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My love affair with Trek Domane SL4

Old 12-08-20, 12:16 PM
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My love affair with Trek Domane SL4

In early July, to advance my healthy hobby during pandemic, I bought a Domane SL4. I put 1100 miles on it so far. And boy oh boy, it made me so happy that I wanted to share my love affair with this bike.

First of all, itís smooth. Itís so smooth that I feel like Iím just flying over the payment.
Itís super balanced. Iím not the most talented cyclist regarding acrobatic movements, but I can do many moves that I wouldnít be able to before getting this. I can easily let go of the handlebar, it just keeps going like itís on 4 wheels. I can bunny hop, and a few other things as well.
Itís extremely comfortable. Itís not soft like a Cadillac; but more like a German sedan - itís stiff, you can feel everything, but nothing hurts.
Itís also very versatile. I rode it in rain, on gravel, on slightly muddy rail trails, and I never had a problem.
It also looks great.

Admittedly, Tiagra and not-so-low weight couldíve been a problem if I lived in a hilly place. But in Massachusetts, Iíve never had any problems with Tiagra either.

Anyway, long story short, I recommend this bike to everyone. 10/10 for me.
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Old 12-08-20, 03:27 PM
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Hard to say unless you know the bike fits your properly and you understand which stack, reach and top tube measurements work best for you (how and why)

Until then, anyone could say they enjoy their bike tremendously, that its smooth and fast blah blah

I know damn well this is what I was saying with good but wholly ill fitting bikes in the past until finally buying a 25" frame and doing research + trial and error with what sort of measurements properly fit me according to my needs.

Those trek road bikes are definetly a good fitting bike, but you'd be surprised at how much u better off you'll be in terms of fit after playing around with some spacers and a shorter stem.

You know the bike is a good fir for you if:

-handlebars are at or higher than the seat
-no lower back pain after 45+min ride
- Ability to easily balance your weight fore and aft
-even the worst bumps you float over with balance and comfort
-pushing the bike as hard as possible into a turn = balanced handling between front/rear axle
- your butt is over the saddle comfortably when pedalling standing up
- don't feel excessive stress and weight on the wrists
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Old 12-08-20, 03:48 PM
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I must've missed any consternation the OP might have been having regarding the fit of his bike. Seems quite the opposite.
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Old 12-08-20, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Moisture View Post
Hard to say unless you know the bike fits your properly and you understand which stack, reach and top tube measurements work best for you (how and why)

Until then, anyone could say they enjoy their bike tremendously, that its smooth and fast blah blah

I know damn well this is what I was saying with good but wholly ill fitting bikes in the past until finally buying a 25" frame and doing research + trial and error with what sort of measurements properly fit me according to my needs.

Those trek road bikes are definetly a good fitting bike, but you'd be surprised at how much u better off you'll be in terms of fit after playing around with some spacers and a shorter stem.

You know the bike is a good fir for you if:

-handlebars are at or higher than the seat
-no lower back pain after 45+min ride
- Ability to easily balance your weight fore and aft
-even the worst bumps you float over with balance and comfort
-pushing the bike as hard as possible into a turn = balanced handling between front/rear axle
- your butt is over the saddle comfortably when pedalling standing up
- don't feel excessive stress and weight on the wrists
-
Would you please explain to me when raising your bars at or above your saddle became a tenet of proper bike fit? Floating over bumps......Have you ever ridden any bike with 23mm or narrower tires. I wouldn't push any hybrid into a turn as hard as possible, and expect it to stick like my roadie does ( which I can and do ride painlessly for hours, even with bars lower than the saddle)

What works for you doesn't become the gospel of bike fitting, nor would I tell anyone that they have to do what works for me.

​​​​​​I'll give you the wrist stress.

OP, sounds like a nice ride.

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