Trek have had a busy couple of months with several new bike launches and a whole range of new and improved Bontrager accessories and parts. This is the first of a series of posts detailing some of our favourites.
The Madone SLR has been the most popular high end bike we have ever done, the only downside was the starting price was prohibitive. The new 2020 Madone SL 6 Disc aims to address that issue. The new bike is straight out of the same mould and featuring almost all of the same technology as the top of the range model. The changes are a move to a standard handlebar and stem instead of the fully integrated one on the SLR, although you can upgrade at a later stage to the full aero, integrated one.
Kona Secrets book available
Kona Secrets: Lessons learned from over 50 Kona Qualifications.
Knowledge doesn’t produce results, action does. Just knowing how to do something doesn’t guarantee success, especially something as difficult as qualifying for Kona; you have to put in the hours. In this book I share some of the lessons I learnt between being a back-of-the-pack beginner to qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
The other change is a switch from 700 series carbon to the cheaper 500 series. There is a slight weight penalty but it is very small. The aero benefits and the massive comfort from the isospeed decoupler (effectively a shock absorber/suspension beam) more than outweigh any tiny weight increase.
Full Shimano Ultegra disc groupset.
Bontrager finishing kit is used throughout, the new Aeolus saddle is one of the highlights. It has a large, full length cut out to relieve pressure. It is one of the new range of shorter saddles aimed at a more performance oriented position and posture.
Bontrager Aeolus 5 Comp 50mm carbon wheelset paired with the brand new R3 tyres which have puncture protection, very low rolling resistance and improved grip.
Chasing Kona book available
From smoker to back of the pack triathlete to the Ironman World Championships.
Read about how I overcame all of the odds and discovered what it would take to get to the Ironman World Championships – my eBook is now available to buy as an eBook on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes
It is also available as a paperback at Wheelworx.