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Frames are as light as 690g with complete bikes from 4.6kg; range also includes bikes down to £1,200

Trek are launching a new road bike called the Émonda which they say is the lightest production road bike in the world. The top level Émonda SLR 10 (in a 56cm frame and Trek’s H1 fit) weighs a claimed 10.25lb (4.6kg).

Trek say that they have prioritised saving weight above every other parameter, claiming that the highest specced complete bike is almost 1kg lighter than Cannondale’s SuperSix Evo Black Inc. The lightest frame is 690g painted.

The Émonda has been developed over the past 30 months with input from Trek’s pro team as well as everyday riders.

“We have been working on this a long time and we’re really proud of it,” said Trek’s Road Product Manager Ben Coates at the Émonda’s launch in Harrogate prior to the start of the Tour de France this weekend.

Trek say that the Émonda boasts the most sophisticated tube optimisation of any bike ever, with both the tube shape and the laminate being designed to produce the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio possible.

The Émonda has what Trek refer to as a ‘size-specific ride-tuned performance’. In other words, they’ve engineered things so that each size performs the same. Mind you, Trek don’t think this is that big a deal, saying that they’ve been doing this since they first started producing carbon bikes back in 1992.

As well as the frame, Trek have had to work on various components to bring the weight down.

“The idea was; we have the resources to build a complete bike system. Let’s use that advantage to look at every aspect of the bicycle and how each component interacts with all the others,” said Ben Coates. “Once we covered the basic bike functions, we focused on every minute detail. Every decision was based on what was the overall lightest option for the system.”

They’ve produced a Bontrager XXX combined handlebar and stem for the Émonda SLR 10, taking out features like the faceplate, to reduce the weight by 70-100g over a separate bar and stem (depending on size). There's a moulded in thread for mounting a Garmin, iPhone or other device up front

Bontrager’s brake team developed the new Speed Stop brake with mounts that connect directly to the frame via two bolts to reduce component parts. These save up to 35g per caliper, and increase braking performance. An adjustable leverage ratio, a two position quick release, and an ultra-wide stance add to Speed Stop’s versatility and adjustability, according to Trek. This also increases tyre clearance.

They’ve also redesigned the seatcap with new hardware.

There’s a new DuoTrap speed/cadence sensor too that is both ANT+ and Bluetooth compatible, and a 3S chainkeeper to stop the chain dropping off your inner chainring and damaging the frame.

Trek don’t see this as a bike that’ll lack durability. They offer a lifetime warranty on manufacturing defects and one year warranty on the paint and finish.

The top-level SLR 10 is made from Trek’s OCLV 700 carbon in Waterloo, Wisconsin. This is the ultra-light 690g version.

The Émonda SL – the next level down – is a 1,050g frame while the Émonda S frame is 1,200g.

“It’s lighter, it’s stiffer, it’s the best bike I’ve ever ridden,” said Trek Factory Racing’s Bob Jungels, a member of the test team who rode and provided feedback throughout the ride test phase of Émonda’s development. “Accelerating this bike feels amazing.”

So how does the Émonda fit with the other models in the Trek road bike range? Trek are billing it up as the bike to go for if you’re after lightness, the Domane as the one to go for if you want a smooth ride, and the Madone the aero option. Trek’s pro riders will have the choice of all of these three bikes.

Émonda prices range from £1,200 for the Shimano Tiagra-equipped Emonda S 4 up to £11,000 for the SLR 10. This model comes with a SRAM Red groupset and Tune hubs and rims.

Back in the real world, the Émonda SL 5 comes with a Shimano 105 groupset and Bontrager Race wheels at £1,900. 

There are women’s specific models in the range too, including the Émonda S 5 WSD at £1,500. That’s Shimano 105-equipped too.

The Émonda SLR comes in H1 (aggressive) and H2 (slightly more relaxed) fits while the Émonda SL and Émonda S are both available in H2 only.

