Trek Madone SLR Disc 2019
It's not often that I am impressed by a bicycle any more but i have to confess that Trek's new Madone is a outstanding piece of engineering, finely crafted and stunning in its execution. The 2019 model is now available with disc brakes thank goodness as the previous Bontrager calipers weren't so good at stopping even in dry weather. It also has Trek's road bike suspension system called Isospeed available both front and rear now to smooth the ride. Most aero road bikes are notoriously uncomfortable due to the oversize carbon tubing (see the Canyon and Specialized below). Road vibration increases fatigue, the new Madone SLR lets you ride longer and faster.
The Madone SLR is available in seven sizes from 50cm to 62cm in the H1.5 geometry that isn't quite as aggressive as the H1 but more racy than the H2. The Madone has always looked better in the H1 geometry as the top tube runs flatter and the bike looks sleeker, this look is now available in the H1.5 without the back ache.
Here is a comparison of 56cm frame geometry for reference:
H1 Top tube 56cm Head tube 14cm stack 55.4 reach 39.5
H1.5 Top tube 55.9cm Head tube: 15.1cm stack 56.3 reach 39.1
H2 Top tube 56cm Head tube 17cm stack 58.2 reach 38.7
For further fine tuning the integrated bar and stem is no longer used so a narrow 40cm bar can be specced with a 13cm stem if required and the stem is available in a high and low version of -7 degrees (that is the same as a standard Bontrager stem) and -12 degrees for a lower position.
The seatmasts are available in two lengths plus a 5mm and 25mm setback to get the saddle in the correct position.
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Co-founder, bike fitter and bike designer. Jules rides a Trek Emonda SLR 1 x 11 road bike, he likes gardening and Belgian beer. - Cyclefit Store