When Jack Bobridge attempted to restart his pro cycling career with the Trek Factory Racing team in 2016, he won the nationals, got a custom-coloured bike… and won another Olympic silver medal. It was his last full race season. Here is a gallery of his team-issue Madone.
The revised design of the Trek Madone was launched with much fanfare in June 2015. It is a complete rethink of what bike design can be and includes customised centre-pull brake calipers, specific to the frame, as well as integration such as clips for (Bontrager) lighting systems on the seat tube.
The IsoSpeed decoupler is one of Trek’s major innovations and it has been incorporated onto a bike that appears built purely for stiffness… but there is an element of comfort that is surprising.
Jack Bobridge held on to his yellow bike for one more race — the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and then took delivery of a red-framed Madone for the rest of the 2016 season; the yellow bike is now on display in Trek Australia’s HQ in Canberra.
Jack Bobridge’s Trek Madone
- Turned since: 2008
- Height: 180cm
- Weight: 65kg
- Manufacturer’s size: 54cm
- Saddle height (from BB): 750mm
- Handlebar height: 899mm
- Drop: 89mm
- Reach: 595mm
- Saddle setback: 84mm
Trek-Segafredo’s thick tube red and white Madone frames were the boldest in the WorldTour when they made their racing debut in 2015.
The next January, for the first race of the 2016 WorldTour, each rider on the team was issued a custom coloured frame using Trek’s popular Project One palette.
The national jersey of other sports was used as inspiration for the Tour Down Under bikes, including ice hockey and various codes of football.Jack Bobridge’s Australian Wallabies-inspired colours were widely regarded as the best looking in the race so it is worth taking a closer look at the Trek debutante’s machine. It just so happened to arrive right on cue: his first race in the national champion’s jersey was on a bright yellow bike.
It may interrupt what is a very clean aesthetic for a team that has been able to conjure a classic image with its black, white and red scheme but it certainly makes a statement!This was to showcase the bikes and the fact that they can be customised, so the exercise was worthwhile.
Everything on the bike that could be from Bontrager was, including the speed/cadence sensor Duo-Trap, rear number mount, SRM mount, bidon cages, wheels, bar tape and saddle.
The only non-Bontrager add-ons are the tyres from Veloflex and the SRM PC8 computer.
A bike like the Trek Madone needs special consideration when building and Trek-Segefredo’s mechanic Glen Levin told RIDE that “the first Madone was complicated but now we are used to working on it so we’re faster to build it. We are used to it and know the tricks… the most difficult thing during the build is the handlebar.”
Despite it being difficult to build, Bobridge’s integrated handlebar and stem is one colossal unit. It’s 400mm wide and 140mm long (measured centre-to-centre) – this is quite a particular sizing option – and it’s a combination that’s not available for consumer purchase.
Another challenge when building the Madone is that the steerer tube needs to be cut absolutely perfectly or else there will be headset play or spacers will need to be fitted above the bars, ruining the aesthetic.
Levin explained that because Bobridge is a new rider to Trek, the team opted to leave some steerer tube in so the handlebar’s height can be adjusted more easily.
“Some riders will like to change positions, especially the new riders. With the new Madone, it’s not easy to get exactly the same measurements as it is on normal bikes so we leave some room in case they want to make quick adjustments.”
All Australian cycling fans will be keeping a watchful eye on Bobridge during his rebirth in the WorldTour but what does the team think of the precocious South Australian? “He’s a very easy rider for us mechanics. Until now, we like him,” Levin jokes as he prepares another eye-catching Madone.
|Shifters||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2|
|Front derailleur||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2|
|Rear derailleur||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2|
|Crankset||Shimano Dura-Ace SRM|
|Bottom bracket||Trek BB90|
|Cassette||Shimano Dura-Ace||11-28mm (53/39)|
|Handlebar||Madone XXX Integrated||400mm|
|Saddle||Bontrager Paradigm RXL||138mm (width)|
|Wheels||Bontrager Aeolus 5|
|Bidon cages||Bontrager XXX|
|Extras||Bontrager Duo-Trap speed/cadence sensor|