Trek Madone 5 se­ries $3,800 to $5,200

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Gear Review Aero Road Bikes -

Thep­rin­ci­ple of aero road bikes are all bor­rowed from TT and Tri bikes so it’s no sur­prise that Trek’s pro- level per­for­mance road bike uses fea­tures of the Speed Con­cept in­clud­ing Kamm­tail Vir­tual Foil ( kvf) tube pro­files in­cor­po­rated into a road bike de­sign. De­spite cut­ting off the tail, air hit­ting the tube be­haves as if the tail was still there, but with­out it the frame is lighter and han­dling is im­proved, plus it keeps the Madone uci com­pli­ant. In­te­grated front and rear brakes (right into the frame and fork) also shave weight and re­duce drag. Trek’s pro­pri­etary Ride Tuned Seat­mast stream­lines ma­te­rial needed at the junc­tion, also re­duc­ing weight while main­tain­ing just the right ra­tio of firm­ness to f lex­i­bil­ity.

The Madone is highly re­spon­sive on the flats, but it’s also a su­pe­rior climber. Given its light­ness and agility, triath­letes will wel­come head­winds and hilly cour­ses on the Madone. Trek’s H2 fit en­sures front- end com­fort. With a longer head tube there’s no need for spac­ers and min­i­mal strain on your neck and back.

Op­tions to up­grade are plen­ti­ful in­clud­ing mov­ing to an elec­tronic driv­e­train if that’s in your bud­get. The Madone’s clean cable rout­ing is stream­lined whether you’re run­ning elec­tronic or me­chan­i­cal brakes. The seam­less in­te­gra­tion even ex­tends to the seat tube and bot­tom bracket bat­tery mount, as well as the op­tion for Bon­trager’s DuoTrap Wire­less Sen­sor. With the same aero frame shape from the Madone 4 to 7, a range of build-up op­tions are pos­si­ble. Any way you take it, the Madone is a fast, race-ready ride. Once you get on it, you won’t want to get off.

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