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Trek 2013 Madone and Domane FAQs

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Trek 2013 Madone and Domane FAQs


Should I be riding a new Madone or a Domane? 
Madone keywords: light, aero, fast. 
The Madone is best suited for riders looking for the lightest, most aerodynamic option and grand tour performance.
Domane keywords: powerful, stable, comfortable. 
The Domane is best suited for riders looking for the most stable, comfortable endurance option for long rides over varying road conditions. 
How does the ride of the new Madone compare to previous models?
When we redesigned the Madone, we held ourselves to the seemingly impossible goal: gain everything and give up nothing. The all-new Madone is lighter and more aero, without giving up the legendary characteristics that make a Madone so special to ride.
Is this an “aero” bike? 
We set out to design the fastest, most complete Madone ever. We wanted the all-new Madone to ride like a true road bike. We wanted it to ride like a Madone.
This is a very different bike from the so-called aero road bikes in the market. Most of those models come with significant compromises: they’re either whippy (low lateral stiffness) and/or they’re really heavy. In contrast, the new Madone delivers on all the key points that make a bike special: light weight, aerodynamics, stiffness, and compliance. No compromises.
Is the new tube shaping the same as the Speed Concept? Is this bike good for triathlons? 
The Madone and the Speed Concept share the revolutionary KVF technology, but the tube shapes are slightly different.
We recommend the Speed Concept for most triathlon applications, but the new Madone would excel in extremely hilly conditions when weight and aerodynamics are paramount.
What is the difference between the 5, 6, and 7 Series Madones? 
The Madone 5 Series uses 500 Series OCLV Carbon. The Madone 6 and 7 Series bikes use 600 
Series OCLV and 700 Series OCLV carbon, respectively, are hand built in Waterloo, WI, and are available through our Project One custom paint program.
  • 500 Series OCLV achieves a superb balance of light weight, strength, and stiffness.
  • 600 Series OCLV features advanced aerospace materials and weight-saving, performance-enhancing processes like StepJoint technology.
  • 700 Series OCLV is the lightest and strongest carbon in cycling, with the ultimate combination of superior modulus and superior strength.
If I don’t care about being aerodynamic, should I ride this bike? 
The KVF aerodynamic tube shape is an important element of the new Madone, but it’s far from the whole story. The new Madone is the lightest, most integrated bike we’ve ever created. It is the complete road package. You may not necessarily care about being “aero,” but everyone likes to go fast. And that’s the new Madone: fast.
What does the Pro team ride? 
The Pro teams ride Madone 7 Series for most stage races and the new Domane for most of the classics. But some riders may vary that recipe for personal preference. We allow the riders to choose their favorite. For specific TT stages, the Pro teams ride Speed Concept.
Where are the 2013 Madones made? 
Our entire 2013 Madone lineup was designed and developed at our world headquarters in Waterloo, WI. Our Madone 6 and 7 Series bikes are made in Waterloo, WI and our Madone 5, 4, 3, and 2 Series bikes are built in Asian facilities under strict Trek oversight. Bicycles assembled outside the U.S. must meet the same stringent quality standards as our domestically manufactured bikes, and carry the same limited lifetime warranty.
What new Madones and Domanes are available in Project One? 
Madone 6 and 7 series, as well as Domane 6 series will be available for customization on Project One.
Are the 3 and 4 Series Madone frames changing?
The 2013 3 and 4 Series Madones will have the same frames as the 2012 models, with component and paint scheme changes for individual models.
What is the 2 Series Madone frame?
It is an aluminum road model with KVF technology, internal cable routing, and performance worthy of the Madone name.
What are the main differences between the 6, 5, 4, and 2 Series Domane frames?
  • The 6 Series Domane is made of 600 Series OCLV and is available through Project One.
  • The 5 Series Domane is the same design as the 6-Series, but is made with 500 Series OCLV.
  • The 4 Series Domane retains the IsoSpeed technology of the 5 and 6 Series, with a traditional seatpost design, and is made of 400 Series OCLV carbon.
  • The 2 Series Domane is an aluminum model that uses IsoSpeed Technology and a traditional seatpost.
Is the 2013 Madone an H1 or H2 fit? Why no H3? 
All 2013 Madones are available in an H2 fit. Additionally, Madone 6 and 7 Series are available in an H1 fit. Customers looking for more comfortable racing geometry should look to the Endurance geometry of our Domane platform.
Does the new Madone come in a women's fit/build? 
Madone 5, 6, and 7 Series WSD bikes have an H2 fit. Madone 3 and 4 Series WSD bikes have an H3 WSD fit.
What are the Domane geometry options?
