2019 Trek Madone SLR first-ride review: Upping the ante

The Trek Madone SLR takes all that was good with the previous Madone and made the new bike markedly better in seemingly every way. It’s now offered in both disc-brake and rim-brake variants, it’s supposedly just as aerodynamic as before (in both versions), the ride quality is more balanced and composed, and it even looks … The post 2019 Trek Madone SLR first-ride review: Upping the ante appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc first ride review

Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc first ride review

Contradictions such as 'aero' and 'comfortable' often found a happy marriage in the first iteration of the Trek Madone with an IsoSpeed Decoupler. On the new Trek Madone SLR, that comfort — or, more accurately, that flexing under the rider — is adjustable. And, yes, the new bike comes with hydraulic discs. I took the top-shelf Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc for a fun ride in Wisconsin for the launch, and then snuck in a few mountain rides back home in Boulder . Here are my first impressions. Trek Madone ICON paint photo gallery Trek Madone adds discs, adjustable IsoSpeed to new SLR Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc highlights Complete Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9170 hydraulic group Adjustable IsoSpeed under the top tube Integrated bar/stem now has adjustable bar angle Available in stock, Project One and now ICON paint finishes Zoom, zoom ride impressions Aero bikes are fun to ride fast. ...

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Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance 11Storm tubeless tyres review

James Spender Friday, June 15, 2018 - 13:27 Hutchinson are showing the way with just how good tubeless tyres can be. Fast, supple, easy to install wirth added puncture protection 4.5 / 5 £39.95 each From the originators of tubeless tyres – that’s right, you could have been riding tubeless road tyres from 2006 with Hutchinson’s help – comes a new trio of tubeless ready tyres. The tyres’ names are a tad confusing, the Hutchinson website more so, but what is clear is just how good the French company’s new tubeless line up is. The range revolves around Hutchinson’s new rubber compound, 11Storm. Hutchinson says 11Storm has been proven in independent tests (performed by Finland’s Wheel Energy lab) to be significantly better in every way to its previous best HDF compound, offering an average 14% less rolling resistance, 19% more durability and 11% more grip in the wet. 11Storm features ...

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2018 Sea Otter Classic tech gallery, part two

Sensory overload. That’s maybe the best way to describe how it feels to be a gear geek walking the expo area at the Sea Otter Classic. For those of us very much in love with the full breadth of cycling stuff, from enduro mountain bikes to skinny-tire roadies, Sea Otter offers a feast for the … The post 2018 Sea Otter Classic tech gallery, part two appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Clutch performance: Degenkolb's Domane with Ultegra RX

Clutch performance: Degenkolb's Domane with Ultegra RX

John Degenkolb, winner of the 2015 Paris-Roubaix, will be racing this year's edition of the Hell of the North aboard a Trek Domane equipped with a Shimano Ultegra RX805 clutch rear derailleur, among other modifications. Fat and happy: Paris-Roubaix pros' tubulars of choice Special edition Giant Defy for Teunissen at Paris-Roubaix Degenkolb's 2015 Roubaix-winning Giant Defy (a 2014 model) Degenkolb and other members of his Trek-Segafredo squad have been testing out the brand-new Shimano road clutch derailleur ahead of Paris-Roubaix. BikeRadar tailed the team on its Tour of Flanders recon ride to film Degenkolb trying out the Ultegra RX on his Domane. Trek-Segrafredo technical director Matt Shriver said he had been asking Shimano for a clutch rear derailleur for two years. Just like with Shimano's Shadow Plus clutch derailleur for mountain bike, the Ultegra RX is designed to reduce unwanted chain movement. For Shriver, there are two main benefits to ...

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John Degenkolb’s Paris-Roubiax Trek Domane SLR

John Degenkolb’s already got one cobblestone trophy to his name; it’s probably sitting somewhere on his mantelpiece at home, wedged up against the trophy from his first Classics win in the same year, Milan Sanremo. After winning Paris-Roubaix back in 2015 where he outsprinting Zdenek Štybar and Greg Van Avermaet, it’s more than understandable that’ll … The post John Degenkolb’s Paris-Roubiax Trek Domane SLR appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bontrager's new Aeolus XXX wheels offer "best-in-class aerodynamics"

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Range is also said to provide improved stability and new braking technology

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Mads Pedersen’s Trek Madone 9 Race Shop Limited for the Tour of Flanders — gallery

Mads Pedersen’s Trek Madone 9 Race Shop Limited for the Tour of Flanders — gallery

Niki Terpstra’s solo victory at the 2018 Tour of Flanders may have made the headlines, but 22-year-old Dane Mads Pedersen’s second place was as impressive and perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the 102nd edition of the race. Tour of Flanders: huge tech gallery from De Ronde Horse for the Course: Trek Madone for Flanders Sportive The run into the race finish in Oudenaarde begins at the top of the Paterberg and consists of long, exposed stretches of road. Pedersen’s gap to Terpstra stuck at around 30 seconds in this finale, but with only 15 seconds on the chasing group — including Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet — Pedersen being caught initially seemed inevitable. Racing aboard the aero-specific Trek Madone, Pedersen would have been grateful of his bike choice in the final run-in, using an integrated aero cockpit, deep carbon wheels and the frameset itself for maximum aerodynamic ...

