Trek Madone 5.2 Road Bike

4.57/5 (92 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: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

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2014

Strengths:    Light weight, great handling, smooth shifts.

Weaknesses:    none for me

Bottom Line:   
I am older (65) and this bicycle is more than I will ever need which means I won't ever have to upgrade. I do maintain this bicycle and have never had any major problems. Around 10,000 miles and really enjoy riding it. Sure has helped me keep the waist line in check.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mfaphoto1949 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2013

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.

Bottom Line:   
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 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!

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Favorite Ride:   Hudson Valley Rail Trail

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   Target

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

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