All Domane models, including WSD, come in Endurance Geometry, which optimizes comfort, efficiency, and stability. Precise geometries are listed on and Dexter.
What are the Madone geometry options?
  • The 7 Series is available in a new, more aggressive H1, as well as the current H2. 7 Series WSD models are H2.
  • The 6 Series is offered in the new H1, and carry-over H2. 6 Series WSD models are H2.
  • 5 Series are available in H2 only. This includes WSD models.
  • 4 and 3 Series are available in H2, with 4 and 3 Series WSD being the H3 WSD geometry of the 2012 models.
  • 2 Series Madones are available only in H2.
Why are the tubes so huge/flat? 
Trek engineers have optimized the Madone tube shapes to be stiff, compliant, and highly aerodynamic using our KVF tube shaping.
How does the aero advantage help the rider? 
Madone allows a rider to ride at the same speed with less effort, or ride faster with the same effort. Wind tunnel data shows a savings of 25 watts of power at 10 degrees yaw at 40 km/h.
What is Kammtail or KVF? 
The Kammtail Virtual Foil (KVF) tube shape is groundbreaking aero technology. KVF minimizes drag with a truncated airfoil that bends to respond to the most common wind angles, significantly decreasing wind resistance in the real world. It also uses significantly less material, for a lighter complete bike.
How is the vertical compliance of this bike? 
Thanks to Trek's Ride Tuned seatmast and KVF tube shapes, Madone has best-in-class vertical compliance. In fact, Madone is over 97% more compliant than its nearest aero competitor.
How many watts does this frame save? 
The 2013 Madone saves approximately 25 watts over the 2012 Madone 6.9 (based on wind tunnel testing at 10 degrees yaw at 40 km/h).
Will Madone have an internal battery option for Di2? 
Yes, there will be internal battery integration for both Ultegra and Dura Ace Di2. This comes fully equipped with complete frame integration and charger.
Why is the internal routing different from the Domane? 
The tube shape and geometry differences require alternate cable routing configurations between the two frame platforms.
Can the frame accommodate a 25c tire? 
Yes, CPSC tire clearance is regulated by brake clearance on Madone to a 25c tire.
How much do the 2013 Madones weigh? How much lighter than previous years? 
The Madone 7 Series frame with U5 Vapor Coat weighs 750 grams, nearly 200 grams lighter than the previous Madone.
What is the weight of a U5 Vapor Coat frame? 
The U5 Vapor Coat paint scheme weighs under 5 grams. This new paint scheme, along with the all- new Madone frame platform, allows us to reach the incredible 750g weight goal.
What is the weight savings of the U5 Vaporcoat?
Traditional paint schemes weigh between 45 and 80 grams. The U5 Vaporcoat is just under 5 grams.
Where is the rear brake? 
The rear brake is hidden from the wind just aft of the bottom bracket on the chainstay/bottom bracket lug, where the frame is stiffest.
How do I adjust the brakes? 
Brake adjustment is very similar to a traditional dual-pivot brake, except that centering is controlled by a set screw. A more thorough discussion of brake adjustment is available in the Madone Service Document.
How do the Bontrager brakes compare to Shimano or SRAM? 
The Bontrager Speed Limit brakes were engineered from the ground up to integrate seamlessly with Madone. Their performance was measured in the lab and out in the field to ensure the highest level of performance for power and modulation. These Bontrager brakes, as well as the Shimano option on Madone, exceed all CPSC and CE tests for braking power.
Can I put regular brakes on Madone if I want? 
No, Madone is optimized for the superior performance of either the Bontrager Speed Limit integrated brakes or Dura Ace 9010 integrated brakes.
Where is the brake quick release on the rear brake? 
There is a rear brake QR/adjuster located on the head tube for easy access. The front brake quick release is nicely integrated into the shape of the Bontrager Speed Limit brake.
Do the brakes get caked with dirt on the bottom of the bike? 
RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK riders, Trek, and Shimano personnel have been testing brakes in this location and have not encountered any issues. In the event that cleaning is required, the brake is easily disassembled to facilitate maintenance.
Will the new brake mounting system become a standard? 
Shimano is offering Dura Ace 9010 brakes that use the Madone brake mounting standard. Although the Shimano brake will be available to other manufacturers, the spacing and idea were born at Trek and we partnered with Shimano to make sure we have the best option for everyone.
Is there a weight limit on the frame? 
As with all Trek road frames, there is a weight limit of 275 lbs.
Is it safe to file the carbon dropouts? 
Altering any part of a frame will void Trek's limited lifetime warranty and is not recommended, especially on such a structurally critical part of the frame.
Do the new Madone frames come with Trek’s limited lifetimewarranty? 
Yes. As with all Trek road frames, a Madone frame carries a limited lifetime warranty.

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