TREK DOMANE SL 5 WOMEN’S £1,900

Cycling Weekly - - Focus On Women’s Bikes -

De­signed for car­ry­ing the pros over the rough pavé of the Spring Clas­sics, there’s no deny­ing the Domane’s abil­ity to be equally at home on smooth tar­mac and rough ter­rain.

Brand new for 2018, the Domane SL 5 Women’s bike is made from Trek’s patented 500 Se­ries OCLV (Op­ti­mum Com­paction Low Void). The frame­set man­ages to be light­weight, strong and stiff, while built-in com­pli­ance helps keep the rider com­fort­able on even the long­est of ad­ven­tures.

De­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with Fabian Cancellara, the Isospeed de­cou­plers are at the core of the Domane SL 5 Women’s en­durance com­fort tech­nol­ogy. Lo­cated at the front and rear, the de­cou­plers sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the com­pli­ance of the bike, iso­lat­ing the rider from road vi­bra­tion with­out im­pact­ing on per­for­mance. Team­ing this with Trek’s en­durance ge­om­e­try de­liv­ers sta­ble and pre­dictable han­dling thanks to a long wheel­base, short reach and tall han­dle­bar stack height.

The Domane SL 5 is avail­able with ei­ther di­rect-mount rim brakes or discs. The rim op­tion cre­ates an over­all light­weight pack­age and can ac­com­mo­date up to 28c tyres, while the discs pro­vide su­perb brak­ing in poor weather and can ac­com­mo­date up to 32c tyres. Both set-ups are com­pat­i­ble with mudgards, an easy ad­di­tion thanks to the hid­den mud­guard mounts.

The Shi­mano 105 com­plete Domane SL 5 Women’s comes with a 50/34 chain­set and 11-32 11-speed cas­sette, so is ideal for head­ing to the hills or go­ing full gas on the flats. The rest of the bike is kit­ted out with Trek’s well-re­spected sis­ter brand Bon­trager and is even com­pat­i­ble with the Blendr stem — the in­te­gra­tion sys­tem for easy in­stal­la­tion of lights, com­put­ers, etc.

All in all it’s an im­pres­sive pack­age, and ex­cit­ingly ver­sa­tile too.

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