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Trek Madone 6.9 SSL Image Gallery

2011-02-13 updated 2011-05-28 • SEND FEEDBACK
Related: bicycle power meter, Lightweight, Photography, Road Bikes, Shimano, SRM
My Trek Madone 6.9 SSL +
Lightweight Obermayer wheelset

The Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with Shimano DI2 has about the cleanest design you’ll find in a bike.

Gone are most of the visible cables, leading to an ultra clean look, almost like a single speed track bike.

On this page I show the build and layout of the bike.

Click on any image to see a larger version.


Various shots of the Trek Madone 6.9 SSL, as I had it built.

Entire bike

Bikes as I had them built— with a 53 X 39 chainrings, and with 50 X 34 compact double.

See details on Trek Madone 6.9 SSL main page.

Matte White Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with Ventoux 240 wheels, SRM Power Meter 7900
Matte Silver Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with Lightweight Obermayer wheels, SRM Power Meter 7950

Drive train

Note the absence of any visible cables. The SRM power meter cranks are visible. I chose the black/white decals in keeping with the overall look of the bike.

The two Arundel water bottle cages weigh about an ounce each, but match nicely and grip a 1-liter Evian bottle firmly.

Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with Shimano DI2 and SRM Power Meter
Matte silver Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with Shimano DI2 and SRM Power Meter, Shimano Yumeya chain

Drive train closeup

Note how the electric cable is routed internal to the frame, keeping it both safe and out of sight. Pedals are carbon fiber.

Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with Shimano DI2

Stem, head tube, fork

Black on silver works well. Maybe (maybe) black cable housings would have been better,a nd I could do without the obnoxious Bontrager lettering.

Matte Silver Trek Madone 6.9 SSL side view of stem, head tube, fork

Frontal view

Very clean cable layout.

Matte Silver Trek Madone 6.9 SSL frontal view

Handlebar layout

The few cables are totally out of the way, leaving to an ultra-clean look and presumably better aerodynamics. Not to mention my bike lights don’t have to be turned upside down to avoid the light hitting the brake cables.

Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with Shimano DI2 — handlebars

DI2 battery installed

The battery to power the Shimano DI2 electronic shifting is installed at the bottom of the frame, out of sight an away from harm.

Install location for Shimano DI2 battery

Seat tube, top tube, custom logo

No point in stealing a bike with its owners name built-in. With the Project One program, you can have your own name or whatever built right into the bike. I’m not sure if it can be sanded off, but it probably can since it’s painted on.

The frame is pure elegance at the curves. Note also the cable routing to the rear brake; it’s hidden for the most of the length of the top tube.

Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with Shimano DI2

Front brake

I suppose I should have photographed this before riding it and accumulating some road grime. The DuraAce breaks are strong and sure-stopping. The tire here is the Veloflex Record tubular, mounted on the Lightweight Ventoux 240 carbon fiber wheel.

Trek Madone 6.9 SSL front end with brake levers and wheel/tire

Stem and SRM Power Control 7 mounted

The Power Control 7 (65 grams as weighed) as mounted on the handlebars. I’m not sure what the small SRM mounting bracket weighs.

Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with SRM Power Control 7 head unit

Stem and handlebars with SRM Power Control 7 head unit

The layout is ultra clean, and even the addition of the SRM Power Control 7 head unit fits in naturally.

Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with SRM Power Control 7 head unit

Seat tube and bike rear

The sculptured look is elegance and functionality all in one. Frame and seat post and water bottle cages are all carbon.

Trek Madone 6.9 SSL seat tube and rear

Seat tube and custom logo

Black and silver really look good together.

Trek Madone 6.9 SSL seat tube and custom logo

Saddle with saddlebag, top tube

I found this Bontrager saddle quite comfortable. I stow a pre-glued spare tire and can of sealant in the bag underneath the seat; this adds 1 pound to the riding weight.

Matte Silver Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with Bontrager saddle, under-seat bag, top tube

DuraAce brake levers and DI2 shifters

Great design!

Conventional style brake lever, with the DI2 shifters visible near the center of the lever.

DuraAce levers for shifting and braking

DI2 controls

These are the electronic controls for the DI2 system. The battery status can be checked, and the shifting adjusted with these controls. You can also reverse the meaning of the levers (which button shifts up and which shifts down).

Shimano DuraAce DI2 battery check and programming controls


Layout of the stem and cables.

Trek Madone 6.9 SSL stem

Cranks and front derailleur

Nice clean goodness all around.

Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with Shimano DI2 and SRM power meter

Rear half of bike

Sleek and functional.

Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with Shimano DI2 — rear end

Water bottle cages

I went with the Arundel carbon water bottle cages because the black cages just did not look good or looked like cheap plastic. The cages are bit shinier than the frame, but it’s not really noticeable, especially when a 1-liter Evian bottle is stuffed in there.

Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with Shimano DI2 — Arundel bottle cages

SRM Power Meter cranks

The SRM power meter uses the Shimano DuraAce 7900 rings, so no issue with stiffness or shifting. It’s also wireless.

Trek Madone 6.9 SSL with Shimano DuraAce cranks on SRM power meter
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