Strengths: This review is for the 2014 Trek Madone 5.9 Dura Ace H2. This is pretty close to being my dream bike. It weighs in at 15.0 lbs without pedals and climbs like a dream. At 200 lbs I'm not built like a climber but this bike has me seeking out the steepest hills and mtns around.
The Shimano Dura-Ace is as good as other reviewers say it is. It never misses a shift. Additionally it takes just one push (rather than 2 previously) to go from the small ring to the big ring. DA 9000 also gives the rider the ability to feather (i.e. slightly move) the shifter when cross chaining (i.e. using the big ring up front & the big cog in back). This does make a difference in terms of noise and efficiency.
I didn't think having an 11 cog cassette would make a big difference but it does--even if it is subtle thing. Essentially, I feel that I'm always riding in the perfect gear.
The bike is nearly all black (except for the grey Trek logo on the downtube) and looks fantastic.
Kudos for including a torq wrench.
The stock RL tubeless ready wheels seem to be pretty good. I'm looking forward to trying them with 25mm tubeless tires.
Does the bike feel "areo" given the Kamm tail design? I think I feel less drag on steep descents and flat sprints. It sure feels safer in a crosswind than the Cervelo S5 i've ridden before.
The bike is stiff enough for a sprinter like me. I can't get the frame to flex--not even on a downhill sprint.
The bike handles nicely.
--The ride could be a little softer over rougher pavement. It's not a deal killer though. Bigger tires will help in the future.
--Why sell bikes with 23mm tires? Who wants little tires anymore? Oh, Trek wants us to upgrade immediately.
--The seat was crap. Very spongy. It has little air holes in it. When I hit a bump my butt goes back into the seat and I can hear air shoot out of the seat. It affects bike control to a degree also. Trek shouldn't be afraid to put a race saddle on a Dura-Ace $5000 bike. I even felt that this saddle was unsafe.
If you can find this 2014 model it's discounted at the Trek store from $5k to $3k now and well worth it!
I bought this bicycle on July 3, 2014. I rode a hundred mile ride on the 4th, so I really got to know the 5.9. I bought some Cosmic Carbones for it the next week. I ride it 250-300 miles per week. This Madone 5.9 has climbed extremely well in two Gran Fondos, descending at 50 mph at times without any vibration at all. This is a fast, sleek, racing machine and I love it. Oh, I'm sixty and have owned many other Treks, two Lightspeeds, and a Jamis. The Trek 5.9 is easily the nicest bicycle I have ever owned.
Similar Products Used: Trek Madone 4.7 with Shimano Ultegra, Trek 5500 with Shimano DuraAce, Trek 5200 with Ultegra.
Bike Setup: H2
Date Reviewed: August 25, 2012
Weaknesses: Bottom bracket system. Found out too late that bb bearings DO NOT LAST! about 1 year of use, bearings failed. seized and ate into frame, which TREK will not warranty. After this I hear that bb bearing failure common in less than 1 yr riding. After this mechanic tells me that now Shimano and FSA recommend bb bearing maintenance at either 500 or 200 miles. While I love the ride, not sure I will get a plastic bike again
Weaknesses: Internal cable routing works well - but not as handy for repair work or cable replacement down the road.
After 18 years the chain-stay on the Trek 5200 cracked but Trek denied the guarantee request. However, a local dealer sold me a 2011 H2 Five-Nine frame at a very low cost. Shifters/break levers, Wheel -set (mavic ksyrium elite) , head-set and BB bearings were up-dated to produce a light and quick bike. It shifts cleanly and precise, carves corners like a scalpel in the hands of a German surgeon, spins great on the new BB bearings and climbs like it was being chased by the entire underworld. I call it my Fat bottom bracket bike!
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2011
Strengths: Light weighted, good at climbing, downhill, looks great, stiff, comfortably ride .
Weaknesses: None so far
Got the frame after returning my Fisher Cronus Ultimate had big crank problems. Moved over a complete SRAM Red set, a new saddle Selle Italia SLR carbonium, did not like the Bontrager saddle. Wheels were Bontrager RXL. now i ride on Dura Ace C 50 clincher, they are doing just fine, fast, stiff, and looks like a dream on the bike .
It is a H2 bike, very comfortably at long rides, longest is 165km, most of the time it get used at rides lasting from 2-4 hrs.
No problems with the bike so far, got lot of comments on the look of it, i do like the colors on it, and riding it is not bad at all ;)