Trek is one of the best-selling brands in the world, with distribution in more than 90 countries an extensive network of own stores called Trek Bicycle Store. The American brand has an extensive catalog of bicycles for 2021 made up of more than 40 models, for all types of users and cycling modalities: road, mountain, gravel, cyclocross, electric and urban.
In addition, it is possible to customize both the color of the frame and the components of some of its most successful models, through the Project One program.
In this article we will try to guide you in the purchase of your next Trek bicycle for road and mountain bike, explaining how the entire offer of the American brand is structured according to the modality or type of cycling for which it is intended. In addition to teaching you to identify each model according to the quality level of its frame or assembly.
Trek bikes by frame and component quality
The catalog of the American brand is divided by type and also by series. The latter group models based on the material of the frame and the quality of its components. On the road and in the mountains, the modalities in which we focus this article, the series accompany the name of the model in question to identify each and every one of its versions.
Trek has two types of series: with letters to identify types of road frames (SLR, SL, etc) and numbers (from 5 to 9) to identify mountain frames and levels of road mounting.
SLR – Identifies Trek’s high-end road frames, made with the lightest Trek OCLV carbon possible for the model in question, be it the Madone aero (800 Series), the Émonda climber (800 Series) or the Deep Domane (Series 700).
- SL: theseare high-performance frames for road cycling, made of OCLV carbon, but somewhat heavier, which affects the final price of the bicycle, which will be somewhat cheaper than the SLR.
ALR and AL: Both series identify Trek’s two types of aluminum frames, the Alpha Platinum. THE ALR uses 300 Series aluminum, with special hydroforming and virtually invisible welds that save weight. Meanwhile, the AL is that of the 100 series, somewhat heavier and with somewhat less camouflaged welds, present above all in the mid-range.
- Series 4 to 9:The numbers accompanying Trek models identify the level of road mounts and mountain bike frames and mounts. The 9 (with its respective subseries 9.9, 9.8, 9.7 or 9.6) encompasses models with high-end road mounting, and carbon frames and high-end and mid-range mounts for mountain bikes.
The 8 accommodates models with an aluminum frame and mid- or high-end assembly, the 7 aluminum and components of good quality / price ratio. The lower numbers 4,5 and 6 identify the frames and frames of entry ranges, both for road cycling and MTB.
Once the meaning of the different Trek series for road and mountain biking has been clarified, it is time to present the three models, named after a peculiar play on words, which encompass all categories and road uses: Madone, Émonda and Domane.
Madone: the aero from Trek
The Trek Madone is the most aerodynamic bicycle and focused on pure competition of the American brand. Used in competition by the UCI World Tour Trek-Segafredo team, where Vincenzo Nibali or the 2019 world champion Mads Pedersen currently play, it is currently offered only in carbon, in the SLR and SL series.
Also noteworthy is the integration of the IsoSpeed ball joint at the junction of the upper tube with that of the saddle. A proprietary Trek solution that allows the seat tube to flex slightly to mitigate frame vibrations when driving over rough asphalt or potholes.
Who the Trek Madone is for : For riders who want to race or ride fast on the flat.
Émonda: the mountain bike
The Émonda is Trek’s lightest road bike, used by Trek-Segafredo members in big races, especially on the mountain stages. The frame in its high-end SLR version falls below 700 grams. And in total, with the most elite series mount, the 9 with SRAM Red eTAP AXS electronic derailleur, the bike stays at 6.74 kg (size 56). Almost 300 grams below the limit set by the UCI to compete (6.8 kg).
Émonda is available with a carbon frame (SLR and SL) and ALR aluminum.
Who is the Trek Émonda for: Cyclists who like to climb hills , or want a light bike for training.
Domane: great background and versatility
The Domane is the model least focused on competition of the three, but many professional cyclists have also raced with it in the great classics of pavés, such as the Paris-Roubaix or the Tour of Flanders. Its geometry is more balanced and integrates solutions to filter out irregularities, such as the IsoSpeed ball joint for both the front and rear axles.
In the current generation, the fork and tie rod arches are wider to fit thicker tires. In addition, in the carbon versions the down tube has an internal compartment to store tools or spare parts.
The current Trek Domane range is available in the SLR and SL carbon and AL aluminum series. In addition, the electric version Domane + was recently launched on the market, with an integrated motor and battery in the frame.
Who is the Trek Domane for: cyclists who love long road routes and are looking for a comfortable bike, more than light or very rigid.
Trek has a long history of commercial and competitive mountain bike successes, reflected in its wide range of models. There are bicycles for practically every use or modality within MTB, from Cross Country to Downhill, passing through modern e-bikes.
Supercaliber: double XC with rigid frame
We start with the most exclusive and innovative Cross Country bike from Trek. A rigid in its original conception, but to which a specific shock absorber, designed together with Fox, has been attached, which is integrated into the upper tube. They have called this mini rear suspension, with 60mm of travel, IsoStrut.
This solution avoids modifying the geometry of a rigid XC to house a rear suspension system. In this way, the Supercaliber retains all the advantages of a stiff, lightness, speed, fast accelerations, with the benefits linked to the rear suspension: control, absorption of obstacles and stability in descents. The Supercaliber range is available only with a carbon frame, although with 11 different mounts.
Who the Trek Supercaliber is for: Bikers who compete in Cross Country or want to have an advanced, high-performance bike for their outings.
