Trek has released a new alloy road bike that is claimed to perform way out of its league in ride quality and aesthetics. According to Trek, the all-new Émonda ALR is the’ next big step in Trek’s lofty goal of lightweight aluminum perfection.’
Each model in the new line-up features a hydroformed Alpha Aluminum frame that, according to Trek, delivers the sleek looks and ride quality of far more expensive carbon models. Like every Émonda, the new ALR is built to be the lightest in its class. It’s available in both rim and disc brake options with frames that weigh in at 1112g and 1131g respectively (56cm).
Trek adds that the Émonda ALR and Émonda ALR Disc are ‘for racers, club riders, gran fondo enthusiasts, and beginner roadies looking for a high-quality bike they won’t outgrow as their skills advance.’
Hydroformed Alpha Aluminum
The new Émonda ALR frame is built with Trek’s premium 300 Series Alpha Aluminum and features a tapered head tube and internal cable routing. Trek engineers used hydroforming — the process of injecting fluid into a cylindrical frame tube and stretching it to its capacity — to manipulate the frame’s tubes into ‘complex shapes for reduced weight, a better ride quality, and carbon-like looks’.
Invisible Weld Technology
Trek adds that its engineers were able to reduce the amount of weld material needed to join the tubes. ‘This process is called Invisible Weld Technology. It allows for larger continuous surface areas on the frame, which increases strength and cuts down on weight.’
Brake options, quality spec, and new paint
Rex’s new alloy road bike is available with lightweight direct-mount rim brakes or disc brakes for ‘all-weather stopping power and control’.
Tech, spec and new paint
All models are DuoTrap S-compatible to ‘help riders track ride metrics’. The new bikes come stock with 25c tyres, a full Émonda carbon fork, and a complete Shimano Tiagra or 105 drivetrain. Émonda ALR 5 and Émonda ALR 5 Disc are available in an iridescent paint scheme called Purple Flip. According to Trek ‘It has a level of sparkle you’d expect to see only in Project One, Trek’s custom bike program.’
New women’s model
Trek continues to add that the new Émonda ALR 5 Disc Women’s delivers the ‘same killer Émonda performance with touchpoints that can provide a better fit and feel from the start.’ Trek stress that the women’s specific variant is ‘built with the same frame and drivetrain and spec’d with a Women’s Specific Design Saddle, shorter stem length, and narrower handlebar.’
Émonda ALR is available in five complete models and two framesets through Trek’s wide network of retailers and on trekbikes.com. Prices for complete bikes range between US$1,299.99 MSRP and US$1,799.99 MSRP, with Émonda ALR 4 and Émonda ALR 5 Disc at either end of the spectrum.
Available Émonda ALR models:
Émonda ALR 5 Disc
Émonda ALR 5 Disc Women’s
Émonda ALR 5
Émonda ALR 4 Disc
Émonda ALR 4
Émonda ALR Disc Frameset
Émonda ALR Frameset