WorldTour Team Bikes 2013: Radioshack Leopard Trek Domane 6.9 and Madone 7.9

Domane for the Classics, Madone for the Grand Tours, the Radioshack team will have the choice of two top-end race bikes

by David Arthur   January 26, 2013  

Trek were busy in 2012, launching both the all-new Domane, a cobble taming race bike with an innovative suspension frame design, and the updated Madone, which is more aero than it ever has been before. The Radioshack Leopard team will have both bikes at their disposal this season.

Trek Madone 7.9

The long-running Madone was been given the most substantial update in its life last year, with an emphasis on aerodynamics leading to some dramatic changes.

Eyes are instantly drawn to the rear stays, where the brake caliper has vanished. It’s now mounted underneath the chainstays behind the bottom bracket. This is to reduce the aerodynamic drag and, because there’s now no brake mount, the seat stays can be made lighter.

Kammtail Virtual Foil (KVF) tube profiles taken from their Speed Concept time trial bike are used for the main tubes in the front triangle. These new tube shapes, and the rear brake positionin, are claimed to make it much faster overall. 25 watts is saved when riding at 40kph (25mph) they claim. In a sport where races came be won or lost by seconds, it’s a performance edge the team riders will be glad of.

Read our Madone 6 series review here.

Trek Domane 6.9

Expect to see the Domane out in force on the early season classics, races like Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders.

The Domane, the first new road bike model from Trek in a long time, uses the novel IsoSpeed decoupler. Isolated from the rest of the frame, the seat tube is allowed to move back and forth as the rear wheel encounters bumps in the road. Its range of movement is controlled by the IsosPeed decoupler, a cartridge-bearing pivot with a rubber-like material to absorb shocks. They reckon the design offers up to 35mm of give.

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Both the Domane and Madone will be dripping in the latest Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 groupsets, which we expect to see a lot of in 2013. The latest version of the electronic Dura-Ace groupset is a much cleaner design, with noticeably more compact derailleurs. Crucially, there’s now no ugly battery hanging off the bottom of the downtube, as it can now be slipped inside the seatpost.

Trek own components brand Bontrager and they’ll be supplying parts like the handlebars, stems seatposts and saddles. They’ll also ride Bontrager wheels, with a choice of 35, 50, 70 and 90mm deep Aeolus D3 wheels.

Tyres will be Schwalbe Ultremo HT tubular tires and many of the team will be using Speedplay Zero Pedals. SRM will supply crank-based power meters.

Speed Concept 9.9 TT bike

For time trials, and let’s not forget races like the Tour de France have been decided in the race against the clock, the team will have the Speed Concept 9.9 at the ready. The frame uses the Kammtail virtual foil design to shape the main leading tube profiles, and has influenced the new Madone.

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Cool.

I enjoy the World Tour bike reviews. Looking forward to the Spesh ones now!

posted by Super Domestique [1599 posts]
26th January 2013 - 14:57

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Sorry, but I can't see past the shabby way that Trek treated Greg LeMond. And isn't the Madone series named after the Col de la Madone because it was Lance Armstrong's favour training climb? The fact that they haven't rebranded for this year shows they've learnt little from recent events. As does the fact that Frank Schleck recently appeared at the launch of the team they sponsor, smiling for the cameras with Trek products in the foreground, despite the pending decision on his positive test from last year's Tour. To their credit, I believe they did once supply bikes to British Cycling, so they haven't always backed dopers. Also, I've always found Trek dealers to be particularly clueless. Not as bad as Halfords, but frequently the least knowledgeable and most overpriced bike shops in any given area. The fact that Evans, the Tescos of bike shops, stocks them, doesn't help, but I can think of four or five independent Trek dealers that would be the last place I'd trust with one of my bikes, given the choice. Finally, what is the point of moving the rear brake: for amateurs the weight savings are not worth the hassle of having to clean road muck off your callipers after every ride, and for pros it means they can't use the old trick being pushed back into the peloton by their team car while the mechanic "fixes" the rear brake (which is the kind of low-level, Wacky Races style cheating that many cycling fans like.)

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26th January 2013 - 18:17

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ubercurmudgeon wrote:
Sorry, but I can't see past the shabby way that Trek treated Greg LeMond. And isn't the Madone series named after the Col de la Madone because it was Lance Armstrong's favour training climb? The fact that they haven't rebranded for this year shows they've learnt little from recent events. As does the fact that Frank Schleck recently appeared at the launch of the team they sponsor, smiling for the cameras with Trek products in the foreground, despite the pending decision on his positive test from last year's Tour. To their credit, I believe they did once supply bikes to British Cycling, so they haven't always backed dopers. Also, I've always found Trek dealers to be particularly clueless. Not as bad as Halfords, but frequently the least knowledgeable and most overpriced bike shops in any given area. The fact that Evans, the Tescos of bike shops, stocks them, doesn't help, but I can think of four or five independent Trek dealers that would be the last place I'd trust with one of my bikes, given the choice. Finally, what is the point of moving the rear brake: for amateurs the weight savings are not worth the hassle of having to clean road muck off your callipers after every ride, and for pros it means they can't use the old trick being pushed back into the peloton by their team car while the mechanic "fixes" the rear brake (which is the kind of low-level, Wacky Races style cheating that many cycling fans like.)

i cant forgive them for burying Klein, Bontrager and Gary Fisher bikes. Klein in particular.

i would not spend a penny with trek. oh and the lance thing is the icing on the cake.

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
26th January 2013 - 18:31

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Right on guys! The cycling world needs to Boycott Trek and all Trek dealers until John Burke apologizes and settles up with Greg Lemond. They also need to rename their road bikes. When you have the opportunity PLEASE post this sentiment on any cycling related blog.

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posted by Bryin [16 posts]
26th January 2013 - 23:44

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Does lemond have to apologise for suing trek twice? or do we just conveniently forget that bit? do they have to rename the domane too, because it's an anagram of madone?

hindsight is always 20/20. just sayin'

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posted by Barry Fry-up [187 posts]
27th January 2013 - 0:01

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The new madone looks sweet! As for the rear break thing - seems like most people don't think just rage about it. By the time the wheel would have gone around to get to the rear break, most of the water/dirt would have disappeared so it is probably actually CLEANER than normal designs.

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posted by koko56 [319 posts]
27th January 2013 - 0:38

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Barry Fry-up wrote:
... the domane ...

Also Italian for tomorrow Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [698 posts]
27th January 2013 - 9:07

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therevokid wrote:
Barry Fry-up wrote:
... the domane ...

Also Italian for tomorrow Smile

Except with an 'e' on the end instead of an 'i' (domani) Nerd

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8034 posts]
27th January 2013 - 10:07

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The position of the rear brake does actually keep it cleaner. It is sheltered by grime coming off the front wheel by the bottom bracket, and dirt from the back wheel is shed by the time it rotates through the brake.

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posted by TrekBikesUK [101 posts]
28th January 2013 - 12:16

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