Trek Madone 4.7 Review
The Trek Madone 4.7 is part of a range of bikes that has been redesigned in order to make its mark in 2012. The Madone name is one that Trek applies to its road racing bikes, some of which are utilised by pros and end up winning major tours. The 4 series in which this model resides is still geared towards competition, but it adds that extra degree of compliance and comfort to keep its riders happy all day long.
The Trek Madone 4.7 is based on the 400 Series OCLV Carbon frame with E2 technology that allows it to remain stiff and supple at the same time. This leads to excellent power transfer and yet a ride quality that will help to minimise the impact of road rumble and keep you smiling mile after mile.
If you are serious about improving your performance, or at least monitoring it, the DuoTrap compatibility of the Trek Madone 4.7’s frame will be an added convenience. You can integrate a trip computer to analyse things like speed, time and distance travelled and then use this data to work out where you are going wrong and where you are making progress.
The carbon bottom bracket found onboard the Trek Madone 4.7 is actually the widest of its kind, which translates into a setup that allows for quicker acceleration and improved overall stiffness compared to alternatives. This can make quite a difference when you are in a racing situation but will also allow you to sustain your speed for longer when cruising.
The Bontrager Race Lite fork of this model features carbon legs and an aluminium steerer in order to make the bike affordable whilst still keeping one eye on weight. Bontrager is also responsible for the Race rims and hubs and the R2 tyres, giving you a wheelset that will endure day after day of road use and help you accelerate and corner effectively as necessary.
The drivetrain features Shimano Ultegra components, which is an excellent level of equipment spec to see on a road bike of this kind. This gives you the fast shifting and smoothness of transmission that you will find on some of the more expensive Madone models but at a price point that has more of a mainstream appeal.
The Shimano Ultegra brakeset is featured on the Trek Madone 4.7 and this does a good job of keeping your speed in check and also minimising the additional weight that is added to the bike by its components. When you choose a carbon frame, you really want to make sure that the kit with which it is outfitted does not compromise the innate lightness of this setup.
The Bontrager Carbon seatpost is a nice feature to see, giving you additional vibration absorbing potential to keep your body from becoming tired out by incessant road buzz. You also get the Bontrager Affinity 2 saddle, mounted on hollow chromoly rails, which shaves further weight off the Trek Madone 4.7.
If you want a road racing bike that is suitable for racing and touring, this could be a worthy option. It comes from a respected range and features a collection of components, which are both capable and price conscious. That is not to say that the bike feels in any way hindered by its value oriented elements, because the carbon frame and weight saving measures all give it a lightness that you need, to succeed over long distances. Meanwhile, the comfortable nature of the bike will help keep you in the saddle and make sure that riding never feels like a chore.
Trek Madone 4.7 Specifications
- Front Fork: Trek Carbon Road E2
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: Shimano Ultegra 50/34T (compact)
- Cassette: Shimano 105 11-28T 10 speed
- Shifters: Shimano Ultegra STI
- Brakes: Shimano Ultegra STI
- Wheels: Bontrager Race
- Tyres: Bontrager R2 700x23c