Trek have just unveiled a new version of the Madone with integrated, removable aerobars.
Trek's flagship aero road bike has been given a new stem faceplate that holds their new Speed Concept Mono Bar in place with just two bolts, meaning the aerobars can be quickly detached in as little as thirty seconds. The frame is exactly the same as their other Madone SLR models, made with Trek's lightest 700 Series OCLV Carbon and with the adjustable IsoSpeed system that allows the rider to micro-tune the frame's compliance. Flat-mount hydraulic disc brakes comes as standard, with no rim brake option on the Madone Speed.
Trek say the aerobars make this version of the Madone "ideal for part-time triathletes and anyone who trains and races on the same rig, especially in hilly regions with winding roads."
Jordan Roessingh of Trek explains: "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 Disc Speed is available now from various Trek dealers, priced at £5,500 with Bontrager Aeolus Pro 5 carbon wheels and a Shimano Ultegra mechanical drivetrain. The stem faceplate will also be sold as an aftermarket product for current Madone SLR owners who want to add the Speed Concept Mono Bar extensions to their cockpit.
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.