Rim brakes may seem like an endangered species with the rise of
road disc brakes, but they're not dead yet! This Madone is a
perfect example of how seamlessly rim brakes can be integrated into
an aero road frameset, with the direct mount brakes tucked neatly
out of the airflow.
Together with Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting this makes for a
particularly neat and elegant bike, and one that isn't short on
tech where it's needed. Like it's disc-equipped counterpart in the
Madone range there is adjustable top tube IsoSpeed damping, helping
to ensure that whilst this is a full-on performance aero road
machine it is also remarkably comfortable on longer rides.
photos by Bobby Whittaker