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Fabian Cancellara's Trek Domane for the 2016 Classics

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Fabian Cancellara's Trek Domane, with new split seat tube

Fabian Cancellara's Trek Domane, with new split seat tube (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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A simple look to the front of the bike

A simple look to the front of the bike (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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The stem of Fabian Cancellara's Trek Domane

The stem of Fabian Cancellara's Trek Domane (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Trek ride with Shimano Dura Ace SPD Pedals

Trek ride with Shimano Dura Ace SPD Pedals (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Yellow and black accents, in honour of the Tour of Flanders are all over the bike

Yellow and black accents, in honour of the Tour of Flanders are all over the bike (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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RSL indicates that this is a limited edition

RSL indicates that this is a limited edition (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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A side look at Cancellara's Bontrager saddle

A side look at Cancellara's Bontrager saddle (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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A plain black Bontrager saddle for Cancellara

A plain black Bontrager saddle for Cancellara (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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A head on look at Cancellara's Trek Domane

A head on look at Cancellara's Trek Domane (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Fabian Cancellara's record at the Tour of Flanders is listed on the top tube

Fabian Cancellara's record at the Tour of Flanders is listed on the top tube (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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De Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders)

De Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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The top tube is also textured as a nod to the cobbles of Flanders

The top tube is also textured as a nod to the cobbles of Flanders (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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A look from behind of Fabian Cancellara's Trek Domane

A look from behind of Fabian Cancellara's Trek Domane (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Slender seat stays on the Trek Domane

Slender seat stays on the Trek Domane (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Shimano Dura Ace SPD Pedals

Shimano Dura Ace SPD Pedals (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)
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Fabian Cancellara overcame a mechanical to make it back to the lead group.

Fabian Cancellara overcame a mechanical to make it back to the lead group. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fabian Cancellara made the elite split before his mechanical

Fabian Cancellara made the elite split before his mechanical (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) at Gent-Wevelgem

Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) at Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Another race and another paint job for Fabian Cancellara, the Trek-Segafredo rider has been sporting a new secret Trek Domane bike with a special paint job in honour of the Tour of Flanders.

Cancellara's Domane is an so-far unreleased version by Trek that features a split seat tube and a new-look top tube. Cancellara was first spotted riding the bike at Strade Bianche, where he beat Zdenek Stybar [Etixx-QuickStep] to take victory. He also rode it at E3 Harelbeke on Friday, finishing fourth after a furious chase following a broken derailleur.

Cancellara’s frame features a cobbles-style design on the top tube with his Tour of Flanders record also inscribed upon it. The frame is predominantly grey with yellow and black accents, again a nod to the Tour of Flanders.

Designed to soak up the cobbles (or general bumps) the Domane’s main trick is the Isospeed pivot, which isolates the seat tube from the top tube. This allows the seat tube and connecting seat mast to act as long uninterrupted lever and greatly reduces vibrations and impacts when seated. It’s a technology that has since been rolled out into Trek’s Boone cyclocross range, the Procaliber hardtails and, most recently, the ultra-aero Madone 9 Series.

It appears this new generation Domane continues with the Isospeed technology, but ups the comfort ante. The seat tube reveals a major change, moving from the previous round tube to what appears to be a split-tube design. This is reminiscent of the Canyon VCLS 2.0 seat post, where far greater vertical flex is given by creating a leaf spring of sorts.

It’s tough to tell from the photos but it's possible a vibration-dampening elastomer is sandwiched between this split-tube design. Additionally, the seat stays appear to have a greater curve from the previous generation, something likely done to reduce the transfer of forces from the rear wheel before reaching the top tube.

The large head tube appears to be hiding something special too. There is a visible split in the upper portion, which leads us to believe it’s some of elastomer-based vibration dampener. While it's difficult to say how it works, it’s likely that such a design could just rely on tight tolerances and be simply held in place by the fork steerer.

Trek declined to comment on this bike, as companies often do when riders are riding advanced prototypes or are actively teasing upcoming models.

"Trek is always in development of new products with our race team," Michael Mayer, Trek's global road product marketing manager told our sister title Bikeradar. "Trek will provide information on new products when they are available for all riders around the world to enjoy."

The rest of Fabian Cancellara’s bike seems rather familiar from years past, including his preference for Shimano Dura-Ace mechanical shifting over Di2.

Flick through the gallery above to take a closer look at the bike.