Pavement Pounder – Trek Domane 4.5 Disc


The Ride magazine team recently tested the Trek Domane 4.5 Disc, and made the following conclusion:

We loved it – again. Fast tyres and a slammed stem make it fully race-ready, just without the pain in the bottom after four hours. But if you are racing – actually racing, for like a win or similar, not 12 345th in a funride – keep it as it comes out of the box. Keep the high position, and ride all day, if that is your desire from a road bike. The South African market should be buying these in droves, with our grotty road surfaces and long summer riding days.

At the time of testing, the Trek Domane was priced at R44 999. Some of the notable features of the Trek Domane 4.5 Disc are the following:

  • The moving parts: a mix of Shimano Ultegra and 105 shifting, RS85 hydraulic brakes, a RS500 non-series crankset, and a Bontrager finishing kit.
  • The Bontrager Affinity Comp wheels are disc- specific and tubeless-ready, with the stock 25mm Bontrager tyres. The tyres are suitably grippy and plush.
  • Trek Domane 4.5 Disc has an IsoSpeed decoupler. The IsoSpeed itself consists of a bushing with bearings either side of it. These form the mechanical connection between the seat tube, and the top tube.

See Trekbikes for more details.