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Trek launches 2010 Madone range

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Trek's new Resin Right manufacturing process yields a much cleaner and more consistent interior surface finish than before.

Trek's new Resin Right manufacturing process yields a much cleaner and more consistent interior surface finish than before. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Bontrager has moved away from paired spoking patterns to a more conventional layout on its latest generation of wheels, saying the wider rim profiles are now stiff enough to handle the asymmetrical loading and can be made lighter than before.

Bontrager has moved away from paired spoking patterns to a more conventional layout on its latest generation of wheels, saying the wider rim profiles are now stiff enough to handle the asymmetrical loading and can be made lighter than before. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Riders preferring the braking performance of an aluminum rim can opt for the Bontrager Aeolus 5.0 ACC.

Riders preferring the braking performance of an aluminum rim can opt for the Bontrager Aeolus 5.0 ACC. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Bontrager has shifted from DT Swiss-made hubs to its own design almost across the board that it says are stiffer, faster engaging, and more durable.

Bontrager has shifted from DT Swiss-made hubs to its own design almost across the board that it says are stiffer, faster engaging, and more durable. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Like all of the all-carbon Aeolus wheels, the 65mm-deep Aeolus 6.5 is based on the Race XXX Lite rim but with an aerodynamic cap bonded on top.

Like all of the all-carbon Aeolus wheels, the 65mm-deep Aeolus 6.5 is based on the Race XXX Lite rim but with an aerodynamic cap bonded on top. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The newest Aeolus 9.0 wheelset is the deepest that Bontrager offers.

The newest Aeolus 9.0 wheelset is the deepest that Bontrager offers. (Image credit: James Huang)
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New customisation programs mean that consumers will now be able to choose between ten different decal colours for their Aeolus wheels from orange…

New customisation programs mean that consumers will now be able to choose between ten different decal colours for their Aeolus wheels from orange… (Image credit: James Huang)
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…to pink and nearly everything in between.

…to pink and nearly everything in between. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The revised Bontrager Race XXX Lite road bar now features slightly forward-sweeping tops to reduce forearm interference while in the drops along with slightly longer hooks to provide more room for your hands.

The revised Bontrager Race XXX Lite road bar now features slightly forward-sweeping tops to reduce forearm interference while in the drops along with slightly longer hooks to provide more room for your hands. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The Bontrager Race XXX Lite wheels lose two spokes up front and drop 30g per pair.

The Bontrager Race XXX Lite wheels lose two spokes up front and drop 30g per pair. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Hubs on the lightest Bontrager Race XXX Lite shallow-section wheels, however, are still made by DT Swiss.

Hubs on the lightest Bontrager Race XXX Lite shallow-section wheels, however, are still made by DT Swiss. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The revised Bontrager Race XXX Lite carbon stem is now approved for both road and mountain bike use.

The revised Bontrager Race XXX Lite carbon stem is now approved for both road and mountain bike use. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The opposing-bolt steerer clamp uses replaceable hardware.

The opposing-bolt steerer clamp uses replaceable hardware. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The new 4 Series Madone is also DuoTrap compatible.

The new 4 Series Madone is also DuoTrap compatible. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The 4 Series Madone carries on with a simpler clamp-on front derailleur arrangement.

The 4 Series Madone carries on with a simpler clamp-on front derailleur arrangement. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Trek has also redesigned its third-tier Madone range with many of the features included on the top-end 6 Series flagships.

Trek has also redesigned its third-tier Madone range with many of the features included on the top-end 6 Series flagships. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The 4 Series Madone frames use external cable routing.

The 4 Series Madone frames use external cable routing. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Conventional telescoping seatposts are used on the new Trek 4 Series Madone.

Conventional telescoping seatposts are used on the new Trek 4 Series Madone. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The 5 Series Madone soldiers on into the 2010 model year essentially unchanged from last year and as such is not compatible with the new DuoTrap integrated computer sensor system.

The 5 Series Madone soldiers on into the 2010 model year essentially unchanged from last year and as such is not compatible with the new DuoTrap integrated computer sensor system. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Last year's Madone will be renamed as the '5 Series Madone', all using the mid-level OCLV Black carbon construction.

