I’m considering revamping my stable as I’m likely going to retire from racing IRL. I currently have a S-Works Tarmac SL6 which although I really like, lately I’ve been struggling to love. I’ve had issues with creaking that I’ve never fully got to the bottom of, despite changing the BB to a external threaded wheelsmfg BB. The frame was replaced a year ago under warranty but the problem wasn’t 100% sorted. I waited 6 months delivery for the original frame as I desperately wanted the Marcel Kittel paint job, which wasn’t available on the replacement, hence not loving it!
It’s rim brake and want to update to discs. I’ll be selling my SL6 to finance the replacement, along with my Trek Speedconcept Di2.
The dilemma is, do I keep the SL6 and just accept the rim brakes as it’s a really great bike? I’ve got my eye on a Trek Emonda SLR7 Force eTap Project One. The reviews aren’t as great as the SL6, but reviews don’t always tell the full picture. It would be good to see if anyone has any real world experience with the 2021 Emonda?
I like riding hard, and don’t do 4+ hrs rides generally. I like climbing and I’m not the greatest descender, as in I’m nervous rather than being a poor bike handler. I enjoy changing rides at race speed, and despite not racing I’ll still want to do this. Would the Trek fit the bill?
I’m not interested in other bikes, and the S-Works Tarmac SL7 is priced too high in my view.