Hands On – Trek’s New Emonda SLR 8 Plus Actual Weights!

Hands On - Trek's New Emonda SLR 8 Plus Actual Weights!

It may be a while until we see the insanely light Émonda SLR 10 in the flesh carbon, but head to your local Trek dealer and there are probably a number of more affordable models already on the floor. Joining in with a few other brands, Trek is continuing to wait until the new bikes are actually available before unveiling them to the public. In our case it also means that an Émonda SLR 8 just showed up for review. Other than the Carbon Vapor Coat paint job and SLR Ride Tuned Seat Mast Cap, the SLR 8 boasts the same frame as the bike at the top. It’s also less than half the price – which is crazy to say about a $7,500 bike.

Trim away the details after the break, including actual weight for the SLR 8 plus a few other models…

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Built with fully internal cable routing, each port has a replaceable cable stop that is bolted in place. Émonda frames are Di2 ready, with plugs available for unused cable ports.

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In the name of saving grams, the front derailleur braze on mount is molded into the carbon.

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Wondering where some of that money is being saved? Instead of the pricey one piece carbon bar/stem combo on the 10, the 8 sticks with an RXL aluminum stem and XXX VR-C carbon handlebar. Wheels are also a huge source of savings with the SLR 8 opting for Bontrager RXL tubeless ready aluminum wheels and R4 Hard-Case Lite tires. Considering the beating we’ve put a pair of RXL TLR wheels through, they seem to be a perfect classics wheelset and are pretty light at 1440g. The wheels ship with tubes, but can easily be converted to tubeless with a Road TLR Conversion kit. Our advice? Wear out the stock tires that come with the Émonda and then upgrade to tubeless. You’ll be glad you did.

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Equipped with a full Dura Ace group including the brakes, Trek opts for the mechanical group to save every gram possible. Stock bikes include a semi-compact 52/36 crank and an 11-28 cassette which offers a fairly wide range of gearing. Instead of the Bontrager Speed Stop brakes, the SLR 8 uses Dura Ace Integrated brakes that are still the two post design.

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In addition to the weight savings, the new Bontrager Duotrap S is an interesting change. The integrated speed and cadence sensor gets an even cleaner appearance, no longer showing on the outside of the chainstay. Since the system still uses a crank arm mounted magnet, we can only assume that the magnet is strong enough for the sensor to pick up the signal through the wall of the carbon. Not only is the design cleaner, but only making one hole in the chainstay instead of two surely makes the design lighter and stronger with less carbon.

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The use of trek’s Ride Tuned Seat Mast Cap makes the frame’s 690g weight even more impressive since half of the seat post is technically included in the weight. As usual, 5 and 20mm offset seat mast caps are offered though 20mm comes standard. On top sits the Bontrager Paradigm RXL Carbon railed saddle. The seat mast is also sporting a very prominent Hand Built in the United States sticker in case you were wondering. Happy 4th of July!

The Émonda fork is a simple, slender design. Just carbon legs, carbon dropouts, and a full carbon E2 asymmetric steerer rolling on a Cane Creek IS-8 headset.

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How close are Trek’s claimed weights? Our 54cm test bike came in at 13.67 lbs (6.2 kg), just over the claimed weight of 13.56 lbs for a 56 cm. We’re pretty sure we could remove some excess cable housing and get it pretty close.

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Thanks to Jacob at the Trek Store Cincinnati, we got a few other Émondas on the scale as well. There would have been a bigger sample size, but one of the Émondas was sold almost as soon as it was built. Boasting an impressive full Dura Ace build for $4,519, the 56cm Émonda SL 8 weighed in at 15.52 lbs which is under the 15.56 lbs claimed weight. A 58cm Émonda S 6 below measured 19.11 lbs which is a bit more than the 18.47 lb claimed weight, though Trek is using a 56cm for their claimed weights. So again, pretty close. Again a pretty good deal on paper, the S 6 offers a full Shimano Ultegra group for $2,629.

Comments

wheelz - 07/04/14 - 1:13pm

Great to see one of the big brands making honest weight claims on complete bikes. I’d say the gauntlet has been thrown down to the big S, G, C, and others.

Wendell C - 07/04/14 - 2:51pm

“Boasting an impressive full Dura Ace build for $4,519″

Tubeless and DA for 4.5? Kudos to Trek for bringing their new machine into an affordable price range right out of the gate.

Rico - 07/04/14 - 4:01pm

Is that a woman’s bike or just a super small size?

benonabike - 07/04/14 - 4:22pm

nailed it with this bike! but how does it ride??

anonymous - 07/04/14 - 5:29pm

Is it just me or does a bike weighing 19lbs without pedals or bottle cages not seem that light?

