Trek Madone Review
Nevertheless, the Bontrager brake is a good ‘un, which will come as no surprise to anyone who has used one of the firm’s previous models. It is of conventional layout but for the two little screws on the top of the Y arm that adjust return spring tension and centre the caliper.
With the arms attached directly to the fork rather than to the back plate of a conventional dual-pivot caliper, flex is practically non-existent. There’s plenty of
Brake and fork profiles match
power allied to enough feel to ensure confident application on wet descents; it’s easily good enough to banish thoughts of mainstream manufacturers’ models.
The same could be said of the rear brake, with one proviso; the clamp nut that grips the inner wire isn’t up to the aesthetically pleasing finish of the rest of the bike. And, once clocked, it is impossible to ignore. An Allen-headed screw would look better. With gaze
averted from the offending nut, it is possible to appreciate the caliper’s performance. The section of outer casing that runs from the underside of the down tube to the caliper has to be cut with great precision; one mil too much either way can, apparently, pull the brake to one side and impair feel. No such problem with any of the launch bikes, which had all clearly been properly fettled.
See the way the brakes work here
Moving on from the stoppers, the “all-new” Trek Madone boasts a number of features familiar from its predecessor. Existing Trek technologies found on the aero bike that are tried and tested rather than novel include a BB90 bottom bracket, Ride-Tuned no-cut seat post, OCLV (Optimum Compaction Low Void) and the firm’s E2 asymmetric steerer tube.
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