Less impressed with
I find some of Trek's spec decisions very strange. They put on
super trick brakes, and a very light and expensive saddle (which
will divide opinion). Yet the put on the R3 Hard Case tyres, which
could be generously described as training tyres…
They should not come on a £8500 top of the range race bike.
Specialized have gotten this right - all their flagship S-Works
bikes come with the sublime Turbo Cotton tyres.
What is more annoying is that Trek have a fantastic tyre - the R4
320 which is a tyre I love; it's as good as the very best from
Vittoria and Continental. Will be interested to see what tyre
the SLR10 comes with. Either way, if you buy an SLR9 from us we
will swap your tyres out FOC. Friends don't let friends ride 'slow'
The saddle will take some getting used to; it looks cool and is
very light. But I can't help feel that the adage ' the more you
ride the more padded your saddle' is true. You look at Pros doing
30,000 km a year and they often have old heavy saddles (partly to
get the bikes up to the UCI weight limit). A wafer thin carbon
saddle often shouts weekend warrior to me - which I clearly am, but
that does not stop me being in denial…
I need to do a few very long rides before I make a judgement.
If I was doing the etape tomorrow I would most likely pick this
bike from all the ones available to me. It feels like you are
cheating when going uphill.
Will be fascinated to see how good the disc versions are when
they land. You combine the low weight and stiffness with complete
disc stopping power and you could have the ultimate Alpine super
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