TREK MADONE 9.5 WOMEN’S
Trek’s flagship speed machine is packed to the gunnels with features
MODEL Trek Madone 9.5 Women’s GROUPSET Shimano Ultegra Di2 GEARING 50/34t crankset; 11-28t cassette WHEELS Vision Metron 40 LTD TYRES Bontrager R3 Hard Case Lite; 700x25c FINISHING KIT Madone integrated bar/stem OCLV carbon, Madone Micro Adjust carbon seatmast, Bontrager Ajna Pro carbon saddle WEIGHT 7.13kg (52cm) PRICE £6,500 CONTACT trekbikes.com
As a lighter rider I typically find myself affected more by strong winds, and I usually struggle into headwinds. The Trek not only felt stable and comfortable in the gusty conditions – more so even than my own Specialized Tarmac road bike – but it somehow also always felt really eager to go. It encourages an attacking riding style, and it was great fun to tuck down low and push it hard to make the guys suffer. On a long solo breakaway this would be the bike I’d want to be on, when you can feel the aero benefits working in your favour. Equally, though, the Madone is also plenty stiff and light enough to be capable in a crit race. I’m probably opening a can of worms for saying this, but I also really liked the colour scheme. The deep dark blue was unusual, and really worked well against the pink logos. Some women will hate the pink but I think it’s a classy look with just the right amount of feminine touch.