Trek's new Domane is lighter, simpler, and racier than ever
And it's joined by the return of the race-ready Domane RSL
It's been an open secret for what seems like forever, but today, 145 days after it was ridden to Paris-Roubaix victory by Elisa Longo Borghini in April, the covers are finally being lifted off the all-new 2023 Trek Domane.
It marks Trek's second major road bike launch in the space of three months, and it includes the mid-tier Domane SL, the top-tier Domane SLR, as well as the return of the race-ready limited edition Domane RSL (Race Shop Limited).
Unlike Trek's other recent launch, which saw the all-aero Madone given some frankly wild design ideas (it had a hole in the seat tube), the new Domane appears to have gone in the opposite direction, favouring simplicity and weight savings instead of its usual tact of ride-smoothing technology.
Domane's new direction
Ever since its inception, the Trek Domane has used IsoSpeed decouplers to smooth out the road and boost compliance. The original Domane, launched in 2013, introduced the technology and had an IsoSpeed decoupler integrated into the seatpost cluster, allowing the seatpost to flex independently from the frame.
Each iteration since has expanded upon this technology. The second generation, launched in 2017, made it adjustable while adding a second IsoSpeed to the front. In 2020 for the third generation, the technology was refined and remained a core part of the bike's identity.
Fast forward to today's launch of the fourth generation, and it appears that Trek has taken an altogether different approach. The front IsoSpeed decoupler has been removed entirely, and while it does remain at the rear, the newly refined iteration is much simpler, and no longer adjustable.
Thanks to the removed decoupler, as well as an upgrade to Trek's latest 800 Series OCLV carbon, the new Domane is said to be the lightest ever, more than 300g lighter than its predecessor.
The 800 Series OCLV carbon fibre layup was first introduced in 2020 with the Emonda SLR and recently applied to the Madone. It will feature on the Domane SLR – an improvement from the 700 Series found on the current model – as well as the RSL. The Domane SL will retain the 500 Series carbon that features on the current model.
The new approach from Trek continues through the development of the frame's tube shapes, which have been given an aerodynamic overhaul as the Domane gets racier than ever. Updated kammtail tubing has been applied throughout the frame, and a more conventional D-shaped seatpost replaces the two-part mast-and-seatpost system found on the outgoing model.
Up front, a refined two-piece cockpit sees cabled integrated beneath the stem and into the top of the head tube, rather than through the top tube as per the outgoing model. The new cockpit might appear similar in design to the one found on the new Madone, but differences in cable routing from the stem to the frame mean that unfortunately, the new, narrower cockpit is not compatible here.
Trek hasn't made any specific aerodynamic claims for the Domane, but these updates alongside the reintroduction of the Domane RSL (last seen in 2017) point to a renewed focus on race performance for the Domane, rather than the bump-smoothing Rolls Royce Phantom of before.
It's not all about racing though. Well, it is if you opt for the RSL, but we'll go into that in more detail later. The SLR and SL models both retain considerable attention to versatility. That comes in various forms, including the storage compartment that lives within the down tube, the hidden mudguard mounts that adorn the fork and rear triangle, and the new mounting point on the top tube for a small bag, allowing neat integration of extra storage on longer rides.
These two models also retain the ability to handle 38mm tyres, although, with mudguard fitted, this does drop to a still-ample 35mm of space. They also continue to use Trek's 'H2' geometry, aimed at endurance riding with a taller head tube and shorter reach than an equivalent size Madone or Emonda.
As mentioned, the latest launch sees the return of the RSL [Trek's highest level 'Race Shop Limited' tier of bikes and components], which was previously seen in the second generation Domane, and is the model that was ridden to 1st and 3rd at Paris Roubaix Femmes. If you do choose the Domane RSL, you'll be getting a bike that's arguably closer to the latest Emonda than the outgoing Domane.
Most notably, that means a switch to Trek's more aggressive H1.5 geometry, which matches that of the Emonda and Madone. We've highlighted the difference in the image above. But that's not all that's different, the RSL also eschews the downtube storage compartment in a move that saves 100 grams on the frame alone. The hidden mudguard mounts are also gone, and the 38mm tyre clearance shrinks to 35mm due to adjusted frame shapes which also result in a reduction in weight.
Interestingly, the SLR and SL models are limited to a maximum chainset size of 52/36T (or 50T when running 1x), whereas the RSL can handle chainsets up to 54/40T and 54T single rings.
Compatibility and frame specs
On the subject of limitations, all new Domane models can be used with mechanical groupsets, with full cable housing - they're not limited to electronic drivetrains like the Madone - but they do see a limitation with certain front derailleurs. Notably, because the frame does not have a front derailleur housing stop, it is only compatible with derailleurs that have this built-in. This includes Shimano, but excludes SRAM.
Home mechanics can rejoice as Trek is continuing to spec threaded T47 bottom brackets, in a move that follows the trend that actually began with the previous Domane launch back in 2019.
Tubeless fans can also rejoice - as well as fans of things just being kept simple - as each and every model from the new Domane range will be shipped with tubeless-ready wheels (at different spec points based on price, of course) set up as such, complete with tubeless valve and sealant preinstalled and ready to ride.
