Trek's Madone 5.0 is made in the USA from their Tour de France-proven OCLV carbon for impressive lightness, awesome efficiency and precision handling. Plus, with carbon's inherent vibration damping and the Bontrager Race X Lite carbon fork, this bike is velvety smooth on even rough pavement. And, Bontrager's Race wheels get up to speed fast and are built to last. What's more, this thoroughbred boasts Shimano's beautiful 20-speed Ultegra component group for first-rate shifting and braking.
Strengths: Ultegra components, semi-stiff frame, comfortable setup, responsive and fast.
Weaknesses: Weight - a bit of a pig at 19-20 lbs. Bontrager bars, stems, wheel set.
Great price for a bike with great Ultegra components. Frame takes a beating on the rough roads of PA - Very little play or vibration. Needs upgrade of stem, seatpost, handlebars, wheelset to lighten up considerably.
Similar Products Used: 2009 Giant TCR, 1987 Battaglian with full Campy components
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: December 9, 2008
Strengths: Geometry, handling and stiffness
Being a recreational rider first and foremost, I find this to be an excellent bike. Unlike many others I have also been happy with the Bontrager components although some them may contribute to the overall weight which I belive is a litte above average at this level. Still, the stiffness of the frame and the overall handling make this a very nice bike both for climbing and flat rides while it also feels comfortable after several hours of riding. If some of the componentry is replaced (which could be done fairly cheaply), you have in my opinion a bike just short of a top level racing bike although at an affordable price. Lastly, I replaced my Trek 2300 after one season in order to get a Madone basically because I wanted the full racing geometry. I have not regretted in for one second so far.
Weaknesses: saddle, never liked bontrager saddles
needs like lighter wheelset(but like i always say you get what you pay for) so cant complain. but other than those LOVE THIS BIKE!!!!
this is my first roadie, but working in a bike shop has given me a chance to demo alot of bikes and the new '08 madones, would have gotten a new one but the cost is pretty high for being 17 on a mechanic salery. but for the money i love my 5.0, sprinting and climbing is phenomenal, love the ultegra groupo. wish wheelset was a little, and higher end, want to upgrade to ksyrium elite. but by far best bang for the buck. great bike to get into, perfectly after being on a mtn. bike since i was ten
Bike Setup: Full Ultegra Triple.
Full Carbon frame.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2007
Strengths: Frame geometry
Tour proven frame
Not made in china
Bonty wheels don't mind big pot holes in road.
Value for money
Weaknesses: If not a lance fan it may sway your choice from buying a really great bike.
Traditional straight top tube mightn't suit everyone.
Tyres a bit slippery in wet.
Painted finish could be better
What a great bike.
Was initially looking at a Scott, but the equivalent was an additional $800.
This came up on sale as a run out model when the new Madone was being launched.
Best time to buy! The bike would have been good enough to win a Tour on a few years ago. Love the geometry, as soon as you get rolling you know it means business. Handling is point and shoot. Power transmission is great. Everything you put in to it you get a reaction from. I like the Bonty selection.This would have been pro level gear only a few years ago. The bike is really light, feels strong,nimble and forgiving.The only thing that limits you spending more time on it,is your schedule. Otherwise ride it all day, every day.
I can't imagine the next level[5.5]to be signicantly better, unless you want to get into racing.Probably overkill for the average rec. cyclist.
The bike feels like it wants you give it your very best every time you ride it, so keep an eye on your HR monitor! Comming from down tube shifters, i find the Ultegra STI amazing, seamless shifting, quiet and reliable.
Select, and bang in it goes, even on standing accellerations.
I have a chance to buy one of these two bikes. The trek has an msrp of $2200 and is being sold at $1649. The focus has an Msrp of $2500 and is being sold for $1899.
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