Trek haven't needed to cut corners to achieve this weight loss.
There's the always welcome adjustable top tube IsoSpeed decoupler
to improve ride quality (complete with damping to control rebound).
This provides some carefully controlled flex at the junction of
seat tube and top tube, which can be adjusted to suit individual
rider weight and preferences. The end result is less fatigue on
rougher roads (which is most, these days, lets face it!) without
any loss of performance and efficiency in power delivery.
Unsurprisingly the Madone also features Trek's H1.5 Race fit.
This geometry sits between the outright "stretched and super-low"
of the H1, and their more endurance-focused H2. The end result is a
great all-round position and one that we've found to be very easy
to work with from a fit point of view, working brilliantly with a
wide range of body types and flexibility.
The previous generation Madone was already one of the more
versatile race-ready aero road bikes, with more attention paid to
comfort than, say, the same generation Tarmac. As a result the
Madone became the default choice for many riders, when looking for
the perfect blend of aero, comfort and position.
But just as Specialized have improved the ride quality of their
latest Tarmac, making it less extreme, Trek have likewise upped the
game, using the latest tech to make this new Madone lighter without
compromising on its ride quality or aero performance.
It's a very attractive package, and a fitting continuation of
the venerable Madone name. Lets take a closer look: