Pro Bike: Jens Voigt’s Colorado Chrome Trek Madone

German cycling star gets custom bike for final race of storied career

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Voigt started 17 straight Tours de France, finished 14 of them, and won two stages along the way. He also won Criterium International five times.

Though his most famous race wins are years behind him, and his role was usually that of supporter not team leader, Jens Voigt has remained one of the most popular riders in the professional peloton, especially on U.S. soil where he’s gained a cult following among cycling fans for his always-on-the-attack racing style. But the affable German, who coined the now famous phrase Shut Up Legs, has finally decided to call it a career. This week’s USA Pro Challenge stage race in Colorado will be the last time the Trek Factory Racing rider pins on a number as a professional.

To commemorate the occasion, Trek outfitted Voigt with a custom bike, helmet, shoes and kit, as well as throwing several retirement parties and events that are part of the Farewell Jens Tour. We got an up close look at Voigt’s custom chrome-colored Trek Madone race bike ahead of stage 3 from Gunnison to Monarch Mountain. Voigt didn’t factor in the final outcome there, but a day later he attacked solo off the front and nearly pulled off a miraculous win in Colorado Springs. Alas, Voigt was caught inside the final kilometer, and had to settle for the most combative prize instead. Here’s a look at the custom bike.

Jens Trek Full

This custom Trek Madone took Trek’s Project One team more than a week to complete.

Jens Trek Head Tube

It may look like real chrome, but it’s just paint atop Trek’s top-end composite frame material.

Jens Trek Seat Stays

The brakeless seatstays have a colored timeline graphic that corresponds with some — but certainly not all — of Voigt’s career highlights.

Jens Trek Front Downtube

On the underside of the downtube is a list of all the teams Voigt rode for during a pro career that started way back in 1994. He’s been onboard with Trek since 2011.

Jens Trek Front Brake

The bike is spec’d with a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic shifting groupset, which includes this direct-mount front brake.

Jens Trek Fork

Colorful accents for one of the sport’s most colorful characters.

Jens Trek Sticker

The wolf sticker is a nod to Voigt’s leader-of-the-pack persona.

Jens Trek Stem

Even the stem gets the chrome treatment.

Jens Trek SRM

Voigt’s SRM power meter head unit is painted to match and bears the theme of the week, One Last Time for Jens.

Jens Trek Dura-Ace

The 53-39 Dura-Ace chainring matched nicely with the rest of the bike.

Jens Trek Mileage

Voigt’s two pet phrases, and the key mileage numbers for that day’s stage.

Continue to Page 2 for more on Jens’ Trek and full photo gallery »
About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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  • James Pytlik says:

    We will miss watching you in the Tour, thank you for years of inspiration, now enjoy your beautiful family. I’ll be watching for little Voits down the rode.

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