I really like the Emonda, and am leaning in that direction for my next bike. One thing that is appealing to me is that the geometry of the Emonda (and the Madone, for that matter) are effectively identical to that of my old 5200, which is a proven and comfortable "race" geometry. It is a "quick" handling bike but its not unstable or twitchy. The fact that this geometry has been around for a while is reassuring. Trek has it dialed.
Curiously it’s very similar geometry to the Merckx “Century” geometry. Which I also like.
Yes, a fine bike indeed, and it gets 5 starts from me.
I am riding a Merckx Race right now (after a 10 year layoff - it was a nice bike back in '04!) and looking hard at the Emonda. I like the handling of the Merckx but need more compliance in my old age. I am still an aggressive rider and thus do not really want to go to the Domane with it's more relaxed geometry. I am wrestling with the same issue you had earlier - or in another thread - SLR or SL (as well as rim vs. disc)? Is the SLR worth ~$1500 when I ride a 19.8 pound bike now. Maybe the SL with a good build (Ultegra, carbon bars/stem and carbon wheels) would still be ~3lbs light than what I am riding now. But I only buy a new bike about every decade...... As for rim vs. disc - I have really never had many problems stopping my bike (I live in Texas, so no mountain descents are on my routes). My wheels lock up before I stop if anything. But discs seem to be the future. Anyway - enjoyed your comments and picts above but what made you finally choose the SLR over the SL?
In a nutshell, the 2018 Emonda SLR is that good, I can’t recommend anything else other than an SL. I am advised the ride quality and stiffness is the same, if a little less “sharp”. But as a guy who puts out a lot of horsepower I’m happy with that. I’ve come from a Koppenberg Domane 6 Series. While there is some more feedback at the bars, it’s not enough for me to wish I was on the Domane, and I have more steel plates in me than most (Veteran).
So if you can swallow ~350g difference in frame, and save $1500, buy an SL. I got an SLR as I had a good price and frame crash warranty on an old one (another good reason to buy Trek- no questions asked!). But if you want the last word in power transfer, and I mean it, then go SLR.
I’ve nicknamed mine “carbon doping”.