Road: Trek redefines race performance with all-new Domane

31/03/2012By James Collins

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  • All-new race bike platform features innovations that solve rough conditions, long-distance courses.

After weeks of speculation, Trek Bicycle unveiled the highly-anticipated 2013 Domane (latin for “King’s Crown”), an all-new road racing bike that specifically addresses the challenges of rough road conditions found throughout the spring classics courses with a collection of key innovations unlike any available before today. Developed with input from Fabian Cancellara, who won the Strade Bianche aboard the Domane in its race debut, and members of the RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK team, the Domane specifically addresses the problems of increased rider fatigue, rear wheel traction, and power efficiency over long courses with rough pavement, gravel, and cobblestones.

The Domane offers unparalleled rider comfort while retaining amazing power transfer thanks in part to a unique technology called IsoSpeed, a functional decoupler that separates the ride-tuned seat mast from the top tube. This separation of rider power from energy-robbing vibrations caused by varying road conditions results in drastically reduced rider fatigue, and creates vertical compliance that is twice that of the nearest competition, without taking an ounce of power from the rider.

“When you work with Trek and the engineers it’s a combination that lets you examine every detail and the details that it takes to win the races that this bike is made for are bigger than any other,” said Fabian Cancellara of the RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK pro team. “The end result of all that work is the Domane and after competing on this bike, winning on this bike, it’s going to be hard to get me on anything else.”

This unparalleled vertical compliance also increases rear wheel traction over rough surfaces, ensuring that every pedal stroke contributes to greater forward acceleration, instead of bouncing off of harsh cobbles. The Domane-specific Power Transfer Construction has allowed Trek’s engineers to construct a new frame that retains all of the efficiency of the Domane’s sibling, the grand-tour winning Madone.

The Domane is available now at Trek Retailers worldwide and through Trek’s custom bike program Project One and contains a number of more features detailed at trekbikes.com.