Trek Madone 4.7 review

Is this the bike for wannabe Lance Armstrongs?

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £2,100.00 RRP | USD $2,619.99
Trek Madone 4.7

Our review

Lovely frame – a great option for the taller, heavier rider
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No Bike Of The Year test would be complete without an offering from giant US company Trek. After all, a Trek Madone has been Lance Armstrong’s weapon of choice through most of his Tour de France career.

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The 4.7 sits towards the lower end of the range. As with all Treks, it comes adorned with in-house Bontrager kit, including wheels and tyres. Shimano’s Ultegra groupset takes care of everything else.

The Trek sometimes feels like two different bikes in one. The rear end is stiff and responsive under drive, the wheels accelerating nicely even from slow speed. Most of the testers found the ride damped and comfortable.

But the front end is quite high – and higher than the 6 series Madones – and some found it more flexible than they would have liked when it came to really hard, aggressive riding. That makes it a little less suitable for hardcore competitive cycling, and gives it a more comfortable sportive-orientated position.

It was described by one tester as “positively lazy and laconic”, making for a bike ideally suited to long days out. Some thought that the design generally suits taller, heavier riders, who’ll appreciate the stability and sturdiness, and everyone found it comfortable, if not super-responsive.

The frame itself looks first-rate, and the finish quality is equal to that of the more expensive Treks, albeit carrying a little extra weight thanks to an aluminium steerer tube. The Bontrager wheels are budget items, roll smoothly and accelerate well, but aren’t the stiffest hoops on the market.

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It’s good to see one of the major players taking the women’s road bike market seriously, with Trek making no fewer than five WSD – women-specific design – Madones: the 4.7 (£1,900 with SRAM Rival), 5.2. 5.5, 6.5 and 6.9.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Madone 4.7 (10)
Brand Trek

Available Sizes 50 52 54 56 58 60cm 62cm
Headset Type Aheadset w/cartridge bearings, integrated, sealed, alloy; 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottom
Shifters SRAM Rival, 10 speed
Seatpost Bontrager Carbon
Saddle Bontrager R2
Rims Bontrager Race
Rear Tyre Size 700x23C
Rear Tyre Race Lite
Rear Derailleur SRAM Rival
Handlebar Bontrager Blade VR, 31.8mm
Brakes SRAM Rival w/SRAM Rival levers
Front Tyre Size 700x23C
Front Tyre Race Lite
Front Derailleur SRAM Rival
Frame Material TCT Carbon, DuoTrap compatible
Fork Bontrager Race Lite, carbon w/E2 aluminum steerer
Cranks SRAM Rival 50/34
Cassette SRAM PG-1070 11-28, 10 speed
Stem Bontrager Race Lite, 7 degree, 31.8mm