Unveiled: Stiffer, Lighter, More Aero 2013 Trek Madone, Plus Trickle Down Domane Endurance Bikes

2013 Trek Madone and Domane aero race and endurance road bikes

Trek has officially unveiled the 2013 Madone race bike with improvements to aerodynamics, weight and stiffness. They’ve also brought the Domane endurance road bike in at lower price points, and 2-series alloy models are available for both bikes.

For the 2013 Madone, the new bike is available in 5, 6 and 7-series OCLV carbon, with the top of the line model claiming to save 25 watts over the prior model at 40kph in a 10° crosswind (distance not specified). In addition to the aero improvements, it drops the frame weight down to 750g (7-series) and cuts almost 200g from the frame and fork without diminishing ride quality or stiffness. Frame weight alone goes from 915g to 750g, a 165g savings. There’s also a new sub-5g “U5 Vapor Coat” finish that uses no decals and minimal paint.

2013 Madone 7.9, MSRP: 11,549.99

The frame has been reshaped with different Kammtail Virtual Foil (KVF) tube profiles, which Trek says gives them the aero advantages they want while also improving vertical compliance over the prior model by 25%. Predictably, there’s no diminishment in lateral stiffness. The KVF shaping goes on the fork as well, and it uses a forward sweeping design like the Domane to give it better fore/aft flex to eat bumps, but is supposedly as stiff as ever.

2013 Madone 7.9 WSD, MSRP: $11,549.99

The frame is now available in two fits, their performance oriented H2 and a new super-pro H1. H2 will suit most riders and uses a slightly taller headtube to get the rider in a fast but comfortable position while still allowing that “pro” look of a flat stem with minimal spacers. The new H1 fit has a slightly lower headtube and is for “with extraordinary range of pelvic rotation, superior core stability, and the desire to get low and aero.”

2013 Madone 7.7, MSRP: 7,979.99

The new Madone carries over the BB90 bottom bracket, integrated seatmast and E2 asymmetric steerer tube (wider left to right, narrower front to back on the part hidden by the head tube, this keeps steering stiff while letting it flex fore/aft a bit more to soak up chatter). It’s fully Di2 ready, gets their integrated chain catcher like the Domane and has the DuoTrap ANT+ speed/cadence sensor built into the non-drive chainstay.

2013 Madone 6.5 MSRP: 6,619.99

The 5-, 6- and 7-series carbon Madones all use Shimano’s new 2-bolt mounted aero brakes. The front is somewhat integrated into the fork, and the rear brake goes under the bottom bracket. Lower level bikes use standard calipers in their usual locations.

2013 Madone 6.2 MSRP: 4,619.99

Impressively, the 2-series alloy Madone gets the same general KVF aerodynamic frame shaping as the carbon ones, just without the integrated brakes and lower spec levels. WSD (Women Specific Design) models are available throughout the range.

2013 Madone 6.2 WSD MSRP: $4,619.99

2013 Madone 5.9 MSRP: $5,039.99

2013 Madone 5.2 MSRP: $3,569.99

2013 Madone 5.2 WSD MSRP: $3,569.99

2013 Madone 4.7 MSRP: $3,149.99

2013 Madone 3.1 MSRP: $2,039.99

2013 TREK DOMANE

2013 Domane 6.9 MSRP: $6,929.99

Introduced earlier this year at the 6-Series level, the Domane uses a flexing seat tube joined through a pivot point at the top tube. The built in flex gives the bike a considerable amount of bump compliance (we have one in on review), and now Trek’s cobble monster makes its way down to the 4- and 5-series carbon frames and 2-series alloy frames. WSD models are available in all 4-, 5- and 6-series levels.

2013 Domane 6.2 WSD MSRP: $4,619.99

2013 Domane 5.9 MSRP: $5,149.99

 

2013 Domane 5.2 WSD MSRP: 3,679.99

 

2013 Domane 4.5 WSD MSRP: $2,729.99

 

2013 Domane 4.3 WSD MSRP: 2,309.99

2013 Domane 4.0 MSRP: $2,099.99

And the Aluminum (!) Madones and Domanes:

2013 Madone 2.3 MSRP: $1,819.99

2013 Madone 2.1 MSRP: 1,429.99

2013 Domane 2.3 MSRP: $1,929.99

 

2013 Domane 2.0 MSRP: 1,429.99

 

 

Comments

Pancakes - 06/26/12 - 6:46pm

Interesting that they use the Madone name all the way down to the alloy bikes now, I remember when Madone meant the best carbon, then any carbon, and I guess now any (non-plush) road bike.

JP - 06/26/12 - 7:40pm

“distance not specified”? Distance does not matter when you’re talking about wattage. It’s just saying it’s easier to go a certain speed, the distance you can go that speed is up to you.

