Trek Pilot 5.9 Road Bike

Pilot 5.9

  • OCLV 110 Carbon
  • Bontrager Satellite Plus Fork
  • Bontrager Race X Lite Wheels
  • Shimano Dura-Ace Rear Derailleur

User Reviews (1)

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MikeWilliams   Recreational Rider [Sep 23, 2006]

Frame geometry for those who want or need a bit higher riding position, yet still want a performance road bike. Quality of frame and components is excellent.


Not much to grip about here. The Pilot 5.9 is not an inexpensive ride, as it is priced close to it's sibling the Madone. But you very much get what you pay for in this case.

I purchased a Pilot 5.0 in '05 and liked the frame geometry so much that I decided to upgrade to the 5.9 in August '06. I shopped and got a good year end close-out price. The 5.0 is a nice, smooth ride but the carbon 110 of the 5.9 and the DuraAce components do make a difference. I am 53 and have been riding on and off for several years, but just got serious last year. I would recommend the Pilot for anyone who wants a comfortable, yet light and fast ride for club rides, solo, centuries; just about anything. The Pilot frame is the key. For reference, comparing the Pilot to the well known Madone which I have also ridden in the past and is a great bike in its own right. Comparing same size frame, the Pilot headtube is just shy of 4cm (36mm to be exact) longer, which puts the handlebars roughly 1.5 inches higher. The wheelbase of the Pilot is just over 1cm (11mm to be exact) longer than the Madone. So, while the added cm of wheelbase is not enough to effect performance for most level of riders it does help to smooth out the ride just a bit. As for weight, depending on saddle and pedals you will find that the Pilot comes in at around 18 lbs. or an additional 1 1/2 lbs or so over a comparably equipped Madone. While that additional weight is not completely insignificant, I think for most riders you'll hardly notice it. What you will notice is the very forgiving ride; the quick acceleration and turning capability and the main benefit being the higher riding position. That riding position really helps on longer rides of say 50 miles or longer, and I even appreciate it on my club rides of say 30-40 miles.

Similar Products Used: Trek Madone, and if your back can still handle the riding position or your ego needs it, by all means go for it.
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