Updated: Trek launch 2014 range

Highlights include a new entry-level road frame and more opportunity for customisation

by Mat Brett   July 18, 2013  

Trek Domane 4.5 - full bike

Trek are currently holding their Trek World 2014 product launch at Silverstone and we’ve been along to check out the highlights, including a new entry-level road frame and increased customisation options.

As previously, the 1 Series frame, which is used across the three different models, is made from Trek’s 100 Series Alpha Aluminium, but it has been redesigned. The down tube, for example, now comes with a curved leading edge and a truncated tail. In other words, it’s chopped off square at the back in a similar way to the KVF tubing that Trek use on their Madone and Speed Concept bikes. The 1 Series tube isn’t technically KVF but Trek say that it does improve the aerodynamics.

The 1 Series frame is still built to Trek’s H2 geometry, which is sporty but with a taller front end than with their H1 fit, and they still come with mudguard and rack mounts that make a lot of sense. Many of these bikes are going to be used for commuting.

Trek now use carbon forks across the entire 1 Series, including the £600 1.1. This bike comes with shifters and mechs from Shimano’s Claris 8-speed range with the rest of the groupset coming from other manufacturers. The chainset, for example, is a compact Vuelta Corsa.

The other two bikes in the 1 Series, the £750 1.2 and the £875 1.5, are each available with either compact (50-tooth and 34-tooth) or triple (50, 39 and 30-tooth) chainsets. The 1.2 comes with Shimano Sora 9-speed shifters/mechs while going for 1.5 gets you Shimano Tiagra 10-speed.

Let’s jump much higher in the range next… The 4 Series Madones and Domanes are made from Trek’s 400 Series OCLV (optimum compaction low void, if you’re interested) carbon fibre and these have been added to Trek’s Project One programme for 2014.

Project One allows you to customise your bike, and this is something that Trek believe is going to become ever more popular over future years. Essentially, you can pick the model and the fit that you want, then you style it and spec it according to your taste and budget.

So, you can pick the colour/design, including the colour of the logos for 2014, add your name, choose your drivetrain (options from Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo), select your wheels, bars, saddle, and so on.

Previously, Project One only covered the very high-end frames. 4 Series Madones and Domanes aren’t cheap, the standard models starting at about £2,000, but Project One is now open to a larger range of options than before.

The 4 Series Madones are essentially very similar to the 5 Series ones, by the way, but with a standard seatpost rather than a seat mast and standard brakes (the 5-Series has Bontrager Speed Limited integrated brakes, the rear one mounted behind the bottom bracket).

The cheapest standard 4 Series model is the 4.5 (pictured) at £2,000. That’s a largely Shimano Ultegra build with Bontrager Race Tubeless Ready wheels.

The 2-Series aluminium Domane has been redesigned. We recently reviewed the 2.3, the key feature of which is the IsoSpeed Decoupler that allows the seat tube to move independently of the top tube and seatstays to provide more comfort. We mentioned the weld on the seat tube that helped allow that movement. Now Trek have removed that weld, believing it is not necessary. They use a double wall there – effectively a tube within a tube – and it’s a far neater look.

The most affordable Domane is still the 2.0 (pictured) at £1,000, with the same spec as last year. Trek are actually moving away from model years now. Rather than launching new bikes into a particular model year and then updating them in subsequent years, they’ll be launching new bikes whenever they’re ready to go and upgrading as and when new tech and/or components become available.

Sticking with the Domane, this is a version of the bike in a Pro fit, with a shorter head tube and more aggressive ride position than you get with even Trek’s H1 fit. As you can see, it’s in RadioShack team colours with details of the Paris-Roubaix pavé on the top tube.

 

 The price has yet to be announced but expect it to be upwards of £8,000.

As you can see, this bike is equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 shifting. From now on, all of Trek’s Di2 bikes will have the battery inside the seat post rather than positioned externally.

