The Trek Madone 7 Series…

“This was our second opportunity to have some fun with Trek’s custom program, Project One. Our new canvas was the latest Madone 7 Series – Trek’s premier road model. It was launched late last year and recently received some fine-tuning courtesy of another year’s worth of product development. Much of the well-deserved hype surrounding Project One is about the dizzying array of paint possibilities, but the opportunity to choose every component is equally exciting. Our choices were finalised in early May and the finished bike arrived in late June.”

– Read all of Greg Chalberg’s appraisal in RIDE Cycling Review #61.

RIDE Image Gallery…
Click the image below to view more images of the Trek Madone 7 Series.
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Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features six bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…

• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.

• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.

• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.

• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.

• Full specification listing…

The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.


Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have  also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all six review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the Trek Madone 7 Series:

Shane Lovejoy: Trek_Shane

Rob Arnold: Trek_Rob

Nick Squillari: Trek_Nick


There are now 16 issues of RIDE available in a digital format via Zinio, with reviews of 96 bikes.

RIDE Media publishes RIDE Cycling Review, a quarterly magazine all about cycling.