Why we chose the Trek Emonda for The Replacements

Taking on the Cycle Challenge is just that, a Challenge! And for all those who say ‘It’s not about the bike’ have never tried to take on a challenge like this with a sub-par-bike. Over at Trek, they believe it’s definitely all about the bike, and they leave it up to you to choose the ride that suits you, your style, fitness and ability the best.

Trek road bikes are designed to be ridden primarily on tarmac for recreation, fitness and speed. Offeringeverything from bikes you see on club rides with enthusiasts to the top end being ridden at the Tour de France, there really is something for everyone in their line-up.

Determining which style of bike fits your goals is the first step in identifying the one that you’ll most enjoy riding. Each style is designed to emphasize certain rider priorities and be used for a particular type of ride. Trek have 3 ranges of road bikes each with their specific advantages: Madone gives aero advantage, Domane gives smooth advantage and the Emonda give lightweight advantage.

The Émonda SL 5 is the gateway to carbon road bike models in Trek's lightest road bike family.

The Emonda line has been specifically chosen for The Replacements due to the weight advantage it offers. It’s the light-weight that will help them fly up the first 1000m of climbing in the first half of the race, and when they’re hoping it’s all over, and have Heartbreak Hill to conquer, they’ll definitely be glad that they have the lightweight advantage that the Emonda offers!

The lightweight 500 Series OCLV Carbon frame, with a full Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain, powerful direct-mount brakes, a Ride Tuned seatpost, internal cable routing for clean looks and Bontrager Tubeless Ready wheels, backed by a lifetime warranty will offer the most comfortable light-weight ride you could wish for as anyone’s replacement.

The Emonda is the perfect Cycle Challenge bike as we know there is quite a bit of climbing, and you want the lightest bike possible. It's a great choice for century rides on hilly terrain, fast climbs and speedy descents. Perfect to ride your fastest 947 cycle challenge.

Kevin van den Broek, Trek Bicycle SA

In addition to being kitted out with an incredible road bike, the prize also includes full cycling gear and custom training bringing the total value to R85 000 for each of The Replacements - courtesy of Trek Bicycles SA!

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