru axle front, 142x12mm thru axle rear
  • TyresBontrager R2 Hard-Case Lite, aramid bead, 60 tpi, 700x25c
  • ShiftersShimano Ultegra Di2, R8070, 11-speed
  • Front DerailleurShimano Ultegra R8050 Di2, braze-on
  • Rear DerailleurShimano Ultegra R8050 Di2, short cage, 30T max cog
  • CrankShimano Ultegra R8000, 52/36
  • CassetteShimano Ultegra R8000, 11-30, 11 speed
  • Bottom BracketPraxis, T47 threaded, internal bearing
  • ChainShimano Ultegra HG701, 11-speed
  • SaddleBontrager Aeolus Comp, steel rails
  • SeatpostBontrager carbon seatmast cap, 20mm offset
  • HandlebarBontrager Pro VR-C, OCLV Carbon, 31.8mm, Di2 routing, 100mm reach, 124mm drop
  • GripsBontrager Supertack Perf tape
  • StemBontrager Pro, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree
  • BrakesetShimano Ultegra hydraulic disc, flat mount
  • Recommend Retail PriceR 109,999.00

 

 

Émonda SL6 Pro (Lithium Grey/Brushed Chrome)

 

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  • FrameUltralight 500 Series OCLV Carbon, Ride Tuned performance tube optimization, tapered head tube, internal routing, DuoTrap S compatible, flat mount disc, 142x12mm thru axle
  • ForkÉmonda SL full carbon, tapered carbon steerer, internal brake routing, flat mount disc, 12x100mm thru axle
  • Weight Kg (56cm)8.06 kg
  • WheelsBontrager Aeolus Elite 35, OCLV Carbon, Tubeless Ready, 35mm rim depth, Shimano 11-speed freehub, 100x12mm thru axle front, 142x12mm thru axle rear
  • TyresBontrager R2 Hard-Case Lite, aramid bead, 60 tpi, 700x25c
  • ShiftersShimano Ultegra R8025, short-reach lever, 11 speed
  • Front DerailleurShimano Ultegra R8000, braze-on
  • Rear DerailleurShimano Ultegra R8000, short cage, 30T max cog
  • CrankShimano Ultegra R8000, 52/36
  • CassetteShimano Ultegra R8000, 11-30, 11 speed
  • Bottom BracketPraxis, T47 threaded, internal bearing
  • ChainShimano Ultegra HG701, 11-speed
  • SaddleBontrager Aeolus Comp, steel rails
  • SeatpostBontrager carbon seatmast cap, 20mm offset
  • HandlebarBontrager Elite VR-C, alloy, 31.8mm, 100mm reach, 124mm drop
  • GripsBontrager Supertack Perf tape
  • StemBontrager Pro, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree
  • BrakesetShimano Ultegra hydraulic disc, flat mount
  • Recommend Retail PriceR 79,999.00

 




60 Comments

MudLark, Jun 18 2020 04:14

 

In fact, Trek claim a rider holding a constant 350 watts will be 15 seconds faster up the iconic Alpe d'Huez over the previous Émonda.

 

:rolleyes:  :D Which means that for the rest of us average sods, the "aerodynamic advantage" will be so minuscule it will effectively be immeasurable.

TNT1, Jun 18 2020 04:17

:rolleyes:  :D Which means that for the rest of us average sods, the "aerodynamic advantage" will be so minuscule it will effectively be immeasurable.

Read the article on the wheels. It used the phrase "free speed"...

splat, Jun 18 2020 04:20

And just like that, the Émonda SL 6 Pro I bought a month ago is outdated.
The new version is R30k more and 1/2kg heavier, so that makes me feel a bit better...

(It seems that mine is the last of the rim brake bikes)

 
 
 
 

gummibear, Jun 18 2020 04:39

 

And just like that, the Émonda SL 6 Pro I bought a month ago is outdated.
The new version is R30k more and 1/2kg heavier, so that makes me feel a bit better...

(It seems that mine is the last of the rim brake bikes)

 
 
 
 

 

Same thing happened with me when i bought my Domane SLR.Six weeks later the new bike came out but i preferred the my colour and the old seat mast.

gummibear, Jun 18 2020 05:01

If I was in the market for new bike this would be one of my favorites [emoji1786] [emoji1786]

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Munzm, Jun 18 2020 09:18

:rolleyes:  :D Which means that for the rest of us average sods, the "aerodynamic advantage" will be so minuscule it will effectively be immeasurable.

I know it is said that "time is money" but R30k for 15 seconds is very pricey - and the bikes are a bit heavy - I will stick with my Old 2011 Madone at 8.7kg.

Christie, Jun 18 2020 09:50

Without disks, I recon it would gan more than 15s faster, btw.

