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by Matt de Neef
November 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Jacopo Mosca wins the Tour of Hainan, Joe Cooper claims final stage; Van der Poel and Cant win European CX titles; Mark Cavendish wins the Saitama Criterium; Ben Hill suffers fractured vertebrae in Tour of Hainan crash; Rider kicked off Tour of Hainan for fighting with rival team; Trek expands its Domane range with new gravel-specific builds; Jonathan Vaughters calls for franchise structure for pro cycling; Dutch cyclist forced to retire at 22 due to heart problem; Jersey revealed for Contador/Basso Continental team; Aqua Blue Sport reveals 3T Strada 1x setup for 2018; Danny MacAskill testing Santa Cruz wheels.
After launching the second-generation Domane last year, Trek is expanding the range with three gravel-specific builds. Dubbed Domane Gravel, the trio all feature disc brakes and tubeless-ready 700x35C tyres.
The Domane SLR 6 Gravel is the flagship for the new collection. It makes use of the same 600 Series OCLV chassis with front and rear IsoSpeed as the Domane SLR 6 Disc, and is finished with same range of components (Ultegra R8000 mechanical groupset, Bontrager Paradigm Comp tubeless-ready wheelset). The only major points of difference will be in the finish and the width of the tyres (35C versus 32C).
The other two bikes in the Domane Gravel collection, the SL 5 Gravel and ALR 5 Disc, follow the same strategy, mirroring the build of the SL 5 Disc and the ALR 5 Disc, respectively. Both bikes have a distinct finish and will be fitted with the same 35C Schwalbe G-One tyres as the SLR 6 Gravel.
At this stage, there is no word on pricing for each Domane Gravel model. However, given the similarities in specifications, prices shouldn’t vary too much from the equivalent Domane Disc model (i.e. SLR 6 Disc, SL 5 Disc, and ALR 5 Disc).