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Pro bike: Fabian Cancellara's Radioshack-Leopard Trek Domane 6-Series

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Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) prefers the uncannily smooth ride of Trek's IsoSpeed-equipped Domane 6-Series year-round, not just for the cobbled classics.

Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) prefers the uncannily smooth ride of Trek's IsoSpeed-equipped Domane 6-Series year-round, not just for the cobbled classics.
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Production Trek Domane frames use a replaceable rear derailleur hanger but Fabian Cancellara's (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) machine uses a one-piece dropout for improved crash durability and shifting performance.

Production Trek Domane frames use a replaceable rear derailleur hanger but Fabian Cancellara's (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) machine uses a one-piece dropout for improved crash durability and shifting performance.
(Image credit: James Huang)
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The UCI is indeed cracking down on teams filing down the lawyer tabs.

The UCI is indeed cracking down on teams filing down the lawyer tabs.
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Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) is sticking with his tried-and-true Trek Domane 6-Series for Sunday's Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) is sticking with his tried-and-true Trek Domane 6-Series for Sunday's Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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Is it Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) or Tony Montana? Depends on the day, we suppose.

Is it Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) or Tony Montana? Depends on the day, we suppose.
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Fabian Cancellara's (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) trademark plaque decorates the stem on his Trek Domane 6-Series for Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Fabian Cancellara's (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) trademark plaque decorates the stem on his Trek Domane 6-Series for Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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With a paint job like this, it's no surprise that Fabian Cancellara is looking to win.

With a paint job like this, it's no surprise that Fabian Cancellara is looking to win.
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Sure, Trek offers this paint job through its custom Project One program but there's only person who can truly pull it off.

Sure, Trek offers this paint job through its custom Project One program but there's only person who can truly pull it off.
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New Shimano Dura-Ace ST-9000 STI Dual Control levers are mounted high on Bontrager RL Anatomic bars.

New Shimano Dura-Ace ST-9000 STI Dual Control levers are mounted high on Bontrager RL Anatomic bars.
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Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) has long preferred mechanical drivetrains over electronic ones for the cobbled classics.

Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) has long preferred mechanical drivetrains over electronic ones for the cobbled classics.
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Here's another one for the SLAMTHATSTEM crowd.

Here's another one for the SLAMTHATSTEM crowd.
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The Trek Domane 6-Series fork blades feature an exaggerated rake to help promote flex over rough surfaces. Backswept dropouts maintain a standard rake, though.

The Trek Domane 6-Series fork blades feature an exaggerated rake to help promote flex over rough surfaces. Backswept dropouts maintain a standard rake, though.
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Supple 25mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix are glued to Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 carbon tubular wheels.

Supple 25mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix are glued to Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 carbon tubular wheels.
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Tidy cable routing courtesy of Nokon's aluminum housing and team mechanic Roger Theel.

Tidy cable routing courtesy of Nokon's aluminum housing and team mechanic Roger Theel.
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The pointy end of Fabian Cancellara's (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) Trek Domane 6-Series.

The pointy end of Fabian Cancellara's (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) Trek Domane 6-Series.
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Further adding to the remarkable comfort of Fabian Cancellara's (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) Trek Domane 6-Series are the spindly seat stays.

Further adding to the remarkable comfort of Fabian Cancellara's (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) Trek Domane 6-Series are the spindly seat stays.
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The Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 rear hub features a 'stacked' driveside spoke flange.

The Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 rear hub features a 'stacked' driveside spoke flange.
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Sorry, folks, there's no motor in here.

Sorry, folks, there's no motor in here.
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The team uses inexpensive Trek BAT cages for their firm hold.

The team uses inexpensive Trek BAT cages for their firm hold.
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175mm-long Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 crankarms are equipped with 53/39T chainrings here.

175mm-long Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 crankarms are equipped with 53/39T chainrings here.
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Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) puts the power down through a pair of Speedplay Zero pedals.

Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) puts the power down through a pair of Speedplay Zero pedals.
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The German-made Berner rear derailleur cage features enormous pulleys that are claimed to decrease drivetrain friction.

The German-made Berner rear derailleur cage features enormous pulleys that are claimed to decrease drivetrain friction.
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A Bontrager DuoTrap wireless speed and cadence sensor is housed inside the non-driveside chain stay.

A Bontrager DuoTrap wireless speed and cadence sensor is housed inside the non-driveside chain stay.
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A stainless steel number plate holder is sandwiched between the Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 brake caliper and brake bridge.

A stainless steel number plate holder is sandwiched between the Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 brake caliper and brake bridge.
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The built-in chain catcher on the Trek Domane 6-Series might come in handy when it comes time to hit the cobbles.

