Trek Madone 3.5 2013 – any views..?
I have £1500 or so to spend on a new road bike.
I want something for longer rides in the Peak District (not racing of any variety) any needs to be comfortable enough to suit my mtb-ers posture. I currently commute on a Steel SS (Paddy Wagon) but am fairly sure that I want carbon for this new steed (my carbon Scott Genius is great).
Evans have the Madone 3.5 on offer (Click). It’s had good reviews, though I’ve never owned a Trek or dealt with Evans.
Any thoughts / experience much appreciated.Posted 4 years agoGJPMember
I have a 2012 madone 3 series and a 2013 Domane 4.3. They are both good, but I would go for the 400 series carbon for a few hundred pounds extra. The madone H2 geometry is pretty relaxed, so go whichever floats your boat. The Domane is clearly more comfortable you can just fly over cobbles without losing your teeth, but you do notice the longer wheelbase. Even a MAMIL like me can tell the differencePosted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Geometry is almost identical to your Paddy Wagon (assuming you also ride a 54cm). Handling will feel similar – which is no bad thing as the PW is a wonderful bike. Carbon will feel smoother, and stiffer than the steel, and of course it will be about 1.5 kilos lighter (if your PW is stock). Otherwise, if you use the same stem length and pedals, it will feel very similar.
So you can buy with confidence. But me, I personally ride a Giant Defy.
Parts spec is nothing special for the price, a mix of Ultegra and 105 is the norm. Buy some new tyres.Posted 4 years ago
Shock. HorrorPosted 4 years ago
I took a Domane 4.3 for test ride last night. I didn’t like it at all. Admittedly I haven’t owed a road bike for 30 years or so but it was like riding a waterbed, there was a swell after every bump, really awful. So much so that I took a Madone 3.5 out straight after. What a difference I totally get what RocketDog says about encouraging you out of the seat on climbs, it’s like a collie on a lead it wants to off. I liked it
Which makes colin27 shout brilliant. Double bonus I’ll be in the Lakes next weekend so white/lime green or black/charcoalaugieMember
Hi there, i just registered to say that i have bought a madone 3.5 last tuesday. I am from Holland and must say that the prices in the uk are a bit steep. I payed 1170 GBP for it. I just checked at the shop, they are now gone. But they still have a 3.1 for 1227 GBP or a Giant TCR composite 2 for 1065 GBP!!!!!! You just pay 10 Euro for orders outside the benelux. I would have bought the Giant if the salesman there, an amateur racer, wouldnt have told to me that the frame and the hubs of the Madone are better than the TCR. But sure is a damn sweet deal. Some absurd prices you have in the UK (is your economy that strong?). Focus on the mainland for bicycles, especially Holland and also Germany. But you have to do some research to know for sure what you want. I didnt even ride on the bike beforehand. Just buy what you like and as cheap as possible. They all are quality bikes and terrific rides. Just order the right size frame and everything will be fine;)Posted 4 years agoaugieMember
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.Posted 4 years ago
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