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Updated: New Trek Domane breaks cover at Strade Bianche

Fabian Cancellara won on a yet-to-be-released version of Trek’s endurance bike. Now we have new pics

This is the bike that Trek-Segafredo’s Fabian Cancellara rode to his third Strade Bianche victory over the weekend. Look closely and you’ll see that it’s a brand new version of the Trek Domane (all pics Paolo Ciaberta).

Fabian Canecellara - after winning Strade Bianche 2016 - ©Paolo Ciaberta.jpg

First things first, Cancellara nearly always rides a Domane whether he’s riding typical roads or the rougher stuff associated with the Strade Bianche and the Cobbled Classics. 

Trek Domane 2016 - drive side- ©Paolo Ciaberta.jpg

He’s also one of the few riders with electronic shifting at their disposal who chooses to stick with mechanical (cable-operated) shifting. Again, that’s equipment he uses whatever the road surface.

Trek Domane 2016 post-race close up - ©Paolo Ciaberta.jpg

Cancellara’s bike geometry isn’t the same as you or I could get if we walked into our local Trek dealer. Stock Domanes come with what Trek calls its ‘endurance geometry’. It’s designed to be performance-focused, not as aggressive as Trek’s H1 or H2 fits but more stable. 

Trek Domane 2016 top tube detail - ©Paolo Ciaberta.jpg

Cancellara’s bike, however, is built with a long reach (the horizontal distance from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top of the head tube) and a low stack height (the vertical distance between those two points) courtesy of a lengthy top tube and a short head tube. The result is a lower and more stretched riding position for efficiency.

The Swiss rider also opts for a very long stem (we’re guessing 140mm or even 150mm) and a handlebar with a long reach.

Trek Domane 2016 - Fabian Cancellara Strade Bianche winning bike - ©Paolo Ciaberta.jpg

The wheel’s are Bontrager’s own Aeolus 5s with 50mm-deep carbon rims, and the groupset is Shimano’s top-level Dura-Ace – the mechanical version, as mentioned above.

Look closely and you’ll see that the brakes are direct mount with each arm attached straight on to the frame/fork rather than via a central bolt. No current Domane takes direct mount brakes so we’re saying this is definitely an as yet unannounced new version. 

Trek Domane 2016 de-coupler close up - ©Paolo Ciaberta.jpg

Check out the IsoSpeed Decoupler too – the feature that isolates the movement of the seat tube from the rest of the frame. The design in that area is different. It looks to us as if the pivot has been moved backwards slightly, and the cover has definitely altered in appearance.

The seat tube looks to be a different size and shape too. We couldn't see it on our initial picture but in these new shots it appears that the seat tube is split longitudinally. These pics suggest that the design has altered considerably. It looks like the front portion is fixed to the top tube while the rear portion is free to pivot back and forth to provide more movement at the saddle.

There's also what looks to be some sort of wedge between the two portions of the seat tube level with the top of the bottle cage. Perhaps that controls or limits the movement in some way.

The entry ports for the cables are in the down tube rather than in the head tube, but the most interesting feature of the front end is at the top of the head tube, below the stem. There’s a bulge and a ridge in that area that weren’t there before.

Trek Domane 2016 curved downtube - ©Paolo Ciaberta.jpg

What could it be? Well, the IsoSpeed decoupler is designed to deal with bumps and vibrations at the back of the bike but there’s no similar arrangement at the front. Okay, the Domane’s IsoSpeed fork is intended to provide some good ol’ vertical compliance but there are no moving parts as such. This is purely speculation but we reckon Trek has been busy designing something to help deal with bumps and vibrations at the front. Exactly what, we couldn’t tell you, but there’s something going on in there! 

Trek Domane 2016 - non drive side - ©Paolo Ciaberta.jpg

The fork still sweeps forwards and has an unusual, slightly rearward dropout placement, but it looks a different shape from the current version.

Naturally, we asked Trek for a comment and, naturally, we got this reply: “Trek is always in development of new products with our race team. Trek will provide information on new products when they are available for all riders around the world to enjoy.”

Trek Domane 2016 - Fabian Cancellara Strade Bianche winning bike - ©Paolo Ciaberta.jpg

That’s a standard reply meaning, “Clear off, we’ll tell you when we’re good and ready.”

