I will concede the fact that I require a brand new £8000 bike to
motivate me to ride in the cold is not a great testament to my
mental fortitude. But I am weak, and everyone needs their treats at
Besides its a great bike and one I am very much looking forward
to riding over the next 3-4 months.
Features Editor Dave Arthur has ridden the racier Emonda Disc
and was blown away by the package (and Disc brakes in particular).
I have Disc brakes on my gravel bike, but this will be the first
time I have owned a Disc road bike. Its very much the way the
industry is heading and I am looking forward to seeing what all the
hype is about.
The large 32mm tyres are a sight to behold. I remember when
moving from 23 to 25mm was considered bold! 32s will certainly
increase compliance but even more importantly they offer more
contact patch with wet roads - perfect for treacherous winter
conditions. I am thinking come early spring I will switch out to
28mm tyres with a racier tread and give the bike a new lease of
I had the SLR10 version of the Domane which was caliper brakes,
had tubular wheels and came in the super agressive H1 fit. That was
Porsche's 911 Turbo to this Panamera....
The SLR10 was a great bike - I used it for every UK sportive I
did; 5 hours on the bike was a doddle.
I remember when 'sportive bikes' were heavy lumps. This is
anything but, and comes in under 7.5kgs in a 58cm. Thats very
impressive given all the tech it packs.
Sure this SLR9 is a bit heavier than the all-out race bikes I
have been riding recently, but alas I have also put on a bit of
winter weight myself. Glass houses and all that....
£8000 is a lot of money - but this is a lot of bike.
The SLR is the flagship frame, with the highest modulus carbon. Di2
9170 Disc is sublime and the
Bontrager Aeolus 3 carbon wheels (with DT Swiss hubs) are
brilliant. Its a fantastic package.
The Iso-coupler in the front and the rear take out the sting in
the terrible roads - and the rear one is adjustable - so you can
play around with settings based on your weight, tyre width and tyre
psi. All very Formula One!
First Impressions are most favourable. Its incredibly compliant,
but not soft. It responds very well to changes of pace and loves
climbing. Handling is very stable - the slack head tube, low BB and
long chainstays result in a bike that tracks beautifully.
It seems a fantastic do it all bike, and one I am immensely
looking forward to getting to know much better. Santa has come
early and he has brought me a cracker...