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The new Trek Madone literally rips a hole in bike design with radical shapes that make it faster, lighter and more comfortable.

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When Trek-Segafredo riders were asked how the Madone, an aero bike that was in its sixth version at the time, could be improved upon, the response sounded like a popular musical refrain. Faster. Lighter.

These are recurring themes when it comes to road biking. (will open in a new tab) design after all. But if the melody heard was familiar, then the reaction of the Trek designers was much more avant-garde.

The latest Madone SLR solved these common problems, namely how to make a bike lighter and more aerodynamic, with some unique solutions. The result is a bike that has been both modified and redesigned in a very unusual way.

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When he first appeared at the Critérium du Dauphiné this year (will open in a new tab), the new Madone made headlines thanks in large part to its radical seat tube design. Gone is the IsoSpeed ​​decoupling that was introduced to make the bike more comfortable. In its place was, well, a hole.

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