So my SSB (sickness of serial bikes) continues with this - a 2013 Trek Madone 7-Series, size 54cm. Just wanted to show you guys some pics and give initial thoughts and feedback. It is a Project One w/ one of the ready-to-wear paint jobs (kind of paradoxical actually) and the whole process took a month in case anyone was thinking of going this route. It is a 2012 Sram Red build w/ Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 clinchers and the rest Bontrager team issue type stuff -- nice finishes and befitting the frame I’d say.
I was enamored with how Trek took a Madone 6 and made it a little lighter and more aero while retaining stiffness. My take on the aero is this: I appreciate anyone taking 10 watts of pain away during a hard supra-threshold interval workout on, say, an indoor trainer -- 25 watts is more doubtful and anything in between is even more appreciated... The downtube, for being an aero piece, is massive -- that virtual airfoil is making a big-ass virtual wing
The weight was a bit disappointing, but not unexpected, in that it weighs exactly the same as my C’dale Evo Di2 -- 14.6 lbs with pedals and cages. The Red group should be much lighter than Di2, so it leads me to believe that barring large differences in the other components (which on paper there isn’t), the frame likely weighs in the upper 700’s to 800 grams, just speculating. It does really make me believe that Cannondale did a great job w/ the Evo frame/fork. Could probably get it closer to 14 lbs w/ a change of the Red rings, cut steerer tube, Duraace 9000 dual-mount brakes, and Aeolus 3 wheels for climbing...
The finish on the brakes is anodized black and is disappointing -- looks way too generic for the “new” tech it’s bringing to the table; I’d recommend the gloss white finish if anyone is going to get one of these frames. The lever feel is, as reported, a bit heavy on both sides and I would look to improve upon this w/ better cables, but braking power is awesome even w/ cork pads and no special brake track on the Bontrager wheels.
Initial road impressions are excellent. This is a tremendously smooth and comfortable bike, road dampening is fantastic and may even feel a bit isolating for some hardcore riders. It does seem like a bike I want to spend all day on. Stiffness in the bottom bracket and headtube is also massive; and handling through corners is precise and confident. More to report later.