Trek Madone 5.2 Road Bike

4.55/5 (94 Reviews)
MSRP : $3000.00


Product Description

  • OCLV 120 Carbon Frame
  • Bontrager Race X Lite
  • OCLV 120 Carbon Fork
  • Bontrager Race Lite Wheels
  • Shimano Ultegra Rear Derailleur


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Neal Bowser a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2016

Strengths:    Strong, solid, well-built and designed machine

Weaknesses:    The saddle

Bottom Line:   
As everyone else has mentioned, the saddle stinks. In fact, I can't imagine a normal human being being comfortable on the thing. That being said, think of a saddle as a pair of shoes. You'll want to find something more specific to YOU!

As far as the bike itself, it's wonderful! TREK consistently designes equipment that's superior to most. They also stand behind what they make in ways that many don't. I have a little over 10,000 miles on my Madone, and have replaced only tires and the bottom bracket (-bottom bracket at 8500 miles). Both of these components are "expendables". There are "heavy-duty" brackets that you can use, but then the emphasis is on heavy. Be content with the standard set.

This is not my first Trek. They've never disappointed, and this Madone is no exception. It's stable and dependable, with no kinky surprises that you discover on some fast downhill (-had this happen once on another brand). You won't be disappointed. -Oh, and I'm a 69 year old veteran rider with a lifetime of riding experience (-still have yet to find that hidden motor that so many talk about).

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Favorite Ride:   BRAG

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Cycleworks Atlanta

Similar Products Used:   Giant, Fuji, and many others

Bike Setup:   Road, with a triple


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jnryan

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2016

Strengths:    The performance is great on this bike. Light, stiff and very responsive. A great bike to ride.

Weaknesses:    I replace the Bontrager wheelset after about 10K miles with a Flo 30 wheelset. Seat mast kept slipping till the shop finally used a special grease and discovered that the seat mast bolt should be torqued to 7 N instead of 5 N.

The bottom bracket is the biggest weakness of the bike. My bearings lasted about 500-600 miles and you have to overhaul the BB about every one to two months or after riding in the rain. In fact, I won't even ride it when the roads are wet due to having to O/H the BB. A new Trek bearing set with a dust seal got about 800+ miles if overhauled at about 400 miles. Now the frame cups have worn to the point where I now need special Trek oversized brackets.


Bottom Line:   
Performance is outstanding, but I can't give it a high score because of the serious design flaw of the bottom bracket and the poor wheelset. The BB makes for a much more maintenance intensive bike.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Divya Kowshik a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2015

Strengths:    Light Weight, very stiff and an all round option

Weaknesses:    Wheelset, bontrager stock saddle and little bit of shifting issues

Bottom Line:   
My first bike and am overall very happy since I have switched to carbon wheels, it is a good all round bike fast on the flats and climbs well as well. Trek should have given saddle options as the stock bontrager is a waste. Changing it with Selle SMP. Shifting needs minor adjustments many a times on the fly

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Purchased At:   Trek Concept Store



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bruce Buckoski

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2014

Strengths:    Preformed well in both flat and climbs.
light, stiff with no vibrations.


Weaknesses:    Stock saddle - changed out with my BuzzBee

Bottom Line:   
This is a very nice ride.
Light and stiff but still gives comfort thank to thin seatstays. Push the pedals and its like a rocket. With Ultgra and Race XLite its as close to stealth as possible with no noice at all,giving you an advantage sneaking up and pedalling past your mates in the mountian climbs.
Its superstable in speeds higher than I will even dare to try.


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Joe B a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2014

Strengths:    Light weight, very stiff and good handling

Weaknesses:    Bontrager Wheelset is garbage. Shifting with internallly routed cables is very sluggish. Trek unable to supply recall parts.

Bottom Line:   
This is a review of the 2013 Madone 5.2. I purchased this new from my lbs last year. In the past 13 months, the bike has been in the shop for a total of 7 weeks. The first issue was due to sloppy shifting. The rear wouldn't shift smoothly and it appears that the internal cable guides were rubbing. The guys at the shop replaced rear cables and housing and shifting improved slightly. Later, Trek recalled the bike due to a faulty brake design. The LBS instructed me to bring the bike in ASAP and the bike sat more han a month due to a part shortage. Lastly, the rear wheel developed cracks around the spoke nipple and had to be replaced. Lead time for new wheel was 4 weeks. Luckily, the bike shop loaned me a wheel until a replacement arrived.

I'm very frustrated that I dropped 3 large on a bike that has has been less reliable that the 10-year old bike it was replacing. I had always dreamed of having a high-end bike but this one is a real let down. Trek, if you're listening, that swooshing sound is me and anyone within earshot looking for another brand.

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Favorite Ride:   Ragbrai

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   LeMonde, Airborne

Bike Setup:   5.2 ultegra



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