When most people hear about the Trek Madone 6 Series they think of Lance Armstrong. But as in previous years, the 2011 Trek Madone 6 Series is also known for being light, responsive and its overall superb performance.
In 2011, Trek Madone 6 Series includes the 6.9 SSL, 6.9 SSL WSD, 6.7 SSL, 6.7 SSL WSD, 6.5, 6.5 WSD, 6.2, and 6.2 WSD. Four models will use Trek’s SSL technology, which ranks well on a scale from 0 to 10: The stiffness associated with the SSL is at about an 8.5; In regards to strength, the SSL scores around an 8.4; And, its elongation lands just under 5.
All the Trek 2011 Madone 6 series bikes use the popular OCLV carbon. OCLV is patented by Trek, and uses Optimum Compaction, meaning the carbon is compressed. OCLV fiber to resin ratio adds to the strength and sheds some weight.
Trek used an E2 Asymmetric Steerer throughout the 6 series Madone line. The E2 steerer adds lateral rigidity for sharp cornering, and vertical compliance to dampen what the road throws at you.
Due to the sheer beauty of the range, the integrated cables can easily go overlooked. But this adds to the sleek design, and improves the shifting, braking, and makes it easier to maintain.
Built within the frame is what Trek calls “DuoTrap”. DuoTrap integrates a computer sensor within the frame to measure your distance, speed, and cadence. Bontrager, Garmin, Powertap and SRM will work with DuoTrap, including other well known ANT+ wireless brands.
The 2011 Trek Madone 6 series is Shimano Di2 optimized with cable stops and a battery mount attached to the bottom bracket. Trek added 7mm wide cable connectors instead of the 4mm standard for the Di2 system, and the Madone has adapters for both to eliminate tape for the cable routing.
Speaking of the bottom bracket, the 2011 Madone 6 series uses a BB90–the widest bottom bracket on the market. This increases the 6 series Madone’s frame stiffness, acceleration, but not its weight.
So far, we have covered all the technology that went into the 2011 Madone 6 series, but what about comfort? Trek has designed a ride tuned seatmast, which also fights back on those unforgiving cracks in the road. Not only is this more comfortable for cyclists, but it’s lighter too. This is due to the minimal material used by Trek compared to your traditional clamping forces.
Retail prices for a 2011 Trek Madone 6 series vary, but they start at $4,199.99 and work their way up to $8,709.99.
2011 Trek Madone 6 Series
2011 Trek Madone 6.9 SSL
2011 Trek Madone 6.9 SSL WSD (Womens)
2011 Trek Madone 6.7 SSL
2011 Trek Madone 6.7 SSL WSD (Womens)
2011 Trek Madone 6.5
2011 Trek Madone 6.5 WSD (Womens)
2011 Trek Madone 6.2
2011 Trek Madone 6.2 WSD (Womens)