“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.


Michael - 05/11/12 - 10:01pm

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

ryan - 05/11/12 - 10:27pm

Whats with that bar/lever position? ……..terrible!

Evan - 05/11/12 - 10:27pm

Can someone explain that bar position to me?

harro chan - 05/12/12 - 12:18am

trek can’t even tape their bikes properly

Col. VonSpanker - 05/12/12 - 12:32am

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.

WV Cycling - 05/12/12 - 2:35am

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.

Ali - 05/12/12 - 5:11am

Surely that bar and lever position isn’t right….?

LarsV - 05/12/12 - 6:51am

Shut up, folks 😀

None of us mere mortals are worthy to criticize Jens’s bike :-)

Mike - 05/12/12 - 6:52am

“Shut up TREK” and do something about that horrible seat post configuration.

TRVS - 05/12/12 - 7:28am

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.

someslowguy - 05/12/12 - 8:17am

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.

Mike - 05/12/12 - 9:24am

someslowguy- Seatmast looks hideous, not a clean looking design at all.

feg - 05/12/12 - 10:35am

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.

Mark W. - 05/12/12 - 10:57am

wow, i feel old and im only 22
bars have been done like that before, just not recently with the new bar styles
you guys are so old you are forgetting things


Taps - 05/12/12 - 12:48pm

@feg that’s because the trek model he is riding uses a seat mast and sleeve, not a standard seatpost

ZachOverholt - 05/12/12 - 1:06pm

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.

Joshua Murdock - 05/12/12 - 9:15pm

“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.

El Xombo - 05/13/12 - 1:41pm

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.

Reeed - 05/13/12 - 2:15pm

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

Misterha - 05/13/12 - 2:29pm

I guess hating on trek is the new cool thing to do these days

Joshua Murdock - 05/13/12 - 3:50pm

Hating on Specialized is soooooo last winter, Misterha. Trek is the latest internet comment-thread target; get with it! haha

Reeed - 05/13/12 - 8:56pm

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? 😉

Mike - 05/14/12 - 6:47am

I guess I am both ahead and behind the times as I’ve been hating on Trek for over 20 years.

ben - 05/15/12 - 11:39am

Why do the nicest products always receive the most hate? Trek seems to know what they are doing as the largest bicycle company, and their bikes have seen more podiums than most other bike manufacturers.

And the bike Voigt is actual racing at AToC doesn’t have the bar as aggressively turned down. Bicycling mag has a few photos of their own: http://www.bicycling.com/news/tour-california/jens-voigts-new-trek-madone-69-ssl-tour-california-photos

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