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Update: New Trek Domane “passes” eyelet test

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Trek DomaneOriginally entitled “New Trek Domane fails eyelet test.” See Update below:

Trek Bikes chose Friday to roll out its new high performance road bike, the Domane, stealing the thunder from the relaunch of my blog.

This looks like a fine bike for anyone who races on rough roads, like the cobblestones in northern France. I don’t happen to know anyone like that, but those folks must be out there.

It’s supposed to be less shaky on rough roads because of “ISO speed” technology that allows the seat tube to pivot independently from the frame. My old Cannondale with the giant aluminum tubes used to beat me up it was so stiff; I fixed that by getting a bike with a steel frame and riding slightly wider tires.

When I first heard about the Domane, I immediately went to the Trek Bikes website to learn two things — the cost and the number of eyelets.

The cost: It starts at $4,600 and is more depending on the components; the team bike starts at $11,000.

The eyelets: None. This means there’s nowhere to easily connect a rack front or rear. Also, you can’t permanently attach fenders.


Update: Actually, the Domane has hidden fender mounts embedded in the frame with removeable eyelets. That’s quite unusual and amazing for a racing bike. There’s also enough frame clearance to run relatively beefy 25 mm tires under the fenders. See the Nick Legan’s review at VeloNews for photos of those eyelets.

So even though the eyelets wouldn’t support racks, the Domane passes the eyelets test and receives the gratitude of cyclists in the Pacific Northwest who can only be sure of dry cycling conditions about two months a year.



Of course, the eyelet test is completely ridiculous in this case. Cyclists won’t be buying this bike to run errands to the store or for long distance touring. Trek has the venerable 520 for touring.

This bike is designed for racing, and for cyclists on club rides who like to pass other cyclists. I wouldn’t be surprised to see people riding Domanes in fast centuries and double-centuries later this year. Given its forgiving geometry, some might find it a comfortable ride for a multiple-day fully-supported bike tour.

For more expert advice about the Domane, I’d recommend Cyclelicious and Bike Hugger; I’m sure Bicycle Design will chime in soon. Also, here’s Trek’s press release.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/30/new-trek-domane-fails-eyelet-test/

8 comments

  1. Richard Masoner

    The eyelet test :-)

    I’m not sure how ‘expert’ my advice is — it’s mostly off the cuff, and it’s not like I have $5K laying around so I won’t be trying this bike anytime soon. Thanks for the mention, though!

    And your redesign looks great!

    1. Gene Bisbee

      Cool Nick. I stand corrected. Thanks!

  2. Mike Judkins

    Have not confirmed this but Trek makes a rear rack that would most likely fit using the brake bridge mount,
    http://bontrager.com/model/08214

  3. Richard

    I am seriously thinking about buying this bike. I took it out of bike shop yesterday on NYC streets and it felt amazing. I also was ride a Madone 5.0 with DTi shifing and the two are in the same price point. I think that the comfort of long rides on Damone will win out over the smooth shifting. You don’t have to be riding to Roubaix to appreciate the shock absorption. So many of our roads in the US and the shoulders are pretty beat up. I am hoping this will transform my comfort on long rides…

  4. Greg

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    IMO it’s this statement that’s ridiculous. How many cyclists would like to occasionally fit panier racks to a bike like this – for a weekend away, or for a holiday once a year?

    The idea that a bike has to used for one thing only is macho daftness.

    1. Greg

      This is the statement I was referring to:
      Of course, the eyelet test is completely ridiculous in this case. Cyclists won’t be buying this bike to run errands to the store or for long distance touring. Trek has the venerable 520 for touring.

  5. mtalinm

    there may be eyelets but definitely not clearance for fenders wtih the stock tires. my LBS swapped them for 23s, and then the Bontrager fenders finally fit. trying some others to see if they will go, but I would say Trek has misled you about the bike’s capabilities.

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