Niklas Eg's Trek Emonda SLR Disc Race Shop Limited gallery

Superlight disc-equipped climbing bike

Debuting new stripes in Adelaide, 23-year-old Danish climber Niklas Eg lined up to his first race as a WorldTour Pro riding a disc-equipped Trek Émonda.

Trek announced just as the Tour Down Under was about to kick off, that Trek-Segafredo would be riding the Émonda Disc exclusively for 2018 — a surprising move given the WorldTours resistance to the brakes.

It’s no secret that disc-equipped roadies are usually a touch heavier than their rim-braked counterparts, and the Trek-Segafredo mechanic Jeroen Heymans was eagerly hovering as we weighed the Dane’s race bike — when the scale read out 6.83kg, he was all smiles.

Trek-Segafredo will be riding the Émonda disc exclusively for 2018
Trek-Segafredo will be riding the Émonda disc exclusively for 2018

Eg’s bike was equipped with the new Shimano power meter and a full Dura-Ace R9150 Di2 drivetrain, with the young climber opting for 53/39t chainrings at the front and an 11-28t cassette at the back.

While Quick-Step also brought disc-equipped Venges to Adelaide, the Émondas were the only bikes running the latest Dura-Ace SM-RT9000 rotors.

Trek's in-house components brand Bontrager provides the majority of the components on Eg’s bike including the 130mm bright-red Bontrager stem, and 400mm Core Pro VR-CF bars. Bontrager also provides the Aeolus Disc D3 hoops.

Eg is running a previously unseen prototype Bontrager saddle
Eg is running a previously unseen prototype Bontrager saddle

When it comes to the rear touch points, the Dane is on an unmarked prototype Bontrager saddle — the shape is quite similar to a Specialized Toupe.

Out front, Eg is using a Garmin Edge 520 computer with Bontrager’s nifty ‘base’ mounting system.

Trek-Segafredo has swapped from Veloflex tubulars to Vittoria for 2018, the Eg rolling on 25mm Corsa rubber.

Complete bike specifications

  • Frame: Trek Émonda SLR Race Shop Limited Disc
  • Fork: Émonda full carbon, flat mount disc brakes
  • Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
  • Rotors: Shimano Dura Ace SM-RT900, 140mm
  • Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
  • Power meter: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P
  • Wheels: Bontrager Aeolis Disc D3
  • Tyres: Vittoria Corsa, 25mm
  • Handlebars: Bontrager Core Pro VR-CF, 400mm
  • Stem: Bontrager, 130mm
  • Tape/grips: Bontrager Double Gel Cork
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Saddle: Bontrager Prototype
  • Seatpost: Émonda Seatmast and topper
  • Bottle cages: Bontrager XXX
  • Computer: Garmin Edge 520

Critical measurements

  • Saddle height, from bottom bracket (c-t): 750 mm
  • Tip of saddle nose to centre of handlebars:  555mm
  • Total bike weight: 6.83kg

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a detailed look at the Dane’s disc-equipped race bike machine.

Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
  • Discipline: Road, mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Tarmac mountain climbs into snow-covered hills
  • Current Bikes: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9
  • Dream Bike: Mosaic Cycles RT-1
  • Beer of Choice: New Belgium La Folie
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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