We take a look at Hesjedal's lightweight bike of choice

After seven years at the various guises of what is now the Cannondale team, Ryder Hesjedal has finally departed for pastures new, joining Trek Factory Racing for the 2016 season. And with the change of team comes a change of bike, with Hesjedal swapping the Cannondale SuperSix Evo of previous years for the equally svelte Trek Emonda SLR.

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Although the Trek Madone is likely to be Hesjedal’s bike of choice for the majority of road stages, we’d expect the Canadian to move across to the Emonda for any mountainous stages. The reason for this? The bike’s sub-700g frame weight, which puts it second to only the Merida Scultura in the lightweight league table among WorldTour bikes.

Ryder Hesjedal Trek Emonda frame sticker

The bike’s colours certainly suit a Canadian rider (Photo: Watson)

Hesjedal has made a name for himself over the years for riding bikes with pretty extreme set ups, and that doesn’t seem to have changed with the Emonda. The saddle to handlebar drop is a whopping 19cm, although Hesjedal looks to have moved to a 130mm stem, shorter than the 140mm one he has used in previous years.

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Like the vast majority of WorldTour team bikes, Hesjedal’s Trek Emonda is decked out with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with a 53/39t chainset and 11-28 cassette, but the Trek rider still has to set himself apart from the crowd with his use of 180mm length cranks. This groupset also includes climbers shifters located on the tops of the bars.

Ryder Hesjedal Trek Emonda 180mm crank length

Hesjedal opts for extremely long 180mm cranks (Photo: Watson)

All of the finishing kit comes courtesy of Bontrager, with 35mm deep Bontrager Aeolus 3 wheels topped with 25mm R4 tubular tyres, an XXX stem, and some pleasingly affordable aluminium Race Lite handlebars which are available at your local bike shop for just £49.99.

One part of the bike that isn’t available at your local bike shop is the Bontrager Team Issue saddle. This is a super-hard saddle is said to be loved by the pros, but Bontrager don’t sell it due to the lack of demand for a perch which prioritises performance over comfort to such an extent.

Ryder Hesjedal Trek Emonda race number mount

Team bikes include a special mount for the race number (Photo: Watson)

Ryder Hesjedal Trek Emonda duotrap speed cadence sensor

The frame includes a Duotrap speed and cadence sensor (Photo: Watson)

Ryder Hesjedal Trek Emonda computer mount

It’s good to see a Grand Tour champion using fifty quid handlebars (Photo: Watson)

Ryder Hesjedal Trek Emonda

As you’d expect, all cable routing is internal (Photo: Watson)

Ryder Hesjedal Trek Emonda bontrager XXX stem

Hesjedal is using a slightly shorter stem compared to previous years (Photo: Watson)

Ryder Hesjedal Trek Emonda bontrager saddle

The Team Issue saddle is a favourite of the pros (Photo: Watson)

Ryder Hesjedal Trek Emonda bontrager aeolus hubs

Bontrager Aeolus wheels are the natural choice for a Trek bike (Photo: Watson)

  • andrew1953

    Beautiful bike but how durable is for the enthusiast who might decide to get one. Would a Cannondale aluminium Super Six be a better choice?

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    Can he still get the motor in it?