Brandon - 06/26/12 - 8:48pm

Of course the “distance not specified”. Odor also wasn’t specified, nor was flavor. Then again, none of those metrics matter, so why would they be specified?

Duder - 06/26/12 - 11:50pm

All of the Madone head tubes look reeeallly tall for a performance bike. Makes me wonder what sizes are pictured.

Meta - 06/27/12 - 12:00am

People should really not bike this kind of mass produced expensive generic bikes, take a look at this thread, you may get inspired http://www.velocipedesalon.com/forum/f2/good-reasons-buy-custom-bike-27699-5.html

Matt - 06/27/12 - 12:00am

I am sure that the top end bikes are really good given the R&D budget that Trek has, but I just could not get myself to ever purchase one. Maybe Lance ruined it for me.

Also, does anyone else have an issue with the CAPTCHA code. I put it in correctly and it say it is wrong. Then I back click and lose the original message. Frustrating.

Ben - 06/27/12 - 12:50am

I have to say these are the least aero, aero bikes I have seen on the market, I guess putting your rear brake mount at the bottom bracket chainstay interface makes any bike aero. It doesn’t matter that the frame is still shaped like a box. My 2003 saturn is probably more aerodynamic than these frames.

Robo - 06/27/12 - 12:50am

As much as I like their bikes, the colour scheme on most of the bikes kinda have odd combination though.

Richard - 06/27/12 - 5:44am

Trek may be ‘boring’ to some people who think you have to ride something ‘exotic’ to get a great riding experience but it’s just about getting out there and riding with some pals on some great roads. I love my madone!!

A.J. Bosch - 06/27/12 - 5:44am

@Matt

I’ve had the same CAPTCHA code issues, I’ve learnt very quickly to now copy whatever i have to say BEFORE posting it incase i have the issue. :)

BBB - 06/27/12 - 7:17am

Clones for clones.

Chris - 06/27/12 - 9:44am

Agree with Richard. I have a 2010 Madone 5.5, and love it! I race MTB’s, not road bikes, so it gets the job done for me! Now Trek MTB’s on the other hand……….

Pancakes - 06/27/12 - 9:51am

@Richard and Chris

There will always be people against the most popular choice, but is history is any indication, Trek does know what they’re doing. That said, I wouldn’t buy it because it uses a proprietary seatpost with a terrible head.

And I too regularly have the CAPTCHA issues.

Matt - 06/27/12 - 10:06am

Brake on the bottom of bike – does not seem like the best idea. Why do you want this mechanical piece at the area where you pick up the most grit and grime not to mention water when riding through puddles or peoples lawn run off.

F@#$ captcha again.

Will - 06/27/12 - 10:07am

paint job on the 5.9 Madone is nice. I also thought it was funny that they do the “Madone” name down the whole line now. Seems as if they ought to drop the Madone name all together because the only thing that matters now is the number since they all have the moniker Madone.

Louis - 06/27/12 - 11:59am

I still hate that the “H1″ geometry is only available on the highest end Madones. The H2 geometry that the rest of the line gets is just too relaxed.

I really like this new Madone, but I don’t think I would ever buy one. I’ve been a road cyclist for a long time and I’ve only bought a few bikes. Each has been very high end, and I keep it for a long time. The idea of buying a road bike with proprietary brakes and seatpost is just a little troublesome. This is also why I stayed away from Di2 on my last bike. I’ve ridden it, and it’s awesome, but I just don’t want to be searching for some late model battery in 5 years. Not saying it isn’t an awesome bike though.

DJ - 06/27/12 - 12:18pm

I agree with Matt. I clean my bike pretty regularly and I find that even on non-wet rides I’m cleaning a lot of gunk from around the bottom bracket area. I have no idea why anyone would think this was a good location for brakes on a road bike. It’s gotta be a pain in the butt to clean and make adjustments even with the bike in a work stand. I’m all for integrated and proprietary parts but not when it comes at the cost of convienience.

Lame McLamerson - 06/27/12 - 3:10pm

*yawn*

Sylic - 06/27/12 - 6:13pm

These bikes looks great and perform even better! Stiffer and more aggresive than any LOOK or Cannondale or *gasp* Specialized I’ve ever ridden!! LONG LIVE TREK!

Curious Ranga - 06/27/12 - 7:40pm

So how long is it going to take for the Cervelo Vs. Trek battle to brew over the Square-oval copy Trek has on this bike? Why are they trying to present it like it’s a new idea in aerodynamics when Cervelo has been saying and building it for a long time?

Not a Cervelo fanboy but curious.

