Trek is now offering the same Trek Domane that Fabian Cancellara used to win Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix this year. Available through its Project One custom bike builder, the Domane Classics Edition features the same Pro Endurance Geometry, featuring a lower head tube and longer top tube, a one-piece steel derailleur hanger and increased tyre clearance.
Previously the Domane was available in three different fits, H1 being the most aggressive, H3 being the most relaxed. They’re all a little taller in the head tube and shorter in the top tube than an equivalently sized Madone. Professional riders typically favour quite extreme positions - many thousands of hours and miles in the saddle causes this - and even the H1 fit wasn’t low or stretched enough for the team riders.That’s why you often see such interesting ‘solutions’ at races like Paris-Roubaix, with slammed negative rise stems of quite extraordinary lengths the norm.
It’s almost customary for star riders to get personalised bikes with custom geometry, despite the exceedingly high cost of moulds used to produce carbon fibre frames. The UCI does stipulate that any frame or component used in a professional bike race must be available to purchase on the market with nine months of that new product first being raced, but custom geometry frames seem to have slipped under this ruling. It’s not possible, for example, to lay your hands on a Cannondale with the same unique geometry that Peter Sagan rides. That Trek are now offering the frames previously only available to their pro team riders to mere mortals is a good thing.
Fabian Cancellara is well known to favour the Domane for all riding, not just the cobbled classics, over the Madone. It was a Domane that he rode for the first week of the 2012 Tour de France, all painted up yellow to match the Maillot Jaune he was wearing at the time.
"I believe it's very cool that Trek makes 'my' bike available to consumers," said Cancellara. "It's a very special bike for me. Together Trek and I have put a lot of time and energy in the development of the Domane and I'm happy that it's out there now."
The Trek Domane was first introduced in 2012, right after Fabian Cancellara used a pre-production prototype to claim victory in the Strade Bianchi race in Italy.
The new Classics Edition will be custom painted in the US, at Trek’s Waterloo facility, and available in sizes 54 to 62cm. It will only be available as a complete bike. A full build mirroring the team race bike, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, Bontrager Aeolus 3 wheels, will set you back £8,800. Opt instead for a Ultegra 6870 Di2 groupset and the price drops to £7,060, and switch to a set of Race Lite TLR wheels and it costs £5,280. There are plenty of build options available through Project One. www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/projectone
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.