2006 Trek Madone SL 5.9

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brahl
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by brahl

I have decided to present Bike Number One, my dream bike, to the weightweenies community after recently taking some respectable photographs.

While first owning a 2005 Specialized Roubaix Elite in navy blue, I fell in love with the frame design and andromeda color of the first generation Trek Madones; watching the build up of majklnajt's Madone also helped! I patiently waited on eBay until a new, old stock frameset sized 56 cm showed up, and I bid to win. Over the course of 6-9 months, I purchased new or like new components individually to complete the build based on aesthetics and performance. Each component is essentially my favorite of that kind, but I did consider the aggregate when designing the bike. I did not intend to build a 2006 model year replica, but installing a Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 Series groupset surely made it look that way. It originally rolled on Bontrager Race X-Lite carbon wheels (44 mm depth), but after seeing Daddy yo yo's SSL, I finally realized that thin tubed bikes look best with shallow depth wheels. The C24 wheelset was the most recent and final piece of the build and helps keep the overall weight down. The actual weight is about 7.1 kg, and I contemplate changing components to achieve a weight of 6.8 kg. Maybe sometime down the road...

The bike is ridden quite a bit indoors on the rollers and then for my goal road races during the year. I have raced it in a criterium, but the poor pavement on most Texas courses does not bode well for a light bike. I will say that those C24s spin up fast out of corners!

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- Brian
2006 Trek Madone SL 5.9
2016 Specialized S-Works Tarmac
2017 Specialized Allez DSW SL Sprint

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kgt
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by kgt

No doubt this is the nicest madone Trek ever designed.

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by Frankie - B

I completely agree with you kgt, Trek outdid themselves with this frame. even the current Emonda can not come close.
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by m4k1

absolute dream bike right there

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by tbrix

Gorgeous

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Daddy yo yo
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by Daddy yo yo

i own a 2007 madone ssl 6.9 (see signature) myself. this frame shape was trek's best ever for me! fantastic build, always had this wheelset in my mind... :thumbup:

however, i ordered a new frameset recently and my trek will probably have to go. :unbelievable:
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by PSM

It looks nice but it feels old to ride. Café racer. :)

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Daddy yo yo
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by Daddy yo yo

PSM wrote:It looks nice but it feels old to ride.
Objection, your Honour! :smartass:
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by PSM

But looks nice... :lol:

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by austke

I'm not big on Trek, but this I Like a lot. Well done.


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brahl
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by brahl

Daddy yo yo wrote:however, i ordered a new frameset recently and my trek will probably have to go. :unbelievable:

Why don't you keep the Trek and buy something new in addition?

PSM wrote:It looks nice but it feels old to ride. Café racer. :)

I'm interested to hear more of what you mean by that. Honestly, I don't have enough saddle time on other bikes to notice the advantage of something new. Is it primarily in stiffness? Aerodynamics? I will say that you can absolutely throw this Madone into a corner fast and it will ride like on rails.

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2006 Trek Madone SL 5.9
2016 Specialized S-Works Tarmac
2017 Specialized Allez DSW SL Sprint

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by czaballa

Very nice build! :thumbup:

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Daddy yo yo
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by Daddy yo yo

afaik madone geometry hasn't changed. :smartass: so the ride will feel the same - and it is good that way! yes, maybe newer models are stiffer in certain areas (bottom bracket, head tube) but do you really feel that? i am sure i cannot make out a difference! :noidea:

in my point of view, madone geometry is fantastic. with newer models you even have the choice between H1 and H2 so one like myself would not have to use 2cm of spacers or even more...
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brahl
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by brahl

I was under the impression that the geometry also changed with new frame designs...that's interesting.

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2006 Trek Madone SL 5.9
2016 Specialized S-Works Tarmac
2017 Specialized Allez DSW SL Sprint

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by majklnajt

Very nice build! Congratulations!
Perfect choice of colours!

Agree about the shape of the frame. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it.

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