Trek Madone 6.9 SSL Road Bike Review
The Trek Madone 6.9 SSL is a road bike intended for use by professional tour riders and it comes with all of the performance enhancements and range-topping qualities that you would expect from such a prestigious cycle. As well as taking the need for long distance comfort into consideration, the Madone 6.9 can ramp up to a devilishly fast pace in a short amount of time. Meanwhile the precise handling will make you feel in total mastery of your bike while the road whips by smoothly beneath the durable tyres.
With a 700 Series OCLV Carbon frame, the Trek Madone 6.9 is streamlined, aerodynamic and above all light. Internal cable routing means that there are no exposed wires to interfere with your form as you slice through the air and battle against crosswinds. The Bontrager Race XXX Lite fork is also fully carbon, sympathetically designed to counteract the humming, thrumming rumble of the road during those hours you will spend in the saddle. The E2 steerer of the fork is oversized at the base in order to improve the efficiency of the bike and also allow you to control it deftly, regardless of the speed at which you are moving.
The full complement of Shimano Dura-Ace components make up the drivetrain and brakeset on the Trek Madone 6.9. This range has featured on a number of tour-winning road bikes in recent years and so there is no questioning its credentials. Shifting is smooth and fast, while braking is going to live up to your high standards.
The wheels found on this bike consist of Bontrager XXX Lite carbon rims and Bontrager R4 tyres. The wealth of carbon components continues with the handlebars, stem and seatpost, all from the same Race XXX Lite family. If there is any area in which weight can be saved, Trek has made the effort to remove it. Although a large number of bikes are advertised and being machines built with no compromises, the Trek Madone 6.9 is one of the few that actually lives up to the hyperbole.
Many different aspects of the bike go towards making it fast and eager to accelerate. The carbon bottom bracket is the largest of its kind on any road bike and Trek has chosen it to make sure that the whole cycle is stiff and responsive while using carbon to keep it light. Meanwhile the H1 aero fit is designed to encourage the rider to position themselves in such a way as to make them lean forwards and lessen the area they present as they push through the air molecules in front of them, with lower hand positioning a key part of this setup.
The Trek Madone 6.9 is a road bike which refuses to make any concessions and as such you will be unsurprised by its price point. It is not alone in the market, but it is difficult to conceive of a bike that will be its pound for pound equal in a competitive road race.