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Products That Win – Part 3 – Trek

September 28, 2010

Cycling’s greatest legacy.  That’s what Trek says about the Madone family of bikes, and it is no wonder.  Nine Tour de France victories in 12 years.  The Giro.  The Vuelta.  Tour of the Basque Country.  Tour of Utah.  The list of race wins and podium places goes on and on.  Trek’s work on the Madone, born from the 5000 series bikes of the nineties, is itself a tour de force.  Consistently developing new building techniques and technologies, Trek currently produces one of the most advanced bikes on the market.

Unlike other brands where different models are designed for different rides or races, Trek’s Madone is designed around different fit platforms.  Changing rider position provides the cyclist with the comfort and control they need regardless of their riding goals while giving everyone the same legendary ride quality.  And that concept makes sense.  If a rider is more comfortable and better balanced based on their unique physical characteristics, they are going to ride faster and further.  All in a fit change.

So how does Trek accommodate so many riders on one platform?  Enter Trek’s H-fit system.  Tour winning geometry coupled with one of three different headtube lengths.  The result is a bike that either caters to the most flexible, greatest range of hip rotation, greatest core strength athletes with the H1 fit—the shortest headtube option, to the H2 fit, perfect for most performance oriented enthusiasts by providing a slightly higher handlebar position, to the H3 fit, the highest headtube option coupled with other geometry adjustments to improve bike stability—perfect for the road rider looking for maximum comfort over aerodynamics.  With this stable of fits, coupled with eight sizes, there is a Madone for everyone and every ride.

And that’s just one of the technologies Trek uses to make a race-winning bike.

Other Madone technologies include the BB90 bottom bracket, the widest bottom bracket available on a road bike.  Decreasing the amount of extra inserts and bottom bracket parts reduces weight and component wear, while the wide stance increases drivetrain stiffness.  There is also the Madone’s fork which uses a tapered, asymmetric design that increases steering control and ride comfort, the specially shaped seat mast that provides a more compliant ride, the internal cable routing and special harnesses for Shimano’s electronic Di2 group, and that world renown legacy.

Check out this time-lapse of what it takes to create a Project One bike for Team Radio Shack, or you!

The 2011 Madone really is a bike for everyone.  The 6.9 SSL and other 6 series bikes offer made-in-the-USA OCLV construction of the most advanced composite materials out there and offer Trek’s Project One custom paint and kit selection options.  5 series Madones, from the 5.9 to the 5.1, offer the same frame tube shapes, seat mast, and internal cable routing as the 6 series bikes and use Trek’s TCT carbon to help make the bike more affordable.  4 series Madone’s bring the entry point to the biggest name in road bikes to more with even more affordable models that use more traditional external cable routing and a standard seat post.

Trek’s legacy is in the Madone, and you can make your own getting on one of these great bikes.  Stop in any Bicycle Sport Shop location today and take a Madone for a test ride.   And talk with our rentals department about getting on a Madone for your next cycling event or adventure.

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