Strengths: The bike is fast, stiff, light and comfortable. The frame is strong in crashes as well. If you set it up with some good and stiff wheels like the Mavic Ksyrium SLS wheels or some nice carbon race wheels, you'll have one hell of a bike.
Weaknesses: None that cannot be fixed. The bike should come with carbon handlebars. It could have a different paint job, but I'm not one to judge.
I have had this bike since summer of 2009. I have raced it about 50 times and have crashed 3 or 4 times since I've had it. As a junior, I searched for an affordable used bike and found this one for 1500 dollars. Since then I have replaced the handlebars, seat, and the wheels. In my mind, there is no better bike to have for the price. I absolutely love it; so much that I would hang it on my wall if it breaks. It is just that good. I received a Felt F2 with dura-ace 9000 on it for my graduation present and race bike for my time at the U of U. The Felt is a great bike but there is something that it's missing. It's just not as comfortable nor does it have the beloved classic looks that the Trek has. The trek will always be my favorite bike.
Favorite Ride: Assault on Mt. Mitchell, Bridge to Bridge
Purchased At: Friend
Bike Setup: Trek Madone 5.9 SL. Dura ace 7800 brakes, crankset, BB, shifters and chain. Ultegra 6700 derailleurs and cassette, Ritchey bars, stem and seat, Selle italia flite seat, Mavic Ksyrium SLS/Mavic Open Pro wheelsets. Speedplay pedals.
Strengths: Wicked light, great climber, fast, great handling, and comfortable.
Weaknesses: None really so far. I did have to fiddle with the front brakes a bit to get rid of some grabbiness but this was just a shoe adjustment issue.
After many years off the road and pounding single-track with my Fuel 100 Full Suspension MTB I decided it was time to get back into road riding. I've been a Trek OCLV fan for years, particularly since they replaced my Fuel frame under warrantee, so I started looking at the road offering and settled on the Madone. I'm a pretty big guy at 192cm and 100 kg and a very aggressive rider so I needed something strong, stiff, "bulletproof", and with dialed in handling, and since I'm used to XTR quality components on my Fuel I wanted a full Dura-Ace group.
So I try a few bikes and then spy this 2007 Madone SL 5.9 on the wall at what looks to be a pretty good price and I try it out. Well, perhaps Trek's latest frame is a little "tricker" but this bike has classic looks and man, does it go. This thing climbs like crazy, accelerates like a demon, and goes exactly where you point it ... and ... it rides really well. On top of that it is unbelievably light and I you just can't beat OCLV carbon I guess because as stiff as this is I can bang out a 100km ride without feeling like I've been beaten with a bag of doorknobs. So yeah, I'm really happy with it and logging at least 250-300 km/week.
Similar Products Used: First road bike in 20 years but avid MTB rider so although I guess I can't compare to comparable road bikes I do not how to ride and know top end gear.
Bike Setup: At the moment, stock. Full Shimano Dura-Ace, Bontrager Race X Lite wheels, Race X Lite tires, Bontrager XXX Lite Carbon Stem & Seat Post, Race Lite VR aluminum bars, Look KEO2 Max Pedals
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: January 17, 2008
Strengths: Comfortable, great handling. Warranty on frame and parts. Excellent quality, no compromises on parts. For AUD4500, I got a full Dura-Ace, excellent frame, carbon stem, carbon handle bars, carbon seat post, and super fast and light wheels.
Weaknesses: Design and paint job. Other bikes look a lot better. The bike was discounted because it had the Disovery Channel paint job and it was a 2007 model. Not a big deal for me, as I am more interested in the quality of the bike than the look.
My previous bike was a Trek 5200 1999 model. The geometry and handling of the Madone 5.9SL is very similar. Both are excellent bikes. The main differences, other than price, is the lightness of the 5.9SL and the stiffness. Dura Ace shifts a bit smoother than Ultegra.
Strengths: Frame second to none. Whatever you want to do on this bike it does.
Weaknesses: Should have a carbon bar.
This bike was a dream come true. It sprints like a rocket, climbs solidly and goes exactly where you point it. I tell people that it's like a cheap camera, point and shoot and off it goes! The OCLV ride is second to none, and I have ridden many of the competitors bikes but kept coming back to the Trek. I originally wanted a 5.2 SL, but events worked out better and got the 5.9 and have not looked back.
Strengths: Bankable lifetime warranty on the frame for this freak defect. Same frame, same Andromeda colour (eventhough not a current colour at the time of the claim).
Weaknesses: It did take 4 months to replace the frame but this was over the Xmas period and it had to get to Australia from the US.
See my previous review for my initial comments which still stand. This is an update review on a warranty claim.
After about 1 year, the bond between my dropout and chain stay failed while climbing out of the saddle.
Trek's answer? Repair under warranty. Confidence in my 5.9sl was a little shaken and training suffered but I kept riding for a few months until the repair also failed.
Trek's new answer for 18 month old 15,000km frame? Replacement under warranty. I'm pumped, confidence in the bike is back, training kms are up and peak fitness levels are returning- all at no financial cost.
After 2 years, I am as happy with the bike as the day I bought it. With the introduction of the new Madones, this is now a classic yet still competitive bike that I'll keep riding thanks to the frame replacement warranty.
Hi guys, first time poster here.
I am about to pull the trigger on buying a bike to replace my 2007 Trek Madone 5.0 (60 cm) that was stolen some months back. As it turns out this is a bit of a blessing in disguise as the 60cm was too big for me (always felt too long). Having been properly sized ... Read More »
I just found out today that my 2006 Madone 5.9 SL has a cracked bottom bracket shell:mad2: ....no wonder it has been making so much creaking noise. So I took my frame down to the LBS to show them the crack and they said they would send photos to Trek. I am pretty sure that Trek will replace the fram ... Read More »
I have a 2007 model year 56 cm Trek Madone 5.9 that my (possibly soon to be former) LBS told me is the correct size,
I bought the bike new about one month ago. I have put about 250 miles on it. I am about 5' 9-1/2 tall, weigh 195, and have 30" inseam.
1. Is the bike frame too big for me? My ... Read More »
Hi, I'm trying to decide whether to purchase an '05 Trek Madone SL 5.9 or an '06 Specialized Roubaix Pro. Both bikes seem to fit me, ride well, have dura-ace groupo's and are about the same price.
Both have good reviews. The only difference that I can tell is the Roubaix is more of a "plush" r ... Read More »