Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc review

Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc review

Before I get into the nitty gritty of the Trek Madone SLR 9’s phenomenal quality, let’s just look at that price tag. Yes, that’s right, it's five figures. For the same (or less) you could buy a new Ducati Scrambler , Kawasaki Z900RS , or a car like the Smart ForTwo in the UK. If you opt for used, how about a 2005 Maserati Quattroporte or 2007 Porsche Boxster ? Yes, the Madone SLR 9 is a serious amount of money, but it’s a serious amount of bike. Best road bikes 2019: how to choose the right one for you Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc first ride review (2018) The Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2019 and has been crowned best superbike . To read reviews of the other contenders and the categories tested across road, mountain and women's bikes, ...

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Richie Porte's Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc eTap — gallery

Richie Porte's Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc eTap — gallery

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . Richie Porte ( Trek-Segafredo ) began his 2019 season with a new team, a new bike and an unreleased groupset. SRAM's new 12-speed RED eTap AXS groupset was still unreleased at the race — where the Tasmanian finished second on general classification and won the final stage — but was being used by the entire Trek-Segafredo and Katusha-Alpecin squads, as well as Trek-Segafredo and CCC Team in the Santos Women's Tour Down Under. SRAM 12-speed RED eTap AXS HRD review Trek-Segafredo announce SRAM partnership The new groupset opens up new gearing combinations as the extra cog allows for a 10-tooth option on the cassette, as well as a larger bottom gear. Porte opted for the 50/37 chainring option combined with a 10-28t cassette, a similar combination to traditional racing gearing of 53/39x11-25. Trek-Segafredo is one of a number of teams in the WorldTour ...

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Top 5 2019 road bike trends

The new Trek Madone Disc in standard Project One finish

With 2019 fast approaching, we thought it was time to look into the BikeRadar crystal ball of truth and power to see what road cycling trends next year has in store. So sit back and feast your eyes upon the hottest trends in road cycling right now. Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc first ride review Top 5 aero road bikes 1. Aero bikes come of age In the bad old days, aero bikes were a pain in the arse, in both the literal and figurative sense. Fussy integrated cockpits, labyrinthine internal cable routing and punishing amounts of stiffness meant that your ‘free speed’ came at a steep cost in terms of maintenance time and comfort. However, in 2019, that’s starting to change. Take Trek’s latest Madone SLR Disc for example. It’s got all the wind tunnel-tested chops you expect from an out and out speed machine, yet retains a comfy ...

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Bontrager Aeolus XXX 4 TLR Clincher Road Wheelset

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Versatile wheels that are lightweight and stiff with excellent stability 9/10

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Jasper Stuyven’s Trek Madone Disc — gallery

Jasper Stuyven’s Trek Madone Disc — gallery

First spotted at the Criterium du Dauphine and released a few weeks later, the updated Trek Madone Disc has since been raced extensively by the American brand’s WorldTour sponsored team, Trek-Segafredo. Top 5 custom bikes at the Tour de France Tour de Suisse massive race tech gallery Criterium du Dauphine massive tech gallery On Thursday, Jasper Stuyven took victory on the new Trek Madone Disc at stage 4 of the BinckBank Tour in Belgium. Photographed here at the Tour de Suisse, Jasper Stuyven's Trek Madone Disc is in the traditional Trek-Segafredo team colours of red and white. For the Tour de France , the squad were each given Trek’s special ICON paint scheme , although the team’s sole stage victory came aboard a Trek Domane in the same colours as Stuyven’s bike here during stage 9 of the race. All of Trek-Segafredo’s bikes, however, share the same selection of Shimano ...

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Tour de France tech: the new bikes, tech and trends from this year's race

Tour de France tech: the new bikes, tech and trends from this year's race

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews . After 21 stages and 3,351 kilometres of racing, 145 of the original 176 riders who started this year's Tour de France crossed the line on the Champs-Elysées for a final time, rounding off nearly a month of racing and a lifetime of preparation for some. Aside from the racing, new bikes, components, clothing and trends have all emerged at this year's race alongside the usual custom-painted framesets and limited-edition parts that inevitably appear at the biggest race in the world. Here we take a look at some of the new products, the most successful bikes and components, and collate all of the individual pro bike galleries and tech news from the 2018 Tour de France . Who won, and with what? Here we list each stage winner, team, frameset, groupset and pair of wheels. Stage 1: Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), S-Works Venge/Shimano Dura-Ace ...

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Tour de France bikes: John Degenkolb's Trek Madone Disc — gallery

Tour de France bikes: John Degenkolb's Trek Madone Disc — gallery

John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) took a stage victory on stage nine of this year’s Tour de France and in doing so, the German took his biggest victory since a career-threatening training accident back in 2016. Horse for the Course: Trek Madone for Flanders sportive Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc first ride review Riding on the more endurance-focused Trek Domane for the cobbles of Northern France, Degenkolb has used the new Trek Madone Disc for most of the other stages during the race so far, which was released in the days leading up to the Tour, as well as using the lightweight Trek Emonda Disc frameset for the mountain stages of the race. Launched at the same time as the new Madone frameset, Trek announced an accompanying special run of paint finishes for the frameset, dubbed ICON . For the opening stages of the 2018 Tour de France, Trek-Segafredo ran ...

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Trek Emonda ALR first-ride review: Light and fast, but best on smooth roads

It wasn’t all that long ago that aluminum was considered largely obsolete as a frame material: too soft and heavy relative to carbon fiber, not as much zing or “life” as steel or titanium. But the material is nevertheless enjoying a strong resurgence, and Trek is the latest major brand to add fuel to that … The post Trek Emonda ALR first-ride review: Light and fast, but best on smooth roads appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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