To celebrate the last Tour de France of Fabian Cancellara’s long and illustrious career, he rides a custom painted Trek Madone. Amongst the confetti is an accounting of Cancellara’s extensive palmarès, which include Olympic medals, World Championships, Tour de France stage wins, and victories at the most demanding Classics. The paint will be publicly available through Trek’s Project One customization program.
Aero road bikes are notorious for their harsh ride, so Trek added the IsoSeed Decoupler (first developed for the Domane endurance bike) to the Madone to smooth things out. IsoSpeed increases the seat tube’s ability to deflect vibration, improving compliance.
The USA-made Madone is constructed from Trek’s 700-series carbon. In addition to being slightly lighter and stiffer, the 700-series bikes use Trek’s H1 geometry, which have shorter head tubes, facilitating the low bar heights pros prefer.
While most riders on Shimano-sponsored teams ride the Di2 electronic-shifting group, Cancellara sticks with the mechanical shifting that has served him so well throughout his career. He does use Di2 on his time trial bikes, however.
The Control Center in the Madone’s down tube holds the battery and junction box when the frame is equipped with a Shimano Di2 drivetrain. When built with a mechanical groupset, as Cancellara prefers, the Control Center houses a cable tensioner to aid the setup of the front derailleur.
Integrated components, like the one-piece carbon bar and stem, help the Madone achieve its aerodynamic goals. Brake and derailleur wires run through the bar and stem, down the headtube, and into the frame. Only a small bit of rear brake cable, and a bit of housing at the rear derailleur are exposed.