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2021 Trek Domane SL6

Old 07-25-20, 05:51 PM
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2021 Trek Domane SL6

After riding today, I rode my friends new Trek, totally blacked out color. What an incredible bike. Seriously impressed by it. Nice to see the threaded bottom bracket. Honestly one of sweetest bikes I have ever been on. 12 miles felt like 2, after a fast 36 miles that says a lot.

It is going to be hard not buying one.
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Old 07-26-20, 02:47 PM
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I have the 2020 version so I am biased. Was out on a three hour ride this morning.
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I have the 2020 version so I am biased. Was out on a three hour ride this morning.
Before I take the plunge I am riding it again tomorrow night for the full ride. He is going to ride my Serotta.

So you love it?
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Yes, I really like it.

The good:
ISO speed really works in taking out the road chatter which makes the bike comfortable.
T47 bottom bracket.
Hidden storage compartment
Long head tube means less saddle to bar drop, which is what I want.

The bad:
It is heavy for a carbon bike.
Wheels are 1780 grams for the pair
Tires were not to my liking (replaced with a more supple Rene Herse tire at 28 mm, though will try the 32's soon).
Cassette was also replaced as I didn't need 34 teeth in the rear. I put on a Dura Ace 11-30

It is an endurance fit so take that into consideration. If you want something closer to your Serotta, then the SL6 Emonda would be a better choice.

There are a slew of nice bikes out there, you just have to find one that suits you. Good luck.
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Old 07-26-20, 05:28 PM
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When it comes to carbon bikes there are just a handful because only Trek, Specialized and Pinarello are using threaded BB. Well Allied does too but 8k is too much when you have two other bikes.

It is utterly annoying that on a 4k bike they put $200 wheels. Its absurd actually.
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Originally Posted by Mulberry20 View Post
Before I take the plunge I am riding it again tomorrow night for the full ride. He is going to ride my Serotta.

So you love it?
Originally Posted by Mulberry20 View Post
When it comes to carbon bikes there are just a handful because only Trek, Specialized and Pinarello are using threaded BB. Well Allied does too but 8k is too much when you have two other bikes.

It is utterly annoying that on a 4k bike they put $200 wheels. Its absurd actually.
I went for the emonda this year because I'm going away from the endurance fit to more aggressive race geometry. The SL6 pro at the same price point as that Domane gets the carbon wheelset but the Emonda gets smaller tire clearance and no isospeed, but I test rode all 3 of treks models this year.
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That version of the Emonda looks sweet. Thanks. I will take a look at it as well. 28ís are my limit especially with the internal width of those wheels. 28 really means 28+ on those.
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The T47 is nice. I am not a Trekie but I will give it to them on that. Good to see more people adopt T47 sure it may not be perfect but theaded is the way to go.
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Originally Posted by Mulberry20 View Post
That version of the Emonda looks sweet. Thanks. I will take a look at it as well. 28ís are my limit especially with the internal width of those wheels. 28 really means 28+ on those.
The emonda comes with 25s, which is what I ride, but can fit 28s at the largest. Bigger than that and you'll want a different bike.
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The emonda comes with 25s, which is what I ride, but can fit 28s at the largest. Bigger than that and you'll want a different bike.
Have you ever measured what your 25s actually mount at? My last three sets of tires on 15 internal wheels, yes you can chuckle but 12 years ago that was adventurous, measured 24 to 26.

Curious what yours measure on wide rims.
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Originally Posted by Mulberry20 View Post
Have you ever measured what your 25s actually mount at? My last three sets of tires on 15 internal wheels, yes you can chuckle but 12 years ago that was adventurous, measured 24 to 26.

Curious what yours measure on wide rims.
I wouldn't know. I like a firmer tire and have found 25s at 100psi each to be the sweet spot of my liking. Pressure calcs tell me to use like 92-95. On my entry level bike I tried 28s but I didn't like them.

