Strengths: I don't own this bike, but it appears to be one cool machine. I gave it 4's because there must be better for more money. Why else would they charge $11-12K?
Weaknesses: There don't appear to be any. If I had the money, I might buy it.
I'm posting this for the recreational user who believes that by paying more money, he will go faster. Not so. Speed is determined by, weight of the bike, weight of the rider, gearing of the bike, and strength and endurance of the rider. Recently I watched a YouTube comparison of a $650 bike against an $11K bike by Mike Horn. In it he said if you put equal physically fit riders on the two bikes, the $11K carbon fiber bike would be 1.5 miles further down the road after one hour. Put a 50 pound overweight middle aged man on the carbon fiber bike and a fit 25 year old on the $650 bike, and the fit 25 year old could be twice as far down the road on the cheaper bike. However, if you want to compare yourself with other middle aged fat men, yeah, you may be further down the road on the carbon fiber bike, but it might be a bit embarrassing. Who do you think you are? Mike Horn is a guy who rides about 20,000 miles a year. His day to day bike is a $350 Windsor that he's upgraded with better wheels, chainring, and cog. All together he has $650 in it. For that reason, I bought a Forge CTS 1000 from Target.com for $400. It's an average size bike which fits me well. It comes surprisingly well equipped, but I may upgrade the cog and chainring eventually. Weight is not as low as carbon fiber, but it isn't bad. Lastly, the best thing to do to decrease weight is to lose some of your own body weight and add muscle. You will go faster. I'm pushing too much fat now. If I lose 20 pounds, it should make a big difference considering that the gearing isn't a lot different than the Trek Madone 5.2. Oh, and lose some age too. Young people go faster!
Bike Setup: Crankset: Truvativ Touro Triple 30/42/52, Cassette: Shimano CS Hg-50 8 speed 12/13/14/15/16/17/19/21, brakeset: Shimano 2200Sti Integrated, Handlebars: Forged Aluminum with two sets Tektro brake levers
Date Reviewed: May 3, 2013
Strengths: drive train puts the power into forward motion,and very comfortable ride
Weaknesses: just bought it 4 weeks ago ,so no assesment yet i only have 300 miles on it.so i may or may not find anything.maybe the tires
This is my second trek bike,so i may be a little bias, but compared to my old trek this bike is like going from mazda to a porche very smooth shifting ,great handling.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: November 15, 2012
Strengths: I, like other reviewers am an older recreational/touring cyclist who decided to do the warp speed conversion to carbon fiber. This bike has made me feel like a 25-year-old kid again! I still can't keep up with the kids, but like others have said, this bike simply urges you to go faster. I've always sought the hills, and the Madone is a dream come true: it begs to climb. I've ridden the bike nearly 2800 miles in four months with an elevation gain of 230K ft. and other than the obligatory 200-300 mile "new bike" tuneup, a set of tires, regular chain clean and lube, I haven't touched it. I only hope that my aging body will hold out long enough for me to enjoy riding until I drop.
Weaknesses: This is NOT a weakness, but rather the sharing of a simple solution to a "rattle" problem. One thing that really impressed me with the Madone was the very cool way the rear brake and rear shifter cables were internalized through the top and downtubes. Several custom framebuilders back in the day did this, and I always admired this touch. I'm pretty anal when it comes to creaks, rattles, and other annoying noises, and I become obsessed with a cure. This bike "rattled" when ridden on rough pavement (damned chipseal!!). I investigated the usual suspects: loose headset, brake lever bounce, loose wheel bearings, loose stem/handlebars, etc., all of which were solid, and I finally discovered that it was the rear brake and rear shifter cable housings chattering against the headtube, which they kiss as they wrap around it to their top/downtube insert slots. The simple solution was to cut pieces of moleskin and stick them onto the head tube where the cables contact = no more rattle!
Get on, click in, and RIDE! You won't want to stop.
Bike Setup: Left the stock saddle at the shop and replaced it with my "old butt" WTB. Added Shimano carbon pedals.
Date Reviewed: July 31, 2012
Strengths: Exceptionally light and rigid. Smooth gear shifting. Great seat position for recreational rider; fits my weight and height perfectly.
Weaknesses: It's expensive, but, if you can afford it, it's well-worth it.
As my first road bike purchase in 20+ years, I am -exceptionally- happy with my new 2012 Madone 5.2. I've done a bunch of treks on touring bikes, and think it's about time for me to step back into the world of road bikes. I am absolutely astonished at how far the technology has come in the last two decades.
As another reviewer put it, this bike feels as though it's got a hidden motor -- hills that were a slog for me on my old Specialized mountain bike are now a piece of cake; I can pedal about half the revolutions and coast up them if I want to. The bike asks to be ridden fast -- even at 80 rpm cadence, it wants more. I feel as though 99.99% of my pedal energy is being put into forward motion, absolutely amazing. Love it.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2012
Strengths: Light, responsive, and fast. Demands to the ridden hard!
Just returned from a 60 miler in the hills of Clermont, Florida after picking up my new Madone 5.2. I purchased the Chi Red/Trek White Madone and replaced the white tape and hoods with black. I upgraded to a Fi'zi:k Aliante saddle and Race X Lite wheels. Awesome looking bike!! The Madone exceeded my expections with climbing eagerness and the desire the be ridden fast. The carbon frame provided a smooth ride, yet a responsive ride. The 50-34 crank and the 11-28 cassette with the Shimano Ultegra components make a perfect combination for smooth climbing and fast riding. Brian and John Paul at Cycling Hub in Clermont, FL did an awesome job setting up the bike and fitting me for my new riding partner...The Madone! Ride Hard.....
I'm torn between these two bikes. I love to ride in groups and events but have also competed in my first 70.3 triathlon this summer. After much thought I decided to upgrade to a new road bike rather then go TT.
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I am unable to spread the front brake to remove the tire on my new 2013 Madone 5.2. These are not Ultegra but the NEW Bontrager aero brakes.
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One of my LBS has a 2012 Madone 6.2 and a 2013 Madone 5.2 for really the same price (actually the 6.2 is a couple bucks cheaper). I know the 6.2 has slightly higher grade of carbon but not the new frame design. Has anyone tested both and what would you go with?
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