New Trek Madone Headed for Tour de France?

2013 Trek Madone 7 spy shots

Spotted by VeloNews editor Caley Fretz at Dauphine is a new Trek Madone 7 road bike. While not particularly called out as an aero road bike, it gets Shimano’s new Dura-Ace aero road brake under the bottom bracket. It definitely gives the bike a sleeker overall appearance, and moves weight downward for a lower center of gravity.

Interestingly, the fork, besides have some pretty skinny legs, gets the rear facing dropouts like the recently announced Domane.

Looks like the Radioshack Nissan Trek bikes are running older cranksets with power meters mixed with all new DA9000 components.

2013 Trek Madone 7 spy shots

While not particularly revealing, this video shows the RadioShack team service course, and about two minutes in mentions that the riders will be on new frames for the Tour de France.

Thanks to Will for the tip!

Comments

uglyyeti - 06/04/12 - 9:35am

A DuraAce U-brake? Why didn’t they think of that in 1988?

MTB - 06/04/12 - 9:41am

I don’t know about putting your rear brake under the BB.
It’s going to collect more debris, especially on wet conditions.
The part of my bike that gets dirty the most is the BB area.

ajh - 06/04/12 - 11:52am

if you are going to redesign the bike to be aero then do so. This is is most likely less aero than the medone with the shark fin.

Also thank you Shimano. If I want to get your new “Aero” brake and 11 speed I now need a new frame to go with my new 11spd wheels. Next you will be telling me that to get that new disc brake I will need a new frame and new disc wheels.

Isaac cross - 06/04/12 - 11:53am

Love the video, the presenter was like a Belgian Sean Connery. Always love these service course peices. I can imagine my self rolling along on a wheely chair painting thin layers of mastic on 40 grand worth wheels.
Too much fun.

James - 06/04/12 - 12:03pm

ajh – You do not need a new frame for Shimano 11 speed, the aero brake is simply an option for frames designed to accept such a brake. Also, how do you come up with “most likely less aero” than another madone? If you are thinking of the old 1st generation madone they got rid of that little fin because it didn’t do anything and Lance didn’t like the styling. Anyway, cheer up, new Dura Ace is good for the economy, bad for savings accounts.

Louis - 06/04/12 - 12:10pm

That doesn’t look remotely aero so I’m wondering if they aren’t doing it for other reasons. Cervelo has said that the seat stays are largely irrelevant, Quintana Roo has a Tri bike with one seat stay eliminated, and many brands (Cannondale, Scott, Specialized etc) market seat stay features that are supposed to increase comfort. Maybe removing the brake from the sett stay gives them the freedom to put the brake in an already beefy and overbuilt area of the frame (the BB) and remove more material from the seat stay. You could remove the brake brace/mount and sculpt the seat stays however you wished.

Having ridden a bike with a chain stay mounted brake though (tri bike) they are finicky and don’t provide nearly the same modulation or power. Though maybe this new Dura Ace brake is better.

Whatever - 06/04/12 - 12:44pm

It will be more telling when Trek finally makes an ISP bike. That’ll be more than news and perhaps means they are marketing to real riders.

But the reality is they are just like Spec. Too many fat people who think they will only be super awesome if they have the highest end bike buy they can get. And so Trek has a seat mast, and no ISP since, that’ll kill resale to the people that finally end up with the bikes as designed; you know, the skinny fast guys on the 1-, 2-, and 3- year older model Treks and Specs..

And Project One buyers could probably never quote you a saddle height anyway.

More yawn from Trek, and honestly unless TdF goes well, not a single Pro result from Team Johan this year either.

Atlaz - 06/04/12 - 1:13pm

They had them at the Tour de Luxembourg too but nobody rode them at all. Odd they’d have them in the service course but not actually get them out. Suggests either a grand unveiling to come or perhaps they’re just trying them out on warm up sessions.

Pancakes - 06/04/12 - 5:33pm

Real riders want masts? Do real riders never ship their bikes?

The Madone has one of the more elegant solutions to the silly mast thing, but I’d still rather have a regular 27.2 or 31.8 seatpost.

