Trek unveiled two new Madone models today that bring the performance of the ultimate race bike to a broader audience.
The all-new Madone SL 6 Disc and Madone SL 7 Disc feature the same advanced aerodynamics, ride quality, and integration as Madone SLR models—but they're built with higher-value 500 Series OCLV Carbon and are equipped with a traditional bar and stem.
"Our goal with the new Madone SL models was to put the best performance within reach for more riders without compromising on what makes Madone SLR the ultimate race bike," said Jordan Roessingh, Trek's Director of Product for Road Bikes.
Whereas Madone SLR models are built with Trek's highest-grade 700 Series OCLV Carbon, the new Madone SL models use 500 Series OCLV Carbon for the perfect blend of performance and value. A 56cm Madone SL frame weighs 1225g.
The new Madone SL models have many of the features that were until now exclusive to top-level Madone SLR models.
Madone SL and SLR now share the same exact frame shape and have identical aerodynamics, and the new models also now feature Adjustable Top Tube IsoSpeed, which allows riders to fine-tune their frame's compliance with the adjustment of a simple slider. On both SL and SLR models, the IsoSpeed unit is damped for a smooth, controlled feel on the road.
The new Madone SL models are equipped with a traditional bar and stem. This setup keeps the price in check while keeping the cables almost as hidden as they are on Madone SLR's integrated bar/stem combo, and also allows riders to attach clip-on aero bars.
Madone SL 6 Disc ($4699.99 MSRP) is trimmed with a reliable mechanical Ultegra drivetrain with hydraulic disc brakes and Bontrager Aeolus Comp 5 carbon wheels.
Madone SL 7 Disc ($6499.99 MSRP) is spec'd with an upgraded Ultegra Di2 groupset and Aeolus Pro 5 carbon wheels that save on weight and add to the bike's aero performance.
Both models are available immediately on trekbikes.com and through Trek's global network of retailers.