Pro bike: Fabian Cancellara's Trek Domane 6-Series

Smooth-riding Trek Domane for Spartacus at Ronde van Vlaanderen

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.

The swiss-made berner rear derailleur cage features enormous pulleys that are claimed to decrease drivetrain friction:
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.

Fabian cancellara (radioshack-leopard-trek) is sticking with his tried-and-true trek domane 6-series for sunday's ronde van vlaanderen:

Complete bike specifications
FrameTrek Domane 6-Series, 58cm 'pro' fit
ForkTrek IsoSpeed full carbon
HeadsetCane Creek Forty, 1 1/8-to-1 1/2" tapered
StemBontrager Race XXX Lite, 140mm x -7°
HandlebarsBontrager RL Anatomic, 44cm (center-to-center)
Tape/gripsBontrager cork
Front brakeShimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 w/ SwissStop Black Prince carbon-specific pads
Rear brakeShimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 w/ SwissStop Black Prince carbon-specific pads
Brake leversShimano Dura-Ace STI Dual Control ST-9000
Front derailleurShimano Dura-Ace FD-9000
Rear derailleurShimano Dura-Ace RD-9000 w/ Berner pulleys and cage
Shift leversShimano Dura-Ace STI Dual Control ST-9000
CassetteShimano Dura-Ace CS-9000, 11-25T
ChainShimano Dura-Ace CN-9000
CranksetShimano Dura-Ace FC-9000, 175mm, 53/39T
Bottom bracketTrek BB90 integrated w/ Enduro XD-15 bearings
PedalsSpeedplay Zero Titanium
WheelsetBontrager Aeolus 5 D3 tubular
Front tireFMB Paris-Roubaix tubular, 25mm
Rear tireFMB Paris-Roubaix tubular, 25mm
SaddleBontrager Team Issue
Seat postBontrager Ride Tuned Carbon seatmast
Bottle cagesTrek BAT Cage (2)
ComputerSRM PowerControl 7
Other accessoriesNokon cables and housing
Critical measurements
Rider's height1.86m (6' 1")
Rider's weight82kg (181lb)
Saddle height, from BB (c-t)780mm
Saddle setback 90mm
Seat tube length, c-t500mm
Seat tube length, c-c485mm
Tip of saddle nose to C of bars620mm
Saddle-to-bar drop (vertical)110mm
Head tube length150mm
Top tube length567mm
Total bicycle weight7.5kg/16.53lb w/o computer
James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
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