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