The Émonda is not currently available in Trek's Project 1 custom programme due to the weight of orders in the system, but it will be.

Émonda, like Domane, is an anagram of Madone, Trek’s long-standing road bike range ('Moaned' is still available!). Trek also link the name to the French word ‘émonder’ meaning ‘to prune’ or ‘to trim’ – which is apt given the lightweight nature of the bike.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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Not sure what is going on with those cable adjusters  39

I'll wait for the Trek MadOne or OneMad Trek though  1

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goggy [153 posts] 2 years ago
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£11,000? Hmmm... I'll take 3  3

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ajmarshal1 [411 posts] 2 years ago
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It can be as light as it likes, it's just plain ugly.

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Alan Tullett [1568 posts] 2 years ago
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Don't see the point of a pro having it as they'd have to add 2.2kg of weight! Wonder how it performs in crosswinds in the fens!

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hsam [7 posts] 2 years ago
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Hmmm, I might have to consult a patent lawyer...
I swear I designed those exact calipers out of meccano when I was 7.

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Duncann [543 posts] 2 years ago
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goggy wrote:

£11,000? Hmmm... I'll take 3  3

Remember to haggle for a discount!

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jollygoodvelo [1419 posts] 2 years ago
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No Edam?

Looks very nice. Do they publish any stiffness figures on the light frame?

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giobox [356 posts] 2 years ago
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4.6kgs is pretty spectacular. With the rumours of the UCI removing the 6.8kg limit following Cookson's technical review, probably not a bad time to get into the ultra-light game.

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bikeandy61 [532 posts] 2 years ago
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Ugly? I assume you don't like carbon fibre road bikes then, cos the reality is when they are nude they're all hard to tell apart IMHO. Quite like it myself but as said it hardly breaks any new ground weight wise. Don't think the top model is for a 92kg-er like me. Even if I had £11k to spend (on anything let alone a bike).

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Argos74 [392 posts] 2 years ago
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and... bike design by HR Giger.

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ajmarshal1 [411 posts] 2 years ago
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bikeandy61 wrote:

Ugly? I assume you don't like carbon fibre road bikes then, cos the reality is when they are nude they're all hard to tell apart IMHO. Quite like it myself but as said it hardly breaks any new ground weight wise. Don't think the top model is for a 92kg-er like me. Even if I had £11k to spend (on anything let alone a bike).

Not to me they're not. There is nothing about the proportions of this I find attractive. The tapered tubes = ugly. Super skinny seat stays = ugly. Sram crankset = ugly. Those meccano brakes = ugly. The 'industrial' headtube = ugly. The integrated stem / bars = ugly. The sharp 10 o'clock chainstay angle = ugly.

It's all in the eye of the beholder but there are a whole host of Carbon frames out there that are certainly easier on my eye. They don't have to look traditional either.

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banzicyclist2 [299 posts] 2 years ago
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It's abit like size 0 .... all skin and bones not for everyone.

I wonder how long it would last on our wonderful (ha ha) britsh roads!  17

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Nick T [913 posts] 2 years ago
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I'd hate to play Scrabble with the Trek guys, they can make words up from anything.

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unclebadger [71 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm doing an impression of that Dog from That's Life that says

"I-WANT-ONE"

A bit like Columbo, there's just one thing that bothers me Mam...those brakes... Does anyone remember the U Brake, or Campag's Euclid brakes? Slightly over engineered.

I'll get me coat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8sg6n2E_mI

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Hoester [68 posts] 2 years ago
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So silly money can get you a silly light bike. Who knew? Sounds like the 'real world' bikes are all standard-ish weight. 690g frames at 1000g prices. That would be progress (maintaining all other desirable parameters obviously).

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russyparkin [570 posts] 2 years ago
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how much of a salary did stevie wonder demand to become the latest trek designer??

