New Trek Madone literally blows a hole in bike design with radical shapes that make it faster, lighter and more comfortable

When the Trek-Segafredo riders were asked how the Madone – the aero bike that was at that time in its sixth iteration – could be improved, the reply rang like a popular musical refrain. Faster. Lighter.

These are recurring themes when it comes to road bike (opens in new tab) design after all. But if the tune heard was a familiar one, the response from Trek’s designers has proven to be far more vanguard.

The latest Madone SLR has met these common issues – namely how to make a bicycle lighter and more aerodynamic – with some singular solutions. The result is a bike that’s been both tweaked and overhauled in a quite extraordinary way.

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When it first surfaced at this year’s Criterium du Dauphiné (opens in new tab), the new Madone made headlines largely due to the radical seat tube design. Gone was the IsoSpeed ​​decoupler that had been introduced to help make the bike more comfortable. In its place was, well, a hole.

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