Trek added the Émonda to its lineup just days before the Tour de France started in Yorkshire in 2014. With the now aero-optimised Madone and the comfort offering classics-biased Domane in the range, Trek’s designers saw the need for a super-light chassis for climbers. With the Émonda, Trek’s created one of the lightest chassis around – the 56cm frame weighs just 690g. That’s in the territory of high-end, low volume carbon creations from the likes of AX Lightness or Storck, and the fact it’s been delivered by a mass-market brand like Trek is impressive.

  • Highs: Very low weight, great drivetrain and gearing, lovely handling too
  • Lows: Old school cork brake pads lack bite
  • Buy If: You’ve got pockets deep enough and you want to go uphill very, very quickly

Details such as the oversized tapered head-tube and CNC-machined headset top bearing cover

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