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Tour de France tech: Trek Madone 7-Series 2014 - sneak peek

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The frameset now drops in at a claimed weight of just 725g

The frameset now drops in at a claimed weight of just 725g
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This build features Dura-Ace and Bontrager's finest carbon components

This build features Dura-Ace and Bontrager's finest carbon components
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A new chainstay design will boost power for the chainstay-mounted integrated rear brake

A new chainstay design will boost power for the chainstay-mounted integrated rear brake
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The chainstays were subject to a complete redesign for 2014

The chainstays were subject to a complete redesign for 2014
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The same artists that created Fabian Cancellara’s RadioShack-Nissan-Trek bike have perfected the Spartacus paint finish you see here

The same artists that created Fabian Cancellara’s RadioShack-Nissan-Trek bike have perfected the Spartacus paint finish you see here
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Trek Madone 7-Series 2014

Trek Madone 7-Series 2014
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Trek Madone 7-Series 2014

Trek Madone 7-Series 2014
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Trek have unveiled their second generation Trek Madone 7-Series, the bike that team RadioShack Leopard Trek riders will pilot during the 2013 Tour de France. BikeRadar have got one to hand, and you can take a closer look in the video below.

We used Trek’s Project One website to configure this Fabian Cancellara replica – custom paint, carbon Bontrager wheels, Dura-Ace and a full smattering of Bontrager lightweight carbon parts. The bike has arrived ahead of the Tour, in time for our coverage and nicely up specced to the next generation 7-Series. The same artists that created Fabian’s RadioShack-Leopard bike have crafted the Spartacus paint finish you see here. It’s all done by hand.

The frameset now drops in at a claimed weight of just 725g – that's a 25g reduction compared with the 2012 Madone 7-Series. Trek say that's down to a reworking of the composites and layup used for construction.

A lot of time and effort has been focused on the rear chainstays; Trek say the new design has improved both ride quality and stopping performance from the direct-mount integrated brake units.