This article first appeared on Cyclingnews
Japanese domestique Fumiyuki Beppu has been racing with Trek-Segafredo (formerly Trek Factory Racing) since the 2014 season, as well as spending his first three seasons and a subsequent two seasons with Discovery Channel and RadioShack respectively.
To celebrate the Japan Cup one-day race, Trek created this limited edition finish of its top of the line aero frame, the Madone. Beppu’s frameset is one of a limited run of 100 framesets, exclusively available in Japan.
The predominantly black frame features a grey disruptive pattern design on the inside of the forks, stays and main frame triangle. On the top tube, in white decals and looking deceptively like Japanese calligraphy, it read 'Je sais que je peux', which is French for 'I know I can'.
For 2018, Trek-Segafredo have switched from SRM power meters to Shimano’s unit, which works seamlessly with the Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 groupset equipped on Beppu’s machine.
- Frame: Trek Madone 9 Race Shop Limited in custom Japan Cup colours
- Fork: Trek Madone KVF full carbon
- Front brake: Trek Madone Aero integrated
- Rear brake: Trek Madone Aero integrated
- Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
- Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
- Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
- Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-28
- Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
- Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P, 172.5mm cranks, 53/39
- Wheels: Bontrager Aeolus 5 TLR
- Tyres: Vittoria Corsa, 25mm tubular
- Handlebars: Bontrager Race Light, 420mm
- Stem: Bontrager Pro Blendr, 125mm
- Tape/grips: Bontrager Cork Tape
- Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
- Saddle: Bontrager Serrano RXL
- Seatpost: Trek Madone Micro-adjust carbon seat mast with cap, 25mm offset
- Bottle cages: Bontrager XXX bottle cage
- Rider’s height: 1.80m
- Saddle height from bottom bracket (c-t): 735mm
- Tip of saddle nose to bars: 555mm
- Bicycle weight: 7.26kg