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As the Tech Editor here at Cyclingnews, Josh leads on content relating to all-things tech, including bikes, kit and components in order to cover product launches and curate our world-class buying guides, reviews and deals. Alongside this, his love for WorldTour racing and eagle eyes mean he's often breaking tech stories from the pro peloton too.
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Meet the all-new Trek Domane
This bike is already a Paris-Roubaix champion
The Domane was designed to be the ultimate cobble-eating road bike, and the go-to for all-day adventurers — the perfect blend of comfort and performance. Now, with the all-new fourth generation Domane, Trek has made its “ ode to the open road ,” a bike that’s ready to top podiums and go anywhere, from your local gravel trails to the famed pavé of Paris-Roubaix.
The new Domane disc is lighter and faster than ever, and proved its bona fides when Elisa Longo Borghini rode it on her way to winning The Hell of the North this past April . But don’t let the racing pedigree scare you, this is a road bike for anyone who simply loves to ride. Those long, ambling trips on a breezy autumn Sunday? Oh yeah, Domane is great for those, too.
Here are three reasons why the new Domane is the perfect ride.
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The new Domane *could* make you this happy.
Lighter and faster than ever
“Comfortable” doesn’t mean “slow.” The Domane was born to race, winning Paris-Roubaix in 2013 with Fabian Cancellara, and Paris-Roubaix Femmes in 2021 and 2022 with Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longo Borghini, respectively.
The fourth gen Domane disc is the lightest ever, thanks to its new lightweight frame design and premium OCLV carbon. And with updated Kammtail tube shaping, it’s also more aero. The new Domane is ready for action.
Rear IsoSpeed is back and better than ever.
Tire clearance up to 38c on SL and SLR models.
Ultimate comfort and versatility
The new Domane brings back rear IsoSpeed, which has been updated to help make your ride even smoother and more comfortable for the long haul. It works by separating the seatpost from the rest of the frame, providing seated compliance and much less road fatigue.
The Domane SL and SLR frames also feature tire clearance for up to 38c wide tires, allowing you to ride everything from smooth pavement to hard-packed gravel. (Or cobbles, if that’s your thing.)
Lucinda Brand, third place at Paris-Roubaix, loves the Domane too.
Who doesn't love extra storage?
Built for adventure
The SL and SLR models also feature top tube mounts and hidden downtube storage, so you’ll have plenty of space to pack snacks and tools for your all-day outing. Because there should be nothing holding you back from exploring the farthest reaches of your world.
This bike is definitely ahead of the pack.
Whether you like to ride fast or ride slow, or do a bit of both, the new Domane is there for you. Just start pedaling.
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Trek Domane SL and SLR Gen 4 Release
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The New Gen 4 Domane SL and SLR are Finally Here!
The new Trek Domane SLR and SL are finally here for 2023, or as Trek calls it, Gen 4, but more on that later. The Gen 4 Trek Domane took an already fast and successful platform and put it on a diet, and sped it up! With a lighter weight on both the SL and SLR, a more aero frame, and room for 38mm tires, it approaches the territory of a gravel race bike.
Highlights of What’s New:
- 800 Series OCLV carbon on Domane SLR and RSL
- All-new, lighter, non-adjustable rear IsoSpeed system
- Front IsoSpeed has been removed to shed weight
- Kammtail Virtual Foil (KVF) tube shaping and an all-new integrated cockpit for improved aerodynamics
- Top tube bag mount for clean installs on big days out
- Limited Front Derailleur Compatibility (no cable stops)
- Race-oriented H1.5 geometry
- SLR comes in 6 trim levels (3 – SRAM 3 Shimano) ranging from $8-13k
- SL comes in 4 trim levels (2 SRAM and 2 Shimano) ranging from $4700-8k
The new Trek Domane Gen 4 is the latest in the line of Treks to carry the new model year naming. This means that it is easy for Trek to change the colors and specs of the bikes through the Generation of the bike compared to always having to wait for a yearly launch.
What's New on the 2023 Trek Domane SL and SLR
The 2023 Trek Domane gets its biggest change from one major change, the removal of the front isospeed. Because of this, the bike drops around 300 grams on both the SL and SLR. This is likely to catch a large amount of both hate and love from riders from all disciplines. Am I personally sad to see it go? Yes. But dropping close to a pound of weight is no joke.
You will also notice a new frame design that features Trek’s Kammtail Virtual Foil that creates better air flow around the frame. Along with this, it should be noted that seatpost changes as well. The seatmast design of the past is gone, and while it may look like a traditional seatpost, it is not. It is actually a “D” shape that integrates into the rear isospeed.
This year also sees the addition of a new stem design for the Domane on all SL and SLR models to help improve aerodynamics with the RCS Pro stem. The RCS Pro is an all-new, integrated stem that keeps the cables tucked out of sight while also allowing riders to swap stem sizes without having to remove any brake hoses or shift housings. The RCS Pro is available in both -7 and +7 degree rise and available in a variety of lengths. And yes, you can change it to a traditional stem if you want; you will sacrifice some aesthetics to do so, though.
