Today, Trek unveiled a new spec for the Madone that they’re calling the “ideal aero setup for most triathletes”. Dubbed the Madone Speed, the otherwise disc-brake road bike features an integrated front that borrows the Mono Bar Extension from the Speed Concept triathlon bike. The frame itself is the same as all Madone SLR models, made with Trek’s lightest 700 Series OCLV carbon with IsoSpeed top tube.
Trek Madone SLR 6 Disc Speed triathlon & road bike
Trek has jumped head-first into the scene of aero disc brake road bikes, turning the Madone into something that looks almost nothing like the original bike. The new Madone Speed doesn’t do anything to the frame itself, but rather adds an integrated aero bar to the front end, somewhat reminiscent of when Specialized created the Alias women’s bike (which was essentially a road bike with aerobars added).
The heart of the system is the Speed Concept Mono Bar Extension, which is held to the stem with a pair of bolts. Trek did not comment as to whether this is intended for draft-legal ITU triathlons, which is the format used in the Olympics and has dimensional restrictions on what bars may be used.
The unique bar also includes an accessory mounting point. In case you’re wondering, the new stem and faceplate will be available as aftermarket parts, and compatible with all 2019 and newer Madone SLR models (pricing to-be-announced). The Madone Speed aero setup is also an option in the Project One custom program.
According to Jordan Roessingh, Trek Director of Road Product,
“Madone Speed has all the award-winning speed and handling of Madone SLR—plus the added benefit of a lot more versatility. You can train with a group without the bars, then throw them on for race day. It’s the smartest option for most people doing triathlon or time trials today.”
The Madone SLR 6 Speed Disc is spec’d with a Shimano Ultegra 2×11 mechanical drivetrain, Bontrager Aeolus Pro 5 carbon wheels, and flat mount disc brakes for an MSRP of $6,499. It’s available now through Trek dealers or the link below.