Trek

Emonda ALR 4

Admit it: it’s a great conversation-starter to be able to tell people your brand new racing bike is a real Trek! You ride the same brand of bike ridden by Bauke Mollema. We’ve also seen other big names from the past riding Trek bikes: Alberto Contador, Andy and Frank Schleck, Jens Voigt and Fabian Cancellara, to name but a few. It’s true, professional teams have sworn by this brand for years. The advantage of this is that new developments born in the professional peloton are often also found on the more economical models of its range.

This Trek has a lightweight aluminium frame, and a carbon fibre front fork. The Emonda features a Shimano Tiagra component group, similar to the Giant Contend (but with rim brakes, rather than discs). While a lot of racing bikes these days have cables hidden in the frame, Trek has chosen fully external cable routing for this model. While this may look slightly less slick, it will certainly not affect the performance. This bike’s frame geometry is quite racey (this means a relatively short wheelbase and steep angles more for speed than comfort), so if you fancy entering your first local race, this could be the ideal first racing bike for you!