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Deciding between a Emonda SL6pro or Emend SL6 Disc

Old 06-15-19, 06:11 AM
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Deciding between a Emonda SL6pro or Emend SL6 Disc

I need a new bike for when I go off to college and I want to start racing.
I want to race in hills because I only weigh 115lbs so I climb really well. I need a light carbon bike and I am sitting between the SL6 Disc and SL6 Pro. The biggest thing for me is something that will help me win on more hilly terrain. I climb better and I am not as fast of a descender. I don't know if I really need Disc breaks because I won't race or ride in wet conditions because I just hate it. The past bikes I have ridden with had disc breaks so I am used to them, but at the same time if I am descending naturally 2-3mph slower then everyone else.

What bike would you recommend for me out of the two.

Also how much could I get off my Domane ALR4 Disc? It has been through one crash but I get it checked out every few months and its working fine and all parts that were impacted by the crash were replaced. It retailed for 1650$

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Old 06-15-19, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by kevin****t View Post
So I am an Employee at my local bike shop and I get 50% off any Trek bike I want..

I need a new bike for when I go off to college and I want to start racing.
I want to race in hills because I only weigh 115lbs so I climb really well. I need a light carbon bike
Borrow from someone and get a SLR.

My son worked at a shop all through college and bought a Madone 6.2 before leaving the shop. That was 8 years ago and it's still a great bike.

50% off is a deal you won't see again.
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Old 06-17-19, 04:56 AM
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College kid wanting to "start" racing? Crashing is inevitable. Don't waste your money (even at a steep discount) on a bike that may well end up in the dumpster. Get an Emonda ALR-that bike will in no way hold you back for your intended purpose.
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I purchased a SL6 pro and have already upgraded my wheels and to the Di2 shifters. With that said, if I were you, I would do the disk, then upgrade the wheels later if you want.
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I have an emonda ALR and I love it. amazing bike!
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Borrow from someone and get a SLR.

My son worked at a shop all through college and bought a Madone 6.2 before leaving the shop. That was 8 years ago and it's still a great bike.

50% off is a deal you won't see again.
Bad advice.
Get the SL6 Pro.
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Originally Posted by Dean V View Post
Bad advice.
Get the SL6 Pro.
Speaking from first hand experience or just an something you thought up?

I own a SLR which I put 22,000 miles on and rented a SL while on vacation and put 200 miles on and the SLR accelerates quicker, handles and climbs better.
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Speaking from first hand experience or just an something you thought up?

I own a SLR which I put 22,000 miles on and rented a SL while on vacation and put 200 miles on and the SLR accelerates quicker, handles and climbs better.
Just from common sense.
Recommending for a college student to go into debt to buy an expensive bicycle (even at half price) is a bad idea.
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Originally Posted by Dean V View Post
Just from common sense.
Recommending for a college student to go into debt to buy an expensive bicycle (even at half price) is a bad idea.
IF i get the SL6 pro I will still have 2k in just money and 4k in savings when I start college.
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Originally Posted by Dean V View Post
Just from common sense.
Recommending for a college student to go into debt to buy an expensive bicycle (even at half price) is a bad idea.
How do you know what his finances are? He already has a Domane ALR4, if he's short of cash then he should just keep it. If he's got money in the bank and can afford a SLR, it's worth it in the long run than to buy a SL and later upgrade again.

SL6 Disc is $3150/$1575 8.18kg
SL6 Pro is $3700/$1850 7.30kg
SLR 6 is $4300/$2150 6.59kg

If he can afford a SL6 Pro then the SLR6 is only $300 more. He could then upgrade the wheels at a later date.

BTW, my son raced on a Allez Comp and won. He didn't get the Madone until the end of his senior year when he was leaving the bike shop.
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
How do you know what his finances are? He already has a Domane ALR4, if he's short of cash then he should just keep it. If he's got money in the bank and can afford a SLR, it's worth it in the long run than to buy a SL and later upgrade again.

SL6 Disc is $3150/$1575 8.18kg
SL6 Pro is $3700/$1850 7.30kg
SLR 6 is $4300/$2150 6.59kg

If he can afford a SL6 Pro then the SLR6 is only $300 more. He could then upgrade the wheels at a later date.

BTW, my son raced on a Allez Comp and won. He didn't get the Madone until the end of his senior year when he was leaving the bike shop.
Correct, I don't know what he can afford but you are the one that said to get an SLR even if he has to borrow for it.
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Originally Posted by kevin****t View Post
IF i get the SL6 pro I will still have 2k in just money and 4k in savings when I start college.
Well personally I say go for it. I remember when I splurged and bought a motorcycle in college and had a blast. Enjoying something when you are young and at your best is awesome in itself. Lots of good memories made during your youth...can't put a price tag on that.
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Originally Posted by Dean V View Post
Correct, I don't know what he can afford but you are the one that said to get an SLR even if he has to borrow for it.
I don't think borrowing $300 will max out his credit.

But that's up to him to decide.
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