Trek has released new versions of its Emonda ALR, the lightweight aluminium road bike being available in rim brake options and, for the first time, disc brake models.
All models feature a hydroformed 300 Series Alpha Aluminum frame, the rim brake version weighing in at a claimed 1,112g (56cm size) with the disc brake option 1,131g. The rim brakes are direct mount.
For comparison, the rim brake version of the carbon Emonda SL has a claimed weight of 1,091g while the Emonda SL Disc frame is 1,149g – so the disc model is a little heavier than the new aluminium version.
Trek says that it can reduce the amount of weld material needed by hydroforming tube shapes that fit together perfectly. This, it says, allows for larger continuous surface areas on the frame, which increases strength and cuts weight.
Emonda ALR is built to Trek’s H2 geometry, which is designed to put you into a low and efficient ride position, although it’s not as aggressive as Trek’s H1 geometry.
All models come with a full-carbon fork, a complete Shimano 105 (in the case of the ALR 5 models) or Tiagra (in the case of the ALR 4 models) drivetrain and 25mm tyres.
The Emonda ALR 5 and ALR 5 Disc are available in an iridescent paint scheme called Purple Flip.
The Emonda ALR is available in five different builds, two of them with rim brakes, three with disc brakes. One of these is the Emonda ALR 5 Disc Women's which comes with a shorter stem and narrower handlebar than the standard version, and with a women’s-specific saddle.
The Emonda ALR and ALR Disc are both available as framesets too.
Here are the prices:
Emonda ALR 5 Disc £1,750
Emonda ALR 5 Disc Women's £1,750
Emonda ALR 5 £1,350
Emonda ALR 4 Disc £1,400
Emonda ALR 4 £1,100
Emonda ALR Disc frameset £800
Emonda ALR frameset £800
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