Trek Madone 3.1

2014
 
5.0 stars
 (19 Reviews)
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Description

For years now, Trek's Madones have set the standard for road cycling excellence, winning everything from local group rides to the Tour de France. The 3 Series continues that hallowed lineage with a frameset that's crafted from Trek's light, stiff 300-Series OCLV carbon. An absolute dream to ride, the Madone comes spec'd with an E2 tapered head tube so you can slice through corners with pinpoint precision. Corners or straights, Trek's H2 geometry is smack-dab in the middle between upright and aggressive racer, it's neutral without feeling dull; fast, without being twitchy. What's more, the 3 Series is incredibly versatile—its discreet rack and fender mounts let you load up for long commutes and off-season training rides. The solid components are chosen for their combo of durability, reliability and straight-up value like the 10-speed Shimano drivetrain with SRAM compact cranks and Bontrager controls and wheels.

Features & Info

Learn more about tapered head tubes and steerers.

Tapered head tube and fork.For increased stiffness and improved steering precision, tapered head tubes (see image, on left) and forks pair an oversize lower steerer tube (usually 1 1/2-inch, see image, on right) with a standard diameter upper steerer tube (usually 1 1/8-inch). This combination sheds weight compared to straight 1 1/2-inch systems, and adds stability and stiffness when compared to straight 1 1/8-inch systems. The result is a bike that tracks better through corners while allowing for the use of standard stems.

Learn more about Trek's two distinct fitting options H1 and H2.

Trek's fit system lets you get the bike that fits you perfectly.
Whether you're looking for the most aero riding position, to sit as upright as possible, or anywhere in between, with Trek's H1, H2 and H3 fits, there's a Madone that's perfect for you.

H1 (see yellow dots on illustration) is Trek's most aggressive, most aero fit, with the lowest handlebar-position options.
H2 (orange dots) is the right fit for most riders. It sports the same handling as the H1 fit, with a slightly taller head tube that puts the handlebars higher.
H3 (red dots) boasts an even taller head tube and higher bars than H2 and a small handling adjustment for even more stability.

View the geometry chart.

Trek Madone geometry
This manufacturer's chart helps you check the fit (may show unavailable, and/or not all sizes).
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Consumer Reviews

 
5.0 stars

(19 reviews)

100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Handles well  (16)
  • Responsive  (16)
  • Lightweight  (14)
  • Fast  (13)
  • Good geometry  (11)
  • Comfortable  (10)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable seat  (4)
  • Poor components  (2)
  • Cannot use bike rack 
  • None 
  • Brakes Could Be Better 
  • Saddle Not Comfortable 

Best Uses

  • Exercising  (14)
  • Casual riding  (13)
  • Racing  (7)
  • Serious training  (7)
  • Climbing  (6)
  • Commuting  (4)

 
5.0
Nov 08, 2014

Great entry level bike

Pros:
Handles Well, Good Geometry, Responsive
Cons:
Uncomfortable Seat, Poor Components
Best Uses:
Serious Training
I have now owned this bike for slightly less than 3 months doen 1300 KM and overall I am in love with it. It handles great, it is comfortable and the price is amazing. The only things that really othere me are: the very uncomfortable saddle, which I had to change and the Bontrager R1 tires which don't give you any flat protection at all. Aside from that it is an amazing bike, I would definetly recommend it but be prepared to do some upgrades.
by Philip from Scottsdale

 
5.0
Oct 20, 2014

Madone 3.1 1

Pros:
Comfortable, Lightweight, Handles Well, Responsive
Cons:
Uncomfortable Seat
Best Uses:
Exercising, Casual Riding, Climbing, Racing
Thanks to Tom at Redlands Cyclery for fitting me with the best cycle for what I could afford. I purchased my Trek MADONE 3.1 back in August and ride daily. Recently retired I average about 20 miles a day with an occasionally 30+ milers on the weekends. The only change was I exchanged my old seat because the new one was to hard. The ride was confortable and my back pain went away and I increased my daily riding distance. With this new machine I have steadily increased my daily distance and speed. The Madone handles great in turns and up hill speeds. The carbon frame was new to me and it beats my old Raleigh 700 by a long shot.
by jim from Redlands, California

