Trek’s unreleased Domane debuts at Paris-Roubaix

New model of the popular endurance bike was ridden to victory by Elisa Longo Borghini with several notable design tweaks

Elisa Longo borghini rides new Trek Domane to the win at Paris Roubaix
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Once again Trek bicycles made plenty of headlines at Paris-Roubaix. It won the women’s edition of the race for the second consecutive year, with Trek-Segafredo’s Elisa Longo Borghini triumphing as Lizzie Deignan had done in October. And like Deignan, the Italian did so aboard its heralded endurance bike, the Domane. Only this time around it was using an unreleased model with plenty of design changes to boot.

Although Trek have remained tight-lipped to date about the new-look Domane RSL (Race Shop Limited) there are some obvious differences from the two race-winning bikes. Most notable is the use of the IsoSpeed decoupler, a suspension system that made the Domane such a favourite on the cobbles. The front IsoSpeed system has been removed entirely, while the rear decoupler has lost the sliding adjustment. Gone too is the seatpost mast, with a traditional post now in its place.

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.