Saturday, November 15th, 2015
What: The Maiden Voyage of Sarah’s Trek Emonda SLR
Where: 2 hour jaunt in the Belgium of the US (South Jersey where the headwinds are our hills)
As some of you might know… I’ve been a Specialized devotee since 2008 when I bought my first Tarmac. It’s not to say that I didn’t like any other bikes, I’ve just been so happy with Specialized (and they’ve sponsored every team that I’ve been on since I began racing) that there was no reason to look elsewhere. So, to say that I was a bit nervous about switching to a new bike company and a new bike would be an understatement. Yeah, I had some nerves about it. But, I have to say that after a two-hour jaunt on the bike today, those nerves have been soothed and I’m completely stoked about my new ride.
And, here’s the thing… you always hear pros talk about how awesome their bikes are. Or, at least, they say that when they’re “on the record.” However, we must remember that pros are PAID to say that they love their bikes. But, we aren’t pros. So, when we give a bike review, you can pretty much be sure that it’s not simply about pleasing a sponsor, but it’s about what we really think. So, here’s my review of the first ride on my new Trek Emonda SLR road bike.
Let me start by saying that Brielle Cyclery was amazing in building up my new frame and getting me fit properly on my bike. I cannot ever explain how important proper fit is on whatever bike you choose to ride. It ensures that you can use your body to it’s fullest, and helps stave off injury. Clarence spent quite a bit of time with me (not to mention with Teresa and LJ earlier in the day) to dial the fit in so that it’s as close to perfect as possible. Then, the rest was up to me!
The bike is stiff, light, and responsive. I was quite pleased with the smooth ride in spite the stiffness of the frame. Despite how little the bike weighs, it’s really solid and connected to the road. I felt like I could really push it in a sprint or up a hill and it really held onto the road. Did I mention that it corners like it’s on rails?? I felt fast and comfortable when climbing, which is saying something for me (NOT a climber!). I’m looking forward to getting it on some bigger climbs and faster descents, but I’m certain that it will handle equally well there.
In short, despite my reservations in switching bikes, I’m super excited about the straight-up awesomeness of this bike. Plus, it’s HOT! ;) It’s a great looking frame with nice lines and a really beautiful structure.
In short, I think this bike is one of the best out there. I’m thrilled with it on many levels and can’t wait to get out on it some more! I really can’t wait to race it and put it to the test out there with the big girls! Bring on the 2016 season!
Up next: a review of my new Trek Speed Concept 9 series time trial bike!! :)