Trek Domane 6.9

I used to suffer on the bike, and not just the anguish of another interval. I’m talking searing neck pain, aching back, and numb hands, all from bending onto a “race bike” in the name of going faster. Then I saw the li

Trek Domane 6.9

Trek Domane 6.9    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Trek’s innovative carbon frame design disconnects the seatpost from the top tube with a pair of bearings at the seat junction, allowing the seatpost to flex in an arc and absorb road vibration without diminishing the bike’s sharp, fast handling. “It smooths out big hits almost like a softtail mountain bike,” one tester remarked. Added comfort comes from closed-cell foam pads built directly into the contact points on the handlebars, which riders felt really cut the chatter, and cushy 25-millimeter tires (with space for even bigger).

Trek nailed other details, too, including full internal cable routing, cyclometer sensors built into the rear stay, and a chain keeper integrated into the frame to prevent dropped chains. With the powerful braking and shorter lever throws of the new Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 components, this is the fastest comfort bike we’ve ever swung a leg over. 14.7 lbs

HANDLING: 4.5 
RESPONSIVENESS: 4.5

Brand: Trek $6,930
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