I owned a race bike 20 years ago, a Gazelle, with triathlon bars. Now the last 6 years i only did mtb, on a Trek 6500, which i each year upgraded with something better. My girlfriend owns a Stevens Manic mtb and a Giant TCR composite 2. Finally i decided to buy myself a race bike, instead of changing the nobby tires of my 6500 with slicks. And i must say i now understand what my girlfriend allways said about the feeling of a good carbon race bike on the road against an alu. mountainbike. And what a smooth ride is that Madone 3.5. Climbing, speed, acceleration, all very nice. The geometry is more comfortable on this then on my 6500. And i dont have sore knees like after a mtb course. The green color touch i wasnt sure about liking that, but its something i slowly dig. But most important is that this bike is carbon, shockabsorbing, light 8,5kg, has a more than good enough weelset for my purposes, and some very nice ultegra and 105 parts. Im a fitness user, 45 years of age, and will never reach the level of the bike itself, i think:) o yeah the chain will clog when you use the 34-11/12 and 13 finetuning cannot solve this! I think its normal on a compact, or has someone other ideas on this? It is also the case on the TCR. But not that extreme on our mountainbikes with triples.