If you want top performance on the road, don’t assume that carbon fibre is your only option. Over the past two years, we’ve seen a resurgence of lightweight alloy road bikes, which are delivering impressive real-world performance, whilst narrowing the weight gap on their pricier carbon counterparts. Take the Emonda ALR for example. It’s Trek’s flagship alloy road bike, and at just 1050 grams for the frame, it’s lighter than many other brands carbon frames. Trek have been able to achieve this impressively low weight thanks to the implementation of their new 300 Series Aluminium. The alloy tubes are externally formed and internally butted to strip away unnecessary material, while delivering much greater vibration damping. Furthermore, the thickness of each tube changes for every frame size in order to maintain the same ride quality whether you’re 5’2” or 6’4”. The end result is a far smoother ride than what you’d expect from a traditional alloy frame. Want smoother again? You can easily fit up to a 28c tyres if you so desire.
The best aspect of the Emonda ALR however is found within its sharp handling and responsive acceleration. A press-fit bottom bracket and tapered E2 head tube deliver crucial stiffness in key junction points, and geometry borrowed from the Emonda SL range ensures intuitive handling for those riders who like to go fast. Features like the sealed bearing headset and externally routed cables will please high mileage riders and privateer racers, and especially any of those who have had bad prior experiences with carbon frames.
The Emonda ALR is available in two models: a Tiagra-equipped ALR 4, and the 105-equipped ALR 5. Both feature Bontrager finishing kit and tubeless compatible wheels.
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