Road Bike Shootout: Trek’s Domane+ LT 7 Vs. BMC’s AlpenChallenge

Trek’s Domane+ LT 7
BMC’s AlpenChallenge



When it comes to cycling, we all have our own unique version of what we want it to be. For some, it’s performance gains at all costs, while others just want to enjoy a longer day in the saddle. No matter what drives you to ride, the important thing is that you’re riding, and this is where the arrival of the e-bike has brought with it a new day of cycling for cyclists, both new and old. 

What the e-bike market has brought to the sport is not just recognition of, but a solution to, that vexing dilemma that’s long defined the cross-purposes of cycling—people love to ride, but they don’t all like to suffer. We love the wind in our face and the feeling of an elevated heart rate to make us feel alive. Well, maybe only so much of the latter! 

For the last few years Trek has pursued the e-road market with Bosch-powered bikes. New for this year is the line of Domane+ that relies on the equally German-designed Fazua powerplant. 


The Domane+ range of bikes comes in three models, and they all share the same 500-series OCLV carbon frame. Like the non-assist Domane frames we have tested in the past, the Domane+ uses their proprietary front and rear Isospeed suspension. 

The endurance geometry helps bring…