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go with the SL

you get the same 110 carbon frame as the top end 5.9sl, which if purchased seperately retails for the approximate cost of the entire 5.2sl!
 

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The 5.2 SL also has the Bontrager Race XXX-Lite fork, which is 90 grams lighter than the Race X-Lite fork that comes on the standard Madone 5.2.

Lately, I've been riding a standard 5.2, and for whatever reason, I find the grey/carbon paint scheme really boring. Personally, I'd look into the SL simply for the cool Midnight Duotone paint. It looks great in person.
 

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looking at the same decision...also looking at the Giant TCR C1.

Comments?
 

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4bykn said:
looking at the same decision...also looking at the Giant TCR C1.

Comments?
Giant - one-piece, relatively generic, overseas-built frame
Trek - Lugged OCLV frame, built in Wisconsin, shares carbon fiber process patent with Raytheon, who uses the same carbon and molds to manufacture flight control surfaces for jets.

I'm a bit biased.... ;)
 

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Get the SL while you can...

I had the same dilemna. Just imagine a 5.2 or a 5.2sl...Both are rockets, but the sl has a ton of advantages, ie the 110 over the 120. The stems, the fork, the look.
Just go buy the SL...see you on the road:)
 

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read my review

I just reviewed the 5.9sl but most of my comments are about the frame and fork which leaves the components out of the discussion. The SL is a nice frame.
 

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unless you are planning on doing long 100+ rides the 5.2sl won't make much of a difference from the 5.2. Save your money and put it back in the bike in another area...I.E wheels, or a super awesome saddle or something like that.
 
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