Monday, October 27, 2014

Trek Slims Madone Road Bikes - Keeps Madone 7-series (Carbon) and the 2-series (Aluminum)

2015 Trek Madone 2.1 - Entry Level Aluminum Road Bike

Trek has limited the 2015 Madone range to the top-end carbon 7-series and aluminium 2-series bikes, giving greater prominence to this entry point to the Madone pedigree. This follows the introduction of the ultra-light Trek Emonda and Trek's continued emphasis on the sportive-friendly Domane.

It has an Alpha 200-series (Trek’s premium alloy) aluminium frame that's based on the carbon Madones. It includes the KVF (Kammtail Virtual Foil) down tube shape – a flatter profile on the back of tube to improve aerodynamics – and internal gear cabling. The frame also has a wide BB86.5 bottom bracket, which houses the bearings inside the bottom top shell, and allows a chunkier down tube and stiffer platform for power transfer. The all-up weight is 8.9kg.

The H2 fit of the 2-series Madones isn’t as racy as the company’s H1 setup – our 54cm sample has a 150mm head tube – but it strikes a nice balance between head-down racing bikes and more upright endurance-focused machines.

The tapered fork also has KVF shaping on the rear of the legs, and is carbon with an alloy steerer. It includes a SpeedTrap module for transmitting speed and distance data to a head unit via a traditional magnet attached to the spoke. There are hidden mudguard mounts behind both the front and rear dropouts.

Last year’s 10-speed Shimano 105 levers with Tiagra cassette are now 105 11-speed (with an 11-28 cassette) 105 derailleurs. There’s no 105 crankset though – instead the Madone 2.1 is specced with a black RS500 chainset (50/34t), which retains Shimano’s older five-bolt set-up.

The Bontrager TLR tubeless-ready wheels have low-profile, rounded rims, and are shod in Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite 23mm tires.

You'd expect the aluminium seatpost at this price point, although it may be the first thing to put on your upgrade list. The second being the unbranded dual-pivot brakes. Even with these concessions, the Madone 2.1 could well prove to be a smart choice at this competitive price point – if its frame lives up to its name.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

2014 Trek Fuel EX 5 29er Features and Specs

The Light, Fast 2014 Trek Fuel EX 5 29 Sets The Bar For Mountain Bike Versatility

Also Check out the 2014 FUEL EX 9.8 29er!

 Other full suspension systems firm up under braking, reducing your control when you need it most. Trek’s patented Active Braking Pivot solves that by keeping your suspension active whether you're on the brakes or off.

Most suspension systems attach the bottom of the shock to a fixed frame mount. That fixed mount can contribute to a harsh ride. We solved that with Full Floater, attaching the shock to two moving linkage points so it can better respond to bumps across a wide variety of terrain. It feels like more travel, but it's not. It's smarter travel.

E2 is the evolution of the traditional 1-1/8" headset to a tapered head tube, fork, and headset system. E2 tapers from a 1.5" lower to a 1-1/8" upper headset to provide more material where it matters most, resulting in a stronger, lighter frame with point-and-shoot control.

EVO Link is Trek’s evolution of the rocker link from the plate-and-bolt style used on most suspension bikes to a one-piece rocker link. This lighter link provides a stronger connection point between the front and rear triangles, creating a stiffer frame for greater control with minimal weight.

Post mounting is the simplest, most efficient way to mount a brake caliper to your bike. Functions great, reduces weight.

A traditional front derailleur attaches to the frame with a band clamp. Our direct-mount front derailleur attaches directly to the frame using a solid, flat interface. This fastening method ensures precise front shifting.

Frame: Alpha Platinum Aluminum,
Front suspension: RockShox XC32 w/coil spring,
Rear suspension: RockShox Monarch RL w/rebound, lockout, 7.25x1.875"
Wheels: Bontrager alloy, 15mm alloy axle front hub; Formula DC22 alloy rear hub w/Bontrager AT-650 32-hole double-walled rims
Tires: Bontrager XR3, 29x2.30"
Shifters: SRAM X5, 10 speed
Front derailleur: SRAM X5, high direct mount
Rear derailleur: SRAM X5
Crank: FSA Gamma Drive, 44/32/22
Cassette: SRAM PG-1030 11-36, 10 speed
Saddle: Bontrager Evoke 1.5
Seatpost: Bontrager SSR, 31.6mm, 12mm offset
Bontrager Low Riser, 31.8mm, 15mm rise
Stem: Bontrager Race Lite, 31.8mm, 7 degree
Headset: FSA IS-2, E2, cartridge bearing
Brakeset: Shimano M395 hydraulic disc
Grips: Bontrager Race

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Trek Advances It's Farley Fat Bike for 2015

2015 Trek Farley Fat Bikes

Introduced last season, the Farley is Trek’s foray into the burgeoning fat bike market

For 2015, Trek will offer the Farley in two versions. The Farley 6 has a 2x10 drivetrain and a rigid fork with 135mm spacing and a quick-release axle. The Farley 8 has an 11-speed SRAM X1 drivetrain and comes with the new RockShox Bluto fork.

