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Tour de France bikes: Mads Pedersen’s new 2023 Trek Madone SLR

Danish superstar is riding the brand new Trek Madone SLR with an outrageous gold chain and cassette

Trek couldn't have asked for a better way to launch its new Madone SLR bike than at the Tour de France’s Danish Grand Départ with Denmark’s best hope of a stage win.

Although the bike has been raced by the team previously at the Critérium du Dauphiné, its official release was just one day before the opening time-trial so the brand and team are much more open about its details now.

And Mads doesn’t just have a bog standard Madone SLR – if you can call it such a thing with that extraodinary aero opening at the rear – his comes equipped with an incredible gold SRAM Red flat top chain and cassette.

For full details on the new Madone, be sure to check out our offical launch story. We also got up close with Pedersen’s Trek Speed Concept TT bike, but this bike is more likely to be ridden to a famous stage win.

Mads Pedersen's Trek Madone SLR 2022 spec

Frameset Trek Madone SLR 2023
Levers SRAM Red eTap AXS
Brakes SRAM Red eTap AXS
Rear derailleur SRAM Red eTap AXS
Front derailleur SRAM Red eTap AXS
Crankset SRAM Red eTap AXS 56/43, 172.5mm
Cassette SRAM Red eTap AXS 11-30 Gold
Chain SRAM Red eTap AXS Gold
Wheels Bontrager Aeolus RSL 62
Tyres Pirelli P Zero Race 28mm
Cockpit Bontrager one-piece carbon
Seatpost Madone specific carbon
Saddle Bontrager Verse Pro
Pedals Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Accessories Integrated chain catcher; Kogel bearings; Quarq power meter; Bontrager Bat Cage bottle cages w/added grippers
Measurements
Rider height 1.79m
Rider weight (approx) 70kg
Complete bike weight 8.0kg
Saddle height: BB to saddle (c-t) 79.5cm
Tip of saddle to middle of bar 63cm


The 2023 Trek Madone is stunning in red.

The IsoFlow rear end promises aero and comfort, plus it makes the bike look like a spaceship.

This team bike is still wearing prototype stickers.

There’s one nestled under the fork crown too.

Trek-Segafredo runs full SRAM Red eTap groupsets.

Gold, gold everywhere.

We’re seeing more and more tubed clinchers in the pro peloton, alongside traditional tubulars and of course plenty of new tubeless tyres.

The new Madone’s one-piece cockpit has an immense stem.

Pedersen’s levers are angled slightly inwards, but not to the extremes adopted by some pros.

Kogel supplies all the team’s wheel bearings.

A 10-33 cassette would have been unthinkable on a pro bike just a few years ago.

A 56/43 is like a super-double.

The slight anhedral of the bars adds to the jet fighter aesthetic.

There’s room to spare with 28mm tyres fitted.

You’re probably not going to hit the gravel on a Madone, but we reckon you could stuff a 35mm tyre in there. Just.

The bottom bracket shell is truly huge for maximum stiffness and aero.

Just in case you thought pros got box-fresh everything for the Tour, this crank has clearly done a few miles.

The red paint really pops.

Red on red.

These little grippers are added for bottle security.

The out-front computer mount is angle adjustable.


For all our coverage, head to our Tour de France hub

Photos: Matthew Loveridge