Trek Honors Jens Voigt with new bike for Tour of California

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“Shut up Legs” paint scheme the latest rider-themed bike from Trek’s Race Shop

Trek is excited to announce the unveiling of a Jens Voigt-themed paint scheme designed for the world’s most popular rouleur, just in time for the Amgen Tour of California. The all-new “Shut up Legs” scheme pays homage to one of cycling’s most respected competitors and a nod to one of the more popular post-race quotations attributed to him. Along with the famous quote printed along the top of the top tube, reminding its rider of the hardman’s philosophy of controlling the body with the mind, a weathered wolf’s head is emblazoned on the seat and head tubes, speaking to Jens’ uncanny ability to seemingly always lead the pack. The bike also incorporates amazing statistics from Voigt’s long career as a professional cyclist, with the numbers hidden inside the fork legs and within the downtube logo.

Never short for words, Voigt had a lot to say about the design throughout the concept and development of the bike. “I was thrilled when Trek said they wanted to do a bike for me,” commented Voigt. “We went back and forth about the theme and I talked a lot about the way I approach racing and going for the attack and we came up with this really cool wolf theme. It’s pretty aggressive but I feel like it fits.”

“We wanted to incorporate some of the accomplishments of his huge career so we asked Jens to talk about his career and to list some interesting statistics from his years on a bike,” said Trek VP Joe Vadeboncoeur. “He came back with the standard stuff, ‘64 pro wins, 15 years as a pro, 35 wins as an amateur’ but what was really unique, and this just speaks to who Jens is; was that he included things like ‘100 crashes, 11 broken bones, 25 screws or pins, 1300 kg of pasta eaten’. It was an amazing list that he had kept and we’ve incorporated all of it into the details of the bike.”

The bike will be raced at Tour of California, with a replica on display at Trek’s festival space at each stage. Voigt’s bike is the latest edition in a line of rider-inspired paint schemes crafted by Trek’s in-house Creative Design Studio. Last year during the 2011 Tour de France, Trek unveiled limited-edition paint schemes for Frank and Andy Schleck as well as the popular “Spartacus” bike for Fabian Cancellara.

About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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