Introduction to Trek Bikes and new model Madone Gen 7 2024
Trek Bikes, a brand synonymous with quality and high-performance bicycles, continues to lead the way with its innovative designs and cutting-edge technology. The launch of the new Trek Madone Gen 7 exemplifies the brand’s commitment to delivering top-notch bicycles for competitive and recreational riders alike.
As the gravel and trail biking culture burgeon across the United States, Trek’s investment in refining and expanding its bike models showcases its foresight in meeting the evolving demands of the biking community.
The new Trek Madone Gen 7 is a testimony to the brand’s unyielding quest for perfection. This model, with its carbon OCLV 500 frame, not only retains the aerodynamic excellence of its predecessor but makes this high-performance machine accessible to a wider audience.
The Madone SL variant, despite its high-end price tag, entices the serious bikers and competitors with its promise of unrivaled speed and performance. Trek’s dedication to the aero concept shines through, as the bike manages to stand firm amidst the blurring lines between climbing and aero bikes, offering a lightweight yet aerodynamically superior option for riders.
But the innovation doesn’t stop at aerodynamics. The Trek Madone Gen 7 comes with an array of features aimed at enhancing rider comfort and improving overall riding experience. The newly introduced IsoFlow technology is one such remarkable addition, ensuring an additional point of absorption, thus elevating the comfort level during rides.
This, coupled with its competitive geometry, makes the Trek Madone Gen 7 a compelling choice for both seasoned competitors and those new to the racing scene. With a meticulous design that accounts for the cyclist’s position and how it interacts with the air, Trek has once again raised the bar, establishing the Madone Gen 7 as a formidable contender in the market.
The Evolution to Trek Madone Gen 7
A year later, the version arrives Trek Madone SL with frame built in carbon OCLV 500 with the same geometry, philosophy and purpose of its big sister… but with a price that, despite being high, brings the Madone to a slightly larger number of users.
Users, of course, who seek maximum performance and speed in their outings, or who like to compete. Because the Trek Madone SL Gen 7 that we have been able to Review is a real war machine.
Clear commitment to the aero concept
In times when the boundaries between categories are blurring, and climbing bikes are becoming more and more aerodynamic, and aeros are becoming lighter and more comfortable, we can say without fear of being wrong, and after riding a few days with the Madone SL 7 what Trek remains firm in its commitment to the aero concept.
Does this mean that the new Madone it does not ‘feed back’ with other families of the brand such as the climber Émonda or the great fund tomorrow? Of course not. In fact, this bike also saves 300 gr of weight compared to the frame of the previous generation: we are talking about 1,200 gr for the frame and 475 gr for the fork made in carbon OCLV 500.
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In the same way that it continues to bet on technology that reduces suffering on the saddle, in search of an additional point of absorption, in this case, through the new IsoFlow which, as we will see, does a double job.
But, when it comes to the truth, the sensations conveyed by the Madone Gen 7 probably the most purely aero in this segment at the moment. And it has a lot to do with the conception of the painting and its geometry.
We are talking about a completely redesigned bicycle, which from the beginning took into account the cyclist’s position on it, and how the bicycle+cyclist combination impacts the air when moving forward. The result of these studies is the higher position of the pedals, a redesigned power-handlebar assembly (both in SLR and SL versions), the tubes with shapes Kammtail of the frame, in addition to the incorporation of IsoFlow.
This peculiar union of the rear braces with the upper tube, avoiding the vertical tube, is designed so that the air, when hitting the front part (in this case the area of the steering tube) travels around the lower part of the upper tube and find an easy and direct exit through the stays, without hitting the standpipe, also avoiding the turbulence that would otherwise be created around the rear wheel.
Introducing the New IsoFlow Technology
As an additional task, and the result of its peculiar configuration (and the bending capacity of carbon), the IsoFlow it also provides a small absorption capacity in the saddle area, also saving a few grams compared to the previous system, the IsoSpeed still present in models like the tomorrow. Although, from our point of view, and having tested both systems, the result in terms of comfort is not the same. We will go into more detail later.
Geometry Geared Towards Competition
Regarding the geometry and just like in the SLR range, it repeats what Trek name category H1.5 clearly oriented towards the competition, and with numbers certainly combined for that (as can be seen in the attached measurement table).
The position on the bike is demanding, we won’t deny it, and it requires some adaptation for those of us – like me – who are not used to riding so bent over. But, we repeat, we are dealing with a performance and competition bike.
Exceptional Aesthetic Appeal
Separate mention deserves the exceptional paint job that Trek has applied to this model, usual tonic in the brand of Wisconsin, and which makes it inevitable that all eyes turn to contemplate the beauty of this painting.
A frame that, as we said, has not only slimmed down in real terms, but shows slightly slimmer lines than the previous generation, setting up one of the most spectacular bikes that we can undoubtedly find on the market at the moment.