Rim brakes aren't dead! This lightweight climber is a tour de
force of modern carbon tech, but the super-sleek lines of the
Émonda frame are matched with the classic simplicity of rim brakes
and mechanical shifting.
This is a performance bike that you can fling up hills with
pleasure, and it's also a real treat for the connoisseur of fine
engineering and high-end componentry.
Trek's lightest OCLV 700 carbon frameset sits at the heart of
the bike, driven by the latest iteration of Shimano's classic
Dura-Ace mechanical gruppo.
As a custom Project One build this bike has the pick of Trek's
parts cabinet, and so there's a full complement of Bontrager carbon
components to round things out. The Aeolus XXX carbon wheels spin
up fast, and Bontrager's own direct mount brake calipers ensure you
can come to a stop just as quickly and efficiently (or simply scrub
off speed on those alpine descents).
The Carbon XXX saddle prioritises lightness over all else, but
the beauty of a Bespoke bike is that it's fully fitted to the individual rider, right
down to saddle shape and size, so a minimalist perch doesn't have
to mean unnecessary discomfort.
The integrated bar and stem bring further weight savings with
added stiffness, for maximum control and efficiency, and feature
clever touches like hidden mounts for lights and computer.
photos by Bobby Whittaker