The 2013 cycling season is just a few days old and the big battles of the great races are months away. Taking advantage of this calm before the storm, teams prepare their plan of attack, set their objectives and fine-tune the bicycles that they will use in order to achieve them. As far as RadioShack-Leopard is concerned, there aren’t any unusual news in this last respect, just the same old brilliant road bikes offered by Trek, the Madone 7.9 and Domane, updated slightly for 2013.
The Madone 7.9 will be the main bike used by the riders, the model being a kind of 2 in 1 bicycle this year. Why is that? Because Trek opted to give it besides the usual features of a performance road bike, some aero road bike ones. This top-of-the-range bike is built using a special carbon which, at least according to the company’s statements, has wide usage in the national defense field. But, the new model stands out thanks to its improved features, especially stiffness and aerodynamics, rather than to secret connections with military vehicles manufacturers. For instance, the BB90 bottom bracket saves a lot of pedalling energy thanks to its generous width and the brakes have been integrated in the design of the frame in such a manner as to interfere with the air flow as little as possible. In fact, the rear brake is no longer mounted on the seatstay, but on the chainstay, at the point where this part connects with the bottom bracket. As was expected, Trek opted to fit the bikes with Shimano components, the Dura-Ace 9070 electronic 11-speed groupset being the choice.
Trek Domane is the bike that will serve the RadioShack-Leopard riders in the spring road wars of Belgium and Northern France on cobblestones. There aren’t any new features in comparison to last year’s version, the IsoSpeed confort-enhancing system being the headline of the bike. The same electronic 9070 Shimano Dura-Ace groupset and the Bontrager Aeolus D3 fit up the Madone.