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Comparing two bikes - similar price, different age & style

Old 11-07-16, 01:50 PM
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Comparing two bikes - similar price, different age & style

I'm looking at two used bikes that are similarly priced, both Treks, '08 Madone 5.2 and a '14 Domane 4.3

Madone has nicer components (ultegra)and a nicer frame but is more dated. The Domane's frame has a more comfortable geometry, is newer, 105 components

I ride 1-2 times per week 20-30 mi at a time often with my wife. I also do about one Olympic or sprint triathlon per year for fun, nothing hardcore. It'd be nice to get into some group riding but it might be a couple more years before I have time for that.

Any insight that might help sway me either way? Thanks
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Old 11-07-16, 03:14 PM
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It really depends on the condition of the bike but all things being equal, I would go with the Domane
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Old 11-07-16, 03:58 PM
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Hey thanks, not sure if the newer components of the 105 perform comparable to the older ultegra
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You would go with the Domane because it's newer? Have things changed a lot in the 6 year difference between the bikes?
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Originally Posted by jezzag View Post
You would go with the Domane because it's newer? Have things changed a lot in the 6 year difference between the bikes?
Six year old Ultegra is probably 6700, which is 10 speed.

New 105 is 11 speed. More gears!
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Old 11-07-16, 04:43 PM
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08 Madone actually has 6600 Ultegra which is two generations ago. Still 10 speed and it has Hollowtech II cranks like modern Ultegra though which is a plus.
2008 Madone 5.2 Pro - Bike Archive - Trek Bicycle

14 Domane 4.3 compact has 5600 105 which is also 10 speed.
2014 Domane 4.3 Compact - Bike Archive - Trek Bicycle

I assume the links are to the correct bikes.

One thing to also consider is that the Madone is a race bike, the Domane is more of an endurance bike. Which means it has a longer headtube which will place the rider in a more upright position. The Madone also has a 53/39 chainset while the Domane has a compact 50/34 which may be more helpful to a casual rider. Based upon the OP's use I'd probably lean more towards the newer Domane (less wear on components, perhaps more comfortable and with more useful gearing).
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I can't test ride the Domane as it's an online find. I did purchase an aluminum 2016 Domane (w/105 components) in June of this year unfortunately bike was stolen from my house and I'm looking to replace. I figured a carbon frame w/similar components would be quite the upgrade.

I think I'm going to go with the Domane, I'll let you know how it works out
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Originally Posted by tinrobot View Post
Six year old Ultegra is probably 6700, which is 10 speed.

New 105 is 11 speed. More gears!
It's 8 years old, so it would be 6600. You could get the madone then change the components later down the road.
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