Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Leopard-Trek) is looking for redemption at this year's Ronde van Vlaanderen, and he isn't taking any chances equipment-wise. 'Spartacus' will tackle the Flemish cobbles aboard his tried-and-true Trek Domane 6-Series.
While most of his teammates opt for the uncannily smooth-riding Domane only for the Belgian classics – otherwise using Trek's more aggressive Madone model for the majority of races – Cancellara is unique in that he prefers it year-round. As it's barely heavier and supposedly just as efficient in terms of power transfer, though, it's perhaps surprising that more teammates don't follow suit – particularly given that Trek even produces a special geometry with a shorter head tube, too.
Spartacus gets custom graphics — and a 140mm stem
As we've noted in years past, Cancellara's setup for RVV is only slightly different from his everyday race configuration with no changes aside from the 25mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix tubular tires instead of the usual Schwalbes. The rear derailleur is also equipped with Berner's ultra-oversized carbon fiber cage and pulleys – which are claimed to reduce drivetrain friction – while the driveside dropout is a one-piece unit instead of having the bolt-on replaceable hanger of the consumer version.
Otherwise, Cancellara's Domane uses a straightforward build, including a complete Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical group instead of the electronic one we showed you just a few days ago. The Swiss rider is said to prefer the cable-actuated lever's longer throws over Di2 buttons when things get bumpy.
A Swiss-made Berner derailleur cage with huge pulley wheels that supposedly reduce friction
The Bontrager label is found on nearly everything else, including the 50mm-deep Aeolus 5 D3 carbon wheels, 140mm-long Race XXX Lite stem, Team Issue saddle, and 44cm-wide anatomic-bend aluminum Race Lite handlebar. Filling in the rest of the gaps are Nokon aluminum housing throughout, SwissStop's latest Black Prince carbon-specific pads, titanium-spindled Speedplay Zero pedals, and a single wrap of standard Bontrager cork tape.
Actual weight as pictured is 7.5kg/16.53lb.
|Complete bike specifications|
|Frame||Trek Domane 6-Series, 58cm 'pro' fit|
|Fork||Trek IsoSpeed full carbon|
|Headset||Cane Creek Forty, 1 1/8-to-1 1/2" tapered|
|Stem||Bontrager Race XXX Lite, 140mm x -7°|
|Handlebars||Bontrager RL Anatomic, 44cm (center-to-center)|
|Front brake||Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 w/ SwissStop Black Prince carbon-specific pads|
|Rear brake||Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 w/ SwissStop Black Prince carbon-specific pads|
|Brake levers||Shimano Dura-Ace STI Dual Control ST-9000|
|Front derailleur||Shimano Dura-Ace FD-9000|
|Rear derailleur||Shimano Dura-Ace RD-9000 w/ Berner pulleys and cage|
|Shift levers||Shimano Dura-Ace STI Dual Control ST-9000|
|Cassette||Shimano Dura-Ace CS-9000, 11-25T|
|Chain||Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000|
|Crankset||Shimano Dura-Ace FC-9000, 175mm, 53/39T|
|Bottom bracket||Trek BB90 integrated w/ Enduro XD-15 bearings|
|Pedals||Speedplay Zero Titanium|
|Wheelset||Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 tubular|
|Front tire||FMB Paris-Roubaix tubular, 25mm|
|Rear tire||FMB Paris-Roubaix tubular, 25mm|
|Saddle||Bontrager Team Issue|
|Seat post||Bontrager Ride Tuned Carbon seatmast|
|Bottle cages||Trek BAT Cage (2)|
|Computer||SRM PowerControl 7|
|Other accessories||Nokon cables and housing|
|Rider's height||1.86m (6' 1")|
|Rider's weight||82kg (181lb)|
|Saddle height, from BB (c-t)||780mm|
|Seat tube length, c-t||500mm|
|Seat tube length, c-c||485mm|
|Tip of saddle nose to C of bars||620mm|
|Saddle-to-bar drop (vertical)||110mm|
|Head tube length||150mm|
|Top tube length||567mm|
|Total bicycle weight||7.5kg/16.53lb w/o computer|