Nail-biting racing is not the only thing to grab our attention at the Tour de France, which concludes in Paris this weekend. July is the time of year when sponsors and brands like to promote new equipment, and none more so than bike manufacturers.
Pinarello, Specialized and Trek have all introduced updated editions of existing models and we are seeing great performances from marquee riders on their new machines.
At first glance, Trek’s new Emonda is not far removed from its earlier iterations but in actual fact, the new version continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in lightweight performance design. The latest iteration of the Emonda has made its racing debut at the Tour de France where Alberto Contador of Trek-Segafredo has raced with his trademark panache and teammate Bauke Mollema claimed a stunning solo win on stage 15.
Making the lightest lighter
When the first Emonda was introduced, it was heralded as the lightest ever production bike, and Trek continue to serve the same goal. It seems that every other bike brand out there is striving to produce ever lighter frames, but the Emonda remains the leveller. It stands out as the ultimate lightweight road racing machine, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for weight and performance. Every component choice throughout the range is done so with one thing in mind: weight.
Bar-raising OCLV carbon technology
Trek boldly claim that nobody does carbon better. Their patented carbon fibre layup process called OCLV Carbon is the result of more than 25 years of experience building the world’s finest bicycles. Despite the unique challenges that carbon fibre presents, Trek have developed a process that maintains the strength and stiffness every bike rider demands, while keeping weight down to a minimum. When it comes to developing the tube shapes suited to each type of riding (i.e. sprint vs. climbing), Trek utilised the proven theories of fluid mechanics through Computational Fluid Dynamics to explore the aerodynamic properties of the various designs. The result is a frame which is scientifically-proven to perform best in the environment for which it was conceived.
Women’s Specific Design (WSD)
Trek was the first major company to produce a full range designed specifically for women. Over time they learned that one approach to bike design does not suit all women, just as one approach does not suit all men. Cyclists, male or female, demand different things from their bikes, their riding styles and themselves. Trek’s mission to design better bikes for women evolved as they learned what it takes to build better bikes for everyone. Ultimately, the difference in WSD designed Trek bikes, is found in the geometry which accounts for a woman’s proportions, and the finishing kit, such as saddles, which is tailored to the female body.
Have a look at the various models available below and take some time to look through their fantastic specifications.