The rider’s ride

Trek Émonda SLR 8 Disc, £6,000, trek­bikes.com

Cyclist - - The Big Ride -

This is a bike that looks great and per­forms even bet­ter. It’s mar­keted as Trek’s light­est ever pro­duc­tion road line, with ev­ery de­tail from the frame de­sign to the com­po­nent choice care­fully se­lected to give you a light and breezy up­hill ride – wel­come news on the 2,770m Cold de l’is­eran. Even gear shifts are en­ergy-ef­fi­cient thanks to the flaw­less Shi­mano Dura-ace Di2 groupset, which whirs pleas­ingly with ev­ery touch of the but­ton.

The hy­draulic disc brakes in­jected a wel­come dose of re­li­a­bil­ity and peace of mind into my Alpine ad­ven­ture. Even on the steep­est of de­scents they were re­as­sur­ingly firm and re­spon­sive, while still al­low­ing for the sub­tle changes of pace needed at the ap­proach of swirling hair­pins. This is a fast, light and re­spon­sive ride, per­fect for tack­ling the very high­est moun­tains in Europe.

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