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Tour of Flanders Tech: Pedersen sells his Madone & the bikes that survived Flanders

Supported by What a race! This year’s edition of the Tour of Flanders was as good as ever, with Quick-Step dominating as they have for pretty much the rest of the season so far, Sagan being marked out of the final contention, and Mads Pederson showing his future potential in only his first elite version of the … The post Tour of Flanders Tech: Pedersen sells his Madone & the bikes that survived Flanders appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Horse for the Course: Trek Madone for Flanders sportive

Horse for the Course: Trek Madone for Flanders sportive

I love the Tour of Flanders sportive. Riding the same slippery cobbled climbs as the pros fly up the day after in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, some 16,000 riders tackle the Belgian gran fondo. I am always eager to join the throngs winding through the tiny paved, stone roads, and this year I borrowed a Madone aero bike that Trek set up with its new Aeolus XXX 6 carbon clinchers. An aero horse for the cobbled course The course: Tour of Flanders cyclo sportive, 144km / 90mi, 1,500m / 5,000ft elevation, 16 climbs, mostly cobbled, plus 4 cobbled flat sections ( my Strava from the day ) The horse: Trek Madone 9.5 with Shimano Ultegra Di2, 50/34 & 11-28, Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6 wheels, Bontrager R4 25mm clinchers, Garmin Vector 3 power-meter pedals and Edge 1030 computer The goal: Have fun, stay upright, ride all the climbs From monstercross to ...

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Degenkolb shortens cranks, changes bar for cobbles

Degenkolb shortens cranks, changes bar for cobbles

Former Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb is lining up for the Tour of Flanders on a custom bike that has been modified in a few unusual ways. Laser-etched graphics on brand new wheels, and cranks shortened after gebioMized testing on the cobbles highlight the uniqueness of his Trek Madone. Bontrager claims best-in-class drag, stability and weight for new Aeolus XXX wheels Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6 review Check out Trek's new Project One paint schemes geobioMized on the cobbles Trek-Segafredo technical director Matt Shriver worked with German biometric company geobioMized to test a variety of product and positions with his riders over the winter, measuring pressure on their saddles and under their feet. Riding on pavement and cobbles, the team tested various types of frames, handlebars, wheels and positions. One takeaway for Degenkolb was a shift from 172.5mm cranks to 170mm cranks for the cobbled classics. "Degenkolb tends to shift his pelvis ...

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New Bontrager Aeolus XXX aero wheels focus on stability, weight, and braking

Bontrager Aeolus XXX wheels

Bontrager introduced its current range of Aeolus D3 carbon fiber aero road wheels back in 2011, and given the normally frenetic pace of change at this pointy end of the market, that seems like a lifetime ago. However, aerodynamic road wheel development had already grown very mature by that time, and it’s perhaps more a … The post New Bontrager Aeolus XXX aero wheels focus on stability, weight, and braking appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Just in: Bontrager’s Aeolus XXX 4 wheels are quick to stop

The new Aeolus XXX lineup from Bontrager is meant for everything from gravel to pavement. But if you’re looking for the work horse of the group, look no further than the Aeolus XXX 4s. Situated in the middle of the line, the 4s are deep enough to be your go-to aero wheel, yet light enough […] The post Just in: Bontrager’s Aeolus XXX 4 wheels are quick to stop appeared first on Bikerumor .

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First Ride: Bontrager Aeolus XXX 4 wheels

First Ride: Bontrager Aeolus XXX 4 wheels

Bontrager's XXX 4 wheels are very good. They build on an already-impressive Aeolus platform with modern refinements. Read the full article at First Ride: Bontrager Aeolus XXX 4 wheels on VeloNews.com .

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Bontrager completely revamps Aeolus XXX line with Laser Control, new profiles, more

It’s taken three years of development, more than 10,000 design iterations, and complex FEA, CFD, and wind tunnel testing, but the newest additions to the Bontrager wheel family look like they may have been worth the wait. Fresh off the Bontrager workbench is the Aeolus XXX carbon – in three completely different depths and shapes. Not […] The post Bontrager completely revamps Aeolus XXX line with Laser Control, new profiles, more appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6 review

Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6 review

Can deep wheels be fast and not sketchy in high winds? Bontrager engineers set out to achieve a low-drag, low-side-force aero wheel, and have largely achieved that in the new Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6. The 60mm rim is super-wide at the brake track — 28mm, in fact — but tapers down to more of a pointed rim bed than other stable-in-crosswind aero wheels like the Zipp NSW that have snub-nosed spoke beds. Bontrager also added a new laser-etched brake track for the Aeolus XXX line, which also has less deep rim versions in the 2 (28mm) and 4 (47mm), as well as disc-brake and tubular options for all rim heights. Side pressure, but without the sudden jerks After riding the wheels on a number of blustery Colorado days, I can say the wheels handle calmly for such deep aero hoops. On days with 20-30mph steady winds and higher gusts, I ...

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Bontrager claims best-in-class drag, stability and weight for new Aeolus XXX wheels

Bontrager claims best-in-class drag, stability and weight for new Aeolus XXX wheels

Bontrager’s new Aeolus XXX wheels are faster and more stable than comparable models from Zipp and ENVE, the Wisconsin company claims. Trek and Bontrager engineers spent more than two years on the project, incorporating FEA, CFD, optimization software, wind-tunnel work and feedback from pro riders. Some 10,000 potential rim shapes were analyzed, the company claims. By melding engineering work with real-world analysis — like having test riders flag points in rides where they felt unstable and crosschecking that against wind and side-force data — Bontrager claims it now has the best all-around wheels you can buy. Building on the Aeolus D3 wheels launched in 2011, Bontrager spent two years developing the latest Aeolus XXX line of aero wheels that come in 20mm, 40mm and 60mm rim profiles. The wheels have a whopping 21mm internal-rim width and 27mm or 28mm external brake-track widths but a more pointed shape than the snub-nosed ...

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