Trek Domane+ SLR 9 eTap Review

2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Electric Bike Review
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap
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2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap 12 Speed Sram Red Xplr 10 44t
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap 42 Tooth Narrow Wide Chainring Bottom Bracket
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Back View
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Bontrager Gr1 Team Issue 700x40c Tires
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Bontrager P3 Pro Saddle Kvft Shape Post
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Front View
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Iso Speed Vibration Dampening Seat Tube
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Left Side
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Left Sram Brake Lever Hood Tq Button Pad
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Praxis Carbon Fiber Crank Arms Bontrager Pedals
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Sram Red Hydraulic Disc Brakes 160mm Rotors
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Tq Hpr50 Mid Drive Motor
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etapshort Nose Saddle Top Tube View
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Electric Bike Charger
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Tq 4 Amp Ebike Charger
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap High Step White
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2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Electric Bike Review
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2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Bottle Cage Mounts Range Extender Battery Charge Port
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Tq Fixed Led Display Panel Control Pad
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap 12 Speed Sram Red Xplr 10 44t
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap 42 Tooth Narrow Wide Chainring Bottom Bracket
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Back View
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Bontrager Gr1 Team Issue 700x40c Tires
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Bontrager P3 Pro Saddle Kvft Shape Post
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Front View
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Iso Speed Vibration Dampening Seat Tube
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Left Side
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Left Sram Brake Lever Hood Tq Button Pad
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Praxis Carbon Fiber Crank Arms Bontrager Pedals
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Sram Red Hydraulic Disc Brakes 160mm Rotors
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Tq Hpr50 Mid Drive Motor
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etapshort Nose Saddle Top Tube View
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Electric Bike Charger
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Tq 4 Amp Ebike Charger
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap High Step White
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2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap High Step Red
2023 Trek Domane Plus Slr 9 Etap Geometry Chart

Summary

  • An ultra light weight 28.5lb electric road bike with endurance comfort geometry and iso speed vibration dampening seat post interface. The first ebike to feature Trek's OCLV carbon fiber. Available in five colors and seven frame sizes.
  • This particular build uses top of the line SRAM components with a 1x12 drivetrain, flared drop bar, and 40c wide gravel tires. Alternative builds offer narrower road tires and a 2x12 Shimano drivetrain. SRAM Red electronic shifting and 160mm hydraulic disc brakes.
  • Hidden fender mounts add utility, integrated top top tube display panel works well and is easy to read, optional smartphone app provides motor tuning settings, optional range extending 160wh bottle shaped battery pack provides 40% more range and off-bike charging.
  • Excellent control pad button placement on left and right hood. Includes 4 amp fast charger despite having a lower capacity 360wh battery. Main battery not removable for charging and storage. Seat post is a proprietary shape so upgrade options are limited.

Video Review

Introduction

Make:

Trek

Model:

Domane+ SLR 9 eTap

Price:

$12,999

Body Position:

Forward, Forward Aggressive

Suggested Use:

Road

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1), Speed Pedelec (Class 3)
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Warranty:

2 Years Comprehensive, Lifetime Frame

Availability:

Canada, United States

Model Year:

2023

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

28.5 lbs (12.92 kg)

Battery Weight:

4.52 lbs (2.05 kg)

Motor Weight:

4.07 lbs (1.84 kg)

Frame Material:

800 Series OCLV Carbon, Tapered Head Tube, Rear IsoSpeed, Internal Routing, Flat Mount Disc, Hidden Fender Mounts, 40mm Max Tire Width

Frame Sizes:

19.68 in (49.98 cm)20.47 in (51.99 cm)21.25 in (53.97 cm)22.04 in (55.98 cm)22.83 in (57.98 cm)23.62 in (59.99 cm)24.40 in (61.97 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

56cm Frame Measurements: 20.25" Seat Tube, 21" Top Tube, 14.84" Reach, 31.25" Stand Over Height, 33.5" Minimum Saddle Height, 19" Width, 40.25" Wheelbase, 68.5" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Matt Black, Gloss White, Metallic Red, Metallic Gray, Satin Green

