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I took the Plunge - the Madone is mine!

Old 08-05-06, 08:03 PM
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I took the Plunge - the Madone is mine!

Well guys, after much fanagling and battling myself over should I or shouldnt I, I went out and bought a bike today. Was always set on buying a Madone, (have been riding a 1200 for 18 years) but stopped at the Giant store. They had me on a TCR 1, which had some great components, and he would have marked it down from 3200 to 2550. I left there knowing I would be on a new bike today! If I couldnt get the Madone marked down, I would buy the Giant.

Went to see if I could get the Trek guy to move on his price. Got him down to 2700, so I went with the Madone, since it is the bike I wanted for a long time.

Unfortunately, thunderstorms prevented me from riding it this evening, so I will make the maiden voyage on it tomorrow morning.

Also, as soon as I get the dork disk off, and find a white garage door, I will post some pics!!
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Old 08-05-06, 08:08 PM
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Congratulations. I'm sure that you'll love it.
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Congratulations! Nice bike at a good price, but . . .

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Which Madone? The 5.2 or 6.9SSL or something in between?! Full DA or Ultegra? What mods are planned and which have already been checked off the list?
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It is the 5.2 in Blue. (Not the SL) I added Profile Airstyke's, and the Flight Deck computer. (More expensive than I ever intended to pay for a computer, but I liked it, and they gave me 20% off all accessories, so what the heck! It is full Ultegra.

Put my old Original LOOK pedals on it, although I am planning on Some KEO's next week.

As soon as I get the dork-disk off, and find a white garage door, I will post some porn!
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That's a great deal. . .post the ride reports soon please
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Did a 31 mile ride on it this morning. Immediately recognized how smooth it was compared to my 1200. My speed was faster on it almost immediately. I attribute this partially to the placebo effect of a new bike, and partially (more heavily) to the fact that the BB and wheel bearings on my 1200 seriously need replaced.

Most impressibe was how smoothly it took some of the small bumps (wrinkles in black top commin in FLorida, joints in the concrete sections on bridges, etc.) The aluminum bike always hit them with a sharp jolt and a loud tin-like sound. The carbon bike was much more subtle.

I spent most of the 31 miles in the tri-bars. Very comfortable, but I think the seat should come slightly forward. I will work it out this week.

Looking forward to getting 18 years out of this one, like I did the 1200!





Something old, something New! Swapped over my original LOOK pedals until my KEO's arrive!
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Sweet bike!! Enjoy!
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sweet bike. i too just upgraded to a full carbon frame and cant believe how smooth the ride is. congrats. later.
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18 years on one bike is amazing - if all riders were like you, the bike business would have to close up shop. Good luck and happy riding on your new Madone!
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Nice bike - congrats! Dunno why, but I kind of like the contrast of the old Look pedals with the shiny new carbon bike. How many miles on those things?
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Turn the 1200 into a SS.
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Originally Posted by dmitrivich
Nice bike - congrats! Dunno why, but I kind of like the contrast of the old Look pedals with the shiny new carbon bike. How many miles on those things?
Thanks. Not sure how many miles on them. I had them for 18 years, but my military career has given me times when the bike spent almost 2 years in a garage, 1 1/2 years in my parents basement, etc. Have put 1200 miles on them in the last year, which is good for me, as I was pretty busy getting my Masters Degree.
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Lose the aerobars. The bike will surely look and feel better without them.

Enjoy
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Nice bike I have 2k on mine. I had to ride my old bike last week and HOLY COW I love my 5.9!
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Originally Posted by tobycat
Lose the aerobars. The bike will surely look and feel better without them.

Enjoy
I cant live without them! Nothing better than being tucked and hammering. Sometimes I have to wake myself up to make a turn, then right back to the comfort of the bars!!
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How do you like the airstrykes? Are they the carbon ones? I was thinking about getting a pair over the winter with plans of doing some triathlons next summer.
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Very sweet ride. Congrats and Enjoy it. Wonder what a Madone will cost in the year 2024?
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Nice bike but it would be cool to see a pic of the drive side!
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I have a set of Airstrykes I am considering selling. I only used them for about 50-100 miles. I could never get extremely comfortable on them, and I began getting irritated with the level of noise they add to the ride while going over bumps. I bought them as a new rider because I thought they were cool and then I quickly realized that I didn't really want them on my bike because I didn't need them.
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Beautiful Bike!

Beautiful bike! I thought Madones listed at $10,000. I recently met a guy at the Bowling Green, KY bike club who bought a new Madone. After his very first ride on it, he put it on top of his Caddy Escalade and drove home. Trouble is, he forgot it was there and drove into his garage. CRUNCH! Destroyed the bike. All he could save were the components. He went out and bought another one. Some Trek dealer made out that month.
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nice looking ride.
Madones give a sweet ride
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She's a beauty!
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Man-oh-man...

My LBS has, at this moment, hanging from the wall, a Madone SSL frameset (in my size) that someone bought, rode, then returned because they decided it was too small. It has that black, space-theme paintjob, and it looks sweet.

They keep telling me they'd give me a killer deal on it, but a killer deal on a $4000 frameset is probably still more than what I'd want to pay for ANY frame, heh. Still it's tempting.
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Very nice bike. It sounds like a very good price for it.
Enjoy!
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