I’ve dropped a few posts about the Madone. Here’s the build, and the initial glory shots.
First, the bike’s name. This bike is named Max, for two reasons: First, Mad(one) Max. Seriously. It writes itself. Second, and more importantly, the name came to me on my first ride. Max was the name of an amazing dog I had…a jet black East German Shepherd. He was huge, and all black. At night, all you could see of him was the shine of his eyes, and the white of his teeth. He was a wonderful dog, a wonderful friend, and is dearly missed. Very few weeks go by without thinking of him. Sigh. So Max it is.
Second…this is a handmade in the US frame, assembled at North Central Cyclery. Because it’s a Project One, there was a lot of hand-wringing, analyzing and decision making. Tobie at NCC brought his considerable road bike expertise to the field, and we put together a mix of components that I had ridden previously and loved, and new components to compliment the build. I talk about the importance of local bike shops on here a lot. There is no doubt–absolutely no doubt–that this bike wouldn’t have happened but for Tobie and NCC. Partially because they’re a Project One dealer (and you need a Project One dealer for a custom build)…but more importantly, because they had the expertise to help me make informed decisions.
Third, the specs.
- 2013 Trek Madone 7.
- Project One, 56cm, H2 fit.
- My ENVE Smart SES 3.4 Carbon Clinchers.
- Bontrager R4 aero tires.
- My Quarq SRAM Red 53/39 powermeter crank, 172.5mm crank arms. Ceramic bearings in the BB.
- 2013 SRAM Red drivetrain (brifters, dérailleurs (including Yaw front derailleur) and Red 11-28 cassette (with the new rubberbands to dampen sound).
- Bontrager’s proprietary brakes (including the under-BB rear brake).
- My Fizik Antares VS saddle.
- My Ergonova 3T LTD bars.
- Bontrager Race Lite XXX carbon stem.
- Bontrager Race Lite XXX seatpost cap.
- Internally routed cabling (see details below).
- Bontrager RXL bottle cages.
- Bontrager duo-trap integrated cadence/speed sensor.
- K-Edge alloy mount for my Garmin Edge 800.
- My iClic Carbon pedals.
- Lizard Skins bar tape.
- KMC DLC chain.
Total build weight is 14.9 pounds, with everything on it (including pedals, Garmin mount, bottle cages, etc.). It features one of Trek’s normal paint jobs…predominantly because I really liked it. After having a white bike, I wanted something darker, that wouldn’t show as much dirt and grime. I fell in love with this paint job. Trek now has a paint job known as the Vapor Coat, which weighs about 5 grams (instead of the ~50 grams of this paint job.) Going to Vapor Coat costs an extra $900. $900 for 40-45 grams of weight savings. That just didn’t seem worth it to me…and I was worried about how the (non) paintjob of the Vapor Coat would hold up. Seeing the Madone in person, I’m glad I went with this setup. It is just plain gorgeous. Part of riding a bike, for me, is the aesthetic appeal of the bike. Max has aesthetics in spades. It is just a beautiful bike.
I’ll get ride details and reviews on the components (including the 2013 SRAM Red) on here in the coming weeks. For now, I’ll just say…it rides as good as it looks. Maybe even better. Thanks to Tobie, Chad, Dan, Jeff, Ross, Eric, Marcus, and all the guys at North Central Cyclery.