 
4.0
May 09, 2013

Great Place to Start

Pros:
Responsive, Handles Well, Lightweight, Comfortable
Cons:
Brakes Could Be Better, Uncomfortable Seat, Poor Components
Best Uses:
Serious Training, Casual Riding, Exercising
After a 25+ year Hiatus from road biking I decided to get back on the road, and this is what best suited me. I am a Disabled Vet - too much garbarge breathed in from burn pits led to asthma and narrowed airway; moderate exertion was what the Doctor ordered and this fit the best for me. I could roll along the white lines and the 3.1 absorbed the bumps better than the 5.2 or 4.7. I have been on Trek since 1985. This is my 11th Trek bought. Price and a little risk aversion incase cycling was in my mind but not in my lungs lead me to purchase a close out from the previous year. Components - I am not a SRAM fan, on my Mtn Bike the shifters are cheap and have failed me; on this bike, I broke the Crank in under 200 miles; so a new Shimano 105 and BB as an upfront expense. The brakes are no-name "alloy" brakes, they work but do not inspire confidence, they will be replaced before summer is out or if I start climbing/decending more... I did a 40+mile ride in the first days of ownership - it was easy and quicker than expected. The seat isn't great, but it would have been much worse on an aluminum frame. Like pedals, I wonder why bikes come with seats, pick one out on your own... Not having owned a road bike in a generation brought many new surprises to me, weight and shifting were two immediate improvements. I love Shimano parts, I wish the bike were all Shimano - a little mismatching is fine to save money, but it highlighted the poor quality to go through the crank so quickly.
by Andrew in ABQ from Albuquerque, NM

 
5.0
Jan 20, 2013

Madone 3.1

Pros:
Fast, Responsive, Handles Well, Smooth And Fast, Lightweight, Good Geometry
Cons:
Uncomfortable Seat
Best Uses:
Enjoyment, Casual Riding, Exercising
I went to the 3.1 from a trek 1000, seems that there is a difference in shifting, smooth cornering, proformance. This bike handles great and is supper for having fun. I did change the seat and adjusted the handle bars up to fit me. It would be easy to make this bike go even faster by changing chain rings or sprockets but I like what I now have.
by Retired Cleaner from Moore, OK

 
5.0
Sep 06, 2012

great bike for the money

Pros:
Very Resposive, Great Work Out, Great Control
Cons:
Saddle Not Comfortable
Best Uses:
Wasn't sure about the move to carbon for the extra money.. but wow.. what a great ride, handles the rough road like butter!! this bike just eats hills up.. hills are accually fun now!! and miles just fly buy.. I had a 1989 trek 1000 and did 500 miles a year. My wife wanted to buy a new bike for my birthday! But i couldn't justify it. Am I coco!! My 89 trek was just fine. until my back rim cracked!! then test rode the 3.1 and that was it!! It was just a bike ride before now it's an adventure!! cant stop riding!! To a fellow biker who's not sure just do it!! Cause I went back an forth.. I can't thank my wife enough!!! I'll say it like this remember movies in beta and vcr tape!!! well they became a little disk dvd!! thats the difference in the technology.. Between my old bike a this modine 3.1 happy biking!!
by ricky from medina ny

 
5.0
Aug 31, 2012

Awesome bike!!!

Pros:
Comfortable, Handles Well, Fast, Responsive, Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Exercising, Racing, Casual Riding, Commuting
I am currently new to the world of road biking, but I bought this bike a couple of weeks ago and could not be happier. The bike is extremely light and handles well. I expect that it will last me a long time. The crankset is very responsive. This bike is fast. The gears shift easily.
by Lucky from Chattanooga, TN

 
5.0
Jul 22, 2012

Awesome bike

Pros:
Resposive, Versatile, Light Weight, Fast
Cons:
Best Uses:
Road Biking, Commuting/City
I love this bike. It's nice and light, responsive and fast. Just needs some tuning on the gears a bit as all bikes do so will be bringing it in soon to the local [...] store. Big thanks to the staff at the [..] location too!, they're very knowledgable, experienced and so friendly.
by Jamie from North Vancouver, B.C.

 
3.0
Jul 15, 2012

Nice bike

Pros:
Looks Great, Resposive, Light Weight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Road Biking, Exercise
Very happy with this bike. It's light and responsive and a great fit for me. Just needs some gear adjustments so will take it into the shop soon. Great bike for the money.
by Jazz from North Vancouver

 
5.0
May 03, 2012

Fantastic Bike!!!

