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Trek Madone 5.2/5.5 - worth the $$ ?

Old 06-13-06, 06:44 PM
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Trek Madone 5.2/5.5 - worth the $$ ?

Assuming I keep on track w/ my training and reach a personal goal I'll be rewarding myself with a new road rig this Fall. A friend just got a Madone 5.2 and loves it. I've also had my eye on the 5.5 version. Would appreciate opinions on whether the Treks are a good deal. I guess a better way to phrase my question is this: If I bequeathed you $4,000 under the condition that you use it to buy a new road bike (OCLV or Ti) what would you go for?
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And I have to spend it on a bike?
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For $4k, *I* wouldn't go with the Madone, but some people would. It's a fine bike. PS: OCLV is Trek-specific. Do you mean carbon?
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I have a 5.2 madone and love it. It's very responsive and stiff, but then again i'm light at 150 lbs. The madone has classic geometry so it's very comfortable, yet sill powerful in sprinting and climbing. It's a great all around bike built to perform well on a variety of ride settings.
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I paid 3000 for the 5.2, so I don't know how much the 5.5 is. I would look around at other brands in the 4000 price range
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Having owned a pre-Madone ('03) 5500 for 3 years, I have to say I really like it and am committed to keeping it.

That stated, there is no way I would ever spend $4k for the 2006 version of this bike.
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I own 5.2 and I love the bike. It quite simply is a great all around bike. I think you can look around and find a good deal. When I bought my bike (2005) the list was around $3400 or $3500 I received $600 in shop credits.
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If I had to spend $4K on a road bike? I wouldn't get anything as vanilla as a Trek. I thin any bike in that price range would be a sweet ride, so why ride one everyone else has?

I'd try to work out a deal on a Serotta Legend Ti. It will still be on the road when that Madone's paint is peeling and carbon fibers are stringing off it.
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Originally Posted by 0-20 in 5 Sec
For $4k, *I* wouldn't go with the Madone, but some people would. It's a fine bike. PS: OCLV is Trek-specific. Do you mean carbon?
Yes, generic carbon.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
If I had to spend $4K on a road bike? I wouldn't get anything as vanilla as a Trek. I thin any bike in that price range would be a sweet ride, so why ride one everyone else has?

I'd try to work out a deal on a Serotta Legend Ti. It will still be on the road when that Madone's paint is peeling and carbon fibers are stringing off it.
How does the Serotta Ti compare to Litespeed?
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Originally Posted by Granny
How does the Serotta Ti compare to Litespeed?
Probably no differences you'd feel through the saddle, bars, or pedals. Serotta, is just a little more of a fringe brand. Lots of Litespeeds out there. If you're going to spend that coin, might as well generate a little attention
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I've really fallen for Orbea. Fairly rare, great rep, beautiful paint, and great looking. If I'm not mistaken you could get an Orca for that coin. Of course, this is assuming that it fits.
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Dam double posting!! Anyway, I'll use this to say that it's a carbon spanish made ride. In case you didn't know. Very sexy.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
If I had to spend $4K on a road bike? I wouldn't get anything as vanilla as a Trek. I thin any bike in that price range would be a sweet ride, so why ride one everyone else has?
Trek OCLV models are "vanilla"...a bike everyone else has? You certainly live in a different sort of neighborhood than I do. I bought my Trek OCLV ten years ago. And, although I ride about 300 days a year around inner city Houston, in ten years, I never seen another OCLV out on the streets.

What town is it where "everyone else" is riding on a OCLV Trek?
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Originally Posted by alanbikehouston
What town is it where "everyone else" is riding on a OCLV Trek?
We see a lot of Vanillas here in Portland.

And OCLV's. One of the reasons I got mine painted.

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$4k, I'd go custom.
Why the hell would I give trek that much money?
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I've seen a lot of Madones etc. around here - they're all-too-common, and I wonder how many of the owners are just buying them for the damned Lance factor. With $4000, I'd definitely go for something else.

Think a Bianchi L'una with white carbon fibre.. maybe a Cervelo Carbon Soloist. Ahh. So many bikes that'd I'd rather drop that kind of money on than a Trek.
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Personally, I'd get the Madone. I like it and don't really care what people on this board think about that. I don't run into very many trek carbon bikes where I live. So all this talk about it being common is not true in these parts.

If you want to turn heads, I think the most "trendy" and head-turning bike right now is the Time. Get a VXRS Ulteam frame package for about $4000. Throw on some campy record and you will be the envy of every snobby roady out there.

Stay away from the Orbea if you want to impress. Those things are so last year.
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Between carbon and Ti, I would choose Ti.

Buuuut...

If I have that kind of money, I would get someone to built me a custom steel frame with really crazy lugs and throw Dura-ace on it.
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for 4 bills less i got my tcr comp 0. if i could have found a Ti bike that was good for racing, with DA and good wheels, then i would have probably gone Ti

but back to your original question - i think treks are over priced, but if it get's you all excited and motivated to ride more, then sure, it's worth it.
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check out waterford, serotta and Ind. Fab, all custom frames and some stock off of the shelf.
with that being said I also own a Trek Madone and regardless of how many are out there being ridden it is well thought out proven frame with the geometry and ride.
The only difference between the 5.2 Madone and the 5.5 Madone is the equipment
5.2 Madone is Ultegra
5.5 Madone is Dura/Ace
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At that price range, you have SOOOO many options. Consider Orbea, Cervelo, Colnago, Time, Look, etc. etc. etc. See what every shop around you carries, and try out many different bikes. I ride with a lot of people who have Trek OCLVs, and they're very good bikes, but I would perfer something more exotic like one of the brands mentioned above.
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Originally Posted by alanbikehouston
Trek OCLV models are "vanilla"...a bike everyone else has? You certainly live in a different sort of neighborhood than I do. I bought my Trek OCLV ten years ago. And, although I ride about 300 days a year around inner city Houston, in ten years, I never seen another OCLV out on the streets.

What town is it where "everyone else" is riding on a OCLV Trek?
Austin. You can't swing a dead cat w/out hitting one here. I've tried many times.
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Originally Posted by HAMMER MAN
check out waterford, serotta and Ind. Fab, all custom frames and some stock off of the shelf.
with that being said I also own a Trek Madone and regardless of how many are out there being ridden it is well thought out proven frame with the geometry and ride.
The only difference between the 5.2 Madone and the 5.5 Madone is the equipment
5.2 Madone is Ultegra
5.5 Madone is Dura/Ace
Yeah, don't get me wrong, the Madone frame is bad-ass. My point is that pretty much any multi-thousand-dollar road frame is bad-ass. No reason to go where the numbers are
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Originally Posted by alanbikehouston
What town is it where "everyone else" is riding on a OCLV Trek?
In the 6 countries I've cycled in over the LA era, I've seen more than my fair share of OCLV treks.

A few weeks ago I was in a 10 man break in a race, and 4 guys were on Postal paint job CF Treks, and this was in Amsterdam.

for the record: i could care less if 'everyone else' is riding one, or not.
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