Bontrager now has tubeless-compatible fat rims and tires for the Farley 

The Jackalope is an 80mm-wide rim with a hybrid single / double wall construction, not unlike the NoTubes’ 29+ Hugo rim. The central channel features a double wall design, while the outer edges of the rim are single-walled. This hybrid design is all about reducing rotating mass. No word on claimed weights for the rim itself, however, a complete wheelset — with a 150mm thru-axle front hub and 177mm quick-release rear hub — is said to weigh 1,330g.

Accompanying the Jackalope is the Hodag, a 26x3.8 tire with a tubeless-ready bead. What’s a Hodag you ask? Well, it’s a mythical creature known only to the state of Wisconsin, where Trek is based. (There seems to be a general theme here between freak animals and freakish bikes.)
The siping on the knobs is said to improve grip in the snow

The Hodag has a 60tpi casing and a claimed weight of 1,244g

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Cyclocross Season is Approaching... Are You Ready?

Tips For Making This Cyclocross Season Your Best Ever

Article from, photos from

Start Fresh

Replace cables and housing at the time of tune-up, even if you don’t think it’s necessary. Dirt works its way inside housing lines, making shifting and braking gritty and slow. If you ride in sloppy conditions, ask your shop if it’s possible to fully enclose cables in one uninterrupted length of housing. 

Respect Your Rims

After every race and wet ride, or every 100 miles, clean your rims. For caked-on crud, scrub with soapy water and rinse using a light shower setting. To remove grimy buildup, wipe with a dry rag and rubbing alcohol. If the ride was exceptionally wet, remove wheels and buff brake-pad surfaces with an emery cloth.

Tread Lightly: Set Your Tire Pressure

A general inflation rule: With one thumb across the rear tire, and the palm of your other hand on top of it, push down with your body weight. If your thumb hits the rim, add air until it doesn’t touch. For soft conditions, run your front tire 5 to 7 psi less than the rear. On hardpack, increase both tires by 5 to 10 psi. 

Pick the Right Bar Tape

How much elbow grease you’ll need to clean your bar tape depends on whether you prefer comfort or convenience. Padded tape reduces vibration but stains easily. Tacky tape gets dingy and is less padded, but it’s grippy when wet and cleans up better. Leather tape is pricey, but looks sharp and is easy to clean.

Lube What Moves: Chain and Derailleurs

In addition to your chain, which you should lubricate after every dusty or muddy ride, place a drop of oil on each pivot point on both derailleurs and the contact point between the brake arms and spring (if they’re squeaking or not releasing from the rim). Always apply lube on a clean bike and wipe off excess.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

VIDEO | 2015 Trek Boone 5 Disc Specs

The 2015 Boone is Trek's Fastest, Smoothest, Lightest Cross Bike Ever

Competition-Crushing Race Geometry and Trek's exclusive Course-Smoothing IsoSpeed Technology.

Specs Below.

What’s new about Boone?
Boone is an entirely new bike, from the ground up. Trek started with premium 600 Series OCLV carbon, and added the ‘cross specific IsoSpeed decoupler, Ride Tuned seatmast, the World Cup winning geometry of the Crockett, disc and canti options, and 3S chain keeper, all wrapped it in a package so light that it makes most road bikes jealous.

Does Boone share geometry with the Crockett? 
Boone’s geometry is the same as the Crockett, which was developed with input from Katie Compton to create the ultimate CX race geometry. Compared to Cronus, Boone has a lower head tube, longer top tube, steeper seat angle, lower BB, and shortened chainstays. This makes for a more forward, race-oriented riding position.

What makes the IsoSpeed decoupler on Boone ‘cross specific?
Trek re-engineered the location of the decoupler so it’s in line with the seat tube, versus in front of the seat tube as it is on the Domane. This allowed them to make the top tube taller, for easier and more comfortable shouldering when you hit the run-ups.

What brake options are available?
Just as with Crockett, Boone will be available in both disc and canti models.

What spacing is the disc version?
The disc version uses a 135mm rear wheel spacing. The cantilever version keeps the 130mm spacing.

Onyx Carbon/True Blue/Trek White


Frame: 600 Series OCLV Carbon, IsoSpeed, Ride Tuned seatmast, disc balanced post mount, E2 tapered head tube, BB90, internal control routing, 3S chain keeper, vanishing fender mounts
Fork: Trek IsoSpeed Cross carbon disc, E2
Front Hub: Bontrager alloy centerlock disc
Rear Hub: Bontrager alloy centerlock disc
Rims: Bontrager Tubeless Ready disc
Tires: Bontrager CX3 Team Issue, 700x32c


Shifters: Shimano 105, 10 speed
Front derailleur: Shimano 105, braze-on
Rear derailleur: Shimano 105
Crank: FSA Energy, 46/36
Cassette: Shimano Tiagra 12-30, 10 speed
Chain: KMC X10


Saddle: Bontrager Evoke 2, chromoly rails
Seatpost: Bontrager Ride Tuned Carbon seatmast cap, 20mm offset
Handlebar: Bontrager Race VR-C, 31.8mm
Stem: Bontrager Race Lite, 31.8mm, 7 degree
Headset: Integrated, cartridge bearings, sealed, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottom
Brakeset: Avid BB5 mechanical disc, 160mm rotors


Grips: Bontrager gel cork tape

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