We checked the UCI’s List of Approved Models of Frames and Forks and there’s no new Domane listed on there yet, but that gets updated only periodically. It'll be on there next time around for sure.

Stay tuned for more news of the new Domane soon. It’s sure to make an appearance over the cobbles in the next few weeks.

All pics © Paolo Ciaberta  (Thanks also to Andy at La Corsa.cc)

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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Boone | 8 years ago
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What it looks like as have one in a 2015 Boone 600 carb frame (as the minor difference between a Boone & Domane are) with a Domane front fork (which I am trying to buy off Trek). Which makes sense a Cyclox bikes are ridden on classics due to road surfaces and 32+mm tires fit easly!  1

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Skylark | 8 years ago
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Bike is given special attention.

 

It probably just fits him better.

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Echo | 8 years ago
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Not quite correct you can buy a H1 Domane under the Race Shop Limited umbrella. 

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macrophotofly | 8 years ago
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Interesed in his water bottle holders. Some reliable chunky numbers that are nearly identical to a pair I use from BBB.

Keep trying to upgrade them to something with a bit more of a modern look, but they keep seeming to find their way back onto one of my bikes because they are so good....

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arrieredupeleton | 8 years ago
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That Tony M badge is intriguing. Motivation?

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jamesfifield replied to arrieredupeleton | 8 years ago
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arrieredupeleton wrote:

That Tony M badge is intriguing. Motivation?

Cancellara's best known nickname is Spartacus, but apparently he is also referred to as "Tony Montana" from Scarface

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Artem | 8 years ago
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What happened to chain? Looks like could've torn before finish line

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dafyddp | 8 years ago
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Forget all this talk about fancy ISO Speed Decoupler - the only reason the seat tubing's been modified is to accommodate the motor  3

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zeffa | 8 years ago
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I think the photos are quite good really. You can press on the fullscreen button at the bottom right corner of the gallery, which brings up some high resolution photos (2500x1667px).

The last photo (14) shows a grey rubbery insert between the headset cover and the bulge on the top tube. With the eye of faith, it looks like it says "ISOSPEED" on the rubber insert, so it probably is the elastomer. I'm guessing the bulgy bit holds it in place.

Presumably it doesn't allow too much give, otherwise the steering would feel a bit mushy?

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Flustercluck replied to zeffa | 8 years ago
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zeffa wrote:

I think the photos are quite good really. You can press on the fullscreen button at the bottom right corner of the gallery, which brings up some high resolution photos (2500x1667px).

The last photo (14) shows a grey rubbery insert between the headset cover and the bulge on the top tube. With the eye of faith, it looks like it says "ISOSPEED" on the rubber insert, so it probably is the elastomer. I'm guessing the bulgy bit holds it in place.

Presumably it doesn't allow too much give, otherwise the steering would feel a bit mushy?

 

When I had asked, there was only 1 small picture. 

 

It also looks like, in the new seat-tube design, there's some sort of insert, halfway down in the split. Perhaps that can be changed to adjust how much flex is available?  In the Old Domanes, different iterations had different flex levels at the seattube, with the factory race versions being stiffest.  Perhaps this allows that adjustment without having to make different frame specs?

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davecochrane | 8 years ago
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Delighted at the prospect of a new version - I love my Speed Concept and would like a Domane when I replace my roadie at the end of the year. Integration of Duotrap is superb, and the customer service I've had from Trek to date (a new hand painted fork when the paint started falling off my SC one) has been faultless.

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Flustercluck | 8 years ago
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Could you upload a higher resolution image, so we really can see those details?  It's hard to tell anything from this little version.

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Mat Brett replied to Flustercluck | 8 years ago
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Flustercluck wrote:

Could you upload a higher resolution image, so we really can see those details?  It's hard to tell anything from this little version.

You have the same resolution that I have. As mentioned, we are working on more.

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Flustercluck replied to Mat Brett | 8 years ago
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Mat Brett wrote:

Flustercluck wrote:

Could you upload a higher resolution image, so we really can see those details?  It's hard to tell anything from this little version.

You have the same resolution that I have. As mentioned, we are working on more.

 

A vast improvement, by the way...  Thanks! 

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Leviathan | 8 years ago
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The new Trek Domane Moteur 3.0.

 

yes

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