You also lose some ability to run mechanical drivetrains with front derailleurs because of the removal of the front cable stop. This is mainly an issue for SRAM mechanical drivetrains but is worth noting.
Let’s leave the new additions on a positive. The addition of the top tube bag bolts. A welcomed addition to any serious endurance or gravel rider out there.
Things That Stayed the Same
The 2023 Trek Domane does carry over some things you will be happy to know about, including the clearance for up to a 38mm tire and the same comfortable Endurance Geometry. From experience with previous Domanes, this likely means a 40mm fits with zero issues and you can even shove a bigger 42mm in with some clearance, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
You will also see the storage area on the downtube carry over to the new bikes. This is one of those items that depending on your previous experience you are either happy about or not thrilled at all. Between all the athletes I have coached who owned a Domane it is split 50/50 on if they had issues with it. Personally, I never had any issues other than needing to tighten the bolt that holds it together after a few months.
For those curious, the T47 bottom bracket also continues on.
Trek Domane - One Bike to Rule Them All?
Can the new Gen 4 Trek Domane SL and SLR take over the place of most of your bikes? Probably but it will come down to the geometry you prefer. The Endurance Geometry is noticeably more “sat up” than most bikes but with some stem changes this can be fixed for most riders. Having owned almost every version of a Domane in the past I am excited to get one in hands soon but to be totally honest my Checkpoint has replaced my Domane Gen 3 (2022) over the last year.
Check back soon for a full review of the new Gen 4 Trek Domane SLR!
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2023 Trek Domane AL 5 Disc Review
Trek is known for its high-quality bicycles that cater to different types of riders. The Domane series is one of the popular models that offer comfort and performance to riders.
The 2023 Trek Domane AL 5 Disc is the latest addition to the series, which promises to deliver a smooth and enjoyable ride.
But, is it worth the investment? What are the features that make it stand out from other bikes in its class?
In this review, we will take an in-depth look at the 2023 Trek Domane AL 5 Disc and examine its features, performance, and overall value.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, this review will help you decide if this bike is the right fit for you.
The Trek Domane AL 5 Disc has been a popular choice for cyclists looking for a comfortable and versatile road bike.
With the 2023 model, Trek has made some updates and improvements, making it an even better option for riders.
The 2023 Trek Domane AL 5 Disc is a high-performance road bike designed for the serious cyclist.
Built with Trek’s premium 100 Series Alpha Aluminum, this bike is both lightweight and durable, making it perfect for long rides and tough terrain.
The bike features a carbon fiber fork that absorbs road vibrations for a smoother ride, and hydraulic disc brakes for confident stopping power in any weather conditions.
– Lightweight 100 Series Alpha Aluminum frame with a carbon fiber fork for a smooth ride.
– Shimano 105 hydraulic disc brakes for reliable stopping power in all weather conditions.
– 2×11-speed Shimano 105 drivetrain featuring a 11-34 cassette paired to a 50/34 compact chainring set for smooth and precise shifting.
– Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite 700x32c tires provide excellent traction and durability.
– Rack and fender mounts allow for customization and versatility.
– Perfect for long rides, tough terrain, and serious cyclists.
Frame and Design
The 2023 Trek Domane AL 5 Disc features a lightweight 100 Series Alpha Aluminum frame with a carbon fork.
The frame has been updated with internal cable routing, which gives it a more sleek and modern look.
The bike also features a tapered head tube, which provides more stability and stiffness to the front end of the bike.
One of the biggest updates to the 2023 Trek Domane AL 5 Disc is the inclusion of Shimano’s 105 groupset.
This groupset is specifically designed for road and light gravel riding, making it a great fit for the versatile Domane AL 5 Disc.
The bike also features Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, which provide excellent stopping power in all conditions.
The 2023 Trek Domane AL 5 Disc is a pleasure to ride.
The Shimano 105 groupset provides smooth and reliable shifting, and the hydraulic disc brakes inspire confidence on descents.
The bike is comfortable and stable on rough roads and gravel, making it a great option for riders who want to explore off the beaten path.
The 2023 Trek Domane AL 5 Disc is an excellent choice for riders who want a versatile road bike that can handle a variety of terrain.
The updates to the frame and components make it an even better option than previous models, and the endurance geometry provides a comfortable ride.
Overall, the Trek Domane AL 5 Disc is a great option for riders who want a comfortable and reliable bike that can handle anything from smooth roads to rough gravel.
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Earlier this week RBA editors noticed a targeted ad campaign on social media from Trek Bikes. The ad claims on March 19, Trek is releasing a new product that will “change cycling forever.”
With such a bold claim we had to do some digging. After scouring the internet and the RBA archives we found the Trek 5000 released in 1989. It was the company’s first molded, all carbon frame. If Trek’s claims are true, we’re expecting to see a revolutionary new frame material.
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Trek released a video to build some hype, it does appear to be a new material, but no information was released alongside. Trek has a new page on their site, where you can sign up to get the info as soon as it’s released. Check it out at: www.trekbikes.com
We don’t want to speculate, so we’ll let you, comment on our Facebook post what you think this could be, first correct and most creative answers posted in the comments before March 19th wins a RBA schwag bag.
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