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Pro bike: Fabian Cancellara's Trek Domane Classics

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Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) will once again ride his trusty Trek Domane Classics at Paris-Roubaix

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) will once again ride his trusty Trek Domane Classics at Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: James Huang)
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The Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 Classics carbon wheels have a larger-radius tire bed than usual to better match up with high-volume tubulars

The Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 Classics carbon wheels have a larger-radius tire bed than usual to better match up with high-volume tubulars (Image credit: James Huang)
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The integrated chain catcher on Trek's Domane Classics

The integrated chain catcher on Trek's Domane Classics (Image credit: James Huang)
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175mm-long crankarms for Spartacus

175mm-long crankarms for Spartacus (Image credit: James Huang)
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While many Paris-Roubaix contenders go with 44- or 46-tooth inner chainrings, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) instead prefers to spin his 42T at a high cadence

While many Paris-Roubaix contenders go with 44- or 46-tooth inner chainrings, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) instead prefers to spin his 42T at a high cadence (Image credit: James Huang)
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A pocket in the non-driveside chain stay accepts Bontrager's DuoTrap wireless speed and cadence sensor

A pocket in the non-driveside chain stay accepts Bontrager's DuoTrap wireless speed and cadence sensor (Image credit: James Huang)
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More gold Nokon housing is used for the rear brake

More gold Nokon housing is used for the rear brake (Image credit: James Huang)
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) is apparently a little superstitous as the number '7' is a common theme throughout his bike

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) is apparently a little superstitous as the number '7' is a common theme throughout his bike (Image credit: James Huang)
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Cables feed into the front of the tapered head tube

Cables feed into the front of the tapered head tube (Image credit: James Huang)
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A bit of tape is wrapped around the valve stem to keep it from rattling inside the rim

A bit of tape is wrapped around the valve stem to keep it from rattling inside the rim (Image credit: James Huang)
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CeramicSpeed bearings are pressed directly into the 90mm-wide carbon fiber bottom bracket shell

CeramicSpeed bearings are pressed directly into the 90mm-wide carbon fiber bottom bracket shell (Image credit: James Huang)
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) plants himself atop Bontrager's Team Issue saddle

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) plants himself atop Bontrager's Team Issue saddle (Image credit: James Huang)
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Bontrager supplies Fabian Cancellara with blank, matte black stems as there is usually another custom metal badge glued on top

Bontrager supplies Fabian Cancellara with blank, matte black stems as there is usually another custom metal badge glued on top (Image credit: James Huang)
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SwissStop carbon-specific pads are mated to the Bontrager rims

SwissStop carbon-specific pads are mated to the Bontrager rims (Image credit: James Huang)
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Fabian Cancellara's (Trek Factory Racing) bikes have featured gold anodized Nokon aluminum housing for some time now

Fabian Cancellara's (Trek Factory Racing) bikes have featured gold anodized Nokon aluminum housing for some time now (Image credit: James Huang)
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A custom etched aluminum SRM PowerControl 7 head unit for Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)

A custom etched aluminum SRM PowerControl 7 head unit for Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) (Image credit: James Huang)
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Spartacus' is once again hoping for victory in the cobbled ring

Spartacus' is once again hoping for victory in the cobbled ring (Image credit: James Huang)
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Perhaps it's time for Bontrager to develop a new Spartacus-inspired helmet shape? Then again, maybe notSpartacus' is once again hoping for victory in the cobbled ring

Perhaps it's time for Bontrager to develop a new Spartacus-inspired helmet shape? Then again, maybe notSpartacus' is once again hoping for victory in the cobbled ring (Image credit: James Huang)
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One of the only differences on Fabian Cancellara's (Trek Factory Racing) Trek Domane Classics this year is the updated team name on the top tube

One of the only differences on Fabian Cancellara's (Trek Factory Racing) Trek Domane Classics this year is the updated team name on the top tube (Image credit: James Huang)
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The fork blades are angled more dramatically than usual in an effort to induce more flex over bumps. The dropouts reach slightly rearward, though, to maintain the proper rake

The fork blades are angled more dramatically than usual in an effort to induce more flex over bumps. The dropouts reach slightly rearward, though, to maintain the proper rake (Image credit: James Huang)
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Where once there was an SRM magnet, now there is no more

Where once there was an SRM magnet, now there is no more (Image credit: James Huang)
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According to team technical directory Jordan Roessingh, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) will forego his usual Berner rear derailleur cage and oversized pulleys in favor of a standard setup that supposely provides better chain retention

According to team technical directory Jordan Roessingh, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) will forego his usual Berner rear derailleur cage and oversized pulleys in favor of a standard setup that supposely provides better chain retention (Image credit: James Huang)
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Just as at Ronde van Vlaanderen, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) will rely on feel at Paris-Roubaix, not his power meter data

Just as at Ronde van Vlaanderen, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) will rely on feel at Paris-Roubaix, not his power meter data (Image credit: James Huang)
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27mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix tubulars on 50mm-deep Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 Classics carbon wheels for Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)

27mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix tubulars on 50mm-deep Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 Classics carbon wheels for Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) (Image credit: James Huang)
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Fabian Cancellara's (Trek Factory Racing) Bontrager RL Anatomic aluminum bars are wrapped with just a single layer of tape

Fabian Cancellara's (Trek Factory Racing) Bontrager RL Anatomic aluminum bars are wrapped with just a single layer of tape (Image credit: James Huang)
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The Domane's IsoSpeed pivoting seat cluster may seem gimmicky but it's legitimately very effective at smoothing out the road

The Domane's IsoSpeed pivoting seat cluster may seem gimmicky but it's legitimately very effective at smoothing out the road (Image credit: James Huang)
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Small pieces of grip tape provide a little extra security for the Trek BAT bottle cages

Small pieces of grip tape provide a little extra security for the Trek BAT bottle cages (Image credit: James Huang)
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While most Shimano riders prefer Di2 electronic transmissions, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) sticks to a mechanical drivetrain

While most Shimano riders prefer Di2 electronic transmissions, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) sticks to a mechanical drivetrain (Image credit: James Huang)
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Aluminum handlebars for Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)

Aluminum handlebars for Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) (Image credit: James Huang)

This article first appeared on Bikeradar.

