Trek just unveiled a new aluminum road bike – but at first glance, you might mistake it for carbon. That’s because the new Émonda ALR uses a hydroformed 300 Series Alpha Aluminum frame that mimics a lot of the carbon look but at a more affordable price.
Following similar lines to other Émonda frames, the hydroforming is combined with Trek’s “Invisible Weld Technology” to make the welds less noticeable. The frames are also designed to be quite light with a 1112g rim brake version and 1131g disc version in a 56cm. Designed with Trek’s H2 geometry, the bikes have an upright but still sporty fit.
Available in both rim and disc brake versions, the rim brake model uses direct mount brakes, while the disc uses flat mount to take advantage of the latest standards. Both frames have internal cable routing, Duotrap sensor compatibility, a BB86.5 bottom bracket, and the disc brake model runs thru axles front and rear.
Complete builds include 25mm tires, a full carbon fork, and a Shimano Tiagra or 105 drivetrain. Sold as the ALR 5 or ALR 4 in both rim and disc brake, the ALR 5 Disc also gets a women’s version. Pricing starts at $1,359.99 for the ALR 4 and goes up to $1,889.99 for the ALR 5 Disc in men’s or women’s. Framesets will also be available in rim or disc brake version for $959.99. Available now.