Trek’s flag­ship speed ma­chine is packed to the gun­nels with fea­tures

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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 trek­


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.

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