Trek unveils the new 2011 Madone Road Bike lineup, which claimed by Trek are lighter, pricing is wide spread, and more features. The Trek 6 series SSL 2011 which is apart of the Madone series is 100 grams lighter than last years model, plus the 5 series models received some big changes as well.
The new 2011 Trek Madone 6 Series SSL is lighter due to a new carbon fiber used by Trek called OCLV Hex SL. OCLV Hex SL brings the same stiffness just like the high modulus carbon but is uses twice the elongation properties, and four times the strength. Trek’s product engineer Chris Pomering stated “you won’t see many others using it due to the fact that the US Government declares it Defense grade material, and therefore it is prohibited to be shipped outside the NATO alliance”.
While the Trek SSL Road Bike can now be purchased by anyone, Team RadioShack member Jani Brajkovic has already obtained a victory in the 2010 Tour of Dauphine which tok place in June. You will also see all Team RadioShack riding the SSL 6 Series during the 2010 Tour de France.
Although the 6 Series is something to look forward too, the 5 Series 2011 Trek Madones are nothing to be overlooked, since the 5 series will use most of the tech features that make the 6 series so special. Moving on, the Trek 2011 5 Series Madones will use a changed round seat mast, Duotrap computer mounting system, and integrated cables using internal DI2 option, and slimming down by 150 grams.
In total, 5 different Trek Madone 5 Series bikes are available which include the 5.2, 5.2 WSD (Womens), 5.5, 5.5 WSD (Womens), and 5.9, while the retail price of 2011 is cheaper than 2010 models. Each 5 series Madone frame is made out out of TCT, also known as Trek Carbon Technology, and are manufactured out of Taiwan. Sadly, you will not have the option to customize a 5 series Trek 2011 apart of Project One, but is a push for those interested in a Trek Madone to go after the 6 Series.