We take a look at Hesjedal's lightweight bike of choice
After seven years at the various guises of what is now the Cannondale team, Ryder Hesjedal has finally departed for pastures new, joining Trek Factory Racing for the 2016 season. And with the change of team comes a change of bike, with Hesjedal swapping the Cannondale SuperSix Evo of previous years for the equally svelte Trek Emonda SLR.
Although the Trek Madone is likely to be Hesjedal’s bike of choice for the majority of road stages, we’d expect the Canadian to move across to the Emonda for any mountainous stages. The reason for this? The bike’s sub-700g frame weight, which puts it second to only the Merida Scultura in the lightweight league table among WorldTour bikes.
Hesjedal has made a name for himself over the years for riding bikes with pretty extreme set ups, and that doesn’t seem to have changed with the Emonda. The saddle to handlebar drop is a whopping 19cm, although Hesjedal looks to have moved to a 130mm stem, shorter than the 140mm one he has used in previous years.
Like the vast majority of WorldTour team bikes, Hesjedal’s Trek Emonda is decked out with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with a 53/39t chainset and 11-28 cassette, but the Trek rider still has to set himself apart from the crowd with his use of 180mm length cranks. This groupset also includes climbers shifters located on the tops of the bars.
All of the finishing kit comes courtesy of Bontrager, with 35mm deep Bontrager Aeolus 3 wheels topped with 25mm R4 tubular tyres, an XXX stem, and some pleasingly affordable aluminium Race Lite handlebars which are available at your local bike shop for just £49.99.
One part of the bike that isn’t available at your local bike shop is the Bontrager Team Issue saddle. This is a super-hard saddle is said to be loved by the pros, but Bontrager don’t sell it due to the lack of demand for a perch which prioritises performance over comfort to such an extent.