Weaknesses: This was the first generation Madone with funny shaped tubing. Perhaps the round tubes of the SL are better and more resiliant in a crash. The strength of the odd tube shape of the Madone is questionable.
For charging so much for a frame the Trek crash support could be better.
If you want to ride your roadbike then consider something cheaper that does not hurt so much to replace.
This review is of the 2004 Trek Madon 5.9, silver frame.
This frame is great if you are no afraid of carbon cracks. My frame cracked in the downtube in a road crash. The water bottle holes and increasing tube diameter create a weak spot as this is where the frame cracked. The crack proceeds up to the water bottle hole and around the bottom of the tube. Trek does not warranty such a crack as it was "imposed by a crash". The best Trek offers is a minimal crash replacement.
My LBS has a 2012 Madone 5.9 that I think I can get for a good price. I would like to hear anything good or bad about this bike. I have read were some people were having issues with the BB on earlier models and wanted to make sure the 2012 was not effected. I like the idea of getting a Di2 drivetrai ... Read More »
I have a 2013 madone 5.9 which has a Bontrager Ride Tuned Carbon seatmast cap, 20mm offset.
I'm looking to add some aero bars for a tri event and want to get a more upright position with a forward/zero offset seat position. Does anyone know of any solutions that will work with the madone? Seems m ... Read More »
Wanted to get everyone's opinion on what you think of these two bikes. The 5.9 comes with the Ultegra di2. For the 6.5, I would be doing a Project One with Sram Force drivetrain. Where I live there is a lot of rolling hills and I plan to do long distance rides (50-100 miles). The 6.5 fram ... Read More »
[B][SIZE=3]got cracking noise from crank area!!so local bike shop changed my pedals and put new bottom bearing cups on the rod,,not changed rod tho..checked frame nuts bolts screws etcccc..but still makes a cracking noise every now and again..mostly after free wheeling or putting pressure on down st ... Read More »
[SIZE=3][B]bottom bracket ??.got a cracking noise coming from crank area!!happens about 20 times on 50 mile run!!mostly when putting lots of pressure on down stroke or after free wheeling!!had new pedals fitted,plus bottom bearing cups.should i have put a new rod in aswell??checked all nuts bolts sc ... Read More »