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Trek Madone 4.9, 4.7 and 4.5 Road Bike Review

Trek attempts to combine performance, comfort and affordability in the Madone 4 Series. These road bikes are ready to race, but are not so expensive that they exclude buyers who are more interested in getting something to train with rather than use competitively.

Trek Madone 4.5

The basis for the Madone 4.5 and its contemporaries is the 400 Series OCLV carbon frame, which is suitably aerodynamic, with minimal drag created by things like the fork or even the cables, thanks to performance routing.

The BB90 bottom bracket is one of the widest found on road bikes and helps to improve acceleration and stiffness, which are both important assets of any road bike that hopes to be competitive. Shimano Ultegra components are used for the drivetrain and you get a carbon seatpost from Bontrager to shave a few more grams off the total weight of the bike.

The wheelset is also from Bontrager, using Race wheels and R2 Hard-Case Lite tyres. All the equipment pulls together with the frame to dampen the vibrations from the road and keep riders comfortable in the saddle over long distances.

Trek Madone 4.7

With the same frame and wheelset as the more affordable model in this range, the Madone 4.7 distinguishes itself by swapping out the FSA Gossamer crank for the true Shimano Ultegra model, complementing the rest of the drivetrain.

The brakeset is also from the Ultegra family, offering extra control and power to help manage speed. You can add additional elements to the Madone 4.7 thanks to the inclusion of subtle mudguard mounts, as well as frame sections which allow for the integration of DuoTrap sensors, if required.

Trek Madone 4.9

At the top end of the Madone 4-Series sits the 4.9 bike, which includes KVF (Kammtail Virtual Foil) tube shaping as standard to make it even more aerodynamically efficient than its siblings. Cable routing is handled internally so that the frame has a clean, uncluttered look that also has practical benefits.

Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite tyres are wrapped around alloy rims and the drivetrain consists of Ultegra Di2 components, allowing for electronic shifting of the kind that you often find much higher up the road bike pecking order.

Comfort is still important and the bike has a Bontrager Affinity 2 saddle along with a carbon seatpost, offering a good balance between all out performance and price which is important in a cycle of this kind.

Trek Madone 4.9 Specifications 2014
Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2 Front Fork: Madone KVF full carbon
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2 Rear Shock: N/A
Shifters: Shimano Ultegra STI Di2 Brakes: Alloy pivot brakes
Gears: 11 speed Rims: Bontrager Race
Chainring: 50/34 Tyres: Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite
Cassette: 11-28 Weight: N/A

Trek Madone 4.7 Specifications 2014
Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Front Fork: Madone KVF full carbon
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Rear Shock: N/A
Shifters: Shimano Ultegra STI Brakes: Shimano Ultegra
Gears: 11 speed Rims: Bontrager Race
Chainring: 50/34 Tyres: Bontrager R2 Hard-Case Lite
Cassette: 11-28 Weight: N/A

Trek Madone 4.5 Specifications 2014
Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Front Fork: Madone KVF full carbon
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Rear Shock: N/A
Shifters: Shimano Ultegra STI Brakes: Alloy pivot brakes
Gears: 11 speed Rims: Bontrager Race
Chainring: 50/34 Tyres: Bontrager R2 Hard-Case Lite
Cassette: 11-28 Weight: N/A