Trek has released the latest generation of its aerodynamic race bike, Madone. Focusing on its ability to balance aerodynamics with ride quality, Trek notes that ‘Madone has been updated with key technologies that enhance the bike’s core benefits for riders.’
In addition to new features that aim to ‘amplify what sets Madone apart’, Trek has widened the bike’s appeal and potential applications by offering the new bike in rim and disc brake options. The new Madone is available for purchase now.
Trek notes that what sets its latest road bike apart is how it combines advanced aerodynamics, ultra-lightweight and superior ride quality’. The company continues…
‘Part of the magic of the Madone is the overall balanced and amazing ride feel that you experience as you are pushing the bike to your fastest personal records. Most aero bikes feel harsh and overly stiff, sacrificing ride quality for aerodynamic profile. The Madone delivers on the promise of the ultimate race bike with full aero speed that can take on cobbles, climbs and descents.’
Trek adds that the benefit of its IsoSpeed technology is that that it ‘not only smooths out the road… it diminishes the fatiguing impacts of the road, allowing the rider to remain fresher longer.’
Adjustable IsoSpeed was first released on the seat tube of Trek’s Domane line. Top tube IsoSpeed on the Madone SLR is adjustable to customize the compliance to rider preference and terrain. The company claims that the new Madone is up to 17% more compliant over its predecessor when set to the most compliant setting and 21% stiffer in the stiffest setting.
Top Tube IsoSpeed is damped to rebound in a smooth and controlled motion providing the rider with more stability. Rebound is claimed to be reduced by 13% on the new bike over the current version.
Another benefit of this new technology is the ability to closely match vertical compliance values across all frame sizes since the top tube seat mast is of similar length. ‘No matter what size bike you ride, you will benefit fully from IsoSpeed compliance.’
Madone SLR comes with both disc and direct rim brake options. Both brake technologies are integrated into the frame’s overall design. The rim brake version is lighter with the brakes moulded into the frame’s design and hidden from the wind. The disc brake version ‘provides stopping power without any penalty to the bike’s aerodynamic profile—powerful braking without any sacrifice.’
The new bike provides riders more stem options and additional bar sizes and +/- 5 degrees of bar rotation. With this new fit update, Trek argues that it offers one of the broadest spectrums of possible race fits for men and women with an integrated aero cockpit.
Developed in partnership with the Trek-Segafredo and Trek-Drops professional cycling teams, Madone SLR features a new H1.5 geometry that puts the rider in an optimal aero race position. ‘H1.5 hits the sweet spot for a wide range of racers as it balances a traditional aggressive race geometry with a position that more athletes can hold longer with more comfort.’
Madone SLR comes in both men’s and women’s specific models. Both feature the same frame platform. Women specific touchpoints like saddle, handlebar width and stem length ‘are spec’d to fit most women better from the start.’
Currently being raced by the both the Trek-Segafredo and Trek-Drops professional cycling teams, the new Madone is available for purchase exclusively at Trek retailers worldwide. Madone is available for customization through Trek’s custom bike program, Project One, including the all-new Madone-exclusive paint schemes, ICON.