Rainer U from Germany writes:
It is very interesting to see how your opinion concerning the Trek 6.9 changed after you had been so enthused in the beginning.
Your remarks match many test reports I read last year: some bike magazines examine the frames in labs, metering their contortion behavior under specified conditions, plus test-ride them with three different riders on different tracks.
The outcome always was that the Trek 6.9 is very well balanced and comfortable, but somewhat weak in the front, missing responsiveness in fast corners and downhill.
Especially in direct comparison with other bikes the Trek always lost some points, on a very high level, though.
Since I shall ride the 24-h-race on the Nuerburgring all on my own this year, I finally made up my mind and ordered a new racing bike, which will be up to the task: a Rose UD-Carbon racer (a traditional German brand), which was tested to be one of the ten stiffest frames available here. Much stiffer than Trek and other famous brands, at 1080g. Just right for a race track with excellent tarmac, steep ascents and descents.
I shall keep you posted about my riding impressions and training progress during the season.
DIGLLOYD: for a magazine to report anything negative usually means the effects are not so minor, and cannot be glossed over.
Especially for a racing bike approaching the $10K mark (with Shimano DuraAce Di2), even “minor” issues are in fact not minor, in the context of racing bikes. Riders paying that super premium price cannot be expected tolerate issues that compromise performance; the bar for issues must necessarily be very high for a $4600 frame vs a $2500 complete bike (which is about as expensive as 99% of cyclists ever buy).
Interesting: the Rose UD-Carbon weight of 1080g is essentially identical to the weight I see quoted for the LOOK 595 Ultra frame (Large).