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jollygoodvelo [1419 posts] 2 years ago
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bikeandy61 wrote:

Ugly? I assume you don't like carbon fibre road bikes then, cos the reality is when they are nude they're all hard to tell apart IMHO. Quite like it myself but as said it hardly breaks any new ground weight wise. Don't think the top model is for a 92kg-er like me. Even if I had £11k to spend (on anything let alone a bike).

Not to me they're not. There is nothing about the proportions of this I find attractive. The tapered tubes = ugly. Super skinny seat stays = ugly. Sram crankset = ugly. Those meccano brakes = ugly. The 'industrial' headtube = ugly. The integrated stem / bars = ugly. The sharp 10 o'clock chainstay angle = ugly.

It's all in the eye of the beholder but there are a whole host of Carbon frames out there that are certainly easier on my eye. They don't have to look traditional either.

I personally think that there are few things prettier than a seat stay so thin you could knit with it. I don't like box-section chainstays though.

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Redvee [238 posts] 2 years ago
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Jens Voigt tweeted a pic of the bike with a 300g slab of lead attached to the bottle cage.

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cyclotripper [33 posts] 2 years ago
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Cool bike - I'm no weight weenie, but can't deny that it would be great to have a bike that light. I just don't understand the appeal of buying a mid level or low level version of the bike. If its all about weight, only the top of the line model makes sense.

If your going to buy a frame at 1050.. or 1200 grams I dont see the appeal.... when the top of the line is 690grams. Or is this just the way they get everyone to spend the most money possible.

For my money the brakes look like a copy of EE Brakres, basically a direct mount version...

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RobD [292 posts] 2 years ago
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Not sure if I missed it in the details, but do the lower end models come with the same in house weight saving parts? ie bars, brakes etc, or is that only on the top model? It might make the lower end models a bit more unique from everything else out there if they also get these parts, although I'm not sure how likely that is.

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parksey [343 posts] 2 years ago
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Impressive stuff, but need to shift a good few kilos off the beer gut myself before a bike like this has any benefit for me!

Wonder what it means for the Madone in the line-up as time goes on?

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Al__S [1024 posts] 2 years ago
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As far as I gather, the light weight and big obvious blocks of lead are something of a deliberate challenge to the UCI, and are future proofing.

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Jacob [40 posts] 2 years ago
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The Madone frame is 725g for a 56cm with U5 Vapor paint. Trek says it's more Aero than the Emonda and a bit stiffer. If the only advantage is that you save 30g from the frame over a Madone, I don't see the point of this bike. We need to wait for a test ride report. Does it handle better or feel more comfortable on the road? If it does, then what's the point of the Madone? I guess only time will tell.

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notfastenough [3679 posts] 2 years ago
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Is the handling affected by having such a light bike? Presumably they can be a bit skittish in crosswinds? What about descending? Is the handling more suited to experienced riders such as the pros?

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DrJDog [338 posts] 2 years ago
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As others have said, that rear brake caliper is ... I've no idea what the word is. It seems massively over complicated, and I thought that the SRAM Red aero calipers were complicated. It seems bizarre that with this many moving parts it can still save weight.

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MKultra [396 posts] 2 years ago
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That's a U brake!

They have added a linkage to increase leverage but it's an old school U brake as once found under the chainstay bridge on 80's GT mountain bikes.

http://sheldonbrown.com/canti-u.html

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MKultra [396 posts] 2 years ago
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Also - if they are doing hydraulic discs these days why could they not simply use a magura type caliper if they wanted a more powerful rim brake?

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rookybiker [40 posts] 2 years ago
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No it's not a U-brake, it seems to me like a dumbed-down copy of EE-brakes, which follow a different working principle (and are superb by the way).

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Mayhem SWE [23 posts] 2 years ago
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The design for those brakes must be either licensed or blatantly stolen from eeCycleWorks...

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ianmoss [1 post] 2 years ago
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Another bike in matt black with minimal branding - Urgh!

Only thing that can happen next season's fashion is the return of LOADS of colour, which is a good thing as long as Mapei don't make a comeback!!!  21

EDIT: just looked at the top gallery, some of the colours are good

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