When the road tilts towards the sky, Trek's 16.45-pound Emonda SL 6 WSD reacts to every pedal stoke, its OCLV carbon frame and BB90 bottom bracket launching you forward effortlessly. Then, as you get into the business of descending, the E2 head tube keeps the front end nice and stiff, and Bontrager tubeless wheels keep you carving the curves. Along the flats, a full Ultegra 11-speed drivetrain with compact cranks combines with internal cable routing to propel you to faster speeds. And on every road, the Ride-Tuned seatmast is not only lighter, it's more compliant than a traditional seatpost while the full Bonty cockpit is more than eager to add some additional miles.
For increased stiffness and improved steering precision, tapered head tubes (see image, on left) and forks pair an oversize lower steerer tube (usually 1 1/2-inch, see image, on right) with a standard diameter upper steerer tube (usually 1 1/8-inch). This combination sheds weight compared to straight 1 1/2-inch systems, and adds stability and stiffness when compared to straight 1 1/8-inch systems. The result is a bike that tracks better through corners while allowing for the use of standard stems.
Pedals sold separately
Weight: 16.45 pounds (52cm)
|Frame||Trek 500 Series OCLV Carbon w/E2, BB90|
|Fork||Trek Emonda SLR carbon|
|Tires||Bontrager R2 Hard Case Lite, 700 x 23c|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Ultegra|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Ultegra|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed: 11-28|
|Handlebars||Bontrager Race VR-S|
|Stem||Bontrager Race X Lite|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Ultegra|
|Saddle||Bontrager Affinity 2 WSD|
|Seatpost||Bontrager Ride-Tuned Carbon seatmast cap|
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