Review: Trek Madone 3.5 and 3.1 Road Bikes

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Trek Madone 3.5 and 3.1 Road Bike Review

If you want the most affordable members of the Madone range that still have a carbon frame, then the 3-Series Madone 3.5 and 3.1 bikes are the place to start. A lot of value is squeezed into these road bikes and not many sacrifices have been made to achieve performance at a lower price.

Trek Madone 3.1

The 300 Series OCLV carbon frame helps define the Madone 3.1, as it is light and stiff as well as being adequately flexible, ensuring that the effort you put into pedalling does not go to waste and the uneven road surface will not shake you into a state of fatigue.

A wide bottom bracket helps with acceleration, balance and stability, while the tapered headtube allows for improved lateral stiffness while keeping the weight of the bike low.

A mixture of Shimano 105 and Tiagra components are used in the drivetrain and you get the basic but serviceable alloy dual-pivot brakeset to quell your forward momentum when required. Remember that this is a bike that costs just £1,400 so if you want a higher spec Madone, there are plenty of choices but clearly you’ll have to pay more.

The wheelset is made up of standard alloy rims and Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite tyres. Bontrager also contributes the saddle and handlebar, with every component matched well to the carbon frame and fork.

Trek Madone 3.5

The design of the frame remains the same for the Madone 3.5 and there are other components that are carried over from the base model in this range, including the Bontrager wheelset, that being Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite tyres and Bontrager Race rims.

The most notable upgrade comes in the drivetrain, which uses Shimano Ultegra components and an FSA Gossamer crank for fast, unencumbered shifting in competitive situations. Let’s just repeat that for a moment. The Madone 3.5 has a carbon frame, Bontrager wheelset and Shimano Ultegra groupset, all for just &£1,800. That’s why this is a 5 star review.

You also get the Shimano 105 brakeset and the aerodynamically stable design which helps riders to scythe through headwinds and avoid the worst effects of buffeting side winds out on the open road. The Madone 3-Series bikes are worth a look for anyone who wants racing potential without the outrageous costs this can entail.

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Trek Madone 3.5 Specifications 2014
Front Derailleur:Shimano UltegraFront Fork:Trek carbon
Rear Derailleur:Shimano UltegraRear Shock:N/A
Shifters:Shimano Ultegra STIBrakes:Shimano 105
Gears:11 speedRims:Bontrager Race
Chainring:50/34Tyres:Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite
Cassette:11-28Weight:N/A


Trek Madone 3.1 Specifications 2014
Front Derailleur:Shimano TiagraFront Fork:Trek carbon
Rear Derailleur:Shimano 105Rear Shock:N/A
Shifters:Shimano 105 STIBrakes:Alloy pivit
Gears:10 speedRims:Bontrager Race
Chainring:50/34Tyres:Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite
Cassette:12-30Weight:N/A

Item: Trek Madone 3.5

Description: The Trek Madone 3.5 is solid everyday road bike.
Review: If you want the most affordable members of the Madone range that still have a carbon frame, then the Madone 3.5 is for you.

Bike: Trek Madone 3.5 Road Bike
Price: £1,800NewIn Stock
Rating: 5 / 5 stars


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