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 Post subject: Re: TREK Madone #7
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:48 am 
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http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/photos/2003/jun03/dauphine/?id=prologue/CH2438

Pictures from Dauphine Libere 2003
http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/road/2003/jun03/DauphineLibere03/?id=photos

If Lance was allowed to show so litlle seatpost, than I am too!
Last but not least, we have the same number of Tour wins.... ;)


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 Post subject: Re: TREK Madone #7
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:41 pm 
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Great choice. I am very fond of that frame and in fact, of that era of cycling.

Have you ridden one? Trek were advanced carbon manufacturers at that time but it was early days in tuning frames for comfort and engagement or rider. The earlier Madones were a little wooden in ride quality. I wonder if you may miss the Colnago for its engaging ride? Let me know, as I would be similarly tempted for a pretty high performance retro project.


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I'll be really interested in how you like the handling of that Trek after the Colnagos. I owned Treks in the late 80s and early 90s, went to Colnago starting in 95. My son and I rented Treks in Maui to ride Haleakala. OK uphill but neither one of us (and he's ex semi-pro) wanted to ride the things down the hill.

Good luck with your new bike when you get it.


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 Post subject: Re: TREK Madone #7
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Pretty excited about this. Will you sand the frame down, or leave the paint? It's not looking bad. But If you are going for the nude look, I believe buying an Enve fork would be a good investment. 100 grams saved isn't impressive, but the handling should be much better. I didn't try it myself, but I've heard that it handles better. And then you don't have to ride, and constantly think about Hincapie's crash in Paris-Roubaix. :unbelievable: I know it's not from the same year, but in general there have been some stories about Bontrager forks. And I sometimes think of those stories, going +40 over cobbles and gravel.


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 Post subject: Re: TREK Madone #7
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Good times.
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No, havent ridden it yet.
I believe it will descend nicely! :)
No, I will leave in color. I can still remove it some day if I decide for that. And if I then have some "excess" money, I`ll maybe buy an Edge fork too ;)
milroy, you still have it? How is/was it??

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:29 am 
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Yes I still have the frame. But it's a little sad now. I stripped it of bits and I was thinking of stripping the paint because after years of solid use its far from pristine. I must turn my left knee in slightly when I ride b/c I've worn a patch of the paint on the TT down to the carbon.

It has definitely been one of my more successful bike purchases. It never gave me one problem. Some say Treks ride wooden but I found it comfortable and the geometry perfect. Honestly I reckon I could have just about fallen asleep on that bike and it would have found its way home.

Your post has given me motivation to build her up again.


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 Post subject: Re: TREK Madone #7
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Thank you! This give me confidence! ;)
Looking forwrd to see your reborn Madone!! :thumbup:

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Take a look:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2005-Trek-Madone-5-2-frame-fork-58cm-and-Race-X-Lite-fork-in-USPS-/380509784238?pt=Road_Bikes&hash=item58982688ae

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Thank you, was looking at that one about 10 times :D
For now, I will try to get the "gunmetal" color...

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I just wanted to show you my old madone (at last i found a pic) :D
A lot would be different if i should build it now, but i still like that frame, and a few other things.
The worst thing about it was the fork, Alloy steerer. I changed it for a alfa q, even thoug the original looked much better, the alfa q was very good.


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A lot of colors on it ;)
What was wrong with the fork?

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 Post subject: Re: TREK Madone #7
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Yeah to Many colors, and that silver bar tape :oops: i know, it's not my best work..
About the fork. I just think it was weird to produce a Tour winning bike, with a heavy alloy steerer fork.
Other than that, no problems. Sweeeet bike


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I`ve read somewhere that Lance didnt trust the carbon steerer at that time. He was very traditional.

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And never had a single defect, in his seven year streak. Must be a bullet proof bike :thumbup:


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