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Is the trek madone 5 series too relax?

Old 06-19-13, 06:16 PM
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Is the trek madone 5 series too relax?

I am in the market for a new bike, so I went to one of the LBS today and tested out a few bikes... but I felt like I was riding on a mountain bike. In particular I am referring to the 4 and 5 series of the madone. I believe it is a "H2".




https://www.trekbikes.com/int/en/bike...chive/madone59

Granted it is only a little bit of test riding plus some more time on the trainer. The last bike I own was a trek 1000 (2006/7). The top tube isn't angled like the newer madone do. I was shocked when I get on the bike. Is it the new technology allow riders to ride relaxed while going fast? I am really used to bend arms 90 degrees on the hood. Any comments? Ray

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Old 06-19-13, 06:32 PM
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The madone has a more "relaxed fit", good for people with less flexibility/larger gut and a large wallet. Trek also makes bikes with traditional geometry allowing for the drops to be lower.
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How low do you wanna go?
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Old 06-19-13, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by kenji666 View Post
How low do you wanna go?
The same fit as my crashed trek 1000 ... I haven't stop for a new bike forever, I feel out of touch with Trek's new bike frame geometry.
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Old 06-19-13, 09:51 PM
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It is my understanding that the 'compact geometry'/sloping top tube was introduced by Giant as a way to fit a broader range of people with a smaller number of frame sizes.
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Why are you asking on the internet? How would people know if the geometry is too relaxed for you? "Agressive/Relax" is mostly about headtube length and headtube angle. If you want to duplicate your position on the Trek 1000 and look at the geometry chart to see which will be the closest. The slopping toptube has nothing to do with it.
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Old 06-20-13, 07:27 AM
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Was the stem flipped up? Maybe flipping and slamming the stem would give you the feel you want. Have them do that and ride it again.
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
It is my understanding that the 'compact geometry'/sloping top tube was introduced by Giant as a way to fit a broader range of people with a smaller number of frame sizes.
Many feel Dario Pegoretti played a role in this with custom pro frames in the early and mid 90s long before Giant, mtbs might have contributed too because of the need to have increasing suspension fork clearance and the realization that fit could be more flexible/fewer sizes
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