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Hi, folks. I'm going tomorrow to look at a pre-owned 2006 Trek Madone. Before I go, I have a few questions.

1. The owner is asking $1600 for a new-condition Madone 5.2. Sounds pretty reasonable to me. What do you all think?

2. It is currently sporting a triple. Is it a big deal to change that to a compact double if I decide to go that route later? I'm not much of a mechanic, so I know this is a newbie-type question.

3. I used to own a low-end Pilot 1.0 (Al frame). For you Madone owners, how is the ride? I had been thinking about more of a plush bike, but a good deal on a Madone is hard to pass up. I'm hoping the OCLV carbon 120 will be responsive, but smoother than the Al frame on my Pilot was.

Thanks for any help!


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The triple is real cheap on closeout these days and you may be able to get one new for a reasonable price, call bikeman in Maine, 1-800-bikeman and ask, they had some madone's on the floor but I bought a new madone 5.2.

If you want to go from a triple to a double you will have to change some parts out. The shifters (for sure), deraileurs, crankset and cassette. You should find out for sure by calling the above #. I rode with a guy riding a triple (I have the compact double) and he seems to be shifting a hell of a lot more than me. Some people swear by the triple, I decided it wasn't for me. Good luck and ride on...
 

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lablover said:
The triple is real cheap on closeout these days and you may be able to get one new for a reasonable price, call bikeman in Maine, 1-800-bikeman and ask, they had some madone's on the floor but I bought a new madone 5.2.

If you want to go from a triple to a double you will have to change some parts out. The shifters (for sure), deraileurs, crankset and cassette.
ARE YOU JOKING?????????? You obviously have no idea what you're talking about.
Sorry
 

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Nothing against the bike you're looking at, but if I were in the $1,600 price range, I'd buy new. There are lots of good choices, you'll get some assistance with bike fit, and you'll get a warranty (and probably free tune ups for a period of time).

I know that pricing varies by region, but in my area one LBS has the '08 Madone 4.5 priced at $1,700 - comes with either a compact or triple crankset.

I've never ridden the Trek OCLV 110/120 carbons so I can't offer a comparison, but IMO the TCT carbon of the 4.5 is a very nice frameset at that pricepoint. Braking is decidedly on the weak side, but once purchased replace the brake pads (Kool Stops - $7/ pr.)
 

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I agree with the above poster, lean towards a new Madone. Even if you pay more, you are getting a better riding bike - not to mention the other things PJ352 mentioned.

Verdict: Get the best new Madone you can afford.
 

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Thanks, everybody. I just got back from riding it, and the Madone was as advertised. Absolutely perfect condition. I passed only because I feel like I need a more upright geometry. Specialized Roubaix? Thanks.
 

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Thanks, everybody. I just got back from riding it, and the Madone was as advertised. Absolutely perfect condition. I passed only because I feel like I need a more upright geometry. Specialized Roubaix? Thanks.
If you're looking for a more upright riding position, focus on the head tube lengths of the bikes in question. The Roubaix is an excellent bike, but I'd also suggest the Sequoia because the HT lengths are longer for a given frame size.
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?sid=08Sequoia
 

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If you're looking for a more upright riding position, focus on the head tube lengths of the bikes in question. The Roubaix is an excellent bike, but I'd also suggest the Sequoia because the HT lengths are longer for a given frame size.
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?sid=08Sequoia

Or if you're really Really REALLY looking for an upright position you might try this other offering from Specialized.
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?sid=08Fatboy
 

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You mentioned that you have a Pilot now? The Madone 4.5 HT is 2.5cm shorter than the Pilot's. The 2008 Madone 4.5, all of the Performance fit models for that matter, have 3cm longer head tubes than the 2006 Madone that you tried.
 

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Why more upright? Could be your existing bike has too much reach.....are you trying to get away from back issues? If so, try a higher head tube (Madonne '08 Performance Fit) and a smaller frame size (shorter reach) - need to get fit by someone who knows what they are doing...
 

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Why more upright? Could be your existing bike has too much reach.....are you trying to get away from back issues? If so, try a higher head tube (Madonne '08 Performance Fit) and a smaller frame size (shorter reach) - need to get fit by someone who knows what they are doing...
Thanks, everybody. Yes, I have some minor back issues.
 
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