MudLark, Jun 19 2020 06:02

I know it is said that "time is money" but R30k for 15 seconds is very pricey - and the bikes are a bit heavy - I will stick with my Old 2011 Madone at 8.7kg.

Interesting. Its 8.03kg claimed for the current SL6 Pro with discs. My 2019 SL6 Disc is 8.1kg. Not a huge difference really. But I see the non-disc version of the SL6 is 7.3kg. So discs add about 800g of weight. A fair bit. But I do like the disc brakes, especially in the wet.

MudLark, Jun 19 2020 06:03

Without disks, I recon it would gan more than 15s faster, btw.

Yup.

Bub Marley, Jun 19 2020 06:42

 

And just like that, the Émonda SL 6 Pro I bought a month ago is outdated.
The new version is R30k more and 1/2kg heavier, so that makes me feel a bit better...

(It seems that mine is the last of the rim brake bikes)

 
 
 
 

 

The new one is also uglier in my opinion. 

Furbz, Jun 19 2020 08:22

Without disks, I recon it would gan more than 15s faster, btw.

maybe, but in the tour on a descent those seconds would more than be made up by the better braking and aero benefits.

 

i think it's a great all rounder. best of all worlds

TNT1, Jun 19 2020 08:48

 

And just like that, the Émonda SL 6 Pro I bought a month ago is outdated.

 
 
 

 

I wouldn't go that far.

RaymondC, Jun 19 2020 09:12

Thats sexy! 

Rocket-Boy, Jun 19 2020 09:17

Its always interesting to me to see the popularity of brands in different countries.

I work with people from all over the world and have noticed that all of my Aussie colleagues ride Trek, the brand is very popular over there.

You definitely dont see the same thing in SA, this is Giant and Spez country for sure.

splat, Jun 19 2020 09:26

I wouldn't go that far.

 

You are right. I am very happy with my 2019 bike. It's not outdated and certainly not obsolete.
But the release of a new model does suddenly age the current models.

 

New model does look sleek though!

Eldron, Jun 19 2020 09:34

maybe, but in the tour on a descent those seconds would more than be made up by the better braking and aero benefits.

i think it's a great all rounder. best of all worlds


It's interesting how the models have evolved to match the market.

The Emonda started out as a lightweight climbers bike and evolved into a mixed terrain bike.

The Domane was the do everything bike now it is an endurance light gravel style bike.

Madone. Mmmm sex on wheels. Sprinter aero bikes didn't exist 5 or 6 years ago.

Nick, Jun 19 2020 09:35

Its always interesting to me to see the popularity of brands in different countries.

I work with people from all over the world and have noticed that all of my Aussie colleagues ride Trek, the brand is very popular over there.

You definitely dont see the same thing in SA, this is Giant and Spez country for sure.

 

The brand went through a number of distributors over the last decade in SA. I think this inconsistency has something to do with their current market share.

Trek took over directly a few years ago and, from my perspective at least, they have steadied the ship and are looking to grow.

Longbarn Killer, Jun 19 2020 01:10

I think Trek has just launched the best looking bike on the market, but at R79k, I wouldn't buy it.

Underachiever, Jun 19 2020 02:17

I wouldn't go that far.

Agree.  The power of marketing....

 

I still race my 2004 Giant TCR (custom build with heavier Campag) fairly successfully on the flatter races.   If I upgrade that "non-areo" bike with a more recent (read circa 2012) Chorus gruppo and a lekker set of wheels, I will get close to my current (again 2012) racing bike (6.8kg).

J Wakefield, Jun 19 2020 02:37

By pure chance yesterday I got to see this bike upfront. Tom Skujins lives in the road behind me and was riding home. Ive never been a massive Trek fan but this bike is awesome in face value. 

DieselnDust, Jun 19 2020 03:01

hmmm ya but its still a Trek.....

Its would be a lot sexier if they rebranded to La Voyage

'Dale, Jun 19 2020 03:17

Sauce: Trek Bicycle Corporation

 

 

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dsw, Jun 19 2020 07:14

hmmm ya but its still a Trek.....

Its would be a lot sexier if they rebranded to La Voyage

 

To be fair to Trek brand they did excel at the TdF during the years when there were no official winner. 

DieselnDust, Jun 19 2020 07:25

To be fair to Trek brand they did excel at the TdF during the years when there were no official winner. 


But with no winner,.... Did the tour actually happen or did they just play a 7 part Nollywood movie series?

Christie, Jun 19 2020 09:31

maybe, but in the tour on a descent those seconds would more than be made up by the better braking and aero benefits.


But that is not what Trek is claiming. They are marketing a 15s gain up Alpe d'Huez . My point is that going up Alp d'Huez, lower weight of a non-disk gruppo will be more than 15s faster.