Vincenzo Nibali’s 2021 Trek Émonda Bike size

This post is dedicated to Vincenzo Nibali’s 2021 Trek Émonda bike size and set up. Consider it as a technical chat over a cup of coffee as there are no pictures of the rider, his bike and/or the rider riding his bike.

Vincenzo Nibali is racing the UCI World tour seasons 2020 and 2021 for the team Trek-Segafredo. He is officially riding the new 2021 Trek Émonda SLR road bike since June 2020. 

The Sicilian pro rider nicknamed the “Shark of Messina” for his fast attacks on critical climbs and sharp handling in downhill led him wins several prestigious stages and races including two Giro D’Italia (2013 / 2016) and one Tour de France (2014). 

I really like Vincenzo Nibali riding style as he is in the line of the stylish Italian riders, well positioned on his bike for effective climbs and fast descent. Only a handful of Pro riders can rival with Vincenzo Nibali in a tight cornered descents, assuming they reached the summit together.

This introduction explains why Vincenzo is racing on Trek’s lightest road bike model, the Émonda SLR Disc 2021.

By reading further you will find:

  • What is Vincenzo Nibali’s 2021 Trek Bike size ?
  • Which Trek Émonda to select if you are 1m81?
  • How did Vincenzo Nibali set us his Trek racing bike ?
sketch of vicenzo nibali Trek Emonda size 56cm 2021 model

What is Vincenzo Nibali’s 2021 Trek Émonda Bike size ?

Vincenzo measures 1m81 and has selected the Trek Émonda SLR Disc 2021 bike size 56cm

Trek recommend the size 56cm for riders between 1m74 and 1m80. As Nibali is just over the line to the 58cm he has selected the smaller size to benefit from shorter headtube and more reactive bike.

Most Pro Riders select one to two size smaller than what the manufacturer recommends to the general public. 

Which Trek Émonda to select if you are 1m81?

Not everybody is the same even when measuring an overall 1m81. lower and upped body length is different. Body stiffness is also a factor.

When selecting a smaller frame size the headtube length is shorter which means the cockpit is lower. However the position is easier to adjust on a smaller frame than on a bigger frame size if you are just on the line between two sizes.

How did Vincenzo Nibali set us his Trek racing bike ?

Vincenzo frame is the Trek Émonda SLR Disc 2021 size 56cm. The stem is the 110mm long, -7° angle, with a 400mm Bontrager integrated one piece carbon handlebar. The handlebar height is 105mm lower than the saddle.

His saddle height is set at 758mm precisely and the saddle is positioned far back although the bike is fitted with the Bontrager 20mm set back seat mast.

Nibali uses 172.5mm Sram AXS crank length with Shimano Dura Ace SPD-SL pedals. The Trek Émonda SLR 2021 has a SRAM DUB, T47 threaded, internal bearing.

I am eager to see how the Pirelli tubular tires handle fast descent under the bike of Nibali. Most of fast downhill pro riders are riding on Continental tubulars. It will be interesting to observe the grip quality under extreme use.

Below is the complete specification of Vincenzo Nibali 2021 bike set up:

Frameset: Trek Émonda SLR Disc 2021, Ultralight 800 series OCLV Carbon, Tapered head tube, Size 56cm, Direct mount disc brakes, H1.5 Fit geometry: 559mm top tube length, 525mm seat tube, 73.3° seat angle, 151mm head tube length, 73.5° head angle, 410mm chainstays, 70mm BB drop, 983mm wheelbase, 40mm Fork rake, 58mm Trail, 768mm standover, 563mm stack.
Front brake: SRAM Red HRD 160mm
Rear brake: SRAM Red HRD 140mm
Brake/shift levers: SRAM Red eTap AXS
Front derailleur: SRAM Red eTap AXS
Rear derailleur: SRAM Red eTap AXS
Cassette: SRAM RED XG 1290 10-28T / 10-33t depending of stage profile. 12 speed
Chain: SRAM RED
Crankset: SRAM Red AXS with Quark 2×12 SRM, 54/41t or 53/39t depending of race profile. 172.5mm length
Bottom bracket: SRAM DUB, T47 threaded, internal bearing
Wheelset: Bontrager Aeolus XXX 4 Tubular Disc 47mm heigh
Tyres: Pirelli Tubulars P-Zero Velo 25c
Handlebar: Bontrager XXX Integrated 420mm width
Handlebar tape: Bontrager Gel Cork
Stem: Bontrager XXX Integrated 130mm -> 110mm length , -7 degree
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace PD-R9100
Saddle: Bontrager Aeolus Pro 250 x 145mm -> Bontrager XXX Carbon Personalized
Seat post: Bontrager Carbon Seatmast 20mm offset
Bottle cages: Bontrager XXX Water Bottle Cage
Computer: Garmin Edge 830
Weight: 7.05kg

What do you think about Vincenzo Nibali’s Trek bike size ? Are you riding the same size of Trek Emonda 2021? Let me know in the comments as I am interested to know about it.

9 thoughts on “Vincenzo Nibali’s 2021 Trek Émonda Bike size

  • There is a mistake, he wear a New bontrager saddle, It si like the aeolus, but more long. I’m not sure about the name, but may be os “verse”

  • Interesting if he switched to narrower 400mm wide handlebar. He had always used 420 previously in every bike profile I’ve seen online

    • Yes I agree with you. At the time I made this post and content he was on 420. His position changed very recently. Before the Il Lombardía. There seems to be a trend among rider’s to get narrower bars.

      • Must be something to do with the new RSL cockpit having a reach of 100mm which is more then other handlebars.
        Question, im 183 and wondering whether i should go for 56 or 58 frame…

      • This is very possible indeed. Thank you for sharing this detail.
        Regarding which frame to pick, I will avoid giving my insight without knowing your morphology and riding style. You will not go wrong whichever you pick as they have very close geometry. As you probably know it is mainly a matter of top tube length. A shorter wheelbase will give you a more responsive (nervous) type of rides. The bigger frame will be more stable and more ideal for longer ride. This being said it is really you who will be able to determinate the bike ride. The fitting will be possible in both cases anyway. Did you have an opportunity to test ride both sizes?

  • What is the frame size of his younger brother Antonio Nibali. I think it would be a nice comparison because they are almost the same height.

    • Hi Gregory, Thank you for pointing out about Antonio Nibali. I have asked him and his surrounding for further information and will make a post about it as soon as I got enough information on his bike fit. Cheers!

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