Trek has limited the 2015 Madone range to the top-end carbon 7-series and aluminium 2-series bikes, giving greater prominence to this entry point to the Madone pedigree. This follows the introduction of the ultra-light Trek Emonda and Trek's continued emphasis on the sportive-friendly Domane.
The Madone 2.1 costs £900 / US$1,319.99 / AU$1,799. It has an Alpha 200-series (Trek’s premium alloy) aluminium frame that's based on the carbon Madones. It includes the KVF (Kammtail Virtual Foil) down tube shape – a flatter profile on the back of tube to improve aerodynamics – and internal gear cabling. The frame also has a wide BB86.5 bottom bracket, which houses the bearings inside the bottom top shell, and allows a chunkier down tube and stiffer platform for power transfer. The all-up weight is 8.9kg.
The H2 fit of the 2-series Madones isn’t as racy as the company’s H1 setup – our 54cm sample has a 150mm head tube – but it strikes a nice balance between head-down racing bikes and more upright endurance-focused machines.
The tapered fork also has KVF shaping on the rear of the legs, and is carbon with an alloy steerer. It includes a SpeedTrap module for transmitting speed and distance data to a head unit via a traditional magnet attached to the spoke. There are hidden mudguard mounts behind both the front and rear dropouts.
Last year’s 10-speed Shimano 105 levers with Tiagra cassette are now 105 11-speed (with an 11-28 cassette) 105 derailleurs. There’s no 105 crankset though – instead the Madone 2.1 is specced with a black RS500 chainset (50/34t), which retains Shimano’s older five-bolt set-up.
You'd expect the aluminium seatpost at this price point, although it may be the first thing to put on your upgrade list. The second being the unbranded dual-pivot brakes. Even with these concessions, the Madone 2.1 could well prove to be a smart choice at this competitive price point – if its frame lives up to its name.
Check out the gallery above for more details of the 2015 Trek Madone 2.1. Review to follow soon.