youngs_modulus wrote:I'm confused by Noctiluxx's post...the Madone's ride is famously plush due to the Isospeed decoupler. Noxctiluxx, can you clarify what you meant?
As I stated in my previous post, the 2018 Madone was a mid level 9.5 model that came with Ultegra, aluminum cockpit, and and some Bontrager aero wheels. I was considering the Pinarello F8/10, Colnago C60, Bianchi Oltre XR4, and a yellow Project One Madone before I decided on the Oltre XR4. I tried the Madone and F-8 back to back. To my surprise, there was no comparison. The F-8 was more agile, held speed better, and just more fun to ride. The Madone was harsh (not stiff), and generally not emotionally engaging, TO ME. Obviously there are many cyclists that feel the opposite. I cut the ride short after 10 minutes to try out the F-8. As good as the F8 felt, it was no better, nor worse, than my TCR. Great bike but I decided I wanted something different. I was leaning towards a C60 but couldn't find the color, size I wanted. So I went with the Oltre XR4, even though there was non around my size to test ride. Right now I'm building up my Bianchi with DA9150 and Bora Ultra wheels. Even if the rides like shit, the pain will be lessened by just staring at its beauty.