Weight during build
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Final weight with Edge 1.38 Tubulars
After a few rides I am really impressed, bearing in mind this is the Madone 5 and not the top end 7 series.
The bike handles really well, and I'm able to change line mid corner without upsetting the balance. The handling Is very similar to my Parlee Z5, which is not surprising considering the geometry is very similar. The rear seat stays really work, and for a race bike it is really comfortable, but still provides good road feel and feedback.
The BB is stiff as one would expect with the massive downtube. The brakes still aren't fantastic. I swapped pads and now have black Swiss Stop pads in. The rear brake really lacks in feel / modulation. Fairwheel bikes have shown pics of new direct mount EE brakes. These should be a great upgrade and drop some weight in the process.
I'm really happy with the result as an all round bike. It is "aero", probably not as good as a Cervelo S5 or Specialized Venge, but this bike climbs and descends better than either the S5 or Venge, and is comfortable enough for a few hours in the saddle on rough country roads.
I don't think the S5 or Venge or a Scott Foil would be anywhere near as comfortable on the type of roads I often ride on.
It is not ultra light, but is essentially a frame replacement on my training bike.