Over on the cyclocross side of things, Trek have three new aluminium race bikes in their Crockett range. They’re all built around basically the same 200 Series Alpha Aluminium frame with a tapered head tube (1 1/8in to 1 1/2in) and a BB86.5 bottom bracket. 

They come in a race geometry with Trek’s own Race XXX Lite Cross fork plugged in at the front. It’s an IsoSpeed design, meaning that it’s intended to offer a degree of compliance without sacrificing lateral stiffness.

The top-of-the-range model is the Crockett 7 which comes in both disc brake (£2,000) and cantilever brake (£1,750) options. The disc version comes with SRAM S 700 hydraulic brakes operating on 160mm rotors. Rather than being Red or Force 22, the levers are 10-speed operating SRAM Rival mechs, while the wheels are from in-house brand Bontrager.

The canti version is the same except it has SRAM Rival shifters and Avid Shorty 6 brakes.

The other model is the Crockett 5 and that comes in a disc only version at £1,400. Again it’s race-ready with Avid’s BB5 mechanical disc brakes and a mixed groupset based around Shimano 105 shifters and mechs.

The Crossrip bikes fall within the cyclocross category but they’re really road-going bikes designed to handle rough ’n’ tough urban riding, which is why they get a less race-focused geometry and mounts for both mudguards and racks.

Each of the two Crossrip bikes has a frame made from Trek’s 100 Series Alpha Aluminium and carbon disc fork with lowrider mounts. The £1,000 Elite has Shimano’s Sora shifters and brakes and Hayes CX 5 mechanical disc brakes while the £875 Comp has Shimano Claris and Avid BB5s. Both get Bontrager’s puncture-resistant Hard-Case tyres and a Bonty Race Lite IsoZone bar to help dampen vibration.

Trek do a large range of women’s bikes covering pretty much every aspect of cycling. The £550 Lexa looks pretty cool to us in this matt Leopard Blue (don’t say it looks like Bianchi Celeste, Trek are touchy about that – this is their own colour that has come via the race team).

The straight Lexa (without a suffix) is the entry-level model. The frame is 100 Series Alpha Aluminium built to a women’s specific H3 fit. In other words, it’s not simply a standard (men’s) model shrunk down. The shifters and mechs are Shimano Claris although, like many brands at the lower price points, Trek really mix up the rest of the groupset components, and that’s a women’s specific saddle on there.

The Lexa SLX is another neat looking women’s bike. The frame features an IsoSpeed Decoupler (see above) that Trek use on their Domane bikes to add comfort, and the geometry is designed for endurance riding. Your £1,200 gets you a Shimano 105/Tiagra groupset including a compact chainset, and 25mm puncture-resistant tyres on the Bonty rims.

There are a couple more Lexa bikes too and both the Madones and the Domanes are available in women’s specific designs – WSD. The women’s market has increased significantly for Trek in the last year and they’re hoping to grow it even more in the future.

One of Trek’s biggest selling models is the 7.2 recreation bike (£425) and this is the WSD model.

See that head badge? It’s reflective. Trek are also using a Seeglass coating on some of their FX models to catch the light. It’s crushed glass and it shines in headlights, for example. It could be that Trek extend this onto other models in future.

We told you about Trek’s redesigned Speed Concept earlier in the week so flick back to that story for all the info.

Check out the Speed Fin that manages the airflow over the rear brake and the leading edge of the rear wheel down below the bottom bracket.

And what do you think of these wishbone style aero bar extensions? They come in four different widths.

Trek say that the new Speed Concept is way easier to set up and adjust than before with much better storage integration for fuel and so on.

Trek World is open to the public this Saturday

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Any news on the womens range? Was looking at the female version of the DOmane for the misses.

posted by robthehungrymonkey [35 posts]
18th July 2013 - 14:01

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No Domane disc??? fail.

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posted by STATO [411 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:56

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Any news on when these will be available? Was about to test ride a madone 4, but must admit I prefer the lever action of SRAM to Shimano (as specced on the 4 series), so having it on project one is an interesting thought.

