Posted 1 years ago

Trek Domane SL6 ETap

Trek Domane SL6 ETap

Domane SL6 ETap

new bike code named baroudeur i was previously on a checkpoint ALR 4 with scwalbe marathon plus tires and a rack for paniers. Before that I was on a trek 1.5 circa 2009 H 1.5 geometry. I don't ride very fast but I climb a lot for a hobbyist Here's my impressions - disk brakes are a must - the 1.5 is the fastest descender - the domane is much faster climber. - the sram rival 46/33 10-36 setup is much nicer than compact for steep grades and when I bonk on a climb - I was apprehensive about isospeed but I find it quite nice. Almost never notice it climbing (as desired) and feel more at ease on rough roads (there are plenty). Still feels normal otherwise - the domane naturally accelerates under gravity on descents a bit less than the much heavier checkpoint but feels quite confident - not sure i really want 32 tires may try 28s - domanés geometry is more relaxed than the checkpoint which is nice on climbs. but in the drops i feel a bit too scrunched up - i have no idea why so called "climbing" or "mountain" road bikes don't offer sub compact setups and more relaxed geometry. maybe I am just not strong enough for them but still as a guy who did about 80km ascent last year, including the Galibier, a so called "climbing" bike should have made that easier but it most certainly would have made it worse. hey bike industry let's make climbing road bikes go 6km/h at 70rpm for actual mortals who actually climb.



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