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Which new higher end Trek to buy?

Old 12-29-15, 07:29 PM
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Which new higher end Trek to buy?

Here is what I am considering, all brand spanking new:

2012 Madone 6.9ssl $4350 reg $8719
2014 Madone 6.5 $3999 reg $6299
2015 Emonda SLR6 $4700 ish reg $5799
2013 Madone 6.5 $4100 reg $6619

I currently ride a Madone 4.6 and absolutely love the geometry and the 2012 is the same. The 2012 has the 10spd version of Dura-Ace

The 2014 has Dura-Ace 11spd mechanical
The Emonda has regular Ultegra

The 2013 Madone has 10spd Ultegra Di2.

I have almost eliminated the Emonda based on sheer value and I am not a van of the color scheme.

I like the sound of the Di2, but I am a climber and the 2012 is lightweight and from what I understand more in tune with climbing.

As far as the group set is concerned, if I could have anything I would take SRAM Red, obviously that isn't an option.........but Di2 is intriguing. Really like the thought of having the 7series Carbon. I realize at this price with these bikes I can't get exactly what I want! LOL

Thanks for the help folks!

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Much hand wringing.

In general - don't overthink it. Get the one that makes you want to ride it when you see it - not when you look at its specs on paper.

All else being equal - take the Di2. Ultegra Di2 second gen Di2 is pretty much the shiz. Don't even look back.
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I went from a Madone 4.6 to a Emonda SLR and love it. But I opted for a custom build and went with Red 22... not cheap.

The SLR frame has the same geometry as the Madone so you'll feel right at home.
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If the 10 speed DA bike is 7900, I'd pick one of the others.
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If the 10 speed DA bike is 7900, I'd pick one of the others.
+1

The Di2 seems like the best "value". But not exactly sure why you'd spend $4000 on essentially the same bike you already own
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If it were me, the Di2 bike for sure. I a!ready own 6870 Di2 and its really nice. Its been a o maintenance free system other than keeping it clean and lubed. It shifts accurately and quickly. The dead battery thing has been a non-issue. Easy to check and not a big deal to charge. No real weight penalty over mechanical either.
Second choice is the Edmonda, really a great bike from what I have read and 6800 is good stuff. I am curious as to how much different the ride feel is co pared to a Marine, I guess a test ride would tell that. Have fun with this decision its not an easy one with these great bikes.
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Turns out the 2014 Madone 6.5 has the mechanical 11spd Dura-Ace. For whatever that is worth.

I also have one other option:

2013 Madone 6.5 w/10spd Di2 Ultegra version. This bike is normally $6619 down to $4099.
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Personally I would eliminate any of the models that have the direct mount brakes under the chainstay. They are all awesome bikes though.
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Originally Posted by spdracr39
Personally I would eliminate any of the models that have the direct mount brakes under the chainstay. They are all awesome bikes though.
This^^^ I had one, did not like the rear brake under the BB, worked fine, just a pain to work on/replace pads, etc.

I would get the Emonda, don't get a 10spd, go for 11. The emonda SL6 is a great bike, I almost bought it...
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Originally Posted by spdracr39
Personally I would eliminate any of the models that have the direct mount brakes under the chainstay. They are all awesome bikes though.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
I went from a Madone 4.6 to a Emonda SLR and love it. But I opted for a custom build and went with Red 22... not cheap.

The SLR frame has the same geometry as the Madone so you'll feel right at home.
Will you be changing your screen name to "oldnfast2" now? ;-)
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Originally Posted by dstrong
Will you be changing your screen name to "oldnfast2" now? ;-)
Not that fast, relative so some. I'm a B+ rider but I did get faster after switching and increased my average speed to 16.8mph. Not bad for a 200# 60 year old guy
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Not that fast, relative so some. I'm a B+ rider but I did get faster after switching and increased my average speed to 16.8mph. Not bad for a 200# 60 year old guy
There's always someone faster! I'm a 200# 57 y.o. guy...so I hear ya...every little bit helps!
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Ah, I have no advice I just envy you your options. As an old big guy, (tall), my power to weight ratio or watts for kilogram is so pathetic it doesn't make that much difference. (As I learned this past Sunday climbing Latigo Canyon in the Malibu Mountains. Despite being very fit and doing lots of climbing I was very sore the next day. Not to mention slow up the long climb.)

Good luck on your choice and I'm sure you will enjoy whichever you choose. I love my Domane.
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Out of that list I would be buying the Emonda.

Great frame.
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Well after checking things out and going on a few test rides I purchased the Madone 6.9ssl. I love the geometry of my current bike so much that I had to eliminate the Aero Madones from the list. Not that it's a huge difference but I like the idea of the 700 series carbon instead of the 600 series as well. While I love the Emonda, I felt I was getting a lot more bike at a much better value with the Madone. Also the paint was awful on the Emonda I was looking at while I was in love with the Madone paint. The Dura Ace 7900 shifts beautifully right now, if it doesn't stay that way I can always look at making a change.......hopefully I will enjoy it though!

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