The Domane Disc is probably the best interpretation of a pos-modern road bike on the market today.
The Domane once again proved itself as quite possibly the best all-around bike on the market
The Domane has the best brakes, the best shifting, stability at speed, precise handling, a smooth ride, the ability to take wide tires, tubeless-compatible wheels, thru-axles, fender mounts, mortal-friendly gearing, low weight, and a lifetime frame warranty. This bike offers so much that despite its quirks, I can't deny it: The Domane Disc is one of the best road bikes available.
Fancy yourself a mini Spartacus? First unveiled at the 2012 Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Fabian's Trek Domane isn't your off the shelf bike. Previously a pro-only option, Trek just made the Race Shop Limited Domane Classic Edition available to the masses.
5-Star rating and winner of 'Spring Classics' shootout. "Every occasion we get to ride Trek's Domane it asonishes us with its capabilities as much as it did the first time."
For anyone that hasn't ridden a Domane yet, it really does work as advertised. Maybe more so. While the comfort is the same as before the classics edition is built to go fast. Push back into the saddle and give it all the power you have and it rewards you.
5-Star rating. Trek's Domane is one of the best rides for bad surfaces we've ever tried.
With an innovative carbon frame design, closed-cell foam pads, and cushy 25-millimeter tires, the Domane is the fastest and smoothest comfort bike we’ve ever swung a leg over.
The Trek Domane 6.9 Disc is not cheap, but it delivers on every promise it makes. The spec is outstanding and the performance will, no doubt, stack up against any full-blown race bike on that market. You’ll ride more refreshed and have a heckuva lot more fun doing it.
Émonda: I have simply never ridden anything like it. if you have never ridden the lightest bike in the world I suggest you give it a try, even for kicks. Pulling away gives you the sense of having a tail-wind and built in electric motor all in one. Madone: The Madone is brutalist cycling architecture where everything plays second fiddle to straight-line speed over distance. Out on the road I have always found that Madone is a bike with an agenda. You forgive its propensity to kick back off bumps and be over-sharp into turns because it is devastatingly efficient at speed. Domane: With a low-slung BB and long chainstays with super-stable steering, just add a set of good wheels and 25c tyres the Domane is a literal go-anywhere, do-anything bike. It is astonishingly adept and stupidly compliant and comfortable. Everywhere. CYW: Trek Factory Racing were involved in the development of all recent Trek bikes. All Fabian's classic squad run the Domane and he likes it that way. The rest have switched to Emonda a
The speed and handling of a true super bike, with the glide of a cyclocross machine over the rough stuff
No doubt there was a bias among our test group that favored bikes which could handle the rough stuff, and no bike in this test did that better than the Trek Domane 4.7. The other major factor in favor of the Domane 4.7 is its parts spec. Trek’s gruppo is 100 percent Ultegra.
The Classics handled it all. It's one of the best rough-road bikes I've ever ridden. I could drive it aggressively through turns or sit back and enjoy how it seemed to float over the nastiest sections of road. In some situations the bike felt more like something made for cyclocross racing or mountain bike trails. This provided me a sense of security I've felt on few other road bikes.
It’s also not an accident that our test team loved this bike. “I would buy this bike no question,” said one tester. “The overall ride quality — especially on rough roads — is hard to beat at this price point.” The other major factor in favor of the Domane 4.7 is its spec. Like nearly all the bikes in this shootout, it benefits from the precision reliability of an 11-speed Shimano Ultegra drivetrain. But unlike some of the other bikes in this round-up, the gruppo is complete. No swapping in substitute components (brakes, chainrings, etc), which is often done by product managers to help keep costs down. This was undoubtedly one of the top bikes in this test, delivering all the key features that should be part and parcel for an endurance road bike. While not the most nimble climber in the world, the Trek Domane 4.7 is comfortable and efficient whether slogging through an all-day ride on the flats, or rambling down a dirt road during a roubaix-style race or ride.
The Domane’s thru axels provided stiffness not mythness. What they do not do, is rob the Domane of its vaunted compliance. The reinforcing of forks or stays to handle disc brakes can remove much of their compliance. The Domane disc fork feels just has planted as always laterally, but has the same forgiving feel vertically as the original. Thanks to the ISOSpeed de-coupler Trek never has to worry about putting too much stiffness into the Domane’s rear stays, the de-coupler does the heavy lifting for compliance. With the Domane 6.9 Disc Trek has raised the bar again and built something that riders will really enjoy if embraced. The doors that are opened by road disc brakes fuel the adventure that attracted us to bike riding in the first place, and now with the option of thru axels it may feel like too much too soon, but it’s really the right way to do discs.
The Domane Classics Edition is not for everyone. But for the rider who, like Cancellara himself, can appreciate a bit of extra comfort but does not want his bars up in the clouds, there is not only nothing better, there’s simply no other option. It can be twitchy, racy, occasionally nasty, even, but under the right rider it is utterly sublime.
Better than the standard Domane in every way
We chose the Domane as the better complete package.