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The Trek Madone SLR gets a new carbon layup and drops weight

16 Jul 2020
Verdict:

Trek says the ‘OCLV 800’ carbon fibre layup saves its Madone SLR frameset 80g without affecting stiffness or aerodynamics

The Trek Madone SLR has taken advantage of the American brand’s new ‘OCLV 800’ carbon layup to shed 80g of weight from the frameset, without affecting the bike’s aerodynamics or stiffness.

Trek debuted its overhauled Emonda lightweight race bike a couple of weeks ago (which you can read about by clicking here), touting the advantages of this new ‘OCLV 800’ carbon fibre layup as key in creating the new bike’s light weight despite the inclusion of new aerodynamic tube profiles.

It now transpires that Trek has been busy indeed, not only deploying the new layup in the Emonda but rescheduling the layup of its existing aero-race bike, the Madone SLR, too, resulting in an 80g drop in frame weight.

Although that may not sound like much, in a hyper-refined bike like the Madone SLR that represents a significant saving – Trek has managed to shave nearly 10% off the Madone SLR’s previous weight without, the brand says, affecting stiffness, aerodynamics or comfort.

Buy the new Trek Madone SLR from Trek Bikes here.

Using Bontrager’s (Trek’s in-house components brand) recently updated Aeolus RSL finishing kit and Aeolus RSL 37 wheels, Trek claims the rider can save up to 450g compared to previous Madone SLR builds.

‘OCLV 800 had about a two-year development cycle,’ says Trek’s director of road product, Jordan Roessingh. ‘We used the race team throughout the development process, with riders like Vincenzo Nibali blind testing on prototypes and so on.

‘OCLV 800 is 30% stronger, meaning we could use less of it, but were still able to hit all our stiffness and strength test criteria,’ he says.

A new carbon fibre blend isn’t the only thing that has changed in the new Madone SLR either - once again following in the footsteps of the new Emonda, the frameset has adopted the T47 bottom bracket standard in place of Trek’s own BB90 standard.

‘We used it on the new Domane last year, and it’s an open standard to the rest of the industry,' says Roessingh. ‘We recognise that press fit is not the best solution. A tooled/threaded interface is definitely an improvement. It also means the frame is now compatible with all spindle and crank systems.’

The new Madone SLR bike replaces the OCLV 700 builds on Trek’s website and is available immediately. The updated carbon blend adds a small premium on to the price of the bike, but you can still buy the OCLV 700 Madone SLR as a frameset-only option – it is £210 cheaper (and of course, 80g heavier) than the new OCLV 800 frameset, which retails for £4,210.

Buy the new Trek Madone SLR from Trek Bikes here.

Madone SLR pricing:

Madone SLR 6 Disc: £6,250.00
Madone SLR 7 Disc: £7,500.00
Madone SLR 7 Disc eTap: £8,200.00
Madone SLR 9 Disc: £11,350.00
Madone SLR 9 Disc eTap: £11,950.00
Madone SLR Disc Frame Set: £4,210.00

Price: 
From £4,210

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