My understanding is that GP5000s are being shown to stay relatively true to size when mounted.
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Trek says the Emonda will clear 28s, but a few of the reviews say it can actually hold something larger, but I can't give you first hand advice.
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I have put GP5000 23mm and 25mm tires on 19mm inside width Aeoles Pro5 wheels. The 25mm are 28mm wide. The 23mm are 27mm. So width will depend on rim inside width. Take care.
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Old 07-26-20, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
Yes, I really like it.

The good:
ISO speed really works in taking out the road chatter which makes the bike comfortable.
T47 bottom bracket.
Hidden storage compartment
Long head tube means less saddle to bar drop, which is what I want.

The bad:
It is heavy for a carbon bike.
Wheels are 1780 grams for the pair
Tires were not to my liking (replaced with a more supple Rene Herse tire at 28 mm, though will try the 32's soon).
Cassette was also replaced as I didn't need 34 teeth in the rear. I put on a Dura Ace 11-30

It is an endurance fit so take that into consideration. If you want something closer to your Serotta, then the SL6 Emonda would be a better choice.

There are a slew of nice bikes out there, you just have to find one that suits you. Good luck.
Agree with these points. I knew these things going in and was ok with them. I may change out the cassette to 11-32 same as my Roubaix. I went with 32 mm GP 5k tubeless straight away and am liking them.
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Old 07-27-20, 04:06 AM
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I went with a Domane SL6 Disc back in 2017 as a mid-life crisis bike.



The 2021 has that cool storage compartment in the down tube, a 34 tooth big cog in the rear, threaded BB and adjustable ISOspeed. The first three I'd like, I doubt I'd ever change ISOspeed damping.

That year, the SL6 came with Vision 40 wheels, which I really like. Never ridden the Bontrager ones that come now. I'm more of a tourer than a racer but those wheels make me feel fast! Between the 32mm tires (I didn't like the R2s that came with it - they weren't very grippy but still wore out pretty fast, went with Continental GP 4000s/ now 5000s) and the ISOspeed damping, the ride feel on long rides on real roads is fantastic.

Strava says I've put 9400 miles on the Domane - just had to replace the rear cassette. Had a few issues early on with the plastic cable guide under the bottom bracket but Trek upgraded the design and solid now. I've become a big fan of disc brakes (and thru axles) since this bike, and replacing pads is easy - but overall a bit more maintenance and cost than rim brakes. I weight 225 and downhill stopping is no longer an adventure - worth it.
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Thanks for the feedback all!!
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Well, spent an hour at my local Trek store and the Emonda sang to me a little louder. The stack is higher than I expected and it felt perfect.

Frisky bike thats for sure.

Not a criticism but an observation, the metal and metal work on Shimano Ultegra is not in the Campy league at all but I get it works just fine. The hoods felt as good.

The Pro 6 version it is.
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Nice choice. As they say in the ad copy, this is a bike you don't need to upgrade and I have to agree with them here. Enjoy your new ride.
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Nice choice. As they say in the ad copy, this is a bike you don't need to upgrade and I have to agree with them here. Enjoy your new ride.
Now they have to find an SL 6 Pro 😢
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Now they have to find an SL 6 Pro 😢
Great choice! Just gotta be patient now while they find your size and color.
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Trek Emonda is out. Nothing around till next January.

Well the new Tarmac was launched today 🤣🤣🤣
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Trek Emonda is out. Nothing around till next January.

Well the new Tarmac was launched today 🤣🤣🤣
I bought the Emonda 3 days after the June launch date and have a late July through mid October arrival window and was told I got lucky by several friends in the know so i feel the pain.
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its and over priced piece of crap lol they really scamming suckers every day LOLOLOL
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its and over priced piece of crap lol they really scamming suckers every day LOLOLOL
That has to be the stupidest comment ever on Bike Forums. Obviously grammar was not your finest subject was it?
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Could you elaborate on what bike you own, and what makes it better than a Trek?

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