Subtle changes expected for 2017 bike
The eagle-eyed among you spotted some interesting features on the Trek Domane that Fabian Cancellara rode to the win at Strade Bianche on Saturday that point towards it being a new version of the Domane that could be properly announced at some point during the Classics season.
The differences from the original Trek Domane are subtle, with a similar trademark Isospeed decoupler design that seperates the seatstays/top tube from the seat tube, allowing them to rotate independently from each other to improve vertical compliance over rough surfaces. The seatstays also have a similar bowed shape, as do the forks which sweep forwards before lurching back for the dropouts.
What is different is that the new Trek Domane looks like it will take direct-mount brakes, and the seat tube looks like it has been redesigned with a Kamm tail profile for improved aerodynamics. The cable routing has also been changed, with the cables entering the down tube behind the head tube (just as they do on the Scott Foil) and the rear derailleur cable exiting the frame on the rear side of seatstays, so could this be a more aerodynamic version of the Trek Domane?
Watch: Fabian Cancellara’s Trek Madone
The other area of interest is that front end. Although the current Trek Domane has excellent rear-end comfort thanks to that Isospeed decoupler, the front end wasn’t quite up to the same standards, so we were already expecting Trek to introduce something to improve this. Well, take a look at the top of the head tube, and there’s a definite black area that is seperated from the rest of the tube in a similar way to what you see with the Isospeed decoupler at the back.
The only other new feature we can spot is that the down tube looks to be slightly curved, which could possibly improve comfort, and might also have a slight aerodynamic profile, although this it’s hard to be certain about this.
We’re sure that there will be more appearances for the new Trek Domane over the coming weeks, with an official launch surely not too far away.