The built-in chain catcher on the Trek Domane 6-Series might come in handy when it comes time to hit the cobbles.
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There will be no mistaking the model of this bike in a finish line shot.

There will be no mistaking the model of this bike in a finish line shot.
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The Shimano cartridge holders are filled with SwissStop Black Prince carbon-specific pads.

The Shimano cartridge holders are filled with SwissStop Black Prince carbon-specific pads.
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Fabian Cancellara's (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) Shimano Dura-Ace 11-25T 11-speed cassette features five titanium cogs to save weight.

Fabian Cancellara's (Radioshack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek) Shimano Dura-Ace 11-25T 11-speed cassette features five titanium cogs to save weight.
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The Bontrager Team Issue saddle features a very traditional shape and solid titanium rails for durability.

The Bontrager Team Issue saddle features a very traditional shape and solid titanium rails for durability.
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This article first appeared on Bike Radar.

Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Leopard-Trek) is looking for redemption at this year's Tour of Flanders and isn't taking any chances equipment-wise. 'Spartacus' will tackle the Flemish cobbles aboard his tried-and-true Trek Domane 6-Series.

While most of his teammates opt for the uncannily smooth-riding Domane only for the Belgian classics – otherwise using Trek's more aggressive Madone model – Cancellara is unique in that he prefers it year-round. As it's barely heavier and supposedly just as efficient in terms of power transfer, though, it's perhaps surprising that more teammates don't follow suit – particularly given that Trek even produces a special geometry with a shorter head tube, too.

As we've noted in years past, Cancellara's setup for the Ronde is only slightly different from his everyday race configuration with no changes aside from the 25mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix tubular tires instead of the usual Schwalbes. The rear derailleur is equipped with Berner's ultra-oversized carbon fiber cage and pulleys, too, while the driveside dropout is a one-piece unit instead of having the bolt-on replaceable hanger of the consumer version.

Otherwise, Cancellara's Domane uses a straightforward build, including a complete Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical group instead of the electronic one we showed you just a few days ago. The Swiss rider is said to prefer the cable-actuated lever's longer throws over Di2 buttons when things get bumpy.

The Bontrager label is found on nearly everything else, including the 50mm-deep Aeolus 5 D3 carbon wheels, 140mm-long Race XXX Lite stem, Team Issue saddle, and 44cm-wide anatomic-bend aluminum Race Lite handlebar. Filling in the rest of the gaps are Nokon aluminum housing throughout, SwissStop's latest Black Prince carbon-specific pads, titanium-spindled Speedplay Zero pedals, and a single wrap of standard Bontrager cork tape.

Actual weight as pictured is 7.50kg (16.53lb).

See also this video of Cancellara's E3 Harelbeke-winning machine.

Complete bike specifications:

Frame: Trek Domane 6-Series, 58cm 'pro' fit:
Fork: Trek IsoSpeed full carbon:
Headset: Cane Creek Forty, 1 1/8-to-1 1/2" tapered:
Stem: Bontrager Race XXX Lite, 140mm x -7°: include length in cm, center-to-center
Handlebars: Bontrager RL Anatomic, 44cm (center-to-center): include width in cm, center-to-center
Tape/grips: Bontrager cork:
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 w/ SwissStop Black Prince carbon-specific pads:
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 w/ SwissStop Black Prince carbon-specific pads:
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace STI Dual Control ST-9000:
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace FD-9000:
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace RD-9000 w/ Berner pulleys and cage:
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace STI Dual Control ST-9000:
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-9000, 11-25T:
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000:
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace FC-9000, 175mm, 53/39T:
Bottom bracket: Trek BB90 integrated w/ Enduro XD-15 bearings:
Pedals: Speedplay Zero Titanium:
Wheelset: Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 tubular:
Front tire: FMB Paris-Roubaix tubular, 25mm:
Rear tire: FMB Paris-Roubaix tubular, 25mm:
Saddle: Bontrager Team Issue:
Seat post: Bontrager Ride Tuned Carbon seatmast:
Bottle cages: Trek BAT Cage (2):
Computer: SRM PowerControl 7:
Other accessories: Nokon cables and housing:

Critical measurements:

Rider's height: 1.86m (6' 1")
Rider's weight: 82kg (181lb)
Saddle height, from BB (c-t): 780mm
Saddle setback (ask mechanic): 90mm
Seat tube length, c-t: 500mm
Seat tube length, c-c: 485mm
Tip of saddle nose to C of bars (next to stem): 620mm
Saddle-to-bar drop (vertical): 110mm
Head tube length: 150mm
Top tube length: 567mm
Total bicycle weight: 7.50kg (16.53lb) w/o computer