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.

Here’s another one for the slamthatstem crowd:
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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:
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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:
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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)
Tape/grips Bontrager cork
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
Critical measurements
Rider’s height 1.86m (6′ 1″)
Rider’s weight 82kg (181lb)
Saddle height, from BB (c-t) 780mm
Saddle setback  90mm
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