Bike Check: David George’s Project One Trek Émonda

Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
David George is one of SA’s most accomplished racers.

Born in Cape Town, David George is a former World Tour professional racer. Cutting his teeth inside the ranks of South African ‘schoolboy’ racing he rose through the Junior category before beginning a successful career as a world-ranked rider. In his palmares, David has victories at SA Road Champs, SA TT Champs, Giro del Capo’s, Tour de Langkawi and two medals at the Commonwealth Games. Not to mention the accomplishment of becoming an Olympian – three times over. With the racing bib’s now packed away, he can be found floating between his two Gear Change bike stores, in Mowbray and Tokai Cape Town. This is David’s current roadie, a fully customized Project One Trek Émonda.

Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
The correct pronunciation is “eh-mon-dah”.

BN: Talk us through the customized or personalized components you have.

Well, it’s a fully custom build through Trek’s Project One program so pretty much everything on it is unique. I am running shorter cranks than most these days (170mm) and have a gebioMized saddle.

BN: What surprises you the most about this bike?

Simply put – when you put the power in, it just goes! Its very responsive.

BN: Are there any other component upgrades on the cards?

No, but I have ordered another Project One bike…

BN: What do you enjoy the most about the bike?

I guess the simplicity and enjoyment of selecting and building a fully custom bike, choosing all the bits and pieces I want to ride really.


Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
David rides a size 56 frame.
Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
David prefers a higher bar setup so runs a few spacers under the stem.
Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
David chose a colorway from the Icon range within Trek’s Project One custom program.
Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
David uses a 100mm stem and 42cm wide Bontrager Aeolus RSL one-piece bar/stem.
Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
The Émonda has a fully integrated cockpit with all the cables running inside of the bars and frame.
Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
The Aeolus RSL is a flat top style aero bar.
Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
David’s bike has 25c Bontrager R3 tyres on the front and rear, as tubeless, with around 6 or 7 bar each.
Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
So much bling!
Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
He uses Bontrager Aeolus RSL 37 wheels front and rear. Any deeper and the gusty winds of Cape Town would send him overboard and deep into the Atlantic Ocean.
Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
Shimano Dura-Ace brakes.
Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
Top of the line carbon here, the brand’s 800 Series.
Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
A 36-52t equipped Shimano Dura-Ace crankset.
Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
A Dura-Ace rear mech shifts between the 11-28t cassette.
Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
gebioMized Sleek saddle
Bike Check: David George's Project One Trek Émonda
Complete weight, as you see it, with lights, pedals, saddlebag and rim strips mounted is a feathery 7.67kg.

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