Trek Madone SLR 2023, all you need to know before buying a new bike Trek Madone SLR 2023 strengths flaws performance opinions and much more!
Trek Madone SLR 2023 Road test review Build quality
The Trek Madone SLR 2023, has a very high cost, in the top range version we are at 15 thousand euros and even the entry level exceeds 7 thousand euros.
The bike is very well made, customizable in color, with a wide range of sizes, but the cost remains high.
The value for money is still within the norm, the bike costs, but there is also a lot of substance.
It is not an anonymous racing bike, but then it is to be understood how much certain technical solutions are advantageous for the simple cyclist.
Trek Madone SLR 2023 Road Test Review Frame
The Trek Madone SLR has a truly unique frame, not light, but very aerodynamic.
Very well made, with a wide range of colors and sizes.
Everything is well done, but in the end the bike is not light at all, it does not drop below 7.3 kg, in top configuration.
Among the aero bikes there are those who do worse, but that cannot be an excuse.
Another aspect to consider is the possibility of mounting 28mm tires, they may not enter and the bike comes out with 25mm tires.
They certainly don't go in above 28mm.
Is this an important aspect? no ... but given the exorbitant list price it becomes ...
As in other cases, then, you need to carefully choose the size, making mistakes is a moment and the possibilities for customizing the riding position are always limited on these bikes.
Trek Madone SLR 2023 Road Test Assemblies Review
The range of assemblies is complete, starting from the Shimano 105 di2 to go up.
In fact the bike is already heavy on him, with a 105 it becomes a boulder ...
Despite this, the price remains high and, to this point, little justified by performance.
Clearly expensive bicycle, little else to add.
Buying the entry level assembly is a bit like buying a Ferrari with a Panda engine ... If you like aesthetics ok, but for performance it's just a waste of money, take that into account.
Trek Madone SLR 2023 Road test Comfort review
Talking about ride comfort on an aero bike is always relative.
Also in this case some steps forward have been made compared to the previous Madone, but nothing particularly striking.
If you are looking for a comfortable racing bike this is not for you.
If you always ride on damaged asphalt, this is not for you.
If you don't have a back that is well trained to withstand certain stresses, this is not for you.
As in other competing models we can say that there has been an improvement and that for a well-trained agonist the bicycle is comfortable.
Trek Madone SLR 2023 Road Test Review Guide
The Trek Madone SLR 2023 is a bike that offers a lot of surface to the crosswind, not easy to ride and control in the crosswind.
Even in the presence of a damaged road surface, the control of the bike is not intuitive, because the rigid frame absorbs little of the rough and it takes decision and experience to maintain the correct trajectory.
In certain routes and weather situations, controlling the bicycle can become tiring after a few hours.
It is a bike that always requires attention when riding, is very demanding and does not allow for distractions.
On the other hand, in the guided tours, as downhill, having the skills, the performances are excellent in absolute terms.
Fast when entering corners, stable under braking, it ensures outstanding driving performance, perhaps not for everyone.
A great racing bike, tiring and stressful, but it pays off with a very "racing" and competitive ride.
It should be understood, however, that in addition to driving skills, you also need excellent training, otherwise you get tired quickly and do not exploit its potential.
Trek Madone SLR 2023 Road test review Performance
The heavy weight is the only limitation of the Trek Madone SLR, a true lowland aero bike.
The frame is very rigid, the aerodynamics are excellent, without a doubt a competitive aero bike.
On the flat and on a constant pace, performance is excellent, even if it does not make the difference with the best antagonists in the sector.
On the hills it remains a competitive bike, but some competitors do better, as it comes off with some ease on the climbs.
It is clearly a frame for powerful athletes.
Downhill, that's fine, as long as you have good driving skills.
To be an aero bicycle it is very competitive, even if in consideration of its list price we would have expected more.
Its performances are undoubtedly excellent and competitive, but it does not make a void, it does not detach the opponents.
This is its flaw.
Trek Madone SLR 2023 Road test review Pros and cons
The Trek Madone SLR 2023 proved to be a very high performance aero racing bike, there was no question.
A very competitive bicycle on the flat, but not comfortable and easy to ride, has a reduced versatility.
The prices are very high, as is the weight.
It remains an "icon" in its category, very valid, but expensive and with performances that do not differ from the best competitors.
NDR: the photo does not refer to the specific bike being tested