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Old 08-27-11, 11:50 AM   #1
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Anyone here riding a Trek Madone 3.1?

I want to move up from my 1.5 that has served me well. I am looking at getting a 2012 model Madone 3.1, that can be ordered with either the SRAM Apex with Double Tap shifters ($50 More), or the standard setup as the 2011 has.

Can anyone comment on the shifters? I think I like the setup like my 1.5 with the two lever shifting.

I can still get the 2011 3.1, but like the upgraded frame and color of the 2012.
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Old 08-27-11, 12:44 PM   #2
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I don't ride that bike but I can offer some input on your shifter question as my buddy has a Trek XO with Apex sitting in my basement. I have no idea how those extra miles got on the odometer

Anyways...try another bike with Double Tap and see if you like it. It took me awhile to get used to it, honestly, I like Shimano's shift levers better. I don't think you would be disappointed either way, just try it out before you make up your mind.
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Old 08-27-11, 02:20 PM   #3
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Thanks. I think for the $50 difference, I might stick with the Shimano, and the dual levers, as I am just used to that type. Hope to order it and have it in a week or so. I love the 2012 color, but I'm sure the white bar wrap will not last long :-)

I had a bike-fit last week. Told me I need 44" bars, and this has 42. I'll probably wait until I need to wrap the bars, then switch to 44".

BTW, I spent $190 last week for the Fit and adjustments to the 1.5 (which I can transfer to the 3.1). If any of you are having pain or numbness, I highly recommend this. Best money you will ever spend. While I was not too far off on my setup, I found out my left leg is slightly longer than the right. This had me reaching slightly and swinging my right leg out on the down-stroke. Adjusted my cleats and shimmed the right one. What a difference! I am also trying out an Adamo Century saddle due to numbness, and it's made quite a difference. Tail bone was a little sore after the first few rides, but no numbness and pain in the usual area, and the tail bone pain has subsided. This was almost a 3 hour process, and I am so glad I did it!

I got it done at http://www.sportfit-lab.com/ (There Doug, a shameless plug for you!

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Old 08-27-11, 02:52 PM   #4
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You sure you don't mean 44 cm bars?

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You sure you don't mean 44 cm bars?

Uh, yeah, kinda did :-)
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