Strengths: This is a fantastic bike. OK there may be better but this is the bike I own and love to ride it all the time. When I have a spare moment and the weather is inviting this bike just makes you want to get out and put some miles/kms. The smoothness of the pick up, confidence and responsiveness make a grown man like a school boy again. The bike is well made and will take the odd bash, the gear change is quick and predictable and the riding position can be taylored to suit. If you have the money consider this bike and it might just bring a smile to your face each time you get on it.
Weaknesses: I have not really seen any weaknesses yet. I find the saddle ok but most of my rides are 2 hours or so in length - not sure what all day might do. I did not like the white handle bar tape - so have changed this to black (ok so now I am getting really picky which means it must be a good bike).
A great bike and particularly a great first carbon bike!
Date Reviewed: November 8, 2013
Strengths: Geometry, color scheme, responsiveness, overall ride.
Weaknesses: The seat sucks
The 2010 madone 4.7 is the best bike I have ever owned. I was skeptical about shelling out that kind of money for a mere bike but once I took it on its maiden voyage, the penny-pinching me went out the window. The ride was unbelievably smooth, even for a bike with no suspension. It shifts perfectly and climbs very well. it seems to have been built for long, lazy rides but with the ability to dish out spurts of speed on straightaways. As mentioned above, the stock seat is crap, even after over 500 miles put on it. I had to replace it with a Specialized Toupe saddle. That was the only replacement I needed, although some better wheels would be nice but I wasnt about to shell out $800 to lose 200g on the wheels. Seeing that that is about half the price I paid for the bike itself. If you want a good road bike for a reasonable price, look no further than the Madone 4.7. My bike weighs in at about 19lbs fully loaded for a 54cm. If you want a lighter bike and are willing to shell out the dough, get a 6.9ssl, but it will cost you around 3 or 4 times as much
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2012
Strengths: Lightweight - this bike wants to go! Shifting is smooth and accurate.
Weaknesses: Saddle - even after 100 miles of riding, the saddle was still uncomfortable, I had to replace it.
Handlebars - I miss the flat spot on the drops, and they seem to end a half-inch too soon.
This summer I upgraded from a 2006 Trek 1200 SL Aluminum to a 2010 Madone 4.7, and I'm loving this bike. That said, I just couldn't get use to the saddle and had to replace it. Also, the handlebars on my 1200 were better than the ones on the Madone - they had an anatomical flat spot on the drops that was great for gripping. The Madone drops seem to quit too soon, I'd have liked another half-inch or so, I just feel it's too short. The duotrap compatibility is great. Overall, high marks for this bike.
Date Reviewed: July 3, 2012
Strengths: Nimble and responsive.
Weaknesses: Seat and tires.
The seat is not the most comfortable. Amazingly, I have had about 5 flats in the last 2 months of riding. Today (7/3/12) I got a flat on my front tire and there were 2 punctures in the tire. Don't know if anyone else has had this problem, but it seems weird. My other bike (old Schwinn with Contential tires) NEVER got a flat. I will swap out the Bontrager tires for something better.
Strengths: Great do it all bike. Stiff, light, comfortable. Rival is outstanding.
Weaknesses: Stock saddle is not so hot.
Revew is for 2012 4.6 which is a Madone with Rival. What an excellently balanced, all around bike. The stock wheels are just OK, I swaped them out for Zipp 101s. Best road bike I believe I have ever owned. You want smooth, it is smooth, you want to climb, all of the sudden it just goes, you want to sprint, it just does it. Corners like it is on rails. At first blush, I was not keen on the color scheme because it looked like a skunk to me, but with some gloss black specialized rib cages and a white Arione, it looks awesome.
I'd like your opinions on which bike I should buy!
[B]What I'm looking for:[/B]
- General purpose road bike, but will be used for triathlon/time-trial rides up to 90km as well, until (if ever) I buy a time-trial bike
- Comfortable ride: fit is very important to me, I have some back problems, ... Read More »
I want to upgrade my Cannondale CAAD 8 (Sora) that I've had for the past year.
I've been looking at the Madone 4.7 for a while but found out today that a LBS is giving a very good price on the 2012 Cannondale SuperSix 3.
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The boys at CYCO - great shop - finished it this week and I've just had the first ride. Now I have the 6.2 with 105 gears for Sunday mornings and this one to ride to the pub & work.
Vision bars with a Soma brake lever & ... Read More »
New to the forum, but looking for a little buying help! Local bike shop has a womens Trek Madone 4.7 at a great deal for just short of 1200$ out the door. I've determined that a 56 is the ideal size for me, and this is a 56 and felt great on the short ride I took it for. Are there any concerns with ... Read More »
I'm a bigger guy 6'3" 210 and I'm a little worried about the ISP in the 5.2. I may be just paranoid. Is there a big difference in the carbon? I mostly ride mtb, but started riding more and more road to train. I'm due for a road upgrade and can't decide between the 2 bikes. Hopefully you all can giv ... Read More »