I am brand new to the forum and am looking for your help. I have found a Trek Madone frame on Ebay but have no way of confirming whether it is a Madone or even a Trek. The problem is there are only four stickers on the frame. Two big Trek stickers and two small OCLV stickers but nothing stating Madone or even resembling a Madone graphics-wise.
It appears to be a pre-2008 geometry but I am not entirely sure and either is the seller. I also called Trek directly and they couldnt confirm or deny whether the serial number is any good as they have changed their systems over the years.
Could it be a project one custom build?
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Don't see that type of downtube boss very often these days. Easily pre-2008
Nothing about it shouts Madone, the dropouts shout late 1990's or early 2000's OCLV, for which one, maybe you will find it in one of their old catalogs Catalogues | Trek Archive | Retrobike
Trek 2005/2006 Madone SSL? 2006 use similar dropout, 2007 does not. 2006 looks closest to me.
But yeah, to me it does look like an OCLV Trek Madone based on the 2006 models I'm looking at.
I'd be surprised if there are knock-off counterfeits of Trek carbon bikes from 2006.
Thanks everybody, that was very helpful and I think I'm convinced it's legit after zooming and comparing for hours now, lol.
If you had your choice between this 2005-07ish Madone or a 1998 Klein Quantum Race, what would you choose? Are they even close? From what I can tell, these Kleins are coveted enough to make me think I can compare but again, I am a noob and will defer to the tenured masses. Is the amazing Klein paint job confusing me into thinking its worthy to compare to the Madone, lol?
BTW: Intended use is all around riding in Tucson. I want something fast and comfy enough for a century ride that wont bog me down on big climbs. I currently have a restored Cross Check with 105 components that has been a blast to build my strength with but all my carbon riding friends seem to drop me in the down hills so I want to turn it into a SS 29er instead.