Trek Madone 2013: Stiffer, Lighter, More Aero

The new 2013 Trek Madone series are coming with improvements to aerodynamics, weight and stiffness. 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7-series are OCLV carbon, while 2 series are alloy. The top of the line model, Trek Madone 7.9, at 40kph in a 10° crosswind, claiming to save 25 watts over the prior model (distance not specified). In addition to the aerodynamic improvements, frame weight has dropped down to 750 grams (7-series) (from 915g to 750g, a 165g savings). Compared to previous 7 series of Trek Madone, it cuts almost 200 grams from the frame and fork without diminishing ride quality or stiffness.

Trek Madone 6 and 7 series continue to be “Made in USA”.

Madone series have completely redesigned to incorporate aerodynamic tube profiles borrowed from Trek’s Speed Concept time trial bikes.

The positioning of the rear brake is one of the key frame features that is included on the 5, 6 and 7 Series of Madone. Trek have moved it down to sit behind and below the bottom bracket, rather than attaching to a bridge between the seatstays. With that re-positioning, they reduced the aerodynamic drag. The new position of the rear brake also removes the braking forces from the seatstays, allowing Trek to use less material at the seatstays. This means a lighter frame. 6-Series frame, with a Shimano Dura-Ace groupset and Bontrager’s Aeolus 3 wheels in a 58cm model weighs 6.8kg (14.96lb) without pedals.

2013 Trek Madone 7.9
2013 Trek Madone 7.9
2013 Trek Madone no rear brake between seatstays
2013 Trek Madone seatstays (5, 6, 7 series): No rear brake between them.
2013 Trek Madone rear brake
The new position of 2013 Trek Madone rear brake (5, 6, 7 series): below the bottom bracket.

The Madone frames are now available in two fits: their performance oriented H2 and a new super-pro H1. To get the rider in a fast but comfortable position, H2 uses a slightly taller headtube. But it is still allowing that “pro” look of a flat stem with minimal spacers. H2 will suit most riders. The new H1 fit has a slightly lower headtube and allows a bit more aerodynamic riding position.

To keep the frame a dropped chain, Madone come up with Trek’s 3S integrated chain keeper which mounts directly to its frame via a threaded hole just north of the bottom bracket.

2013 Trek Madone chain keeper
2013 Trek Madone chain keeper

Trek Madone Series Comparison Table

MODEL EQUIPPED WITH DESCRIPTION PRICE (APPROX.) ($)
7.9 Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 11,549.99
7.9 WSD Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Lady version 11,549.99
7.7 Shimano Dura-Ace  7,979.99
6.5 Shimano Ultegra Di2 6,619.99
6.2 WSD Shimano Ultegra Lady version 4,619.99
6.2 Shimano Ultegra 4,619.99
5.9 Shimano Ultegra Di2 5,039.99
5.2 WSD Shimano Ultegra Lady version  3,569.99
5.2 Shimano Ultegra 3,569.99
4.7 Shimano Ultegra Mix* 3,149.99
4.5 WSD Shimano Ultegra Mix* Lady version
4.5 Shimano Ultegra Mix*
3.1 WSD Shimano 105 Lady version
3.1 Shimano 105  2,039.99
2.3 Shimano 105 Mix*
2.1 Shimano 105 Mix*

*Mix means some parts are the highest level of the mentioned Shimano series, some parts are below.

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