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Trek lays up OCLV 500 carbon fiber to lower the entry point on new Madone SL

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Love the Trek Madone SLR but can’t stomach the price tag? Now there’s hope with the new Madone SL. Built from the very same molds as the SLR, the SL model includes the use of a slightly heavier grade of carbon fiber which adds some weight, but helps lower the price – making Madone tech accessible to more riders than ever.

Trek lays up OCLV 500 carbon fiber to lower the entry point on new Madone SL

The Madone SLR frame is a thing of beauty, and the SL is no different. After all, they literally come from the same molds. However, Trek builds the SL with OLCV 500 carbon fiber instead of the OCLV 700 found on the SLR. This is said to add about 100g to the weight of the frame, with a 56cm painted Madone SL frame said to weigh 1225g.

Trek lays up OCLV 500 carbon fiber to lower the entry point on new Madone SL

Because the frame is the same, you’ll find Trek-specific features like their Adjustable Top Tube IsoSpeed unit which allows you to fine tune the rear end compliance by moving the integrated slider. It also uses the same proprietary seat mast assembly as the SLR.

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Up front, the SL uses the same fork as the SLR, but one huge difference is the use of a standard bar and stem rather than the integrated unit found on the SLR. This is done in part to keep the cost down, but it also makes it easier to better fit more riders, and also allows for the use of clamp on aero bars.

Trek lays up OCLV 500 carbon fiber to lower the entry point on new Madone SL Trek lays up OCLV 500 carbon fiber to lower the entry point on new Madone SL

Like the SLR, you’ll find integrated lighting and computer mounts through the use of the Bontrager Blendr system.

Trek lays up OCLV 500 carbon fiber to lower the entry point on new Madone SL Trek lays up OCLV 500 carbon fiber to lower the entry point on new Madone SL

Elsewhere, the frame uses the same specifications as the SLR with flat mount disc brakes, 12mm thru axles front and rear, internal cable routing, Duo Trap S compatibility, BB90 bottom bracket, and clearance for 28mm tires. Calling it their H1.5 fit, the bike is built with a performance geometry and KVF aero tube profile to be every bit as racy as the higher end versions.

Trek lays up OCLV 500 carbon fiber to lower the entry point on new Madone SL Trek lays up OCLV 500 carbon fiber to lower the entry point on new Madone SL Trek lays up OCLV 500 carbon fiber to lower the entry point on new Madone SL

Two different builds will be offered with the SL 7 running Shimano Ultegra Di2 with Bontrager Aeolus Pro 5 carbon wheels, and the SL 6 which runs Shimano Ultegra mechanical with hydraulic brakes and Bontrager Aeolus Comp 5 carbon wheels. While the Madone SL 7 is close to the price of the Madone SLR 6, you’ll find the SL gets you a Di2 drivetrain, while the lighter SLR frame is equipped with mechanical. There’s also a frameset available if you want to build it yourself.

All models are in stock and available now.

Pricing

  • Madone SL 6 Disc $4,699.99
  • Madone SL 7 Disc $6,499.99
  • Madone SL Disc F/S $3,499.99

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Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
3 years ago

I will never buy a Trek with a BB90 bottom bracket.

bmwt
bmwt
3 years ago
Reply to  Velo Kitty

Rumors of T47 BB standard coming to Trek OCLV carbon can’t come true fast enough?

Seraph
Seraph
3 years ago
Reply to  bmwt

Needs BSA. At least Specialized is going back to basics with their new Roubaix line.

Tom
Tom
3 years ago
Reply to  Velo Kitty

YMMV, but I’ve got a Trek with BB90 and have never had a moment’s problem with it in 4 years.

Craig
Craig
3 years ago

Looks a bit weird with that seatpost with half a mile of setback.

El Pataron
El Pataron
3 years ago

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PoorInRichfield
3 years ago
Reply to  El Pataron

Really? I’m considering selling a kidney to buy one! 😛

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
3 years ago
Reply to  El Pataron

Would agree friend of mine has an RSL edition with rim brakes and I was just thinking how much better his frame looks than the disc brake one.

Huffagnolo SuperMagna
Huffagnolo SuperMagna
3 years ago
Reply to  El Pataron

It’s not a bike it’s a ugly Trek billboard! The designers are tasked with fitting the biggest trek logo on it while allowing the thing to be semi rideable.

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
3 years ago

You’re right… what’s up with the size of the TREK logo? I used to think the Madone was so sleek and beautiful, but somehow it’s gotten really ugly.

JBikes
JBikes
3 years ago

Yeah, the black on black “ghost” logo is textbook complimentary color strategy for maximum contrast…

Bonny
Bonny
3 years ago

Veru odd looking bike especially that seat/setback but I’m really liking the integration with lights.

roadstain
3 years ago

I do wonder if that bike will say “Made in USA” on it (like so many other Treks that were at best assembled in the USA). At least the big S was honest-ish with “Designed in California” (that to me is a reason to not buy one).

I do prefer made in USA frames (with made in Italy bits)…that said, I do prefer to meet the person who builds my frame in person as well.

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
3 years ago
Reply to  roadstain

I think Trek already moved all production back to Asia.

Dave
Dave
3 years ago

I’ll take my Fuji Transonic 2.1 over that bike anyway. It’s a rocket ship and is $1K less than the Ui2 version Trek is offering. And they didn’t dummy down the carbon to hit a price point.

Bryin
Bryin
3 years ago

Nothing about this bike or the SLR appeals to me in the slightest.

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