"Never a dull moment in this years Tour” said Chris Froome when interviewed after Stage 15 and and we can't disagree with him on that point. Stage 15 saw him almost lose the Yellow Jersey just a day after getting it back from Astana’s Fabio Aru. An amazing recovery from a mechanical on the last Cat1 climb of the day showed just how strong he, and his team, remain. He'll enjoy the rest day.
The GC remains incredibly close going into the final week with 5th place Dan Martin only just over a minute behind Froome. AG2R continue to ride a smart, aggressive, race and put Sky under pressure (with Romain Badet just 23” down)
Stage 15 saw Bauke Mollema attack from the remnants of the breakaway to give the Dutch rider his first TDF stage win on his fifth tour. Trek Segafredo haven’t had a great tour with Alberto Contador looking off form but Mollema's victory is perfect time to look at Treks team bikes.
The Madone is pitched as the ultimate race bike. While some aero bikes are sharp and angular the Madone sports elegant curves. Trek’s own brake calipers integrate smoothly at both the front and the rear and there are even hinge flaps at the head tube to cover the cable. The one piecer bar and stem and the comprehensive integration of the internal cables add to the sleek overall look while the large tubes suit Trek’s preference for simple colours schemes (and looks stunning the bright "Project One” paint colours we regularly get in). Add the iso-speed seat tube decoupler and you get a bike that’s comfortable for long distances and rough roads. It looks great, it rides brilliantly and it's justifiably popular with our customers.
Trek’s Endurance/Cobbles Classic bike is the Domane. This which takes a hi-tech approach to rough road comfort with ‘Iso-Speed’ decouplers - mechanical pivots - built into both the head tube and seat tube to allow some flex and absorb vibrations. This gives more movement than is possible simply relying on the flex of a thin carbon tube which is where most manufacturers work whilst adding only very slightly to weight and maintenance.
The bike that Mollema rode to a stage win and that you see the team on on all the mountain stages is the Emonda. Trek make the Emonda in various versions from the aluminium ALR and low cost Emonda S all the way up to the staggeringly light 700 series OCLV Carbon Emonda SLR (with a frame weight under 650g). They manage this feat whilst keeping the bike super stiff laterally with no rear or bottom bracket flex. It’s an amazing machine but for some reason isn’t particularly photogenic - it looks much better ‘in the flesh’ where you can appreciate the subtle paint schemes and tube shaping.
The geometry carries right through the range from the SLR version at over £10k, down to the very affordable S range. If you’re interested in one of the high end SLRs give us a call as we may have access to stock not shown on our website.
Time Trial stages see them roll out the SpeedConcept which has all the features and tech you'd expect in a TT specific bike.