Trek Madone 6.2 Review
The Trek Madone 6.2 is part of a series of road bikes that have been able to push professional riders into the spotlight, so it is unsurprising that you will need to find quite a bit of cash to cover the cost of even this entry level model. It will be money well spent, however, as this is the gateway to a set up preferred by champions, giving you the kind of long distance performance and quality comfort that you need to tackle a multi-stage, multi day event.
The Trek Madone 6.2 features a 600 Series OCLV carbon frame that uses material originally sourced from the aerospace industry and adapted to make an eminently light and strong backbone for the bike. You get internal cable routing to keep things looking neat and tidy, with DuoTrap compatibility allowing you to add in ride computers to monitor performance without drastically altering the weight.
Weight is clearly a key concern with a road bike of this kind, so the Trek Madone 6.2 has been outfitted with components that help to lighten the load. The first of these is the Bontrager Race XXX Lite fork, which is a full carbon model with carbon dropouts thrown in for good measure. This fork gives you access to capable handling and is also compliant enough to make sure that road buzz does not ruffle your feathers as you take on long distance stints.
For the transmission, Trek has chosen the Shimano Ultegra groupset, which is certainly an appealing choice for road racers who want gear changes to occur quickly and effectively each time. You also get the Shimano Ultegra brakeset at the front and rear for consistency across the various systems and of course the internal cable routing means that it is easy to avoid any problems while you are out on the road.
The Trek Madone 6.2’s frame is latched onto Bontrager Race Lite wheels with R3 tyres, allowing you to build up momentum and stick to a suitable cruising speed with ease, while still delivering enough grip to keep you in one piece if it gets a little slippery.
The Affinity Race Lite saddle, also from Bontrager, is mounted on stainless steel rails that have been created hollow so that you can save a few extra grams of weight, which makes all the difference in the long run. This is matched to the Bontrager Ride Tuned Carbon seatmast with a 20mm offset. This feature has been specifically selected because it offers improved comfort over alternative options and will let you feel right at home in the saddle mile after mile, lowering fatigue and letting you behave more competitively.
The only real admission to the fact that this is the entry level Madone comes in the form of the Bontrager Race Blade handlebar, which is alloy rather than carbon and thus a little heavier than some of its sister products. However, the difference is minimal enough to be easily justifiable because of the lower price it affords and while the Trek Madone 6.2 is still every inch the premium road racer, it is also the most accessible of this high flying range.
If you are moving from a more basic road bike up to the Trek Madone 6.2, you will certainly notice the improved handling, frame lightness and resultant speed that this can pull together to provide. While it has the edge of a professional racing machine, it still offers enough comfort and accessibility to appeal to novice riders who have deep enough pockets for its asking price not to be too daunting.
Trek Madone 6.2 Specifications 2013
- Front Fork: Bontrager Race XXX Lite full carbon
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: Shimano Ultegra Compact 50/34T
- Cassette: Shimano 105 11-28 10 Speed
- Shifters: Shimano Ultegra STI
- Brakes: Shimano Ultegra calliper brake
- Wheels: Bontrager Race Lite
- Tyres: Bontrager R3 700x23c