Pros:
Fast, Good Geometry, Lightweight, Responsive, Handles Well
Cons:
Best Uses:
Casual Riding
What can I say? When I got this bike last month I haven't stopped riding it! it's been addicitve. The Madone 3.1 is very light because of its carbon frame. The components are good, not top of the line but it is responsive. The bike is pretty fast! I like the color, gloss black/red and the price I paid for it is a steal for a Trek Carbon fiber road bike. I cant wait to ride the following day! Great bike from Trek...once again!!!
by mgm864 from Glendale Heights, IL

 
5.0
Feb 22, 2012

Great Bike

Pros:
Good Geometry, Comfortable, Lightweight, Fast, Handles Well, Responsive
Cons:
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Exercising, Climbing, Racing
Fantastic bike! Worth every penny. Climbing hills is a lot of fun on it and it flies on flats, drops and rollers. Very responsive. You will not be disappointed.
by kayaksnbeer from Cottage Grove, MN

 
5.0
Nov 27, 2011

Worth every nickle

Pros:
Good Geometry, Responsive, Fast, Comfortable, Lightweight, Handles Well
Cons:
Best Uses:
Serious Training, Commuting, Exercising, Casual Riding
Bought this bike after test riding entry level carbon frame offerings from Felt, Giant, and Scott. Felt was only one close to matching the ride exhilaration of the Madone 3.1. Trek saved me $300 !!! My step-up from aluminum to carbon was awesome. Understand that everything was an upgrade from what I was riding. Riding is now a pure joy. I've put 1500 miles on since August. My bike feels like an extension of my legs on steroids, only this is all legal. 30 mile spins in 1.5 hours are now a common occurrence. Rode my first century ever in easy comfort. Great bike, fast, responsive, and very comfortable on the hoods or hammering in the drops. If you find a friendly knowledgeable LBS that deals Trek, give them a try. I feel like I made a great choice. Only downside is all I want to do is roll.....
by Hammer1 from Decatur, IL

 
5.0
Nov 15, 2011

Awesome bike!

Pros:
Handles Well, Lightweight, Fast, Responsive
Cons:
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Exercising
I bought this bike about two weeks and I am so happy with my purchase. The bike is lightweight, responsive, and fast. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I do not find the seat uncomfortable. The bike is a joy to ride and I look forward to coming home and taking it for a spin.
by Stats from Chicago

 
5.0
Oct 27, 2011

A Great Buy

Pros:
Responsive, Fast, Lightweight, Handles Well, Good Geometry
Cons:
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Social Riding, Distance Rides, Exercising
Prior to owning this bike, I was just a very casual rider. Now that I have my Madone, I can't get enough of it. I can't believe how fast it goes and it sometimes feels as though I am being pushed along from behind. Loving it.
by Kneetrembler from Leduc / Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 
5.0
Aug 27, 2011

Great Choice - Trek 3.1 Carbon

Pros:
Responsive, Fast, Comfortable, Handles Well, Lightweight, Good Geometry
Cons:
Cannot use bike rack
Best Uses:
Exercising, Novice road biking, Serious Training, Casual Riding
The Trek 3.1 provides a terrific high quality and lightweight frameset, middle of the road components, and low-mid level wheels and seat. It gives you great high quality and lightweight carbon for a bargain price. It makes you feel secure, provides a more solid ride, is more safe at speed, and people admire it. It's such a perfect bike for me - a novice road biker. Training on this bike is so much fun. I get a smile on my face every time I take off with it. Others have not been satisfied with the wheels and seat. However, they feel fine for me and my level. I tried 4 bikes before deciding on this one, plus a few of 3.1's of different sizes. I came back to this one every time. It gives a more solid feel, better steering. I got the internal fork sensor with computer and belt clip petals. Riding the bike is heavenly due to the solid feel, the smoothness, ease to speed, and how it all feels like one piece that works perfectly all together. Only one issue - do not plan on using a bike rack. Carbon is unbelievable, solid feel, lightweight, and super cool, but it is thin walled, a bit brittle, and provides hours of great fun.
by Visionary_man from Wayland, MA

