Trek presents the completely revised Émonda ALR, also as disc version. The stiff aluminum frame weighs only 1112 grams in frame size 56.
Trek has revised its lightweight classic Émonda ALR. The new aluminum frame of the series for the model year 2019 is above all lighter and stiffer than the current model – and is available with both rim brakes and disc brakes.
New aluminium level
The Alpha-300 aluminium tubes are hydroformed to more economical, lighter, stiffer, more comfortable and aerodynamic shapes, depending on the requirements of the respective frame section, which may be responsible for the handling. In addition, the new tube shapes have become more similar to those of a carbon frame. The head tube is butted for a more controlled handling. The cables are laid inside. Thanks to Trek’s Invisible-Weld technology, the welds are almost invisible. Due to the hydroformed tube shapes, they are more stable and connected with less welding material.
Disc and Rim Brakes
The Émonda ALR is available in different versions with disc and rim brakes. In addition, there are women’s models in which the attachments are adapted to the female anatomy. The wheel is intended for 25 mm wide tires. The frame is completed with a Émonda carbon fork to provide damping. Trek’s H2 geometry is also suitable for beginners, non-racing riders, and long-distance cyclists. The weight of the frame in size 56 is only 1112 grams for the rim brake version and 1131 grams for the disc brake version. The prices for the complete bikes equipped with Shimano’s Tiagra or 105 groups are probably between 1150$ for the Émonda ALR 4 and 1799$ for the Émonda ALR 5 Disc. All models will be available from September 2018.
RoadBikeHQ was able to test the Émonda ALR 5 Disc in advance. The clean and discreet welding seams were hardly noticeable visually. The transitions between the tubes look almost like a carbon frame. We found the seating position to be not too stretched and suitable for long distances. The handling was very controllable and easy for beginners. Thanks to the high stiffness of the frame and the therefore very direct acceleration in accelerations, the Émonda is suitable for sporty riders with racing ambitions. The comfort was sufficient, but the generally very high stiffness dominated the overall impression. The price-performance ratio is good in view of the light and rigid frame.