Bazookasean - 06/04/12 - 5:41pm

Velonews show more pics. This bike uses the Kamm tail foil. Aero tubes with the tail removed (like the Scott foil). They are almost as aero in a straight line and more-so at yaw. these frames are as light as ISP bike and as compliant. The seat cap on the Madone works much better the a post. the big bonus is that water doesn’t infiltrate the frame from the rear tire.

wigs - 06/04/12 - 5:47pm

there’s a reason for the seatmast. all bikes should have a flattened seat tube and enormous BB. comfy and beefcake.

JESUS CHRISTO - 06/04/12 - 11:19pm

Please stop the BB90/95 madness. For the love of god. Love these bikes othewise.

Joshua Murdock - 06/04/12 - 11:30pm

OH NO!! I don’t have an ISP on any of my bikes! I guess that even though I train hard, wrench full-time at a shop and race on my own dime I’m still not a REAL cyclist… Hmmm, if only I could figure out a way to win some internet trash-talker’s approval so I can be a real cyclist someday…

Any hints? Should I slam a 130 stem to the headset at -17? Should I make sure my bike is expensive, obscure, UCI approved, and on the Bike Rumor Non-Dentist Approved List?

Also, if I bash recreational riders who have nicer bikes than I, will it increase my VO2 Max? Why else would you guys do it?

Wolber - 06/04/12 - 11:46pm

@Whatever, you are seriously waiting for Trek to make an ISP? Even though they already make an integrated seatmast on their Madones (5 and 6 series)? As Pancakes said, Trek’s solution to the whole ISP insanity (a trend which several big bike makers jumped ship on, or have never adopter) is lighter, simpler, more attractive and generally more elegant than anything else out there. ISPs (including Trek’s) are a ridiculous solution to a problem that NO ONE had.

And what the hell is this nonsense about “real riders” wanting an ISP? Are riders of Specialized, Cannondale, Cervelo, etc., not “real riders”? Are you really so ignorant as to think that your choice of seatpost determines how seriously you take this sport? Someone should tell Ryder Hesjedal to man up and get a bike that he needs a saw to fit to, because clearly not one could take his ride at this year’s Giro seriously, given the lack of integration between frame and seatpost.

As for questions about the rear brake, if it’s anything like the one on the Speed Concept, it will certainly require more work (both in setup and maintenance) than a standard brake, but should work excellently. Trek’s own house-brand front and rear brakes integrate seamlessly and provide very good, sharp lever feel and great stopping power, so I can only imagine that, with Shimano’s considerable talent for designing brakes, these will be even better.

van der Commander - 06/05/12 - 12:25am

I wonder how mechanics will adjust brakes from team cars now. Maybe we’ll see all the teams moving into vans with sliding doors so the mechanics can get nice and low.

Nicolás - 06/05/12 - 1:11am

One question: what will happen with all those bikes after the end of the season?

Whatever - 06/05/12 - 2:20am

Nice ride @ Vodoo, Joshua. Clearly a nice bike in the hands of a fast guy. The way it should be. Slowing love for the dentist-bike-buying rolling deep section on the MUP is not you. It seems so forced.

I stand by my comments. Clearly none of you bashing the bashing have ridden a nice ISP. It is life changing and one on the best improvements in road frames in a while. A problem solved no one had? Gimmeabreak. How many of us have had an exact saddle height for years. Set the post once, and NEVER adjust it EVER again. Well, except to dump out water after getting caught in the rain. That is a problem ripe for solving. And creak removing. You ridden a Madone seatmast? It’s like a metronome when your really go to work.

P.S. We don’t travel with our good bikes. Only Tri dorks need to do that. And then they have shipping issues with those super awesome handlebars anyway.

Bazookasean - 06/05/12 - 3:36pm

I ride 6 series madone w/ a round post seatmast. I’ve also ridden TCRs with ISP. I prefer the madone. All the stiffness I need and I’m 220 lbs. You might have ridden the older teardrop post that were flexier but like all bike companies, they improved there designs. I’ll be you this design is better that the one I ride. So don’t judge this untill you ride it. I’m sure you haven’t ridden THIS madone and if you have, congratulations on being on Radioshack Nissan Trek. Say hi to Johann.

Jens - 06/06/12 - 9:41pm

Trek seem to be following Museeuw http://en.museeuwbikes.be/bikes/race/mf-xx I’m not a big fan of North American bikes, to much marketing and hype. I have a Museeuw MF-Lugano and it is the most incredible bike I have had.

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