Last year's Madone will be renamed as the '5 Series Madone', all using the mid-level OCLV Black carbon construction. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The 5 Series Madone continues to use the tapered E2 front end design from last year.

The 5 Series Madone continues to use the tapered E2 front end design from last year. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Though the 6 Series Madone now uses a round seatmast cap, the 5 Series will still use last year's more oval-like shape.

Though the 6 Series Madone now uses a round seatmast cap, the 5 Series will still use last year's more oval-like shape. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Women's-specific WSD versions of the Trek 5 Series Madone get updated colour schemes for 2010.

Women's-specific WSD versions of the Trek 5 Series Madone get updated colour schemes for 2010. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The new seat tube profile forces a switch to a braze-on front derailleur mount that is reinforced at both the top and bottom for more precise shifting.

The new seat tube profile forces a switch to a braze-on front derailleur mount that is reinforced at both the top and bottom for more precise shifting. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Aluminum is still used at both the fork tips and rear dropouts on the 6 Series Madone for durability.

Aluminum is still used at both the fork tips and rear dropouts on the 6 Series Madone for durability. (Image credit: James Huang)
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In addition to the standard range of Project One custom options, Trek will also offer special 'Signature Series' versions with more elaborate paint schemes.

In addition to the standard range of Project One custom options, Trek will also offer special 'Signature Series' versions with more elaborate paint schemes. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Yes, now you too can have a bike just like Lance's through Trek's Project One program.

Yes, now you too can have a bike just like Lance's through Trek's Project One program. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Trek will also offer the new 6 Series Madone in a WSD geometry with shorter top tubes and longer head tubes.

Trek will also offer the new 6 Series Madone in a WSD geometry with shorter top tubes and longer head tubes. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Optional 'stealth' graphics made for a subtle appearance.

Optional 'stealth' graphics made for a subtle appearance. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The driveside chain stay is taller and thinner while the non-driveside stay is substantially wider and more rounded.

The driveside chain stay is taller and thinner while the non-driveside stay is substantially wider and more rounded. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The asymmetrical down tube's height and width is maintained all the way through to the bottom bracket shell while the seat tube has grown shallower front-to-back for more comfort.

The asymmetrical down tube's height and width is maintained all the way through to the bottom bracket shell while the seat tube has grown shallower front-to-back for more comfort. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Trek claims its 90mm-wide BB90 bottom bracket design is better than BB30 in that it allows for a wider down tube and seat tube plus more widely spaced chain stays. Improved tolerances plus a new slight press-fit sizing in the bearing seats cut down on creaking relative to earlier Madones.

Trek claims its 90mm-wide BB90 bottom bracket design is better than BB30 in that it allows for a wider down tube and seat tube plus more widely spaced chain stays. Improved tolerances plus a new slight press-fit sizing in the bearing seats cut down on creaking relative to earlier Madones. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The integrated cable routing is decidedly clean at both the entry and exit points.

The integrated cable routing is decidedly clean at both the entry and exit points. (Image credit: James Huang)
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…but the size difference between the chain stays and seat stays has grown wider.

…but the size difference between the chain stays and seat stays has grown wider. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The clever bottom bracket cable guide can also be swapped out for an integrated Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 battery mount.

The clever bottom bracket cable guide can also be swapped out for an integrated Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 battery mount. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The driveside rear dropout now serves double duty as a housing stop and all frame entry/exit points are sized to fit Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 connectors.

The driveside rear dropout now serves double duty as a housing stop and all frame entry/exit points are sized to fit Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 connectors. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Trek has adopted a bolder and more aggressive look for its latest Madone range.

Trek has adopted a bolder and more aggressive look for its latest Madone range. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The chunky non-driveside chain stay now accepts a DuoTrap integrated wireless speed and cadence sensor.

The chunky non-driveside chain stay now accepts a DuoTrap integrated wireless speed and cadence sensor. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Trek's newest 6 Series Madone will quickly see duty under Lance Armstrong and the Astana team in this year's Tour de France.

Trek's newest 6 Series Madone will quickly see duty under Lance Armstrong and the Astana team in this year's Tour de France. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Inside the head tube lies a new asymmetrical E2 tapered steerer tube that is slightly bulged on the sides for better handling but pared down on the front and back sides for more flex over bumps.