As the saying goes, "don't fix it if it ain't broken." Save for just the slightest of tweaks, Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) will race across the pavé of Paris-Roubaix on the same Trek Domane Classics he used to win last year. Apparently this suit of armor works for 'Spartacus' just fine.

To the casual observer, Cancellara's bike is the same one as last year but if you look a bit closer, there are a few minor differences. The graphics now reflect the new team name on the top tube and his trademark Berner carbon fiber rear derailleur cage and oversized pulleys have been traded in for the standard Shimano Dura-Ace setup – a move team technical director Jordan Roessingh says was done in the interest of slightly improved chain security on the cobbles.

Cancellara has also switched from his long-running Speedplay Zero pedals to carbon-bodied Shimano Dura-Ace ones but otherwise, it's business as usual – or so it would seem.

As it turns out, we've been duped in saying that Cancellara's bikes for Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix were identical to each other – as was every other media outlet that has profiled his classics machines, as far as we can tell. It's only once you very carefully inspect the two bikes that you being to notice the differences.

Cancellara's bike for Paris-Roubaix is essentially what Trek offers to the public as the Domane Classics, with the same bump-eating IsoSpeed pivoting seat cluster as on the stock version but with 25mm of additional reach and a whopping 50mm less stack height. Handling is also a bit quicker than standard Domanes while still retaining a little extra stability as compared to the Trek Madone platform, plus there's room for fat 27mm-wide tubulars.

 

 

However, the bike Cancellara uses for Ronde van Vlaanderen – and for nearly every other race during the season – is an entirely different beast with geometry that more closely mimics a standard Madone. The chain stays are about 20mm shorter, the bottom bracket is about 10mm higher, the head tube is 7mm longer, and the front center is approximately 25mm tighter (apparently via a steeper head tube angle and shorter-rake fork).

 

In effect, this means that Spartacus usually races a bike that rides like a Domane but handles like a Madone, and if that sounds appealing, you're not alone. Trek officials wouldn't completely confirm our findings but they did say that they'll offer the Domane-Madone hybrid to the public by the end of the year.

Cancellara's bikes otherwise share nearly everything. Like at Ronde van Vlaanderen, his Paris-Roubaix bike goes battery-free, save for the SRM PowerControl 7 computer head. The Shimano Dura-Ace STI Dual Control levers are connected to the derailleurs with actual braided steel cables and there's no power meter present. Cancellera prefers to race on 'feel' and no one is going to argue with that approach as it's served him very well so far.

Cancellara also goes against the grain with his 42-tooth inner chainring and single-wrapped Bontrager RL Anatomic aluminum handlebar whereas many of his competitors are using 44- or 46-tooth rings and lots of extra padding to cushion their hands.

"He likes to feel the bike," said Roessingh in regards to the tape, which most mere mortals would otherwise read as 'pain'. He also says that despite Cancellara's copious wattage, the big Swiss rider prefers to use a high cadence instead of brute force. "He's a spinner [and] it's not just [for] Roubaix."

About the only equipment concessions Cancellara has made to tackle the cobbles are in his rolling stock. Once again, he'll rip across the pavé on 27mm-wide FMB Paris-Roubaix handmade cotton tubulars glued to Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 Classics carbon wheels, which feature a larger-diameter tire bed to provide a better interface for the high-volume tires.

Total weight as pictured is 7.68kg (16.93lb).

 

Frame: Trek Domane Classics, 58cm 'Pro fit'
Fork: Trek IsoSpeed carbon
Headset: Cane Creek, 1 1/8-to-1 1/2" tapered
Stem: Bontrager Race XXX Lite, 140mm x -7°
Handlebar: Bontrager RL Anatomic, 44cm (center-to-center)
Tape: Bontrager cork
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 w/ SwissStop carbon-specific pads
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 w/ SwissStop carbon-specific pads
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9000
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-9000
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-9000
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, 53/42T
Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL PD-9000
Wheelset: Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 Classics tubular
Front tyre: FMB Paris-Roubaix tubular, 27mm
Rear tyre: FMB Paris-Roubaix tubular, 27mm
Saddle: Bontrager Team Issue
Seatpost: Bontrager Ride-Tuned Carbon seatmast
Bottle cages: Trek BAT Cage (2)
Other accessories: SRM PowerControl 7 computer, Nokon derailleur and brake housing

Critical measurements

Rider's height: 1.86m (6ft 1in)
Rider's weight: 82kg (181lb)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 788mm
Saddle setback: 90mm
Seat tube length (c-t): 500mm
Seat tube length (c-c): 485mm
Tip of saddle nose to center of bars (next to stem): 630mm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 120mm
Head tube length: 143mm
Top tube length (effective): 577mm
Weight: 7.68kg (16.93lb, with computer and cages)