The 2008 Madone has nothing in common with the past madones other than the name. I'm sure that cannondale makes a nice bike, but I have the 6.9 and it's an incredible ride. I'm sure the 5.2 is an incredible machine also. I suggest test riding both.
According to ROAD BIKE ACTION Magazine - July/August 2008 issue:
" The Madone (5.2) totally belies its racing heritage and design intent - it never felt like a race bike. More then anything, it shone as an all-around long-day-in the-saddle bike."
I rode a Madone Ultegra equipped bike last summer and was not impressed. It was a better balanced bike then a similar priced Fuji. It was slightly smoother then my Six13. But, Six13 accelerated and handled better. The Fuji's rear triangle had a wooden feel and was the worst all carbon bikes I rode. Of the all carbon bikes, the SuperSix was simply the best in every respect.
I currently ride a System Six that I built up back in August.
I own and have raced a Caad8 for 2 years. It's a great bike. I wanted to upgrade to a SuperSix 3 but ended up getting a great deal on a Madone 5.2 through a friend of mine who works for Trek. Being a Cannondale biggot I didn't want to love a Trek but I can't help it. It's an amazing bike - stiff, agile, light and comfortable. I've ridden a SuperSix 3 as well but not enough to give an honest comparison of the two.
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