On Sunday, Fabian Cancellara raced his last Tour of Flanders aboard a very special Trek Domane SLR.
The recently declared Domane SLR sports 2 radically new technologies — front IsoSpeed as well as adaptable rear IsoSpeed — and Fabian’s race bike also has a few 3D graphics lionizing his achievements at the biggest race in Belgium.
Fabian has been more than instrumental in the establishment of the Domane line of bikes from the start, working with Trek on testing models, riding instrumentated bikes, offering feedback and of course hands down bearing as a marketing icon for the survival machine.
On the day after Tour of Flanders, where he placed 2nd to Peter Sagan, Fabian told that his wife would not like when he tells that this is the 3rd baby, the Domane. Fabian first raced the bike at Strade Bianche that he won for the 3rd time. Even though a lot of people noticed the new bike, neither Trek nor Cancellara would speak regarding this till the day after Tour of Flanders at the bike’s official introduction in Kortrijk, Belgium.
There are two remarkable and new technologies on the Domane SLR. 1, rear IsoSpeed — it was first brought in with original Domane where the seat tube twists on a pivot at top tube/chainstay colligation — is now changeable in their range of flex. The divide seat tube has an adaption tab which slides up and down, changing the abidance features from Madone-like hardness to more plush than the present Domane. To deal with this, one loosen the bottle cage bolt, conform the slider, then fasten the bolt.
Cancellara selected to run his with slider set in middle. The 2nd is the front IsoSpeed, in whch the steerer tube is accorded to bow fore and aft inside head tube. Pivot bolts on either side keep rigidity laterally identical to a standard bike, said Trek.