The current generation Madone has set a very high standard for aero road bikes. Now all that performance can be had for less...
Trek's current Madone has helped pro racers win some of the most prestigious victories in professional racing, including the 2019 world road championships in Yorkshire. Attaining that technological masterpiece is not quite as expensive as it used to be. Welcome to the Madone SL 7 eTap for 2021.
The Madone has been acclaimed as a brilliant aero bike, with very low drag to cheat the wind. The original Madone SLR Disc also boasts incredibly good ride quality -not just for an aero bike, but for road bikes in general- due to an adjustable IsoSpeed seat mast. This clever element of the Madone SLR is also found on the Madone SL's frame. It uses a slider on the base of the L-shaped IsoSpeed structure under the top tube. By moving the slider forward or backward, the seatmast can be made stiffer or softer, depending on rider weight, expected riding surfaces or ride distance. Triathletes will appreciate this, knowing that a smooth ride will benefit them during the run. Century riders will also smile, knowing the bike will still be smooth on broken tarmac. Racers will like IsoSpeed since the freshest rider is most likely the fastest in the final sprint to the finish.
Very light weight is still part of the Madone SL's attributes, thanks to Trek's exclusive 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber used throughout the frame. By using newer flat-mount disc brake installation and an H1.5 fit geometry, the frame of the Madone SL 7 eTap cuts weight in the right places. Like the current Madone SLR,Kammtail Virtual Foil (or KVF) tube shaping in used throughout the Madone SL's frame and fork, making the bike one of the slipperiest road bicycles today. The flattened trailing edge of the frame and fork tubes (the "Kammtails") make the bike far more resistant to gusty crosswinds compared to a classic teardrop shape, as well as cutting weight off the bike. An aperture in the left chainstay for a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately) cuts aero drag by eliminated the need for clumsy zip-ties. Even the 3S chain keeper at the crankset has been given the low-drag treatment. A stout BB90 bottom bracket anchors the crankset for flex-free power delivery with every pedal stroke.
Madone SL 7 Disc eTap combines advanced aerodynamic performance and smooth ride quality with the quick, reliable shifting of a wireless electronic drivetrain. It's light, fast, and incredibly sleek, and it comes with aero carbon wheels, a road-smoothing IsoSpeed decoupler, and a SRAM Force power meter.
It's right for you if...
You're serious about speed and performance, and you want the advantage of crisp wireless electronic shifting, lightweight carbon wheels, and the all-weather stopping power hydraulic disc brakes provide.
The tech you get
A 500 Series OCLV Carbon frame and fork with Kammtail Virtual Foil tubes that cut through the wind and a road-smoothing IsoSpeed decoupler. SRAM Force eTap AXS 2x12 wireless electronic drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, a SRAM Force AXS power meter, and a pair of tubeless ready Bontrager Aeolus Pro 5 OCLV carbon wheels.
The final word
You get the free speed, aerodynamic advantage, and superior ride quality of our ultimate race bike, plus the precision of a wireless electronic drivetrain. SRAM Force eTap delivers quick, smooth shifts—and that really matters when you're sprinting for the line.
Why you'll love it
- The SRAM Force eTap AXS drivetrain is smart, smooth, and completely wireless
- Comes with a SRAM Force AXS power meter for more effective training rides from the start
|Frame||500 Series OCLV Carbon, KVF (Kammtail Virtual Foil) tube shape, adjustable top tube IsoSpeed, invisible cable routing, 3S aero chain keeper, flat mount disc, Duo Trap S compatible, 142x12mm thru axle|
|Fork||Madone KVF full carbon, tapered carbon steerer, invisible cable routing, flat mount disc, carbon dropouts, 12x100mm thru axle|
Front: 100 x 12mm thru-axle
Rear: 142 x 12mm thru-axle
|Rims/Wheels||Bontrager Aeolus Pro 5, OCLV Carbon, Tubeless Ready, 19.5mm rim width, 50mm rim depth, SRAM XD-R driver|
|Hubs||Alloy sealed bearing|
|Spokes||Bladed stainless steel|
|Tires||Bontrager R3 Hard-Case Lite, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 700x25c|
|Crankset||SRAM Force AXS Power Meter, GXP spindle|
|Chain||SRAM Force, 12 speed|
|Front Derailleur||SRAM Force eTap AXS, braze-on|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM Force eTap AXS, 36T max cog|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM Force XG-1270, 10-33T, 12 speed|
|Shifters||SRAM Force eTap AXS, 12 speed|
|Handlebars||Bontrager Elite Aero VR-CF, alloy, 31.8mm, invisible cable routing, 93mm reach, 123mm drop|
|Tape/Grips||Bontrager Supertack Perf tape|
|Stem||Bontrager Pro alloy, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree|
|Brakes||SRAM Force eTap AXS hydraulic disc, flat mount|
|Saddle||Bontrager Aeolus Comp, steel rails, 145mm width|
|Seat Post||Madone aero carbon internal seatmast cap, integrated light mount, 25mm offset|
* Subject to change without notice.