Oh, and any info on what tiers they'll support would be handy. Canyons, for example, don't come with Apex or Rival, so the VFM is still a bit awkward.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3093 posts]
18th July 2013 - 17:27

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Hmmm... maybe a 2013 trek is in the pipeline as a winter commute for me when the deals roll in...

posted by Cycle_Jim [281 posts]
18th July 2013 - 17:31

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Crocket, Crockett, and Crossrip names all seemed to be used where only Crossrip is correct I believe...

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posted by fbhidy [42 posts]
18th July 2013 - 18:20

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STATO wrote:
No Domane disc??? fail.

Yeah, I'd presumed that would have been a top billing. If it's missing from the range entirely then I'm surprised.

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posted by andyspaceman [218 posts]
18th July 2013 - 22:13

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Hello all. Just wanted to answer some of your questions.

Madone and Domane 4 Series bikes will be available in Project One on September 1.

Many of the bikes, including WSD versions are in stock now. Check with your local Trek retailer for specific models.

Crocketts are pure cross bikes, whereas Crossrips are cross bikes set up more for longer distance commuting. If you wanted to race cross, the Crocket is the better option.

No disc road bikes for us right now. We are researching them, but we won't bring something to market unless we're satisfied that it's done right. We haven't reached that comfort level with disc road bike design, so nothing from us in that category at this time.

Any other questions?

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posted by TrekBikesUK [101 posts]
18th July 2013 - 23:12

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Aha, always handy when the vendor chips in on the comments.

For a Madone on Project 1:

Will the range of colour schemes be the same as those currently available on Project 1?

Will SRAM Rival be an option? What kind of premium will there be, if any?

LBS has 20% off, but since I prefer SRAM, am trying to decide whether to plump for a Shimano-equipped 2013 model at a discount, or wait for September.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3093 posts]
19th July 2013 - 12:58

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Does Silverstone have bike parking? Because I'm hoping to ride to the show tomorrow Smile

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posted by PJ McNally [586 posts]
19th July 2013 - 17:52

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Lost track of Trek product lines completely.

posted by dogcc [104 posts]
19th July 2013 - 19:33

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If Madone & Domane 4 Series are going to be available, what about the 5s?

posted by StuAff [101 posts]
19th July 2013 - 22:50

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Wonder if they're bringing the 4-series Domane to market as a frameset only option (non-Project 1). It's crying out to be used as a decent winter/all-year-round training frame and people are going to be far more willing to just swap out the frame on their existing winter bike than spend the money on a complete bike.

posted by fuzzywuzzy [59 posts]
22nd July 2013 - 8:58

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Hello again, all. Sorry to have taken so long to get back to you here.

@notfastenough: Project One was updated during the release of the 7 Series Madone earlier this month, so what you see in the configurator now is what will be available when the 4 Series bikes go live.

Rival is already available in P1.

@StuAff: No 5 Series bikes at this time. Really, there would be too much of a price overlap between what someone could get as a custom painted/spec'd 4 Series, and the price of a standard 5 Series.

@fuzzy: No 4 Series frames, I'm afraid.

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posted by TrekBikesUK [101 posts]
22nd July 2013 - 17:09

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@TrekBikesUK - What is the story with the Domane in H1? Will it be offered as a Project One in all sizes eventually? Also, will it only be offered as a complete bike or a frameset as well?

posted by reece.heald [1 posts]
24th July 2013 - 11:35

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@TrekUK, thanks, but already made my decision, collect my 2013 4.5 on Saturday!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3093 posts]
24th July 2013 - 12:28

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Always found myself looking at these threads thinking 'some day'....
Well, that day came last Saturday, upgrading my much loved Madone 5.2 to a Project One 7 series model.
Can't wait, I just hope it's here in time for my trip to Majorca Love Struck

Seemedlikeagoodideaatthetime

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posted by Teamsagamaster [4 posts]
2nd February 2014 - 21:27

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