Inside the head tube lies a new asymmetrical E2 tapered steerer tube that is slightly bulged on the sides for better handling but pared down on the front and back sides for more flex over bumps. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The new internal derailleur cable routing system can be used with either mechanical or electronic drivetrains. Special plugs and guides are inserted when using Shimano's Dura-Ace Di2 electronic group.

The new internal derailleur cable routing system can be used with either mechanical or electronic drivetrains. Special plugs and guides are inserted when using Shimano's Dura-Ace Di2 electronic group. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The 6 Series Madone continues to use a wishbone-style rear end…

The 6 Series Madone continues to use a wishbone-style rear end… (Image credit: James Huang)
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Last year's deeper-section seatmast design has been traded for a round profile on the 6 Series Madone.

Last year's deeper-section seatmast design has been traded for a round profile on the 6 Series Madone. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Trek will offer a wide range of colour options for the 6 Series Madone in addition to a customisable parts spec. Rather than stock complete bikes, all 6 Series Madones will be stocked as frame-only and then built to order.

Trek will offer a wide range of colour options for the 6 Series Madone in addition to a customisable parts spec. Rather than stock complete bikes, all 6 Series Madones will be stocked as frame-only and then built to order. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Trek says its new StepJoint design saves weight and also produces a more predictable ride quality by maintaining tube wall thickness throughout the entire joint with no excess material.

Trek says its new StepJoint design saves weight and also produces a more predictable ride quality by maintaining tube wall thickness throughout the entire joint with no excess material. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The stepped male end joins to a similarly profiled female end.

The stepped male end joins to a similarly profiled female end. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The inner surface finish is now just as good as the outer surface, leaving less excess material and thus less extra weight to carry around.

The inner surface finish is now just as good as the outer surface, leaving less excess material and thus less extra weight to carry around. (Image credit: James Huang)

Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador, Levi Leipheimer and the rest of their Astana team will use the next generation of Trek Bicycles' flagship Madone road bike in this year's Tour de France. According to Trek, the new '6 Series Madone' is now 150g lighter than the previous version but also 10 percent stiffer at the bottom bracket, 17 percent more rigid in front triangle torsion, and also more comfortable to boot.

Frame weight is down to 890g (100g lighter than the current version), the tapered E2 carbon fork drops 30g to 350g, and the new 140g seatmast cap loses another 20g.

Though those figures by themselves may not be terribly noteworthy compared to some of the Madone's competition, Trek is quick to point out that the 1,380g 'fuselage' figure (frame, fork, and seatmast cap) is more impressive when you consider the weight saved through the integrated bottom bracket bearing cups (-40g), the now round-profile no-cut mast (-60g) and the fork's built-in crown race (-10g).

True, even with the savings the new bike still isn't as light as frames such as the Scott Addict and Cervélo R3-SL but Trek feels the 6 Series Madone's more balanced portfolio of performance features makes up for the modest extra mass; the system weight is still well within the ballpark.

The additional stiffness and quicker reflexes come courtesy of refined tubing shapes. The down tube is still nearly 80mm wide but takes on a more polygonal profile, the seat tube is far broader at the bottom bracket than last year's version, and the asymmetrical chain stays have grown considerably. Moreover, the new aluminum rear dropouts have a deeper profile and more surface contact with the ends of the stays.

Even so, total surface area on the 6 Series Madone has actually gone down about three percent thanks to more efficient use of material. As Trek road product manager Tyler Pilger puts it, "The more accurate we can be, the less material we have to throw into the frame and the most consistent the ride quality as well."

An example of that would be Trek's 'Resin Right' moulding procedure, which yields a far smoother and more consistent finish with less excess material - the inner surface now looks as good as the outer surface - while a clever StepJoint bond interface geometry reduces the number of redundant carbon layers between frame sections. Instead of just necking down one side to fit within another, each side now uses progressively fewer carbon layers, thus producing the distinctive stepped appearance. When bonded together and overwrapped, the joint has the same number of carbon layers and tube wall thickness as the surrounding area.

