Get over it. Your complaints are going unheard. The department of transportation is never going to fix the cracked and rutted pavement on your favorite ride loop. And they keep using bigger and bigger gravel in the chip seal. Since you don’t have miles of your own fresh asphalt, you might as well take pavement issues into your own hands and get a smoother bike.
Trek spent a lot of brainpower designing a bike that could be raced over European cobblestones and figured that you might like to use it to combat potholes on your local streets as well.
The key points that make this bike different are a pivot (borrowed from their full suspension bikes) that the seat tube can flex forward and back on, and a fork designed with more rake to flex up and down with bumps in the road. The Domane also incorporates Bontrager’s Isozone handlebars. These bars have a great feel to them, and incorporate little pads tucked into pockets in the bars, adding cushion without adding bulk or changing the size and shape of the grip area.
While the seat tube can move back and forth, you won’t feel any loss of power or unwanted bottom bracket flex. The Domane is still a fast and efficient road bike.
By the way, the Domane easily fits full fenders (even with wide 25mm tires mounted).
The Domane’s features are real, and you can actually see them work (this isn’t just some gel insert that you have to imagine is doing something). Come in for a test ride and you’ll be amazed.
The Domane is available in stock configurations and as a Project One custom bike.