Procaliber: rigid with rear micro suspension
The Procaliber was one of the first Cross Country hard bikes to install a system that allowed it to absorb vibrations from the trails and ride more comfortable for the biker. He did this with the IsoSpeed ball joint, also present on the Madone and Domane road models. It is currently offered in carbon and aluminum as a frame-only option.
Who is the Trek Procaliber for : For experienced bikers, competing or just wanting to have a versatile carbon hardtail.
Top Fuel: From Double XC to Down Country
The Top Fuel has been for the last few years Trek’s Cross Country stuntman, responsible for the successes of the brand’s bikers in the XC World Cup and Marathon events.
But the appearance of the Supercaliber as a new benchmark for competition made it reinvent itself in 2020. Its geometry has evolved towards a more trail bike and increases its suspension travel, from 100 mm on both axles to 120 and 115 mm on the front and the rear.
Who is the Trek Top Fuel for: It is ideal for routes or long-distance races, with a great technical component, or winding courses with obstacles and technical descents.
X-Caliber: mid-range XC
Inspired by the design of the Procaliber, it is a mid-range XC hardtail, with an aluminum frame and different mounting options, both single and double chainring, to suit any budget. In addition, it is possible to purchase only the frame and personalize it with the desired components.
Who is the Trek X-Caliber for: Beginner or experienced bikers who want a good value for money bike.
Marlin: rigid for beginners
Finally, the Trek Marlin is a simple but effective Cross Country bike with an aluminum frame, with different mounting options (27.5 or 29 ”, single and double chainring) and several versions specific to women, all of them priced. economic.
Who is the Trek Marlin for: Beginners in the world of mountain biking and want a reliable, durable and low-maintenance bike.
Fuel EX: double the trail
It is the brand’s pure trail bike, 29 “or 27.5”, with 140 mm of front suspension and 130 in the rear. Trek’s ABP (Active Braking Pivot) suspension system is adopted on the latter axle, based on a change in the location of the suspension pivot to make it and the brakes work together, avoiding uncontrolled jumps of the rear wheel and increasing the suspension. traction. The Fuel EX is available in carbon and aluminum versions.
Who is the Trek Fuel EX for : For bikers who want to have a versatile bike, both to pedal comfortably up hills and flat, as well as to descend technical descents.
Remedy: Trek’s all mountain
It’s a long-haul alternative to the Fuel EX, without going for the more radical concept of the Slash. The front suspension travel is 160 mm and the rear 150 mm and all versions have 27.5 ”wheels, to accentuate its personality as a versatile and manageable bike.
Who the Trek Remedy is for: Riders who want a guaranteed double suspension for the most technical descents, but also for more rolling and relaxed trails and routes.
Slash: 29 “enduro
The Slash has traditionally been Trek’s enduro bike, moving from 27.5 ”to 29” wheels in 2017 and has maintained this standard to this day. It has been renewed for the 2021 season, increasing its suspension travel to 160 mm and changing its geometry to adapt to this greater travel. The steering angle is more relaxed and the ground clearance is lower. It is available in both carbon and aluminum.
Who is the Trek Slash for: Experienced enduro riders and bike park users.
Roscoe: fat wheel trail
The Roscoe is a hardtail trail bike that, however, thanks to its wide-ball 27.5 × 2.80 ”tires and the standard dropper post mount is highly versatile, both uphill and downhill and on routes. uneven terrain.
Who is the Trek Roscoe for: Riders looking for fun on their mountain rides, with extra traction and tire grip in any situation.
Full Stache: thick full suspension wheels
The Roscoe, however, was inspired for its design by the Trek Stache, one of the first Plus or mid-fat bikes to hit the market. And it was also the first to opt for the 29 ”wide ball instead of the 27.5 Plus for the rest of the brands. Today it has evolved into a powerful 29 ”aluminum double that can handle any terrain, thanks to its 3” wide tires and its 130mm suspension on each axle.
Who is the Trek Full Stache for: Riders who want a stunt double with great traction and power on the most technical trails.
Trek Farley: fatbike in carbon or aluminum
Trek’s chunky wheel segment is completed by the fully rigid Farley fatbike with 27.5 × 4.50 ”tires. In two of its three mounts, it incorporates a telescopic seatpost as standard.
Who is the Trek Farley for : For adventurous bikers who want to make routes through unstable terrain: mud, sand or snow, mainly.
Trek Powerfly: e-bike for XC / trail
Trek’s most versatile e-bike, with three different versions: Hardtail, with 120mm front suspension, FS, full suspension with 120/100 mm of travel, and LT, with Plus wheels and 130/150 mm of travel. All of them have an aluminum frame and have a 250 W Bosch Performance Line CX motor and battery integrated in the frame.
Who is the Trek Powerfly for: users who need electric assistance to complete their routes more comfortably.
Trek Rail: long-distance e-bike
Finally, we highlight the Trek Rail, the last e-bike to reach the Trek catalog, with greater integration of motor and battery and less weight, thanks to the OCLV Mountain carbon frame. Its suspension travels, of 160 and 150 mm front and rear, respectively, and 29 × 2.60 ”wheels, make this double a perfect option for long routes through high mountains with technical descents.
Who is the Trek Rail for: riders who want an electric bike for routes of high technical level or long journeys through the mountains.