Trek deliver revamped Madone 9 ahead of Tour de France
“The all-new Madone is a marvel in road cycling engineering, a bike that will live in history as the product that transformed the standards of race bike performance forever.”
That’s the line which grabbed our attention soon after delving into the details of the all-new Madone, “the ultimate race bike” as coined by Trek. There’s no mistaking what Trek set out to do when revamping the race-favoured Madone platform – it’s designed to go fast.
Until now Trek enjoyed a three-prong offering of road ensembles. The Émonda for the weight-weenies, the Domane catered to the endurance market and the Madone for those wanting an all-round race bike. An aero machine was the missing link but with the latest Madone it seems the folk over in Waterloo, Wisconsin have finally covered that base too.
Integration, slippery lines, optimised tubing shapes, considered placement of, well, everything and backing from one of the sport’s biggest teams Trek Factory Racing, the Madone is now firmly placed as the “ultimate race bike”. Combined with Trek’s IsoSpeed decoupler damping system, it’s now a race bike that doesn’t neglect comfort. Racers will, after all, spend countless hours training prior to pinning a number on. Lowering bike or road-induced fatigue means more power for later when it matters.. The IsoSpeed system has been given a tidy-up and does little to the overall aesthetic of the frameset. It’s clean and reportedly provides a level of compliance that is otherwise unavailable within the largely populated ‘race’ bike category.
Interestingly, the rear brake finds its way back onto the seat stays – the former generation places the rear brake under the chainstays – and this will no doubt put a smile on the face of mechanics and home wrenches alike. The front brake takes inspiration from the TT-specific Speed Concept and is integrated into the head tube and fork. Vector Wings keep the majority of the brake caliper covered from the wind with the cables completely hidden. Combined with the aero bar/stem up top, the frontal area is completely devoid of cables and/or electronic wires. The only place where you’ll see an exposed brake cable is at the small exit port behind the seat tube.
In order to keep levels of integration consistent across wired (electronic) and cable groupsets the Madone comes with a dual purpose Control Centre. Located on the downtube, the removable port houses gear cable barrel adjusters or for those electronically assisted, a means to charge your Di2 battery – hiding the often stem-mounted junction box away from the wind.
Rounding out the list of new features is a revamped chain catcher, micro adjust seat post and repositioned bidon cage placement that, in staying true with the rest of the package, is aero considered – the leading bottle position is claimed to offset the drag of the trailing bottle. Impressive.
As has become standard for the high-end Trek’s each Madone comes built using size-specific tubing and is also available in a women’s model. The H1 and H2 options are also carried over allowing the rider to have the best fit (and best looking) bike available for their requirements. Given the new aero front end, selecting the correct H1 (aggressive, aero fit) or H2 (most popular) frameset will also ensure you’ve got the most aero build available.
While we are yet to ride the latest Madone 9 you can be sure we’ll be pushing to jump aboard one soon. For the moment, you can find additional details, including pricing, below.
|2016 Madone 9 Series H1 Frameset||$5,699|
|2016 Madone 9 Series H2 Frameset||$4,499|
|2016 Madone 9.2 H2||$6,499|
|2016 Madone 9.5 H2||$7,999|
|2016 Madone 9.9 H2||$13,999|
|2016 Madone 9.9 Women’s||$13,999|
|2016 Madone Race Shop Limited H1||$15,999|
For full details head to Trek Bicycles.
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