2020 Trek Domane Range Guide

Words by Tom Worsfold

on 25/09/2019 12:24:58

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"What was traditional road riding is changing� - Trek

The third generation of Trek's Domane is an all new machine, an evolution designed to keep up with the needs of the modern road rider; a new approach towards exploration. What was originally a relaxed, comfortable and incredibly well received endurance bike is now that and more, seeing a focus shift towards all-road riding without losing what made it great in its previous iterations.

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Overview

Discipline: Road

Usage: Sportive/Endurance/All-Road

Models: Nine models, disc only with some models having Sram AXS drivetrain variants.

Features

  • - Updated top-tube IsoSpeed system
  • - Integrated downtube storage
  • - Top components
  • - Highly versatile
  • - T47 threaded BB shell



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The Frame: Adjustable Compliance

Taking strong design queues from the aero-orientated Madone, the Domane features an all new tubeset that ensures it is more aerodynamic than ever before, with Trek stating that the reduction in drag allows for a time saving of one minute per hour of riding. Aero and compliancy are not words often seen together, but the Domane retains its crown when it comes to comfort, a feature that the series is known for. Trek claims that their latest offering features 27% more compliancy than the previous model, adding to what was already an incredibly comfortable platform. This is achieved through use of Trek's IsoSpeed system, a tuneable decoupling system that creates flex without sacrificing performance.

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For 2020 the SLR frames see use of the top tube mounted IsoSpeed unit as found on the current Trek Madone, with compliance levels being adjustable via a removable panel and slider found on the underside of the top tube. The SL frames use the same IsoSpeed system as found on the 2019 Domane offering a similar level of adjustable compliance. The fork retains the non-adjustable IsoSpeed damping to give front-rear balance, ensuring this year's model is the most comfortable yet. Like some other manufacturers Trek have announced a new "bikes for humans" approach that sees a wide range of sizes on offer to accomodate both men and women, with no womens specific models being on offer.

The 2020 frame brings back the threaded T47 threaded BB shell, alongside mudguard compatibility and clearance for up to a 38mm tyre. These three features highlight the bikes all-road potential with Trek noting the shift in how riders wish to use their bikes, catering for those who wish to explore less manicured tarmac. These changes leave the Domane more versatile than ever before, without harming its endurance pedigree.

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The Sandwich Box

Sandwich box might be pushing it, but the 2020 Domane does feature a tidy integrated storage solution designed to house a spare tube, tyre levers, CO2 inflator & multi tool, although it is worth noting that no tools are included with any model in the range. Storage is accessed by an easy to reach lever mounted underneath the cage mounts and is highly intuitive. This will surely appeal to those looking to ditch the seat pack for a sleeker alternative and will no doubt save many riders from the walk of shame after a puncture stops play.

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Disc Only

The benefits of disc brakes are at this point well known, offering improved braking modulation and overall performance with little to no drawbacks. All models in the 2020 Domane range are equipped with hydraulic disc brakes, with there being no option for a rim brake alternative. This is a trend followed by many manufacturers when it comes to endurance models and is one generally well-received by the UK market. Disc brakes build confidence in riders when it comes to wet-weather riding by reducing braking distances, a trait that allows advanced riders to push themselves faster on descents.


The Models - A Breakdown

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Trek Domane SL 4 2020

Domane SL 4 is a lightweight carbon road bike with endurance geometry, with durable compenentry that performs while keeping the price down.

  • Frame - 500 Series OCLV Carbon, front & rear IsoSpeed
  • Fork - Domane SL carbon
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Tiagra 10 speed
  • Brakes - Shimano Tiagra R4770 hydraulic disc
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Trek Domane SL 5 2020

Domane SL 5 is a lightweight carbon road bike with endurance geometry, with a high quality 11 speed drivetrain that performs while keeping the price down.

  • Frame - 500 Series OCLV Carbon, front & rear IsoSpeed
  • Fork - Domane SL carbon
  • Drivetrain - Shimano 105 11 speed
  • Brakes - Shimano 105 R7070 hydraulic disc
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Trek Domane SL 6 2020

Domane SL 6 is an excellent carbon road bike with endurance geometry, with a high quality specification worthy of winning races and conquering the longest and toughest of rides.

  • Frame - 500 Series OCLV Carbon, front & rear IsoSpeed
  • Fork - Domane SL carbon
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Ultegra 11 speed
  • Brakes - Shimano Ultegra R8070 hydraulic disc
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Trek Domane SL 7 2020

Domane SL 7 is a high quality carbon road bike with a specification worthy of winning races and conquering the longest of rides. The Shimano electronic groupset makes shifting quick, easy and accurate every time.

  • Frame - 500 Series OCLV Carbon, front & rear IsoSpeed
  • Fork - Domane SL carbon
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Ultegra Di2 11 speed (Sram eTap versions also available)
  • Brakes - Shimano Ultegra R8070 hydraulic disc
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