As this post goes live, the North American iteration of TrekWorld 2014 is kicking off, showing all 2015 bikes to dealers. Official info and images will be coming soon, but we couldn’t wait to give you a quick look at some of the highlights for their ’15 range.
Starting with their biggest road news of the year, the ultralight Emonda greeted everyone with a hanging sculpture of prototype and test frames dangling above the flagship SLR 10. If you recall, that bike has a 10.25lb claimed weight, which comes with the title of World’s Lightest Production Road Bike.”
UPDATE: Part Two posted here.
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Any bike this light is always worth a closer look, even if we’ve got one of it’s sisters in on review.
They’re even available through Project One, making the frame a bit more affordable if you’re willing to hang a budget build kit on it.
What Trek hasn’t made a big deal of is that the Emonda effectively replaces the midlevel Madones. A 1- and 2-series will remain available, as will higher end models for racers prioritizing aerodynamics over the lightest weights, but for most riders and budgets, the Emonda is now the go-to race and club bike.
Some other big news on the road is the addition of disc brake equipped Domane bikes. Word is a number of models will be available with rotors, but there’ll still be a full range of rim brake bikes, too.
The disc brake versions (or, at least this carbon Domane 4.5 Disc) will get 12×142 rear thru axles using Trek’s clever Closed Convert dropouts that allow you to switch it over to standard QR wheels, too. The fork uses their IsoSpeed damping design and sticks with a standard 15mm thru axle. Look for an Ultegra mix with RS500 compact crankset and hydraulic disc brakes for $2,999.
If the Domane won’t quite get you where you wanna go, the new 920 adventure bike should. The frame is made of 100-series Alpha aluminum, and the complete bike will get a SRAM 10-speed setup with X7 rear derailleur and S1000 42/28 double crankset.
It’s running drop bars with bar-end shifters. That makes room for TRP’s Hylex hydraulic disc brakes to be installed, offering old school shifting alongside very modern braking. Full rack and fender mounts make this bike ready for anything. The tire looks like a new, thinner version of their various XR mountain bike tires – we’re guessing it’s aimed at the gravel grinder crowd. They’re mounted on Bontrager Duster Elite tubeless ready wheels running thru axles front and rear.
Supposing you wanna take your 10-to-12 year old kid with you, the one size 26″ wheeled KXR youth race bike pulls double duty as either road or cross, but we’re thinking it’ll work just fine for gravel stretches, too.
It’s performance oriented with an upper level alloy frame that’s even ready for their integrated speed and cadence sensor. We’d probably swap in mini V-brakes, but otherwise pretty solid ride for your little speed demon.
Retrogrouches rejoice! This custom built Boone cyclocross bike gets their Bontrager XXX bar/stem combo, tubulars and good ol’ fashioned cantilever brakes to come in at 14lbs.
The CrossRip remains in the line, too, giving you something in between commuter and cyclocross and gravel and adventure bikes.
The Fuel EX will get a new top end build with the XTR Di2 2×11 group for a mere $8,999. Honestly, we were expecting the price tag to be higher. Hopefully a 29er version will share the same spec.
What’s RapidDrive you ask? It’s their exclusive 54-tooth engagement Star Ratchet made by DT Swiss.
The Lush will finally be getting a carbon fiber frame option and something other than a heavy triple crankset. This one jumps straight to a 1×11 SRAM group with Fox suspension and a stealth dropper post.
The other big news for the Lush? It’s getting 27.5″ (aka 650B) wheels!
The Farley 8 fat bike gets the Rockshox Bluto and all-new Bontrager Jackalope fat bike wheels.
The Session splits into two models, the Session DH with 27.5″ (650B) wheels as expected…
…and a 26″ Session Park for slightly less insane riding.
Now that Trek owns Electra, they’re able to push beauties like this Loft model into more shops.
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