Frame Fork Details:

Domane+ Carbon, Tapered Carbon Steerer, Internal Brake Routing, Hidden Fender Mounts, Flat Mount Disc, 100mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Thru Axle with 6mm Hex Bolt

Frame Rear Details:

142mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Thru Axle with 6mm Hex Bolt and Magnetic Bontrager Tool

Attachment Points:

Fender Mounts, Bottle Cage Mounts

Gearing Details:

12 Speed 1x12 SRAM RED XPLR eTap AXS Derailleur, SRAM XG-1271 Casseette 10-44 Tooth

Shifter Details:

SRAM RED eTap AXS (Single Click Electronic Shifting Paddles)

Cranks:

Praxis Carbon Crank Arms, 42 Tooth Narrow-Wide Aluminum Alloy X-SYNC Chainring

Pedals:

Not Included

Headset:

Integrated with Internal Wire Routing, Tapered

Stem:

Bontrager RCS Pro, -7 Degree Rise, 31.8mm Clamp Diameter, Internal Cable Routing, Two 10mm Spacers

Handlebar:

Bontrager Pro IsoCore VR-SF, Flared Drop Bar

Brake Details:

SRAM RED Hydraulic Disc with 160mm Rotors, Dual Piston Calipers, Drop Bar Levers

Grips:

Bontrager Supertack Perf Tape

Saddle:

Bontrager P3 Pro, Short Nose

Seat Post:

Domane Carbon Seatpost, KVF2 Shaping, Integrated Saddle Clamp (Single Bolt, 5mm Hex)

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Rims:

Bontrager Aeolus RSL 37V, OCLV Carbon, Tubeless Ready, 24 Hole, 37mm Rim Depth

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge, Flat Bladed Design, Black Adjustable Nipples

Tire Brand:

Bontrager GR1 Team Issue, 700x40c (40-622)

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

50 PSI, 3.4 BAR, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength Casing, Aramid Bead, 120 TPI

Tube Details:

Long Stem Presta Valve

Accessories:

Clear Plastic Sticker Slap Guard and Crank Arm Protectors, Optional Range Extender Battery (Mounts to Seat Tube Inside Bottle Cage, Includes Rubberized Strap, Weighs 2.09lbs)

Other:

Internally Mounted Battery (Removable for Repair or Replacement), TQ 1.4lb 58.8 Volt 4 Amp Charger, SRAM RED D1 Chain, Front Derailleur Mount

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

TQ-HPR50

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

300 watts

Motor Torque:

50 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

TQ 360, Semi-Permanent Internally Mounted

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

360 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

90 miles (145 km)

Display Type:

TQ Fixed 2" LED Display, White Characters, Integrated Light Sensor, Bluetooth and ANT+ Connectivity, Buttons: Power Select, Additional Control Pads with Single Button on Handlebar Hoods, Press Left or Right Button to Raise and Lower Assist, Hold Left Button to Turn Off Assist, Hold Right Button to Cycle Through Display Readouts

Readouts:

Battery Charge Level Infographic (10 Bars), Battery Charge Level Percentage, Assist Level (0-3, 3 Bars), Run Time Per Assist Level, Trip Time, Odometer, Human Watts and Motor Watts, Current Speed, Average Speed, Pedal RPM, Range Estimate

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Pedal Cadence, Torque, and Rear Wheel Speed)

Top Speed:

28 mph (45 kph)


Written Review

This review was provided for free, but Trek Coquitlam supplied a temporary demo bike for me to test. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased with you, this video and writeup are not meant to be an endorsement of Trek products. I welcome your corrections, additions, and feedback in the comments below, and the Trek electric bike forums.

