Madone 2016 First Impressions

Paul and Bence spent some time building up the new Madone and here's some photos and first impressions on this amazing new aero machine from Trek.

With unsurpassed levels of integration built in, the Madone provided a good challenge for our mechanics at Bespoke Canary Wharf. We're used to the time consuming intricacies of building the Speed Concept or Specialized's Shiv, (or any TT bike for that matter...), but there's so much new stuff going on with the Madone that it adds whole new levels.

"Building a Madone for the first time any mechanic will really have to study the manual pretty hard" says Paul. "The cabling is pretty complicated, everything must be measured and cut very precisely before final installation: almost every cable is internal."

The control port on the downtube also includes a lot of work. For mechanical groupsets it houses a barrel adjuster mechanism, for electronic groupsets it actually houses a power input for charging the battery. There's a lot going on inside these tubes!

Seeing the bike in the flesh you really see the KVF tube profiling is at a whole new level. This thing looks seriously futuristic.

The integrated tube-in-tube IsoSpeed decoupler takes technology from the Domane and just runs with it. Trek claim that this makes the new Madone an astonishing 57.5% more vertically compliant than it's nearest competitor. What does that mean for you? This is a really comfortable aero bike.

Additionally, Trek have really pulled out all the stops in the aesthetics department. The matte black finish with ghosted Trek graphics looks amazing and the contrasting high-gloss and turquoise panels really add to the looks. Stunning.

Please get in touch now about the various Madone models and delivery times.

The model pictured is the 9.2, with an RRP of £4,500. We've swopped out the Bontrager Paradigm wheelset for the Aeolus 5 for the photos, a more aero wheelset.