Louis - 06/27/12 - 9:39pm

@Curious Ranga

This bike uses a Kamm shape. It is like an airplane wing (airfoil) on the leading edge and then where a normal airfoil would come to a point in the back, this tube ends in a “square.” It is already in use in a number of bikes, eg. the Speed Concept, the Scott FOIL, the BMC TM01, and more recently on the back end of the Cervelo P5. Kamm shapes have been used in cars (the Prius) for a long time.

The Cervelo Squoval tubing is actually not aerodynamic at all and the outer profile is just a slightly rounded square all the way around.

Mike - 07/07/12 - 8:57am

These comments from what must be clearly world class riders are interesting. I am sure most of these riders are maxing their bikes performance and have a thorough knowledge of every bike on the market. Get real about what you do not know.

Darby - 08/19/12 - 5:04pm

Why is there always people who criticize everything on the sites that these information or review sites seem to go through the trouble of doing for the consumer looking to maybe purchase one of these products. For once I would like to find out info from reviews from people who actually tested the product and not from some guys who think they know all about the sport and maybe good even great riders. Trek has been rated very high and at the top for a long time so whats the problem guys? Sounds like someone kicked your ass in a race, where they riding a Trek? Or could it be your trying to compensate in other areas you may be lacking in. Whatever the case if you don’t like Trek then why do spend time checking out their product and commenting on them? Kind of contradicting yourselves now aren’t you. I happened to check out their bikes since I was in the market for one and to tell you I ordered one of their new models the Damone 4.5 since I already have components to go on it there was no need for me order more bike then that. Absoultly the best ride I ever had on a road bike period.

Marcy - 08/29/12 - 9:22am

I just purchased a 2013 Trek Madone 6.2 WSD and I am in love! You can coustomize the colors…. frame, rims, bar tape, etc, so you can make it your own. I made mine all back/grey with red bar tape and red Zipp water bottle cages. I have been a Trek fan for a long time, recently owning a 9 year old Trek 5500, and I am still a huge fan. My first 300 miles have been fast, light and comfortable. I changed out my rims for Kysrium Elites and the bike rides like a dream! The bottom new brake position is high enough on the rims that is doesn’t collect any more dirt than where it used to be. If you are going through water and your brakes are in it, than you should take a boat!!! Don’t mock it until you try it! ;)

Joe Allen - 08/30/12 - 8:04am

I agree with Pancake, Madone was once reserved for the pinnacle. It’ll be interesting to see if Trek puts the Madone name to rest inlight of the recent Armstrong developments (The name is inextricably linked to the climb he used to test his form before the TdF). A new name will also give them an excuse to whack another grand on their top bike. Only a few years ago £3500 would have bought you a top of the line machine, now 7.7 Madone starts at £8500.

Joe Allen - 09/06/12 - 11:44am

Why has it taken Trek 35 years to realise that the best place for a back brake is down near the bottom bracket near all the grit and grime thrown up off the road? Are they running out of ideas, internal headsets, electronic shifting, intergrated seatposts. “Oh I can’t think of anything else, lets just move brakes.

Mel - 02/13/13 - 4:20pm

Felt D12 and the Specialized Shiv both have rear brakes on the bottom. Wheels go round and throw mud, water and grime in a 360 degree direction. The brake is going to get dirty no matter where you put it.

Jim - 03/02/13 - 10:18am

Came from the Specialized Tarmac SL, I was given an opportunity to test ride the Madone 5.9 from my LBS. It was so smooth and balance. The Kammtail Virtual Foil made a big difference. I made the switch the same day!

Jennifer - 06/08/13 - 5:37pm

RE: brakes on the bottom. I have a 1984 Specialized Stumpjumper (still riding it around) that has the brake on the bottom in the same position. The thought back then was that they would stop better. Never had any problem except on the trail they would pick up leaves and get stuck there.

Jay - 07/18/13 - 6:34pm

After test riding several makes and models of bikes at my LBS I ended up with a Madone 4.5 and could not be happier. So while all of you are sitting around talking crap about a bike you’ve never ridden, I’ll be out ridding my Trek with a smile.

Ejprez - 08/09/13 - 10:18am

Haven’t been a fan of trek for a long time and I usually rode something that wasn’t as popular, like my Ridleys. But with the deal a shop cut me on a 7 I could not say no. I am very impressed with the overall design and my complaint really is that I can’t use my beloved super record brakes. I think Trek did a great job on this generation Madone cause I usually found them to be pretty plain looking and unappealing. In a way I am still riding a lesser known bike since most guys I ride and race with don’t ride Trek, so still not exactly a bike everyone has. Not like they or most people care anyways. 2 weeks until the 7 arrives :)

Lance Southgate - 05/18/14 - 3:31pm

I have a trek madone 4.7 full carbon it rides like a knife that cuts through butter has remarkable cornering & smooth handling capabilities with endless & absolutely outstanding appearances

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