Observations:

  • Trek is one of the “Big Three” North American bicycle manufacturers (including Specialized and Giant). The company launched in 1975, specializing in hand-brazed steel frames, and then expanded to 90 different countries. In my opinion, they are one of the very best ebike makers with high quality designs, above average support, and a wide range of frame configurations, sizes, and accessories.
  • This was the first time I had ever tried the TQ drive system, and I was very impressed with the power. It’s compact, fairly quiet, and feels natural, but doesn’t sacrifice torque or high RPM support! I spun as fast as I could during my test rides, and the motor kept up very well.
  • The Domane+ line of electric bike includes carbon fiber and aluminum builds. This review is focused on the SLR carbon fiber models. You can get a 2×12 Shimano Dura-Ace 24 mechanical drivetrain or the 1×12 SRAM eTap electronic divetrain featured on this ebike. The 2×12 is setup for road use with a narrower bar and tires while the 1×12 has a flared bar and knobby gravel tires. It’s amazing that each build comes in five colors and seven frame sizes!
  • A fun bit of trivia for you here, the Domane+ name is an anagram of the other Trek road bike models including Madone (racing road) and Emonda (light weight climbing)! It’s their comfort endurance geometry.

Pros:

  • This is the lightest full sized electric bike I have ever tested and reviewed. Weighing just 28.5lbs, it’s easy to lift and carry up stairs, mount on bike racks, and pedal without assist. Still, the motor is powerful and offers noticeable support, even in the lowest of three assist levels. Trek claims it can reach 60mi per charge on this lower level, which is excellent considering the lower capacity 360wh battery pack.
  • For those who wish to ride farther, Trek is offering a bottle sized range extender battery pack that actually fits into the seat post bottle cage and plugs into the charge port just below. You could conceivably carry multiple 160wh range extenders. Each one weighs just 2.09lbs.
  • The Domane+ geometry is tuned for comfort and endurance riding, ideal for the Paris–Roubaix race. I found the gravel tires, short nose saddle, padded grip tape, and IsoSpeed decoupler seat post interface to provide vibration dampening qualities that felt great during my test rides.
  • Clean aesthetic with near complete internal cable routing that starts at the stem, enters the steer tube, and exits near each component. Note that all non-frame hardware is black to create a professional matching look.
  • I was very impressed by the TQ motor. It has a very small width of just 135mm, allowing the q-factor of the bike to be 163mm. It weighs just 4.07lbs, while most mid-drives are at least 6lbs. Based on my ride tests, I believe that it provides well over 120 RPM pedal support, so you can downshift and spin fast approaching a hill without losing motor power. The motor also cuts power extremely fast once you reduce pedal pressure and slow or stop your cadence. TQ stands for technology and quality, in case you were wondering! The Trek Fuel EXE full suspension mountain bike uses this same motor, in case you’re looking for a light mountain bike.
  • This is a small thing, but I appreciate how the TQ motorized bottom bracket introduces a bit of backpedal friction, so the cranks won’t spin out of control if you slip off. It doesn’t produce a loud clicking noise when pedaling backwards, as shown in the video review above.
  • For all of the Domane+ eTap models, which offer electronic shifting from SRAM, the derailleur is powered by the rechargeable ebike battery! You don’t need to worry about removing and charging a little battery pack on the derailleur like so many other models. Those batteries add weight to the derailleur, can run out before the bike, can get mud and water damage etc. It’s so convenient that everything electronic runs off the same main bike battery for this model!
  • Shifting is extremely fast and quiet. I’ve heard some other electronic derailleurs that produce a louder electronic chirping noise when changing gears. The single click paddles work well, and it will shift multiple gears if you hold the paddle in longer.
  • Very impressive deep dish carbon fiber wheels on this model. The rims and bladed spokes are aerodynamic. Each wheel uses just 24 spokes vs. 32 or 36 on most electric bikes I cover. This thing is very high performance.
  • The brake levers have plastic paddles just below with single click to shift gears down and up. There are small circular buttons mounted inside the hoods that allow you to change assist levels down or up using your left and right thumbs respectively. It’s very intuitive and natural, and it doesn’t block any of the hand positions (hoods, drops, flats)… If you hold the left button, it will go to assist level zero for acoustic cycling. If you hold the right button it will change the display readout to show Battery Charge Level Percentage, Trip Time, Odometer, Human Watts and Motor Watts, Current Speed, Average Speed, Pedal RPM, and even Range Estimate.
  • It’s cool that the frame has hidden fender mounts, on the inside of the fork and rear stays, although I believe you need to be running narrower tires to use them. The 40c wide gravel tires that come on this build are max width.
  • The Trek marketing videos and descriptions explain that the TQ motor is 1.5 to 2 times quieter and less distracting than their other ebikes. I still noticed some electronic whine, but it is quieter than the higher powered Bosch motors that most of their other ebikes utilize.
  • Trek designs their paints and decals with some reflectivity to add safety. They offer a bunch of aftermarket Bontrager rechargeable lights to add to handlebars, seat posts, helmets, and clothing. I think it’s great that they made a white color scheme option, since it’s highly visible in low light conditions.
  • The chainring is made from light weight aluminum alloy and has a narrow wide tooth pattern to lock onto the chain, reducing drops. I noticed the carbon fiber crank arms have plastic protection at the ends, in case of ground strikes, and plastic stickers on the sides to reduce scuffs. The chain stay also has a clear plastic sticker to prevent chips and protect the paint.
  • The display panel was easy to read in bright and dark conditions, it only has one button and is intuitive to interact with. I found it to be simple and reassuring. I love that it shows 10 bars on the battery charge level infographic, and that there’s a percentage readout and range estimate! Very good battery level feedback.

