Trek-Segafredo is an American professional cycling team, originally founded in 2011 under the name Leopard Trek. The team has gone through various iterations of named and presenting sponsors, but Trek’s purchase of the team in 2014 sees them as co-title sponsor until at least 2018, alongside Segafredo, an Italian coffee brand.
This Madone 9 Race Shop Limited is assigned to Mads Pedersen, a rider who joined the professional ranks at the youthful age of 18. Mads rode with the Cult Energy-Vital Water team for 2014 and 2015, a year with Stölting Service Group in 2016, and for 2017 and 2018, he finds himself with Trek-Segafredo. He is touted as a classics specialist – in 2013 he won the Paris-Roubaix Juniors edition. Click on through to see more of Mad Pedersen’s Trek Madone 9.
If Mads’ surname wasn’t a clue, the Danish flag on the Viper Red Madone should be. Beneath the flag and paint is Trek’s 700 series OCLV, which they claim is the lightest and strongest carbon available – “the ultimate combination of superior modulus and superior strength.”
Trek’s IsoSpeed decoupler system is touted as offering the best vertical compliance and aerodynamics.
Trek consider the Madone to be the ultimate fusion of power, aerodynamics, ride quality, and integration – “the first true superbike is a marvel of road bike engineering.”
It’s a known fact that aero road bikes are difficult to build; running all of those hidden cables can be a tricky affair. However, Trek’s Madone 9 is rumored to be the simplest to build of all the aero road bikes on the market today.
The Madone’s XXX Integrated bar and stem combination, featuring OCLV carbon is sleek.
Taped to the stem are Mads’ heart rate zones and corresponding power output.
Trek relocated the Shimano Di2 Junction-A box. Typically slung beneath the stem, the Madone hides it beneath this neat hatch on the downtube.
SRM power metering device mounted to a Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series crank. Like every other team running Shimano’s Di2 drivetrain, Trek is expected to take delivery of 9150 Di2 groupsets sometime during February 2017.
The Madone 9’s integrated chain catcher is reasonably hidden from view.
Bontrager’s DuoTrap speed and cadence sensor.
The soon-to-be-superceded Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 rear derailleur.
Yet another Dura-Ace 11-28 cassette – this is pretty much the standard cassette ratio on pro bikes these days, at least at the 2017 Tour Down Under.
Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series pedals for Mads Pedersen.
A not so common combination – Veloflex Roubaix tubulars in 700c x 25mm, mounted to Bontrager’s Aeolus 5, 50mm carbon tubular wheelset – aka the “Classics killer.”
DT Swiss internals are at the heart of the Aeolus 5 wheelset.
Madone’s KVF full carbon fork with tapered steerer, carbon dropouts, and the Madone aero integrated brakeset.
Trek’s Madone 9 is one of the few World Tour team bikes still touting an extended seatmast configuration.
The carbon seatmast cap is micro-adjustable with 25mm of available offset.
Bontrager Serano RXL saddle.
The team relies on the cheap but reliable Bontrager Bat Cage for holding its water bottles in place. Bontrager produce these cages from a durable composite material they believe keeps bottles firmly planted, ever over the roughest of terrains.
Article and photos by Gravel Cyclist. Jayson O’Mahoney is the Gravel Cyclist: A website about the Gravel Cycling Experience.