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Another carbon bike question - Trek Domane?
Last Post 05/30/2014 12:01 AM by Steve Gabbard. 31 Replies.
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gabbard

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03/10/2014 11:15 AM
I rode one of these a few days ago, and it rode quite well.  Ultegra level, nothing fancy, but after maybe 15 minutes on the bike,  it felt comfortable and no weird issues.  The flexing seatpost seems a bit suspect, but seems to work, and I couldn't find any negatives to it - no funny bouncing, no noise, etc..  Not sure about long-term durability, but haven't read anything about large scale failures, and they have been out for 3 years. 

I know - Treks are everywhere, boring, but I am looking for something I can afford and can test ride - don't have the money to buy something that doesn't fit, doesn't ride well, and then sell it.

Anybody riding one of these or have any experience with them?

Steve
zootracer

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03/10/2014 01:29 PM
No experience with the Domane. If you like it and it fits, go for it. My main ride is a 2007 Trek 5.9SL. I took one for a test ride and like you, could not find anything wrong with it. Back then the 5.9 was a 5K bike and I got it on sale for $3800. One of our Local LBS's is a Trek dealer, but I don't spot that many Treks on the road here (Auburn Ca). I see a lot of everything. I don't know if and when I'mm get another new bike in the near future. I would consider a Trek again.
zootracer

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03/10/2014 04:13 PM
Not to beat a dead horse..if this means anything, Cancellea rode a Domane 6 in the 2013 P R
smokey52

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03/10/2014 07:44 PM
I got a Domane last spring. I got it through the Project One program, a semi-customizing service. The LBS included a custom fit since I bought it through them. It's a much better bike than I am a rider. My summer was totally messed up by Lyme disease, so I did not challenge the bike as much as I wanted to. For me, there were two big changes: Compact crank (from triple) and a different geometry (a bit more relaxed). One of the residual issues of the Lyme is a cranky shoulder joint, but it never bothered me on the Domane, which I took as a good sign. I can't hardly wait for the salt to wash off the roads so I can take it out again.
smokey
Pin0Q0

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03/10/2014 10:35 PM
You looking to buy new? There are plenty of people who bought nice bikes and decided cycling isn't for them. Just shop around on e-bay a little and beware of replicas.
gabbard

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03/11/2014 08:18 AM
Posted By Kameron Kameron on 03/10/2014 10:35 PM
You looking to buy new? There are plenty of people who bought nice bikes and decided cycling isn't for them. Just shop around on e-bay a little and beware of replicas.

New or gently used.  I see lots of Domane from last year that are in nice shape, and possibly could go for this year's model, but the only change is 11 speed Ultregra, which I don't specifically need to have.
zootracer

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03/11/2014 11:38 AM
If you can hold off for a couple of months, Trek usually has a big sale at the beginning of summer. My Trek was a brand new demo model, no one rode it, it was a 60CM.
gabbard

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03/11/2014 02:00 PM
Posted By ed custer on 03/11/2014 11:38 AM
If you can hold off for a couple of months, Trek usually has a big sale at the beginning of summer. My Trek was a brand new demo model, no one rode it, it was a 60CM.

Thanks for the information, Zoot, I am in no hurry.  Currently snowing here in CO, back and forth between winter and spring, so have a month or two.  Still need to settle on a size and model

Steve
ChinookPass

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03/11/2014 04:22 PM
If you have extra dough (or a BMW to trade), consider getting one of these:

zootracer

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03/12/2014 11:22 AM
The Urgestalt frameset goes for 7K....
79pmooney

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03/12/2014 11:36 AM
I like the name. "I saw the price and my urge stalled."

Ben
Hoshie

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03/19/2014 06:00 PM
If the Domane fits your riding style, it appears to be a very nice bike. I have ridden with a few folks that bought them and the feedback was very positive. Smooth seemed to be the common adjective to describe it.

They had a special classics geometry that was based on Fabian's preferences that was a bit spendy but seems like a lot of well priced options with more typical geometry are around.

As always, I recommend geo and fitness for intended use as your qualifiers for selecting a frame you will enjoy. Aesthetics that speak to you also count.

J
roadbuzz

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03/19/2014 10:42 PM
Have you tried a Spec Roubaix? The Domane handling was too neutral for my taste. YMMV
gabbard

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03/20/2014 10:07 AM
I am riding all of the "endurance bikes" that are around - Specialized Roubaix, Cannondale Synapse, Trek Domane, maybe Cervelo R3, maybe Giant Defy. Need to narrow it down to a particular size and parts spec and ride the comparable models.

Orange Crush

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03/20/2014 10:13 AM
I've always wondered what makes a bike endurance...really all you need is a comfy saddle and a good geometry setup. The rest is fluf and sales pitch IMHO, just like all that aero gain voodoo.
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