Cons:

  • These electric road bikes are very expensive, especially this particular build at nearly $13k. The most affordable build is $8,499 for the Domane+ SLR 6. I feel that in addition to the amazing frame, components, and drive system, you are also getting value from the vast network of dealers and excellent warranty here. You can spend a lot less on one of the aluminum alloy road models, but they don’t use the TQ mid-motor drive system, which is more efficient and more powerful depending on the gear you choose to pedal with.
  • Since the primary battery is semi-permanently mounted inside the downtube (removable for service or replacement only), it’s less convenient to charge. Perhaps you’re commuting to work with this platform but there’s no plug near the bike rack. At home, you might have to leave the bike in a hot or cold garage which will impact the battery lifespan and daily range. I believe that Lithium-ion batteries do best in cool, dry environments and 20% to 80% fill.
  • While I love that Trek chose a standard 31.8mm circular handlebar, which is easy to swap for alternative bars, the seat post is more unique and proprietary. It’s not a circular design, the back is flat. This helps to keep it straight, and might support some bend or vibration dampening in combination with the IsoSpeed seat tube mount… but you cannot swap the post out for a true suspension seat post like the Kinekt products as easily.
  • The bike doesn’t ship with pedals or a kickstand, it doesn’t even offer kickstand provisions at the center or rear. This not uncommon for high performance road bikes, but it means that the bike could tip over more easily. This is especially true if you’ve got the charging cable plugged in and someone trips over it or pulls it. In general, the charge port is low on the frame and the charging cable could get snagged on one of the crank arms. I understand that they located it here for use with the Range Extender battery, which needs to plug in easily and stay out of the way while pedaling.
  • Compared to most of the other city and mountain electric bicycles that Trek offers, this motor and battery pack are weaker and lower capacity. They fit the light performance build of the Domane+ but I would call this a more active ebike that depends on rider input. That said, I would call the performance above average. I prefer this TQ to the Fazua and Specialized light weight systems that I have tried. And I love that it’s a Class 3 speed pedelec in the US markets!
  • There’s no USB charging port on the display panel or battery pack for maintaining portable electronics, and the 2″ top tube display panel offers limited readouts. Consider using the optional Trek Central smartphone app (for iOS and Android) for motor tuning, mapping, and more ride feedback… but you’ll have to depend on the phone battery alone.
  • This is a small point, but you have to look farther down to see the integrated display panel on the top tube than if they were using a bar-mounted display. I love how clean and open the handlebar is, making a phone mount very easy. I’m not sure if you can turn the top tube display off if the light bothers you during night rides?
  • I love that they chose hydraulic disc brakes for this model, even though the rotors are fairly small at 160mm diameter vs. 180mm+ that’s probably fine for a light weight road bike. The brakes appear to have an aluminum alloy core for heat dissipation, which is important for a higher speed Class 3 model like this.
  • I wonder if Trek will partner with Redshift Sports Shock Stop or design a stem suspension element for their high speed road models at some point? I saw this from Specialized with the Future Shock and love how it performed. I mention this more for the non eTap models with the smoother lower volume road tires. Comfort was good on the bike, but I get more fatigue riding faster and farther on electric vs. acoustic.
  • I believe this bike is only available in high step frame style. This may be due to the increased strength it offers, allowing for the light weight carbon fiber build. Still, it requires a tall standover height, which may exclude some riders.

