The Tour de France is near, and the good news for bike fans is this inevitably means there is a wave of brand spanking new super speedy rides to drool over. This week, Trek launched the all new Madone, an aero bike that hasn’t had a revamp since 2013 and a bike that has a rich history in the Tour – it was ridden to victory by Contador in 2007 and 2009. This announcement hardly came as surprise to the cycling world, as a true aero bike was something that a glaring omission from the 2015 Trek range. Every detail of the new Madone has been engineered for unprecedented performance, ride quality and efficiency - in fact Trek are so confident in its abilities they’re dubbing it the “ultimate racing bike”.
Jens Klötzer, editor of TOUR Magazine
The new Madone is definitely the most advanced racing bike on the current market. It combines the important key qualities of perfect handling, state-of-the-art aerodynamics, race-ready geometry and outstanding comfort in a elaborate, function-orientated way, like no other product has done so far.
Frame and Forks - Advanced aerodynamics
Trek claim that the Madone sets a new benchmark for aero performance, surpassing every other road bike - such as the Propel and Cervelo S5 - on the tarmac and in the wind tunnel. This signals a significant leap in performance from the previous incarnation of the Madone, which was a frame built out of a compromise between aero and endurance. To achieve these new levels of performance, Trek have molded the carbon into their new Kammtail Virtual Foil (KVF) tubes, rather than using the standard OCLV process. This means the tubes are slightly wider, stiffer and lighter than before, offering a profile that is more aggressive, minimises drag and crucially offers superior aerodynamics. The early signs are impressive, the new Madone was ridden to victory recently by Bob Jungels in the Luxembourg national road race and featured heavily in the Criterium du Dauphine where the Trek Factory Racing team where said to be delighted with their new racing machine.
The new Madone is also fully integrated with Trek’s IsoSpeed decoupler technology, which improves the vertical compliance by isolating the seattube from the rest of the frame, without hindering the efficiency of the overall ride. IsoSpeed first featured on the Domane a few years ago, largely to negate the vibrations caused by the cobbles on classics like Paris-Roubaix and adding an IsoSpeed decoupler to the Madone, albeit not an exact replica of the one found on the Domane, will certainly improve its comfort factor. The fork also features Trek’s KVF tube profiles, increasing lateral stiffness and meaning more precise handling through the corners. The frame weighs in at 950g and the Madone 9 series is said to save a rider 19 watts, or two minutes in every hour, compared to a non-aero bike.
To make the new Madone aero, Trek had a host of bespoke, integrated components to pick up the marginal gains in performance necessary. The biggest and most obvious integration are the direct mount brakes, which are fully integrated into the frame and utilise the “Vector Wings” on the fork, which hide the upper part and the cables of the front brake when you turn the handlebar sharply. The Madone has a control centre hidden on the down tube, hiding the battery used for electronic shifting and an integrated handlebar and stem combo that makes the cockpit sleek and aero.
Models, Fit and Cost
A fully tested size-specific ride-tuned performance delivers the ultimate balance of speed, power and handling, no matter what size bike you ride. The Madone will be offered in two different fits, H1 for the super-flexible racing machines among us and the H2, the optimal position for most riders and even the pros.
Trek Madone 9 H2 Frame - £3,349.99
Trek Madone 9.2 H2 - £4,499.99
Trek Madone 9.5 H2 - £5,999.99
Trek Madone 9.9 H2 - £8,999.99
Trek Madone RSL H1 Team Edition - £9,749.99
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It will certainly be interesting to see how Trek’s claim of the Madone being the “fastest road bike there is” stacks up against a host of other new bikes, such as the Scott Foil and Specialized Venge ViAS, lining up for the Grand depart in Utrecht on Saturday.
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