 
5.0
Aug 16, 2011

Trek Madone 3.1

Pros:
Responsive, Lightweight, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Comfortable, Fast
Cons:
Best Uses:
Exercising, Commuting, Racing, Climbing, Casual Riding, Serious Training
Sensational bike! As a rider just getting back into cycling this bike is amazing. Every time I ride it I have a permanent grin on my face! The responsiveness, acceleration and stiffness of the bike is hard to beat at the price that is paid. Trek have certainly hit the mark for an entry level carbon bike. I would recommend this bike to anyone.
by Madone Addict from Calgary, AB

 
5.0
Jul 09, 2011

Fantastic bike

Pros:
Good Geometry, Responsive, Fast, Lightweight, Handles Well, Comfortable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Climbing, Exercising
My wife decided to begin riding the roads this spring. I resurrected my interest in road cycling so we could ride together. Before long, we had two new Madone 3.1's on order. In my late twenties and early thirties (now in my fifties), I rode a nice Bianchi road bike. That bike was comfortable, predictable and trusted ... I never expected to replace that old Bianchi ... unfortunately, I sold it to a fellow a couple of years back. As it turns out, I am happy I sold the old bike ... when the new Madone's arrived, I was shocked. The Madone 3.1 smooth, light, quick, fast, comfortable and consistent ... and the price is terrific for an all-carbon bike. I cannot begin to describe the pleasure we are deriving from the new bikes. Trek has a winner here ... like any carbon bike ... don't abuse it and it will serve you well!
by B Rad from Washington State

 
5.0
Jul 09, 2011

Upgrade to a great bike!

Pros:
Responsive, Lightweight, Smooth and strong, Fast, Handles Well, Good Geometry
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Serious Training, Commuting, Exercising, Racing, Climbing
I ride 17.7 miles each way to work 2-3 days per week with 25 pounds in my backpack. My times have dropped from 1.5 hours to just over an hour which has motivated me to ride more often. I never thought a new bike could make such a difference! To be fair, I did upgrade fom a "vintage" (aka old) motobecane which probably had 50k miles on it. I had upgraded the old bike several times over the years, but the change is still remarkable. I notice the biggest differences in stability and climbing. Depending on the route I take, going from Lakewood to downtown Denver is either full of traffic or trails with 1000 feet change in elevation. This bike inspires confidence in every situation.
by Pete from Lakewood, CO

 
5.0
Mar 20, 2011

AWESOME CF Bike

Pros:
Fast, Lightweight, Good Geometry, Comfortable, Responsive, Handles Well
Cons:
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Racing, Exercising, Climbing
I am absolutely amazed by this bike. The smoothness of the ride, the quick sprints, climbing power, the overall fit. I rode A LOT of aluminum bikes prior to riding this one and the advantages of the carbon fiber were obvious. It was a no-brainer - go for carbon fiber if you can afford it. I test rode a lot of bikes from Cannondale, Fuji, Specialized, and others and I always went back to this Madone 3.1. I also rode the Trek 4.5 and 4.7 and while they were better, I didnt feel the difference in price beyond the 3.1 was worth it for my style of riding.
by RedTape from Chicago, IL

 
5.0
Oct 23, 2010

Excellent!

Pros:
Handles Well, Light, Responsive, Fast, Comfortable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Exercising, Serious Training, Racing
This is my first "real" bike purchase. I have come to the point where I needed a real bike with quality components. I visited the local Trek store, and I could not be happier with that experience! I was fitted to the bike, or rather the bike was fitted to me. Words cannot describe the difference between this bike and any other bike I have owned. This bike is hands down one of the best bikes you can get for your money. Every aspect of this bike is top quality, and I am very satisfied.
by Joe from Northwest Indiana

Specifications

Frame
Trek 300 Series OCLV carbon w/E2,
Fork
Trek E2 carbon road, SpeedTrap compatible
Rims/Wheels
Bontrager
Hubs
Aluminum
Tires
Bontrager R1, 700 x 23c
Crankset
SRAM S350
Chainrings
50/34
Front Derailleur
Shimano Tiagra
Rear Derailleur
Shimano 105
Rear Cogs
Shimano Tiagra, 10-speed: 12-30
Shifters
Shimano 105 STI
Handlebars
Bontrager Race VR-C
Tape/Grips
Bontrager Gel
Stem
Bontrager Race Lite
Brake Levers
Shimano 105
Brakes
Aluminum dual-pivot
Saddle
Bontrager Affinity 1
Seatpost
Bontrager Race Lite