Thursday, November 05, 2009

So, you want to go fast?

We're getting new bits in on a pretty regular basis these days. This beauty came in earlier this afternoon and jumped out of the box pretty quickly.

It's a 2010 Trek Madone 6.5. It features SRAM's new and improved Force group, which is lighter than Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 -- and shifts faster, too.

Also included: Bontrager Aeolus 5.0 ACC carbon wheels. The bonus with these is the aluminum braking surface -- no special brake pads are needed if you switch from these wheels to a more traditional setup.

New for 2010, the 6 Series Madones are ready for Bontrager's integrated speed/cadence pod, the Node. No zip-ties are needed to deliver accurate, wireless readings. Also, all of the cables are routed internally for a clean, low-maintenance setup.

Finally, here are some numbers to think about: This bike weighs 15.08 pounds without pedals. Add a couple of carbon-fiber bottle cages and some lightweight pedals, and you still might not top 15.5 pounds.

The price: $5,170 for a bike built on the same frame Lance and Team Astana rode in this year's Tour de France.

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