If you’ve been thinking of buying a new bike to give cycling a try recently, you’re not alone. Loads of new riders have taken to two wheels to get outside while maintaining their social distance. And while new bikes can be very expensive, the new Trek Domane AL Disc is proof that you don’t have to spend a fortune to find a very well equipped bike.
Using an Alpha 200 aluminum frame with smooth-ish welds, a gently curved top tube, thin stays, and internal cable routing, the Domane AL has a better looking silhouette than the outgoing 202 model.
It also makes the move to flat mount disc brakes and 12mm thru axles at both ends.
Don’t want to move to disc brakes? While all of the new Domane AL models use discs, there will be just one version of the Domane AL 2 sold with rim brakes and the previous generation frame as a 2021 model year bike.
Back to the new frame design, the AL frames include multiple accessory options including 3 water bottle mounts, top tube bento box mounts, front and rear rack mounts, fender mounts, and a BLendr compatible stem plus Duotrap speed/cadence sensor compatible chainstay.
Frames also have clearance for up to 700c x 35mm tires, though they will be sold with 700c x 32mm tires and TLR tubeless compatible wheels for comfortable riding on many surfaces.
The new Domane AL frame will be sold in four complete builds in the form of the 2, 3, 4, and 5 disc. Pricing starts at $1,049.99 for the Domane AL 2 Disc with Shimano Claris, mechanical disc brakes, and Bontrager Affinity TLR wheels. The Domane AL 3 Disc steps up to $1,249.99 with Shimano Sora, mechanical brakes, and Bontrager Affinity TLR wheels, followed by the Domane AL 4 Disc with Shimano Tiagra, hydraulic disc brakes, and again Affinity TLR wheels. The top end Domane AL 5 Disc moves to a 2×11 Shimano 105 R7000 group with hydraulic disc brakes, and Affinity TLR wheels. It should be noted that while these bikes include TLR wheels, they do not include TLR tires, so you’ll have to upgrade the tires and provide sealant and rim strips in order to take advantage of tubeless in the future.
The Domane AL Disc will be available in seven different frame sizes, all with 700c wheels. Available now.