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Comments (12) YouTube Comments

Jack
1 month ago

Hey Court!

Super great review! You really highlight the (lack of) noise from the motor, which is my biggest question.

Of course I have to ask the question – what’s the power like compared to the Creo, which seems like the most obvious competitor. Has brand S been one-upped by this new contender? Certainly seems like it from the noise perspective. If it offers more power, seems like we have a real challenge to the Creo’s road/gravel throne.

Full disclosure, I have a Creo SL, that over time has evolved to be equipped pretty close to the same as this one… right down to the ‘chunky’ SRAM brake noise that you can hear well with headphones. :)

Ride safe!
Jack

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Court
4 weeks ago

Hello, Jack!

I would say that they are very close, and it has been so long since I rode the SL models from Specialized… it’s difficult for me to say. I was very impressed by the Trek Domane+ SLR 9, to the point where it seemed better than the Creo. Trek has been doing amazing stuff in recent years. I think Specialized is very cool, but Trek dealers are so friendly and the company just seems organized and professional. It sounds like you’re having a blast with your Creo! I bet there’s a Trek store nearby, maybe you can go for a test ride and report back with your opinion on the MAHLE from them vs. the TQ from Trek :D

Rock on!

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Jack
4 weeks ago

Hey Court!

I’ll do just that – these don’t seem widely available just yet, but the minute they are in Dallas, I’m all over it and will report back vs the Creo!

I don’t video well (face made for radio, LOL), but I’ll write something as soon as I can!

4 weeks ago

I came to this seeking a head-to-head comparison between the Specialized Creo & this new Trek Domane+SLR – do you plan to publish something like that?

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Court
4 weeks ago

Perhaps I’ll write something like that in the forums eventually. Been traveling for work a lot recently and just have the compare tool, which shows specs. You can watch the two videos. For me, the bikes were very comparable. I was impressed by both systems but got very excited about TQ because Trek has really earned my trust recently with their depth of products, stable dealer network, and great warranty.

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Allan
4 weeks ago

I have a Specialized Creo as well, and would be interested in a comparison between the two bikes. Court, if you could get the bike from Trek Coquitlam again I’d be more than happy to meet up so you could do a video of both bikes in a comparison video. We never did connect last year. I love the idea of the Domane+ and think I’d be lot happier with it than my Creo.

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Court
3 weeks ago

Oh man! Yeah, we were planning to connect and I actually have a calendar reminder. It was so great meeting you (at DOST HQ I think?) let’s try for this. Are you free tomorrow afternoon? I think this week is going to be beautiful, give me a text or call any time. Thanks Allan!!

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Jack
3 weeks ago

OOOH – I hope you guys have video for us soon! :)

Allan
3 weeks ago

Sorry, I didn’t check until now so I’m sure tomorrow afternoon has passed. I will send you a pm with my cell again. I know I had yours but no longer have it. If you want to meet up some time for a ride I’m game, and of course I’d love to do a video of the Creo and Domane+. It would be cool to be in a video, that way everyone who I’ve met on the forums here could see me!

Dorkyman
1 week ago

So this is what $13K gets you? Yow!

But it’s nice to have such a wide assortment of bikes and price points available for the enthusiast. Still, to me it’s a bit like a purist comparing the pros and cons of the McLaren seat-belt buckle mechanism to the one in a Ferrari.

To each his own.

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