Trek Introduces the 2013 Radioshack Leopard Team Bikes
With the road racing season here in the US quickly approaching, and racing already underway in the Southern Hemisphere, Trek has pulled the annual wraps off their team’s bikes. Under the management of Luca Guercilena, Team RLT has gotten off to a good start with the general classification Teams award at the recent Tour Down Under.
See more of the bikes after the break.
There are a lot of familiar faces in team RLT’s ranks for 2013, as Andy Schleck, Frank Schleck, Fabian Cancellara, Adreas Kloden, Jens Voigt, Chris Horner, Ben King, and many more make up a solid squad.
As the standard road bike for the team, Trek’s 7.9 Madone will help them cover the miles with a unique blend of performance road and aero road, rather than a dedicated aero bike like many manufacturers are trending towards. The Madones will be equipped with Dura Ace 9070 Di2 drivetrains, and Bontrager Aeolus D3 wheels. The bike is pictured with Bontrager tires, but the team will be racing on Schwalbe Ultremo HT tubular rubber.
The Domane, aka the classics bike, will hopefully propel the likes of Cancellara to a victory after an unexpected crash last season in the Tour of Flanders left him with a shattered collarbone. The Domane still features Trek’s IsoSpeed decoupler, which should help to smooth out the cobbles the Spring classics are known for. More Dura Ace Di2 is found, though with classic road caliper brakes.
Finally, when engaging in the race of truth (can you really say that anymore?), Trek’s team will be on the Speed Concept 9.9. Known for its Kammtail virtual foil design, the wind cheater has integrated brakes and a slick cockpit to shave every second possible.
All of the racers will have full access to all of Bontrager’s DE wheels in 30, 50, 70, and 90mm depths. Supporting the rider’s backsides will be Bontrager’s Team Issue, Paradigm XXX, and RXL InForm saddles. Other parts found on team RLT’s bikes include Speedplay pedals, and SRM Powermeters.