“Shut Up Legs” Trek Honors Jens Voigt with Custom Paint for ATOC


In a fashion that’s become a sort of tradition lately, Trek is honoring another one of their star athletes with a custom paint job just before a big event. In this case, the bike honors the people’s favorite of Jens Voigt, offering him a custom painted Trek Madone for Jens to use in the Amgen Tour of California, which starts Sunday.

Everyone’s favorite hard man is known for riding a child’s bike to avoid elimination from the tour and for his many catch phrases such as “shut up legs.”  If you haven’t checked out that link yet, to the Jens Voigt Army Soundboard, you should. It’s a good time. It should come as no surprise then that “shut up legs” would be emblazoned across the top tube, along with a few special touches harking to Jens’ long career racing bikes like “100 crashes, 11 broken bones, 25 screws or pins, 1300 kg of pasta eaten.” We’re not sure if that last one is true, but we’ll take his word for it.

Check out the rest of the bike, along with the complete word from Trek after the break.

From Trek:

(Waterloo, WI) – Trek is excited to announce the unveiling of a Jens Voigt-themed paint scheme designed for the world’s most popular rouleur, just in time for the Amgen Tour of California. The all-new “Shut up Legs” scheme pays homage to one of cycling’s most respected competitors and a nod to one of the more popular post-race quotations attributed to him. Along with the famous quote printed along the top of the top tube, reminding its rider of the hardman’s philosophy of controlling the body with the mind, a weathered wolf’s head is emblazoned on the seat and head tubes, speaking to Jens’ uncanny ability to seemingly always lead the pack. The bike also incorporates amazing statistics from Voigt’s long career as a professional cyclist, with the numbers hidden inside the fork legs and within the downtube logo.

Never short for words, Voigt had a lot to say about the design throughout the concept and development of the bike. “I was thrilled when Trek said they wanted to do a bike for me,” commented Voigt. “We went back and forth about the theme and I talked a lot about the way I approach racing and going for the attack and we came up with this really cool wolf theme. It’s pretty aggressive but I feel like it fits.”

“We wanted to incorporate some of the accomplishments of his huge career so we asked Jens to talk about his career and to list some interesting statistics from his years on a bike,” said Trek VP Joe Vadeboncoeur. “He came back with the standard stuff, ‘64 pro wins, 15 years as a pro, 35 wins as an amateur’ but what was really unique, and this just speaks to who Jens is; was that he included things like ‘100 crashes, 11 broken bones, 25 screws or pins, 1300 kg of pasta eaten’. It was an amazing list that he had kept and we’ve incorporated all of it into the details of the bike.”

The bike will be raced at Tour of California, with a replica on display at Trek’s festival space at each stage. Voigt’s bike is the latest edition in a line of rider-inspired paint schemes crafted by Trek’s in-house Creative Design Studio. Last year during the 2011 Tour de France, Trek unveiled limited-edition paint schemes for Frank and Andy Schleck as well as the popular “Spartacus” bike for Fabian Cancellara.


24 thoughts on ““Shut Up Legs” Trek Honors Jens Voigt with Custom Paint for ATOC

  1. Anyone that questions Jens’ bar postion is a total idiot. As far as I’m concerned he can ride with them flipped upside down. He will crush you all then take your mom out for dinner.

  2. That was the old way of doing things. History will confirm this.
    Probably still his preference.


    Trek: http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/2003/archive/5900
    Specialized: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCProduct.jsp?arc=2003&sid=03S-Works

    Don’t hold me to this, but handlebars and shift levers didn’t start having a flatter area until around the time that 7700 was on the market. A certain uniballer had heavy influence on the flat portion of the hoods, and ultimately had a few words of influence on 7800 also.

  3. Not trying to be a hater, but the (2) most custom Icons are stickers. It would have been classier if they were etched or painted.

    1. You have to look close at the lettering on the bike. All of the words are made up of hundreds of specs from his career. From far away it looks pretty bland, but if you get up close it gets more interesting.

  4. I’m sure these photos are of the display bike NOT his real race bike. I’m sure the hoods will look at bit better in Cali on Sunday.

    Mike – what’s horrible about the seat mast? I rode one for two years and never had any problems.

  5. something is wrong with the seat post. it is bigger than the seat tube it is going into. the race is riding thru my town next week and I’ll try and get a look at the bike in person, even if for a fraction of a second.

  6. “Too bad it’s an Asian frame with a kick-ass paint job…”

    I was unaware Wisconsin was in Asia. I’m not trying to debate the merits of domestic vs foreign carbon… I was just misinformed about the what is considered Asia these days… And before somebody says it, I know that only the 6 series frames are US made. I’m just pointing out that THAT bike is not Asian.

  7. Stickers? That’s the best they can do for Jens? That wolf sticker totally not worthy. Should be an actual wolf’s head. One that he sits on.

  8. Mmmm, another opportunity to demonstrate my refined, discerning tastes in all things cycling by critisizing everything put before me…

  9. No, every new product is the latest internet comment thread target. Every new gruppo is the most heinous to date, allegedly. Re: Dura Ace, Metron TT stuff… god forbid anything be updated or refined. Half the fun of cycling is the impulse buying and retail therapy. If there isn’t new shit to buy, well then…whats the point? 😉

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