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Trek Madone 5.2 Compact H2

Trek Madone 5.2 Compact H2

2011

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5.0 stars
 (6 Reviews)
 

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2011 Trek Madone 5.2 Compact H2

Watch the miles fly by on Trek's amazing Madone 5.2 Compact. Sporting Trek's TCT carbon frame, this road rocket boasts ingenious technology for a superior ride, such as a 90mm-wide bottom bracket for maximum efficiency and integrated headset and bottom bracket cups with bearings that simply press into the frame to save weight and reduce maintenance. The seatmast accomplishes the beautiful benefits of boosting compliance for supreme comfort while also stiffening up the frame. And, this trick machine is equipped with Bontrager's corner-carving Race X Lite fork and Shimano's Ultegra 10-speed components for flawless shifting and braking. You'll love the aero Bontrager Race wheels, too; they're light, they're fast and they ride incredibly well.

 
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    Specification Description
    Frame Trek 5-Series TCT Carbon w/E2, BB90
    Fork Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon w/E2 aluminum steerer
    Rims/Wheels Bontrager Race wheelset
    Hubs See Rims/Wheels
    Spokes See Rims/Wheels
    Tires Bontrager R3, 700 x 23c
    Crankset Shimano Ultegra compact
    Chainrings 50/34
    Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
    Rear Cogs Shimano 105, 10-speed: 11-28
    Shifters Shimano Ultegra STI
    Handlebars Bontrager Race Blade VR
    Tape/Grips Bontrager Gel
    Stem Bontrager Race X Lite
    Brake Levers Shimano Ultegra STI
    Brakes Shimano Ultegra
    Saddle Bontrager Affinity 2
    Seatpost Bontrager Ride-Tuned Carbon seatmast cap

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    Pros

    • Comfortable  (5)
    • Fast  (5)
    • Good geometry  (5)
    • Handles well  (5)
    • Lightweight  (5)

    Cons

    • Brakes could be better 

    Best Uses

    • Serious training  (5)
    • Exercising  (4)
    • Racing  (4)
    • Casual riding  (3)
    • Climbing  (3)

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    5.0

    Thats good stuff!

    By KD5ITM

    from Spring, TX

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Handles Well
    • Comfortable
    • Fast
    • Responsive
    • Lightweight
    • Good Geometry

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Racing
      • Casual Riding
      • Climbing
      • Serious Training
      • Exercising

      Comments:

      Bought the Madone 5.2 Black and Silver back in the first week of April 2011. Since then Iv put 3,011 miles on it (70 to 100 miles a week + or -). When I bought it I swaped out the seat for the Specialized Body Geomerty seat and the stock 100mm stem for the Ritchie 90mm stem and Look KEO 2 Max Alberto Contador pedals (They were $179 on sale for $119) The bike is good quality. Trek did have a problem with a bad batch of BB Bearings and Iv had to replace the bearings 5 or 6 times befor using Enduro bearings. Other then that the bike is of really good quility. The Ultrega componets are of good quility too. Easy to fine tune the front and rear derailers. The shifting is smooth. Keep the chain lubed and the drive train clean and it will last you thousands of miles (3,011 miles in my case, and still going). Around 1,800 miles I put Contanental GP4000 blue tread tires on the bike, When I did the 2,000 mile compleat tune up, I replaced the chain with a Wipperman chain. Over all the bike is light, thanks to the BB90 its stiff in sprints. Its stiff on climbs. It light and fast. I like how the computer mounts in the frame and no zip tieing it to the frame. The bike is comfortable. The brake are nice although Iv never ridden long fast decents, so I dont know what the brakes are like at high speed. But they work good for me on the small rolling hills we have here north of Houston. Overall the bike is well worth the buy.

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      5.0

      Madone 5.2 is built for SPEED!

      By DFirenze

      from Vista, CA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Comfortable
      • Good Geometry
      • Handles Well
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Exercising
        • Serious Training
        • Climbing
        • Racing
        • Commuting

        Comments:

        First ride today and beat my best time on 22 mile trip weighing 20 pounds heaver by 10 minutes! This bike is built for speed as I enjoyed every climb and decent. Retired my 25 year old 45k miles Trek 2100 and really need to thank my incredible wife for selling all her gold jewelry to buy me this fantastic birthday present yesterday. I love my Madone 5.2 and thanks Jason of the Vista, CA Trek Superstore for notifying me that the price had just dropped! You are awesome.

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        5.0

        I love this machine!

        By nc

        from Escondido, CA.

