Trek Madone 3.1 2014
There are 13 Models in the Trek Madone range, and the Trek Madone 3.1 is one of them. The 3.1 is the first Madone to offer a carbon frame. The only downside to this is that because of it being the first to have a carbon frame, the component spec is relatively basic. But if you’re after a bike with room to upgrade, then this is certainly one to consider.
The Trek 3.1 Madone has a tapered headtube; the exact spec is a H2 spec, which will suit the average rider. Another upside to it is that because of its height, the 3.1 does away with the ugly-looking stacks of spacers. Because of the overall higher front end, this makes the drop bars a lot more accessible.
Trek’s component brand, Bontrager, supplies all of the parts for the 3.1, except for the groupset, which is Shimano Tiagra/105, mixed. The only issue found with the components is the saddle, which was a little too padded for most.
If you felt like using this as a winter bike, you are able to, as Trek has provided neatly-hidden dropouts, for full mudguards to be fitted.
Trek is famed for building super-light frames. Their favoured method is using the least amount of resin and carbon to build a frame, this also minimises weight, as Trek use their OCLV (optimum compaction low volume) method which combines lightness with strength.
They have used this very process to create the Trek Madone 3.1, so although the spec isn’t amazing, you get an excellent frame with it, which means there’s good reason to upgrade the components. The drivetrain makes use of the super-size bottom bracket shell, but the chainset components could do with going up the range a little.
Treks racing pedigree shows heavily with the handling of this Trek Madone, and is relatively comfortable over uneven surfaces. The 3.1 feels rapid and dialled through corners, but could be improved with some better brakes, as they take their time to slow the bike.
At the back, the biggest sprocket has 30T. So the lowest gear should defiantly defeat some of the biggest climbs, but the Bontrager wheels let the torque down. They are a little too flexible for this drivetrain, and could do with an upgrade to release the pro rider within this bike.