There’s no avoiding the fact that aluminium bikes are making a comeback. The Specialized Allez and Cannondale CAAD have been delivering great performing aluminium frames for years now, with Specialized even bringing out a £7,500 S-Works version of the Allez, complete with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and Roval Rapide carbon wheels.
Trek has also been making aluminium versions of its Madone and Domane framesets, and has now done the same to its lightweight climbers’ bike, the Émonda, wit the launch of the new Émonda ALR.
With a 56cm frameset hitting the scales at a claimed 1,050g, the Émonda ALR can’t quite match the 690g frame weight of its big brother, but it’s certainly still very respectable for an aluminium frame.
The frame is constructed from Trek’s new 300 series Aluminium tubes, which are joined together using what Trek has called Invisible Weld Technology, that apparently not only reduces weight, but also increases strength, and gives this aluminium frame the same good looks as the carbon-fibre version.
However this is not an out-and-out race bike, with the H2 geometry meaning a slightly taller head tube to reduce strain on your back and neck.
The Émonda ALR is currently available in two builds: the £1,700 ALR 6 with Shimano Ultegra groupset and Bontrager Race wheels, and the £1,300 ALR 5 with Shimano 105. There’s also a frameset only option for £700.
Hopefully more build options will be available in future, along with the colour choice, which is currently black or black…
For more details visit the Trek website.