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Concepts of the Madone 5.2

Old 02-23-20, 02:02 AM
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Concepts of the Madone 5.2

About a year ago, I found a Madone 5.2 on ebay for $700. It is the first bike I have had in 40 years and the first fast bike I ever had. I love this bike and never cease being amazed at how fast and well made it is in every detail.

I have done a fair amount of searching on the interwebs, but have had no luck finding some simple explanations of what this bike is in comparison to other madone models. I guess I have a a bunch of questions and would be extremely grateful for any information you can provide in these areas:

.. Pricing - Trek's price on this bike when it was new is around $4,000, about the highest I have seen for any model of Madone around the time this one was made (2009). What made this particular model expensive? (it came with Ultegra group and bontrager race xxx light wheels).

.. Why is a Madone 4.7 made in 2013 so much less expensive?

.. Why does Trek make various models of Madone at the same time, such as 5.2, 5.9 and 6-series?

.. Is there anything special about the Madone 5.2? Trek made them from 2005-2014. Seems like a long run
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I have a Madone 5.0 I bought new. I looked at the 5.2 but like the 5.0 was stiffer for my 200 pounds. The cost of the 5.2 was higher than the 5.0 because the frame carbon (OCLV 110) was a newer lighter version and more Race Lite components. As for compared to the 4.7. The older 5 and up were made in USA. 5.0 has OCLV 120.

One warning if you upgrade the wheels take take notice of the tire room. Newer wheels have wider rims which make the tires fit larger. I upgraded to Bontrager Aerolis Pro 5 wheels. The inside width is 19mm. I am limited to 23mm tires now. 25mm rubs when out of the saddle in the rear. The front can fit but there is only a couple millimeters clearance to the fork bridge. The 5.2 has a different fork so I don’t know about it.

I had to replace my wheels. The rear cracked at a nipple. This can be common for Bontrager Race wheel of this vintage. The new wheels ride great. Like a new bike. Though I should have gotten the Pro 3 wheels. I can handle the taller wheels in cross winds but it can be a hand full.



Why is a Madone 4.7 made in 2013 so much less expensive? Frame not US made.

Why does Trek make various models of Madone at the same time, such as 5.2, 5.9 and 6-series? Higher number lighter and higher end components.

Is there anything special about the Madone 5.2? Trek made them from 2005-2014. Seems like a long run. From 2005 to 2014 this was how they numbered the models. Before 2005 they used thousand series. Like 5000. Look in their site for the current scheme. Madone is the general race bike. More aero. Emonda is lighter. Domane is more relaxed geometry bike. If buying new today I'd look at a Domane or Checkpoint for me. With disk brake.

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I have some information on the 2007 Madone 5.2. Came in red and I believe the US Postal Colors.List price was $3300. At the time my local preferred bike shop was asking $2,699. Other were asking a little over $2800. I have a picture pasted into an Excel spread sheet but it won;t just paste here.

Some specs I had copied.
Frame OCLV 110 Carbon
Fork Bontrager Race X Lite, carbon
Wheels Bontrager Race Lite
Tires Bontrager Race X Lite, 700x23c, folding
Shifters Ultegra STI, 10 speed
Front Derailleur Ultegra
Rear Derailleur Dura-Ace
Crank Ultegra 53/39 or 52/39/30
Cassette Ultegra, 12-25, 10 speed
Saddle Bontrager Race Lite
Seat Post Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon
Handlebars Bontrager Race Lite VR, 31.8mm
Stem Bontrager Race Lite, 7 degree, 31.8mm
Headset Cane Creek S-3 w/cartridge bearings, sealed
Brakeset Ultegra

Here is a picture. Sorry it is grainy. Old and copied from the Web.


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Trek made things very confusing, by using numbers with decimals to delineate different models.
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I am always embarrassed to admit the Madone 5.2 I have is a WSD (women's specific design). I don't know what is different about wsd vs. non-wsd

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I am always embarrassed to admit the Madone 5.2 I have is a WSD (women's specific design). I don't know what is different about wsd vs. non-wsd

Shorter stem, narrow handlebars, and women's specific seat.
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