Advantages GREAT LOOKS. HANDLING. COMFORT . SPEC.
Disadvantages WHITE PAINTWORK (BUT ONLY BECAUSE OF THE MORE FRQUENT CLEANING)
Lance Armstrong suggested that Trek name their top end bikes 'Madone' after the Col de la Madone in southern France. A mountain that Armstrong used to use as a training run in the run up to The Tour de France. His times up the mountain side let him know if he was ready or not!It's no surprise then, that the 2009 Trek Madone 5.2 weighs in at around 7.7kg (just under 17lb for the oldies). A bike needs to be light if it is to haul it's rider up a mountain side without killing them.
The bike has an integrated seat stem which unlike most of it's competitors, allows for about 9cm of adjustment.
Trek have also simplified the bottom bracket, which only has around 4 parts to the usual 9 or so with easily removable crank arms. Which will simplify things for anybody wanting to service their own bike rather than take it ti the local bike shop.
The only downside is the white paintwork on the Perfrmance fit which I own, but at least it forces me to look after it and keep it clean.
Trek do offer a service called Project One where you can customize the paintwork (at a cost, of course).
Contrary to the title of Lance Armstrong's first autobiography, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BIKE!
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