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Responsive
        • Handles Well
        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Comfortable
        • Good Geometry

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Exercising
          • Racing
          • Serious Training
          • Climbing

          Comments:

          I had been mt. biking for over 10 years before I even threw a leg over a road bike. I was at my brother-in-laws house one day and he asked me if I would like to take his road bike for a spin. After one sprint down the street I was hooked on the speed and smooth ride of road bikes. I did a lot of research before finally deciding on a madone 5.2 and I can honesty say it has literally been a life changing experience for me. I absolutely love riding this machine. Buying the madone 5.2 has been one of the best purchases I have made in my life. The transition from mtb to road came very naturally for me with this bike. In my opinion, with full carbon frame and fork and full ultegra components, this bike is well worth the money and from what I have seen, could compete with many other bike brands which are much more high dollar. Also, go for the 5.2 over the 5.1 as I think it is a better deal for full ultegra vs. ultegra/105 mix.

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          5.0

          I exceeded the posted speed limit...

          By BG in Canada

          from Barrie, ON

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Comments:

          Have been riding an awful inexpensive 45 lb mountain bike a few times per week to stay in shape. Finally decided on a quality racing bike for partial commutes to work, fitness rides and the odd organized race. Looked at all the models out there, Cervello, Specialized, BMC etc and liked the fact that Trek has its own stores. Friendly, knowledgable staff. Narrowed my choice to the Madone 5.2 and have to say that after a first 12 mile/20 km ride the bike is beyond my expectations. The fact that the bike is only 17 lbs is incredible but the bike almost has a mind of its own. It wants to go fast. On one down hill my Garmin Edge 500 had me at 56 kmh/34 mph, 6 km over the posted 50km/hour! I was in the Tour de France with Andy Schleck coming up behind me! I've read some complaints about the stock seat and though not 100% comfortable it will take some getting used to. Keep in mind it is not designed to be as comfy as your favourite living room chair. Also, Trek's website clearly says that if you can't get comfy with the saddle then they will work with you to find one that works for you. The gears seemed at times a bit 'clanky' but then I was advised at the store that the front derailler can be adjusted in 'half' increments so it might just take some practice. I read one post that someone said the stock Bontranger Race wheels were heavy. The guy is crazy, this bike is so light you could carry it around all day. I got Shimano R087 shoes and Shimano Ultegra pedals (which match the Ultegra components). The pedals are metal and heavier than others. If you want to spend lots of $ on pedals to save a few grams go ahead. These pedals are fine. Easy to learn how to 'click' in and out. I found the clicking in harder to master than the clicking out. If the Madone 5.2 is this good I can't imagine what the 6 series is like, lighter still! All in all, like going from an old rust bucket car to a new Ferrari.

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          5.0

          my new best friend

          By Lance Armstrong want to be

          from Spring TX

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Responsive
          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Handles Well
          • Good Geometry
          • Comfortable

          Cons

          • Brakes Could Be Better

          Best Uses

          • Racing
          • Casual Riding
          • Exercising
          • Serious Training

          Comments:

          I was riding a Trek FX 7.2 that I bought in june of 2010. I put over 2,600 miles on that bike. Finely had enough saved up to buy the Madone 5.2 last week. I got the black silver and white. Very light bike. Almost like the bike is made out of plastic. The shifting is very smooth. The bike is comfortable. With the FX 7.2 most of my avg speeds each ride were around 16.2 to 16.5. My first ride was 33.4 miles at avg speed of 17.3. My second ride was 28.5 miles with very strong head winds, avg speed of 18.0 mph. The bike handles well. Its built very well. Looks grate. Had to get use to riding with your hands holding the hoods. Its not a big enough problem to worrie about. The Node 2 computer works grate and is easy to set up. Gives you a lot if info about your ride. The instructions are on line and are very easy to read and understand. Grate ride. My new best friend!!

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          5.0

          Cuts Like a Sharp Knife

          By FM

          from NewJersey

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Responsive
          • Lightweight
          • Handles Well
          • Good Geometry
          • Fast

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Serious Training

            Comments:

            I'm riding a 58cm H2 (black)Madone and I have yet to max out the potential of this machine. Although very light I feel it's strength in the control that it delivers with it's speed and agility. Be careful because it is very fast if you try to push it. Designed very nicely to reduce wind disturbance with the contoured tubing of the frame. Intergrated computer into the frame is an excellent idea. Shifts very well although I may eventually upgrade to the highest possible components in the future. Did I mention the look that it has. IT TURNS HEADS. Very striking design. I'm riding every week and learning something new about riding each time I'm on this machine. This Madone may make me consider entry level racing.

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