If you're looking to take your riding to dizzyingly fast new heights, then a Trek Madone is a great purchase, but which one is right for you?
One of the most sought after bikes, the Trek Madone is an incredible machine, but with a few different iterations out there what can you expect at different price points? Well we have broken down what makes these different offerings tick.
The Trek Madone is the pick of the pros, being the American company’s aero bike. It may weigh a little bit more than its lightweight counterpart, the Émonda, but through its aerodynamic design the Madone saves you watts, sending you further on less energy.
The Trek Madone 2017: best bits and prices
Being one of the most coveted bikes, both in the professional peloton and in shops everywhere, the Trek Madone is a fairly costly machine.
The cheapest way to get your hands on one would see you buying their Madone 9 Series frameset for £3,600 but you’d still only be halfway to owning a Trek Madone.
The range goes from the aforementioned frameset, right the way up to their Madone Race Shop Limited which is used by the likes of Alberto Contador in the WorldTour team, Trek-Segafredo. This pro-level specimen would set you back a cool £11,500.
Despite being named after Lance Armstrong’s favourite training climb, the Madone is built for flatter rides and descending making it the antithesis of a bike for climbing.
To cut through the air like the Trek Madone does, you need to make a smooth looking bike and Trek have done just that with a full integrated system.
That system includes an access point at the top of the down tube, making it easy to make adjustments to the junction box or the Vector wings that allow the front bike to stay integrated even when making sharp turns.
Being a full on road racing bike, the Trek Madone is a super stiff offering and you’d be forgiven for thinking that it would be uncomfortable to ride.
However, thanks to Trek’s new IsoSpeed Decoupler the Madone has comfort aplenty as the IsoSpeed system allows you to adjust the amount of flex in your seat post (in simplistic terms). Trek claim that the new system allows for a 20 per cent adjustment range, making your rides pretty smooth.
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Take a look at the different models in the range…
Trek Madone 9 Series (Frameset only): £3,600
If you’re looking to get a Trek Madone on the ‘cheap’ a frameset might be the way to go.
Unlike the high end Race Shop Ltd model which uses the 700 series OCLV carbon, the 9 series frameset uses the 600 iteration and while it’s not the lightest carbon on the market, it has a claimed weight of 2.27kg for the frameset alone. Complete with integrated brakes and the IsoSpeed Decoupler, all you’ll have to do is source the rest.
If you’re looking for a bit of colour on your bike though, you’ll struggle here as the frame is only sold in the matte black finish.
Trek Madone 9.2: £4,800
If you’re looking for a complete Trek Madone, then the 9.2 is your best bet.
This offering comes with full mechanical Shimano Ultegra 11 speed (6800 at the time of writing) giving incredibly smooth shifting but saving on cost.
Trek paired this frame with their own brand Bontrager Aura 5 Tubeless ready clinchers. Using 50mm hoops, the Madone furthers its aero capabilities, but unlike the next model up the wheels are not full carbon using an alloy brake track.
Being a complete bike it weighs more than the frameset with a claimed weight of 7.58kg.
Trek Madone 9.5: £6,500
Despite using the same frame as the 9.2, the Trek Madone 9.5 has some noticeable upgrades with the inclusion of full carbon Vision Metron 40 LTD wheels and the shiny new Dura-Ace mechanical groupset.
Riders also have the choice of going with an electronic groupset if they prefer at no extra cost. Unlike the 9.2 though, the 9.5 only comes in the one colour way with Trek calling it ‘Gunmetal Grey’, unless you use the Project One customisation service.
There is also a female specific version but this is only available as the 9.5, so any women cyclists who are looking at a Madone this is the only ‘specific’ version on offer.
Despite being labelled female specific, there is no information describing how this differs from the other models but we would assume the geometry would be more fitting.
Trek Madone 9.9: £9,000
Taking a cue from the 9.2, the Trek Madone 9.9 uses Bontrager wheels but this time they have gone all out with the full carbon Aeolus 5 tubeless ready clinchers.
The 50mm clinchers are Bontrager’s top of the range hoops that are also included on the WorldTour ready Race Shop Ltd bike. The full Dura-Ace Di2 completes the consummate bike, making race ready for all but the toughest of rides.
Trek Madone Race Shop Ltd: £11,500
For the price of decent car you can buy the absolute cream of the crop by buying the Race Shop Ltd (RSL) Madone.
The RSL differs from the 9.9 in that it uses what Trek claim to be the lightest carbon going in their 700 OCLV Carbon frame. The frame is so light that Trek claim that the whole bike is under the UCI race weight limit coming in at 6.77kg making it 3g lighter than the 6.8kg weight limit. Boasting the full integrated braking and steering system, coupled with Dura-Ace Di2 and incredible wheels, this beautiful machine the exact same that Trek-Segafredo pros ride to victory on.
Buying a Trek Madone is a serious purchase but hopefully you’ll have a clearer understanding of which one will be the best choice for you.