Pilger adds that uniform wall thickness lends a more consistent ride quality throughout the tube length while the revised tube profiles also have more fore-aft and vertical flex built in for a smoother ride. Though much wider than before, the seat tube is also flatter front-to-back, the seat stays have decreased slightly in size, and the 6 Series' novel asymmetrical steerer tube base uses bulged sides for surer cornering but scalloped front and rear surfaces to retain some movement over bumps.

The 6 Series Madone will also usher in a new level of component integration for Trek. In addition to the extant built-in bearing seats and seatmast, cable routing is now fully internal though easily convertible housing stops compatible with either conventional cable systems or Shimano's new Dura-Ace Di2 electronic drivetrains.

Rear brake routing is cleaner than ever with an entry point right in the front of the head tube and exit on top of the top tube - away from the rider's legs - and the trick bottom bracket cable guide can also double as a mounting point for the Di2 battery and cable harness. Dead-straight cable paths and the lack of internal guide liners cut down on friction, too.

Moreover, Trek has one-upped the SpeedTrap recessed wireless speed sensor pocket concept first used on its lower-end Madone forks with a new DuoTrap receptacle built into the non-driveside chain stay of the 6 Series Madone. The dual-purpose transmitter picks up both speed and cadence signals and can then send it to either Trek's own Bontrager NODE computer head or any number of ANT+-compatible devices such as SRM's PowerControl VI or the Garmin Edge 705.

Trek will even use a new method for ordering and building the new bike, using the customisable Project One model for all 6 Series Madones - buyers will be able to mix and match from five no-added-cost colours, a range of drivetrains, any Bontrager wheelset (and ten decal colours), a wealth of finishing kit and even housing, brake hood and bar tape colour.

Of course, the usual options such as stem length and angle, bar width, crankarm length and gear ratios still apply. Special 'Signature Series' versions with more elaborate paint schemes and logo colours will also be available, in addition to Armstrong's trademark yellow-and-black 'Livestrong' theme if you're so inclined.

Trek says the new Madones are already in production and shipping imminently. Claimed lead time is less than seven business days "for 95 percent of orders" in the US and fewer than 30 for European markets. Final pricing is still to be determined.

A mix of new and old for other Madone lines

Last year's Madone carries on as the 5 Series, all with Trek's mid-level OCLV Black carbon construction, but a new 4 Series lineup will join the Madone family for '10.

Unlike the US-built 5 Series and 6 Series, the 4 Series will be built in Asia using Trek's TCT carbon technology and will use a conventional round seatpost and standard threaded bottom bracket shell. Trek claims a 15 percent bump in bottom bracket stiffness compared to the outgoing frame however, and the non-driveside chain stay will also accept the new DuoTrap computer sensor.

Updated Bontrager wheels and cockpit components

The biggest news in Trek's Bontrager componentry arm is a move away from paired spoke patterns across the entire wheel line. According to Trek, paired lacing was necessary to avoid the 'snaking' that can afflict ultralight rims under high spoke tension but the latest generation's wider rim profiles - now used on all Bontrager road wheels - are now supposedly stiff enough to handle the load.

Additionally, the reduced point stresses resulting from having just one spoke at a section of rim instead of two allowed Bontrager's wheel engineers to lighten their carbon rims by 30g per pair.

Bontrager will also use its own hub designs for all of the '10 road wheels save for the Race XXX Lite, which will carry on with carbon-shelled hubs made by DT Swiss. According to Bontrager, the 15mm-diameter alloy axles are stiffer and more durable, engagement speed has quickened from 20 to 15 degrees, and the new three-pawl driver mechanism has a higher load capacity. Spoke flanges have also been reshaped for better aerodynamics.

In addition, the '10 Race X Lite will feature a new scandium-enhanced aluminum rim that saves 40g per pair relative to last year.

Bontrager's popular Race XXX Lite carbon drop bar and Race XXX Lite carbon stem will also get substantial facelifts. The bar now uses slightly forward-swept tops to reduce forearm interference while in the drops while the drops themselves extend further back to provide more room for your hands to grip. Claimed weight remains unchanged at 180g.

The new Race XXX Lite is now approved for both road and mountain use and features an HCM carbon fibre body, a pared-down alloy four-bolt faceplate and replaceable steerer clamp hardware. Even with the hardened steel hardware (Trek is averse to using titanium bolts), claimed weight is still a feathery 120g for a 110mm length.