Fancy yourself a mini Spartacus? Even if you have no delusions of grandeur but have been waiting to get your hands on Cancellara’s bike, now might be your chance. First unveiled at the 2012 Ronde van Vlaanderen, Fabian’s Trek Domane wasn’t your off the shelf bike. Instead the Trek Race Shop turned out a custom version of the road bike built for comfort and made it as fast as possible while still maintaining the cobble smoothing ride. The wheel base is longer, the head tube is shorter, and it even has a one piece steel derailleur hanger/dropout for improved shift precision over the roughest roads imaginable.
Previously a pro-only option, Trek just made the Race Shop Limited Domane Classics Edition available to the masses. Speed past the break for more.
While the standard Domane is built for a more upright, comfort first ride, the Trek Race Shop Limited Domane Classics Edition is all about going fast. You won’t find any of the fender mounts on this bike – think of it as a Madone built for rough roads. Trek’s Road Brand Manager Michael Mayer is quoted as saying, “This is a bike that riders have asked us about since we first unveiled the bike in 2012 and it’s really exciting to be able to offer it as a custom option with Project One. It’s a combination of the two ride qualities all cyclists covet; speed and a smooth ride. Add the millions of options Project One offers and you have an almost perfect bike. For the right rider, this bike is going to be the only bike they’ll ever want to ride again.”
A race geometry bike with IsoSpeed certainly won’t be for everybody, but for those who want it, it should be a welcome sight.
The frame is built with extra tire clearance for running fat rubber so if you can squeeze it through the brake it will fit. Other than the custom Pro Endurance geometry and other small touches, the Domane is most the same with a tapered head tube and the IsoSpeed seat tube decoupler which allows a tremendous amount of seat tube flex to smooth out the ride.
The Trek Race Shop Limited Domane Classics Edition will only be available as a complete though Trek’s Project One, with the Team replica retailing for $11,519.98. But, since it is Project One it appears that you have the chance to customize it which should allow the price to drop below $5,000 depending on your component and paint selection. Currently available in 54-62cm frames, each bike is hand built at Trek’s Waterloo headquarters.