In an era when cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has levied a 6.8kg (14.99lb) minimum weight limit on racing bicycles, counting grams has felt distinctly…old fashioned. When we have no trouble building steel and titanium bikes well below the limit, the industry seems to have lost the taste for exceptionally svelte machines that excel at going uphill. Instead, the trend has forced pushing the envelope where big gains hadn’t yet been made, in efficiency and aerodynamics. Inside Trek’s Wisconsin bubble, though, it seems they missed the memo.
The Émonda is Trek Bicycle’s ode to the featherweight climber, a 690g frame that its Factory Racing mechanics are forced to ballast to the UCI’s arcane weight limit at nearly every race the bike enters. It’s one of the world’s lightest framesets, but unlike many other brands’ “climbing” equipment, the Émonda is more than just that. Incredibly stiff and nimble, it’s a phenomenal all-around racebike, one that’s as at home going up the side of the Galibier as it is in the break at Copperopolis, Redlands, the Gateway Cup, or punishing the locals over every rise during the Weekly Worlds group ride. The Émonda’s geometry leans more towards Grand Tour weapon than American crit crusher (and is identical to its aerodynamic sibling, the Madone), giving it more enjoyable everyday ride characteristics than many other bikes in its category. Longer chainstays and a lower bottom bottom bracket complement the absolute lack of mass in the frame, lending stability to its ability to change direction at the drop of a hat. The Émonda is stiff – the stiffest race bike Trek builds. Thankfully, like the rest of Trek’s Raceshop lineup, it maintains gobs of tire clearance (also owing to its direct-mount brakes), and we’re delighted with the way it rides with a bit of cushion from a 25 or 28mm tire. With the addition of a little bit of pneumatic suspension, we’ve never complained about the comfort of the Émonda, including during our five-day, 600-mile Escape From LA.
Like the Madone, the Émonda is available in two geometries – H1, which is lower, longer, and racier, and H2, still an aggressive fit, but with a taller stack and shorter reach, with both framesets made entirely in the United States. The wide plethora of sizes and geometries allows us to fit the Émonda to almost any body type and riding style. Above Category specializes in Trek’s custom paint system, Project One, rapid-turnaround bespoke paint completed at Trek in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Like the rest of our Trek Race Shop offerings, every Trek is custom-built from the ground up by AC, and finished with our trademark pursuit of aesthetic perfection.
- 700 Series OCLV Carbon - Made in the USA
- Available in H1 and H2 Geometry
- Project One Custom Paint Available
- Integrated Brakeset
- BB90 Bottom Bracket
- 690g Frame Weight
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