The Trek Domane AL4 is a drop-bar road bike that puts comfort-first. It balances fast riding on the road with the ability to venture on to light gravel sections too. Shimano Tiagra 2x10 drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes ensure the performance and reliablity you need to explore farther afield.
For multi-day cycling holidays we can equip these bikes with a luggage rack and panniers or if you can survive with less stuff we can fit the smaller and more aerodynamic bikepacking style bag sets. These bikes are ideal for the North Coast 500, Speyside and Moray Coast, Caledonia and Hebridean Way.
We only have a small number of drop-bar touring bikes and just one or two bikes in each of the five sizes. Make sure to book early for the best chance of reserving one of these bikes for your first choice dates.
The drop-bar touring bikes are fine for light cargo but not suitable for the biggest panniers or camping unless you have very light and compact "bivvy" camping gear.
We can fit a rear luggage rack suitable for a pair of panniers that have a 34 litre capacity per pair. That should be plenty if you are travelling between guest houses or hotels. They are easy to take on and off.
If you can travel with the most minimal kit the the bikepacking sets (pictured) are an alternative. The set comprises 13l saddlebag, 5-8l frame bag and 14l handlebar bag. The effective capacity of the handlebar bag is maybe half that though as it is queezed between the drop-bars. The smaller bikes have smaller frame bags. These bags are not quite so easy to take on and off the bike.
Each bike comes with helmet, pump, lock, lights, seatpack, inner tube and patches, tools and chain joining link. There are two bottle cages on every drop bar touring bike but these need to be replaced with fabric handlebar bottle holders when the bikepacking bags are fitted. There is more about the available accessories here.
Bikes are fitted with flat pedals as standard. We have a limited quantity of clipless pedals available for a flat price of £5 regardless of the duration of the hire. The types we stock are Shimano SPD & SPD-SL and Look KEO. Please enter the required quantity in the SPD box when booking and state the type and which bikes they are to be fitted to in the Extra Info section.
The standard saddle is fairly typical of a road bike and not particularly padded or severe. We have a few slightly wider saddles available and some gel saddle covers. Best to request when booking.
We are happy to fit your own pedals or saddle and it's fair to say that the most comfortable saddle is likely to be the one with which you are most familiar.