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Trek World 2015 - New Trek Madone

Trek's Madone has undergone a significant transformation since 2013 when the bike was an all encompassing road bike with models that catered for everyone from sportive riders to road racers. During 2014 and 2015 the model started to hint at what it was to become as its design began to include more aerodynamic features. Trek don't appear to have held any ideas back for the

2016 fully aero iteration which the company has dubbed its "ultimate race bike".

To make the Madone as aerodynamic as possible Trek have applied a Kamm tail design philosophy to nearly all of the tubes on the frame. The design was first implemented by German aerodynamicist Wunibald Kamm in the 1930's and consists of giving each tube smooth wing like contours that continue to a tail which is then cut off at the end with a flat surface. The shape reduces drag and Trek claim also makes their bike aerodynamic when there are cross winds which by law of averages are as common as head winds and tail winds.

The Madone also sees an unprecedented level of integration with no exposed cables and the bar and stem being combined and fully integrated. The front brake cable runs down a groove in the steerer tube and remains hidden where it meets the front brake behind two flaps (more elegantly named Vector Wings by Trek) that partially open and close as your turn the handlebars left and right. The front bake has an integrated design that helps ensure any air hitting it flows smoothly over the bike. The rear brake has been moved from under the bottom bracket as on previous designs and is now located on the seat stay bridge and again has an aerodynamic design as well as being mostly hidden behind the seat tube.

A clever junction box on the down tube features a barrel adjuster that allows you to adjust a mechanical front derailleur on the move.

This is also where the internal battery is placed on models that feature electronic gearing. Trek are only offering a compact bar shape to customers and they have developed head set spacers that split and detach to prevent shops and customers having to disassemble the whole front end every time they want to tweak the height of the handlebars. Bar and stem lengths are standard however dealers should have stock of different sizes to allow customers to swap them over. Those worrying about where your Garmin will attach, fret not, a mount that can take a Garmin or other devices can be attached to the front of the bars.

Not content with making the Madone fully integrated and aerodynamic, Trek have also added their IsoSpeed decoupler technology that was first introduced on Trek's comfort focussed Domane model in 2013. This system effectively creates a floating link between where the seat tube and the top tube meet, helping absorb some of the vibrations that would otherwise be transferred directly to the rider. This floating link, allows the seat tube to move independently of the rest of the frame, creating a seat tube that reacts to the riding conditions. As Trek couldn't make the aerodynamic downtube vertically compliant due to its Kamm tail shape an additional round down tube sits within the down tube offering up to 19mm of deflection (also referred to as vertical compliance) for a 56cm H2 Madone, similar to what Trek's Domane model boasts.

The 56cm 700 OCLV carbon frame and forks (including hardware such as the rear mech hanger etc) weighs in at 950g which is competitive and very similar to Canyon's Aeroad. The red team issue Madone Race Shop Limited model with Dura Ace Di2 is priced at a eye watering £9750 however at the time of writing the cheapest version of the new Madone is the Ultegra equipped 9.2 at £4500 and the framesets are priced at £3350 for the more comfortable H2 fit and £4100 for their more aggressive H1 fit. The 600 OCLV carbon frame that features on the rest of the range weighs in at 100g more and comes in just over 1kg mark at 1050g. Neither frames have a rider weight limit.

Bikes and framesets come with a comprehensive build guide as the assembly is by Trek's admission a complex job and it is easy to insert gear and brake cables in the wrong order. Not too dissimilar to building aero bikes from other companies.

Pricing for the 2016 Madone range:

2016 Madone 9 Series H1 Frameset £4,100
2016 Madone 9 Series H2 Frameset £3,350
2016 Madone 9.2 H2 £4500
2016 Madone 9.5 H2 £6000
2016 Madone 9.9 H2 £9000
2016 Madone 9.9 Women's £9000
2016 Madone Race Shop Limited H1 £9750