2016 Trek Madone aero road bike revealed

Fully revamped race rig fills wind cheating hole in bike maker's line-up

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The new Madone also utilizes direct-mount brakes that are neatly tucked into the frame.

The new Madone also utilizes direct-mount brakes that are neatly tucked into the frame and fork.

Integrate or Die

Like the new Specialized Venge ViAS and Scott Foil, Trek’s revamped Madone is chock full of integration. Up front is a proprietary one-piece aero bar/stem that Trek says has the sleekest, lowest-drag profile it’s ever developed. This combo component houses all cables and housing, which are invisible, save for a small piece that connects to the rear derailleur.

The new Madone also utilizes direct-mount brakes that are neatly tucked into the frame and fork. This integration also necessitated the Madone’s articulating Vector Wings, which enclose the leading cables and front brake caliper in a protective shell and open up during tight turns.

The new Madone also employs what it calls a Control Center, a frame-integrated electronic drivetrain battery port on the topside of the downtube. Non Di2 users will be able to access derailleur barrel adjusters here.

Up front is a proprietary one-piece aero bar/stem that Trek says has the sleekest, lowest-drag profile it’s ever developed.

Up front is a proprietary one-piece aero bar/stem that Trek says has the sleekest, lowest-drag profile it’s ever developed.

And There’s More

Other highlights include optimized placement of water bottle bosses so the leading waterbottle offsets drag for the trailing waterbottle. The frame also utilizes a micro-adjust seatmast that’s claimed to be light, strong, aerodynamic, and easy to use. Finally, designers added an aerodynamic 3S chain keeper for security on rough roads.

The new more aero Madone fills what had been a hole in the company's road bike line-up.

The new more aero Madone fills what had been a hole in the company’s road bike line-up.

Choose Your Size

Like most Trek road offerings, the new Madone will come in both H1 and H2 sizes. H1 is Trek’s lower, more aggressive, aerodynamic race fit, while H2 will likely suit most riders who can’t contort themselves for hours on end. The new Madone will also be offered in women’s specific geometry. Available Madone models include 9.2, 9.5, the flagship 9.9, 9.9 WSD, and Race Shop Limited. Madone Race Shop Limited will be available as a frameset in both H1 and H2 fits, as well as a complete bike. Bike buyers will also be able to customize the new Madone through Project One.

The new Trek Madone will have its official WorldTour coming out party underneath members of the Trek Factory Racing team starting July 4 at the 2016 Tour de France.

The new Trek Madone will have its official WorldTour coming out party underneath members of the Trek Factory Racing team starting July 4 at the 2016 Tour de France.

Spec and Pricing

Madone 9-Series Race Shop Limited ($13,650): H1 geometry, 700-Series OCLV Carbon, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 drivetrain, Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 TLR wheels

Madone 9.9 ($12,600):
H2 geometry, 600-Series OCLV Carbon, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 drivetrain, Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 TLR wheels

Madone 9.9 Women’s ($12,600):
WSD geometry, 600-Series OCLV Carbon, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 drivetrain, Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 TLR wheels

Madone 9.5 ($8,400):
H2 geometry, 600-Series OCLV Carbon, Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 drivetrain, Bontrager Aura 5 TLR wheels

Madone 9.2 ($6,300):
H2 geometry, 600-Series OCLV Carbon, Shimano Ultegra 6800 drivetrain, Bontrager Paradigm Elite TLR wheels

Madone 9-Series H1 frameset ($5,780):
700-Series OCLV Carbon

Madone 9-Series H2 frameset ($4,730):
600-Series OCLV Carbon

For more information visit www.trekbikes.com

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 all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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