Steve C. - 07/04/14 - 8:56pm

Heyo! Another Trek Store Cincinnati guy here… :) To answer the question about how the cadence magnet is picked up with the new DuoTrap S, you’ll have to look closely at the outside of the chain stay. It doesn’t pick up the magnet through the carbon wall, as you’ve speculated here; rather, there is a very small, very fine strip of wire running flat against the outside of the stay. There’s your cadence sensor! Trek’s new 2015 FX and Dual Sport hybrids, which are all DuoTrap S compatible, have the same thing.

OTB bOb - 07/05/14 - 12:33am

In the name of saving grams, the front derailleur braze on mount is molded into the carbon.
^^^silly sounding^^^

Herbert - 07/05/14 - 1:05am

It’s 6.2kg without pedals or bottle cages? For 7.5k???

You can build a 6.5kg bike – with pedals, 25mm tires and 50mm tall aero wheels and 11 speed – for a third of the price. I know because I did. What a ripoff.

Kuotient - 07/05/14 - 1:13am

anonymous – there are 3 different Emonda frames. The S models uses the heaviest frame made of 300 OCLV carbon at 1220g (vs 690 for SLR w/ 700 OCLV), with a heavier fork as well at 518g (vs 280g for SLR). It also uses a standard seatpost, so there’s added weight there, as well as the rest of the components.

Max - 07/05/14 - 1:18am

I have a 2012 model Madone before they went to KVF. From the pictures, it looks identical to the Emonda. Anyone else see the similarity?

rahm rastgar - 07/05/14 - 2:06am

its weighs less with sram red not dura ace !!

greg - 07/05/14 - 4:17am

“Equipped with a full Dura Ace group including the brakes, Trek opts for the mechanical group to save every gram possible.”
except di2 is (very slightly) lighter 9000 vs 9070.

What? - 07/05/14 - 7:51am

19lbs? A Cannondale CAAD10 with SRAM Rival is lighter.

Steve C. - 07/05/14 - 10:23am

I just looked at an Émonda, and I stand corrected about the cadence sensor wire. I can’t see it at all on there, unlike on the new FX and DS. Perhaps it’s embedded into the paint.

Matt - 07/05/14 - 12:43pm

So explain what the difference is for the Emonda vs the Madonnes? I don’t know much about either, but are the Madonnes really that much heavier than the weights posted here for the Emonda’s. If so, those Madonnes must be really heavy tipping scales at well over 20pds. I don’t get it.

Seraph - 07/05/14 - 2:42pm

@Matt – The Madone is Trek’s aero road bike utilizing Kammtail Virtual Foil tube shapes and a bottom chainstay mounted rear brake to increase aerodynamic profile. The Emonda does not feature any aerodynamic specific features or tube shapes, and is instead built to be as light as possible.

anonymous - 07/05/14 - 3:28pm

“as light as possible”

19lbs without pedals. I know, I know, there’s multiple grades of frame, but clearly the bottom tier frame is meant to be Trek’s entry level carbon frame and has little to do with the light top tier frame.

Jeff - 07/05/14 - 6:02pm

15 pounds. 19. Ha! My Gunnar gravel grinder/tourer with steel frame Brooks saddle & all tips the scale at 31 with racks & fenders, but without front bag & bottles. Steel is real. fWIW.

Frippolini - 07/06/14 - 4:19pm

@ HERBERT, how about sharing the specifications of the bike you mentioned and built, I’m intrigued. Thanks.

Steve C. - 07/07/14 - 4:51pm

Drat… It seems that I’m 0 for 2 on the cadence thing. It was just confirmed to me that the sensor DOES pick up the magnet through the frame material! What I’d thought was a wire on the FX and DS stays is actually just an alignment mark. Serves me right for airing my assumptions on the internet. :P My apologies!

Mindless - 07/10/14 - 10:13am

Old technology.

wai - 07/10/14 - 9:31pm

I’ve just placed an order for an SL8 to replace my Roubaix 2011, I like to do sportives. I wonder if this is a good choice or whether I should get a Madone instead? Anyone ridden one yet?

Mark A - 07/11/14 - 1:32pm

Wai,
Any real differences between the frames you mention are miniscule. Personally, the rear brake mounting on current Madones is a negative and I think it will go away soon. The Emonda is virtually the same bike as 2011 and 2012 Madones.

If I were you I’d keep the Roubaix. If you’ve got some $ burning a hole in your pocket, consider something like a power meter. Very cool toys.

wako29 - 07/14/14 - 2:19pm

@Mark A,
Oh so you’ve ridden a Roubaix, current Madone, 2011/2012 Madone, and an Emonda?

@wai,
Go ride all of the bikes and talk to your shops about the differences. They will be the most knowledgeable, not the internet.

Fett - 07/23/14 - 4:12pm

Does anyone know the weights for the cheaper SL frameset withthe 500 series carbon that they are offering for $1429.

mpulsiv - 07/26/14 - 2:49am

@Fett
Frame weight comparison http://www.probikeswap.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/trek-emonda-comparison.png

SEA - 07/29/14 - 3:30pm

Trek still behind Scott on this.

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