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Re: Trek Domane AL3 2018: Advice needed

Posted: 19 Oct 2018, 12:49pm
by StartingOut
UPDATE: Evans have got the bike for me now and I will be testing tomorrow at 3pm!. Prior to this, I may pop into Decathlon to test the Triban 540 which is £100 more and If it proves to be a better choice, I'll wait till pay day to buy this instead.

Evans are happy to take my Triban off me as a trade in so quite quick and easy in that respect.

Re: Trek Domane AL3 2018: Advice needed

Posted: 19 Oct 2018, 1:37pm
by Paulatic
StartingOut wrote:UPDATE: Evans have got the bike for me now and I will be testing tomorrow at 3pm!. Prior to this, I may pop into Decathlon to test the Triban 540 which is £100 more and If it proves to be a better choice, I'll wait till pay day to buy this instead.

Evans are happy to take my Triban off me as a trade in so quite quick and easy in that respect.

Pal of mine put all his c*** stuff on his oldest frame and took it with him to Evans to get £250 off a winter bike. He got the discount and was told to keep his bike too.

Re: Trek Domane AL3 2018: Advice needed

Posted: 19 Oct 2018, 2:00pm
by StartingOut
Paulatic wrote:
StartingOut wrote:UPDATE: Evans have got the bike for me now and I will be testing tomorrow at 3pm!. Prior to this, I may pop into Decathlon to test the Triban 540 which is £100 more and If it proves to be a better choice, I'll wait till pay day to buy this instead.

Evans are happy to take my Triban off me as a trade in so quite quick and easy in that respect.

Pal of mine put all his c*** stuff on his oldest frame and took it with him to Evans to get £250 off a winter bike. He got the discount and was told to keep his bike too.



Lucky him! They've not offered me near enough that but then that could be because of the brand of the bike. Am looking to sell it privately but I don't think many people would be interested.

Re: Trek Domane AL3 2018: Advice needed

Posted: 19 Oct 2018, 2:32pm
by thelawnet
kylecycler wrote:To be clear, aluminium Trek Domanes (including, of course, the AL3, the one StartingOut is looking at) no longer have the Rear IsoSpeed decoupler; only the carbon Domanes have it. Presumably it's been discontinued with aluminium Treks because of the seat tube breakages Paulatic and others experienced? I don't think even last year's aluminium Domanes had it either.

Aluminium Domanes now just have a 'regular' TIG-welded frame with hydroformed tubing. They have an IsoSpeed fork, but that's just a very compliant carbon fork. They don't have Front IsoSpeed either, which is located at the top of the headset and allows the steerer tube to flex; again that's only on the carbon Domanes.


To be clear, the AL3 has a carbon/alloy fork. Reading the specs more carefully still :wink:

AL3: Domane carbon
SL5: Domane carbon, carbon steerer

So no carbon steerer on the AL3.

Re: Trek Domane AL3 2018: Advice needed

Posted: 19 Oct 2018, 5:41pm
by TrevA
StartingOut wrote:
Paulatic wrote:
StartingOut wrote:UPDATE: Evans have got the bike for me now and I will be testing tomorrow at 3pm!. Prior to this, I may pop into Decathlon to test the Triban 540 which is £100 more and If it proves to be a better choice, I'll wait till pay day to buy this instead.

Evans are happy to take my Triban off me as a trade in so quite quick and easy in that respect.

Pal of mine put all his c*** stuff on his oldest frame and took it with him to Evans to get £250 off a winter bike. He got the discount and was told to keep his bike too.



Lucky him! They've not offered me near enough that but then that could be because of the brand of the bike. Am looking to sell it privately but I don't think many people would be interested.


I would keep your old bike and use it as a winter bike, with mudguards fitted. Keep the Trek for summer riding, when the roads are not covered in mud or wet.

Re: Trek Domane AL3 2018: Advice needed

Posted: 19 Oct 2018, 11:00pm
by Vorpal
TrevA wrote:I would keep your old bike and use it as a winter bike, with mudguards fitted. Keep the Trek for summer riding, when the roads are not covered in mud or wet.

+1

Re: Trek Domane AL3 2018: Advice needed

Posted: 20 Oct 2018, 8:02pm
by StartingOut
Update: have been for the test ride and I can confirm the ride was not much different to my current bike. I did feel a slight weight difference but it didn’t justify me buying the bike.

On a side note, Evans cycle seem to be very pushy at the moment with their sales as they insisted they keep my deposit and find me a more suited bike whilst I make a decision, strange. Also, the bike had a scratch on one of the pedals and the member of staff tried pointing fingers at me, despite the test route being one straight road (5 mins max)

I will keep my current bike and build up my fitness and my bank until I can spend a bit more on a better bike. Thanks for all your help guys :)