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The Trek Domane 2.0 is the entry-level model in the Domane range. It features Trek's radical IsoSpeed decoupler design, which allows the seat tube to flex back and forth as you pass over bumps and potholes, giving you a notably smoother, more enjoyable ride, particularly over long distances.
How does the IsoSpeed decoupler actually work?
Well, the top tube of the frame actually splits and passes down either side of the seat tube. The two tubes are connected by a bearing that passes through the top tube into a node on the seat tube where the two intersect. The result is a saddle with plenty of comfortable fore and aft flex that removes most of the sting from the road.
A lot of people have immediately equated this with a suspension system and therefore a loss of efficiency. BikeRadar's self-proclaimed skeptics had this to say:
"Being naturally cynical we headed for the nearest heavily potholed country lane we could find. But any hopes of exploding hype were dashed immediately, as the Domane genuinely soaks up a startling amount of surface abuse without knocking you off your stride."
How have Trek managed this? The distance between the saddle and the bottom bracket remain at a virtually fixed constant and the down tube is so flared as it hits the BB shell that it would be miraculous if any effort from a pedal stroke managed to get lost through the frame. In a nutshell: a smoother ride, without loss of speed.
More comfort features
But that's not all. The Domane 2.0 has even more tricks up its sleeve to provide the rider with a comfortable long distance ride. To take emphasis from the rider’s core and the fork, the Domane's head tube has a long rake with a set of dropouts that fold back underneath themselves. This allows the fork to flex, absorbing buzz from the road whilst keeping the wheelbase shorter than it would otherwise need to be to achieve a comfort geometry. A slimmed-down pivot section at the top of the seat tube also means you get a more flexible skinny seatpost, while the Bontrager Affinity 1 saddle is generously padded, and broader-rimmed wheels with 700x25c tyres complete the comfort-focused kit.
Trek's lifetime warranty
Finally, with the Trek Domane 2.0, you benefit from the reassurance of Trek's limited lifetime warranty.