Trek Domane Review

Trek Domane Review


Preceding Paris-Roubaix, the “Ronde” includes sections of kasseien, or cobblestones, on its route and makes severe demands both of riders and of their machines, perfect for our Trek Domane review. The 2012 event was expected to be a showdown between Belgian hero Tom Boonen and RadioShack-Nissan’s Fabian Cancellara, who played a large part in the development of the Domane and who gave it a race-winning debut in the Strade Bianche race, which is run over the famed gravel roads of Tuscany.


In the event, Cancellara crashed out of the Tour of Flanders, depriving fans of the chance to see the Swiss powerhouse and his current favourite machine bid for victory.


Given his success on the Domane at the Strade Bianche, the Ronde would have been the perfect playground for a cycle created specifically to reduce the effect on its rider of the type of low-frequency vibration experienced when riding at race speed over cobbles.


Trek’s examination of the scientific consensus on the way vibration affects cycling, undertaken as part of the Trek Domane development process, indicated that vibration at less than 100Hz (cycles per second) has the most deleterious effect on human performance.


From the world of mountain biking it has been established that increased vertical movement – of the saddle and handlebars – is most effective at reducing low-frequency vibration.


Fitting rubber dampers to the saddle, a widely-favoured technology, only reduces high-frequency vibes and does almost nothing to soak up big bumps. The key to improving ride comfort, and with it rider performance, over poor riding surfaces is, therefore, to increase that old favourite, “vertical compliance”. Or, as



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