Trek Madone Review

Trek Madone Review

 

In fact, the Trek Madone is so aero it might well have been called the AeroMadone, if only to make it easier to distinguish from the old model. Which is great; I’ll take an aero advantage any day. But, looking through the specification, something else leaps out; something if anything

 

Trek Madone KVF seat stays

Visually striking rear view

 

even more impressive than those 25 watts. The new aero Trek Madone weighs a stunning 165g less than its equivalent predecessor. That means just 750g for the lightest version of the 7-series model; at the launch there was a frame dangling from scales to make the point.

 

 

According to Trek, this gives the – er – aero Madone the lightest “fuselage” on the market; perhaps more importantly, the weight saving has been achieved with no loss of rigidity. So we were told; after some five hours on the machine on the climbs and descents of the Ardennes, CTR would happily agree. So, let’s go straight to ride impressions.

 

First up, the “all-new” H1 fit is long and low. Size 56cm is 5mm longer than the old 6-series, which, thanks to the stretched wheelbase, adds stability. Usually, longer would also mean either heavier or more flexible given the additional tube length, but not here. The new bike is, if anything, torsionally stiffer than the old, swapping direction without fuss and holding a line with reassuring precision.

 


 
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