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Featured Review: Trek Madone 6.9
by drjsilver

Price Paid: $MSRP at Joe’s Mt. Washinton
Review Date: March 27, 2010
Overall Rating: 5 of 5
Value Rating: 5 of 5

Bike Setup:
Madone 6.9 Project 1. DA 7900, Aeolus 5.0 Wheels. Bontrager RXL seat, Bontrager Carbon Bar and Stem, all stock. Dura-Ace pedals. Garmin 705 computer. Bontrager blue RaceXLite tires, now changed to Michelin Pro3 Race tires. K-Edge chain catcher used to protect premium paint job from chain-drop. Cork brake pads for carbon rims. Blue cable housing, bar tape and wheel decals.

Summary:
I’m a hard-core, 5+ rides a week, recreational rider, who does occasional time trials. I purchased a 2010 Madone 6.9 Project 1 in a magnificent Pearl White with Carrera Blue flame paint job. I could not be more impressed. Paint quality is flawless! This bike climbs as though it is pulling you up the hill. It is comfortable on long rides (my preference) and yet puts the power to the pavement when you get out of the saddle. Yes, I can feel some flex in front end when out of the saddle. My 220 lb bulk will exacerbate this so I do not have issues. My considerable torque fractured 2 Lemond Zurich frames at the dropout right rear dropout 6 years apart. Trek replaced the first one, and since Lemond is gone they credited me $1000 toward the Madone. This on a bike purchased 13 years earlier for $1375. This premium type of customer service on a bike that was 13 years old is most generous and should answer any questions one may have about the quality of Trek’s customer service. Most excellent! I cannot say enough good about this bike.


The in-frame cable routing sets a new standard in cycling. The frame is stiff in the sprint and yet comfortable for all-day. A truly masterful all-around performer. Mine is a 60cm pro-fit fame. Despite this large ride it weighed 15.5 lbs, no cages, pedals or computer. Freaky light! The Aeolus 5.0 wheels look great and you can just feel the aero advantage as speed increases. This bike just loves speed. Buy this bike if you just have to have the high-end AMG Mercedes Benz SLR of bicycles. Comfortable, reliable and wicked fast. A true road rocket. I don’t know how they could improve this bike.

Strengths:
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, leaps tall mountains in a single bound. Look, up on the podium, is a Look, is it a Scott, no it’s Super Madone, the Q-ship of the peloton! Near total customization, spectacular paint job, sets new standards in carbon frame design and manufacturing. Unmatched dealer network. My Baltimore MD dealer is a true gem. Joe’s Bike shop (2 locations) is the best for fitting, service and customer care. I cannot say enough good things about my buying experience.

Weaknesses:
The excellence of the paint job makes me very paranoid about scratches and paint chips. I have to keep it in the house to feel the bike is safe. The garage is not good enough. Rear brake cable has much more friction than the front brake. This is probably part of the cable routing. I will see what my dealer can do about this. Aero wheels require 80 mm stem tubes. You must supply these since SAG support at organized rides is unlikely to stock these. I am also paranoid putting this bike in my work stand, due to possible paint scratching. I therefore clamp the seat-mast cap.

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I rode a Lemond Zurich for 13 years. It went through multiple modifications, but was a flexi-flyer. This Madone is more than stiffer. It is more compliant vertically yet stiffer laterally to resist pedaling stresses.

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About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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  • DereckW says:

    Last year, I made a serious error and bought a 2009 6.9.

    First mistake – Revolution Cycles in Georgetown only listen for their till ringing up the payment. The first delivery had the wrong Project One colour scheme. The second had the wrong chainset. The third had the wrong seatpost – that only took two weeks to solve.

    Under a thousand miles and the frame was back at Trek for a cracked head tube. Though this was well into 2010, they found a 2009 to finish like my first one. Its replacement had this un-nerving habit of developing a wobble in sprints. Considering the wattage I can put down now, it would have been really fun under a real racer.

    It was on Ebay shortly afterwards. This is the short version, it was the worst purchase I’ve made in cycling.

    Hope you have better luck.

  • dapol says:

    I’ve had a OCLV for 15+ years I’m 200lbs never had a problem the frame. The frame has thousands(maybe a hundred) of miles on it and I’ve punished it for years. IN my opinion hard to go wrong with a Trek carbon frame.

  • KenW says:

    I purchased a Trek Project One Madone 6.5 and have only had it for 3 months. I discovered cracking in the paint on the seat stay about 6 inches above the left side dropout. I have not crashed or dropped my bike. My LBS sent it back to Trek and they determined that an impact had caused the crack even though there was no impact point on the paint. I will have to spend more money to replace the frameset because it is not covered under the “lifetime” warranty. Not very happy here. Sounds like the frame had been damaged before I received it.

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