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.
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.
Smooth. But that should come as no surprise as the Domane’s proven design has won over a lot of fans recently and the IsoSpeed technology hasn’t changed with the Classics Edition. For anyone that hasn’t ridden a Domane yet, it really does work as advertised. Maybe more so. What has changed though is the geometry – while the comfort is the same, the Classics edition is built to go fast. Built with a steeper head tube angle and much shorter head tube, the Classics offers a faster ride with the ability to get low. Feeling like a cushy Madone, the Domane Classics does not like to go slow. Push back into the saddle, pull on the hoods, and give it all the power you have and it seems to reward you. With Spring just around the corner, I’ll be doing some classics riding of my own to find out just how unlike Cancellara I really am.
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.
We chose the Domane as the better complete package.
The Domane once again proved itself as quite possibly the best all-around bike on the market