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What is Émonda? 

The entire Émonda line was designed from the ground up to be the lightest, best riding bikes available, at every price point. The word Émonda itself comes from the French verb émonder, to prune or strip away. And that's exactly what we did: we eliminated everything that was unnecessary.

Why did we create Émonda?
All our rider research confirms that one of the first things that nearly every customer does when you're showing them a road bike is to pick it up or ask its weight (followed immediately by squeezing the brakes and flicking the top tube to hear the hollow carbon sound). Every rider appreciates a light, great-riding bike, and we know how to do it right.

How does the bike ride?
Flippin' awesome! Émonda faced the most rigorous ride testing program in Trek’s history. We threw every piece of technology at it: Finite Element Analysis, strain gauge instrumentation, and a custom-designed cornering computer model. But there’s only so much you can do in a lab... so for over a year, our Trek Factory Racing athletes and other pro riders performed iteration after iteration of ride testing to determine the perfect carbon layup and ride characteristics. Thanks to this invaluable input, Émonda has quickly become many of our racers' favorite bike.

What about all this size-specific tube shaping that has been in the media lately?
We've been ahead of the size-specific curve since 1992, when we first introduced OCLV carbon. At that point, we were only able to adjust the laminate of each of the lugs (BB cluster, seat lug, and head lug). We've led the industry in this area ever since. In 2004, technological advancements allowed us to make greater changes to the laminate and extend the adapted frame areas to the top tube, down tube, and seat tube. The 2008 Madone marked the first time where we were able to control the laminate on EVERY part of the frame, as we continue to do today on every carbon road bike. Using FEA (Finite Element Analysis), bench testing, and ride testing with our teams, Émonda represents the absolute pinnacle of our tube shaping expertise.

10.25lb Bike

With this bike being so light, is there a rider weight limit? 
Émonda has passed all required safety standards, plus our own stringent impact and durability tests, which greatly exceed industry standards. It therefore carries the same 275lb weight limit as the rest of our road line. (The only exception is the SLR 10’s Tune wheels and saddle, which carry a 90kg/198lb limit.) Furthermore, Émonda carries Trek’s lifetime warranty, the best in the industry.

How much lighter is Émonda compared to a Madone or Domane? 
While all three of these bikes are the lightest in their category, there’s simply nothing that can compare to Émonda. When comparing complete bikes with the same build kits, Émonda SLR comes in at 336 grams (3/4lb) lighter than the aero Madone 7 Series, and an incredible 608 grams (1-1/3lb) lighter than Domane 6 Series.

What do the Émonda bikes weigh? 
Each Émonda is simply the lightest in its category. We dare you to weigh some of the bikes on your floor and compare the difference to the corresponding Émonda. Weights below are for 56cm bikes (52cm for WSD).*Note: at the time of launch, final production versions of Shimano’s 5800 105 was not available. Therefore, the Shimano 105 bike weights are not immediately available, but we will publish soon.




Émonda S 4



Émonda S 5



Émonda S 5 WSD



Émonda S 6



Émonda SL 5



Émonda SL 5 WSD



Émonda SL 6



Émonda SL 6 WSD



Émonda SL 8



Émonda SL 8 RED



Émonda SL 8 WSD



Émonda SLR 6



Émonda SLR 8



Émonda SLR 9



Émonda SLR 9 WSD



Émonda SLR 10



Whoa – a 4.65kg / 10.25lb bike? How did you guys manage that? 
Building the lightest production road bike was one of the top goals of the Émonda project, and we knocked it out of the park. Get ready to geek out:


Weight (g)

Émonda SLR frame


Émonda SLR fork


Frame hardware (der hanger, all cable stops and bolts)


Bontrager XXX Integrated bar/stem


Bontrager SLR Ride Tuned Carbon seatmast cap and ears


Cane Creek AER upper headset assembly


FSA Super Light headset lower bearing


Bontrager Speed Stop brakes (pair)


Fully stock SRAM RED drivetrain


Bontrager ceramic BB bearings


Tune headset spacer


Tune Komm-Vor Plus saddle


Tune wheelset: MIG45 front hub, MAG150 rear hub, Skyline carbon tubular rims; Sapim CX Ray Spokes


Tune Skyline U20 skewers (pair)


Tune Gum Gum expander plug and headset top cap


Vittoria Crono CS tubulars (pair)


Bontrager lightweight grip tape (with bar end plugs)


Jagwire Road Elite Link cables and housing


Has the geometry changed at all?
The top-end Émonda SLRs are available in both H1 and H2, while the SL and S models are offered in H2 – which is absolutely the best choice for the majority of riders. In both H1 and H2 flavors of Émonda, we've changed the geo changed slightly from the aero Madone to best suit a Grand Tour riding bike. Thorough blind ride tests have confirmed that Émonda's geometry is preferred for this kind of riding.

How are the models set up? 
All Émonda models are organized by their frame level and drivetrain build. The frame levels are S, SL, and SLR. The number that follows the frame designation represents the drivetrain spec.

  • 4 – Shimano Tiagra
  • 5 – Shimano 105 5800
  • 6 – Shimano Ultegra 6800
  • 8 – Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical
  • 9 – Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2
  • 10 – The pinnacle of lightweight, featuring SRAM Red

For example, on the Émonda SL 6, the SL designates the SL frame and fork, while the 6 designates the complete Ultegra drivetrain.

What is the difference between the three frame designs?

Émonda SLR

Émonda SL

Émonda S

690g frame
(painted, 56cm)

1050g (painted, 56cm)

1220g frame
(painted, 56cm)

280g fork (painted, ~235mm steerer tube)

 358g fork (painted, 240mm steerer tube)

 518g fork (painted, ~235mm steerer, w/ star nut)

700 Series OCLV

500 Series OCLV

300 Series OCLV

Direct-mount brakes

Standard caliper brakes

Standard caliper brakes

Ride Tuned seatmast

Ride Tuned seatmast

27.2mm seatpost

internally routed cables

internally routed cables

externally routed cables



BB86 press-fit

DuoTrap S

DuoTrap S


E2 tapered fork w/ carbon asymmetric steerer

E2 tapered fork w/ carbon steerer

E2 tapered fork

3S chain keeper

3S chain keeper

3S chain keeper

What is DuoTrap S?
It's the second generation of our speed and cadence sensor that is integrated directly into the chainstay. Integrating this sensor directly into the frame offers optimal aesthetics, weight, and aerodynamics. Plus, it means zero zip ties to rub your frame, no sensors moving around and losing contact with the magnet, and nothing to fall off mid-ride. The DuoTrap S differs from our DuoTrap sensor by offering both Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity, along with a different mounting system that makes for better aesthetics.

You say Émonda drivetrain builds are complete gruppos. You just mean the derailleurs and shifters match up, right?
No way. When we say complete gruppos, we mean it. Every Émonda model comes with matching chain, cassette, shifters, derailleurs, crank, brakes, everything. The only exceptions to this are the brakes on the SLR 6 and SLR 10, which come with our Bontrager Speed Stop direct-mount calipers for the ultimate in lightweight performance. These all-new brakes offer phenomenal and tunable stopping power, all while dropping nearly 100 grams from direct-mount Ultegra calipers and 60 grams from Dura-Ace models.

Is Émonda going to be the replacement for Madone?
When you look at the platform overview, you can see that the Émonda will take over the majority of the Madone line. Madone will live on where it is the most effective and the future of the Madone is secure and exciting. The Émonda covers from $1,500 to $15,000 and is the go-to line for the performance race rider.