The Trek Emonda is a high-speed, high-performance road bike that’s good on climbs, corners, and speedy descents.
The bike offers superior handling thanks to its Control Freak cable management system and innovative braking systems.
Most Emonda models use either high-performance Bontrager Speed Stop brakes or even more powerful Shimano flat mount disc brakes.
A carbon fiber frame made of either Ultralight 500 or 700 Series OCLV Carbon makes the Emonda the world’s lightest production road bike, with the Emonda SLR 9 weighing just 640 grams. That’s not to say that the frame is weak, however. Trek’s OCLV Carbon offers the ideal balance of weight, strength, and rigidity to keep cyclists comfortable throughout the duration of their ride.
The Emonda can fit a wide range of riders. The seat can hold up to 275 pounds, while the frame can comfortably fit anyone between 4’11.8” to 6’5.2”.
The Trek Emonda comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes that cater to both men and women alike.
There are a dozen different Emonda models that riders can choose from which differ in terms of size and complexity:
Ultralight 500 or 700 Series OCLV Carbon.
Shimano 105, direct mount, Bontrager Speed Stop, Bontrager Speed Stop Pro, Shimano Ultegra flat mount hydraulic disc.
Shimano 105 11 speed, Shimano Ultegra 11 speed, Shimano Dura-Ace 11 speed, Shimano Ultegra Di2 11 speed, or Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 11 speed.
Bontrager Tubeless Ready, Bontrager Paradigm Tubeless Ready, Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3, or Bontrager Aeolus 3 D3 Tubeless Ready
Bontrager R1, R2 or R3 Hard-Case Lite
Features We Like
The Trek Emonda offers a wide range of styles and prices, with the Emonda SL 5 going for around $2000.
We like that you can find a bike to suit just about any budget. It’s also nice that there are so many designs from which you can choose, from the bare-bones SL 5 to the top-of-the-line SLR 9. No matter what your road cycling needs might be, the Emonda is bound to meet them.
We also appreciate the dependability of the Trek Emonda.
Year after year, it can withstand heavy wear and tear without you seeing any issues with performance. A strong 500 or 700 Series OCLV carbon fiber frame ensures that your bike remains in pristine condition throughout its lifetime.
In addition to its strength, the Emonda’s frame is also well balanced and easy to maneuver. We like how easy it makes both uphill climbing and speedy descents. Carbon fiber is an ideal upgrade from aluminum for a racing bike, as it offers superior handling without adding weight.
Features We Don’t Like
Considering its lightweight design, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the Trek Emonda isn’t well-suited towards heavier riders. The frame can only support up to 275 pounds in weight, including any packs or cargo that you want to take along with you for the ride.
The Emonda is also relatively limited in the height of riders it's able to accommodate. Individuals shorter than 4'11" or taller than 6'5" may not be able to reach the pedals and handlebars easily, making cycling unsafe.
Buying Advice for Consumers
This bike offers the bare bones of a high-end racing bike to reduce weight and drag.
While this brings you a faster bike, advanced cyclists may be disappointed by the lack of bells and whistles accompanying the design. This bike is best for the racing or road cycling enthusiast.
It comes in models for both men and women, and you can find a variety of price ranges to fit your budget.
The Trek Emonda is the world’s lightest racing bike, boasting a carbon fiber frame that’s both robust and incredibly lightweight.
If you’re looking to break your fastest cycling record, make sure to check out Trek’s different Emonda models to see which is right for you.
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