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Using Specialized Venge Front End on Madone SLR

Posted: Thu May 23, 2019 12:16 am
by cajer
So the Madone SLR Rim in it's smallest config still has too much reach for me. This is due to it's long reach bars (93mm) and a shortest stem length of 90mm. I don't want to go with a non-integrated front end as that defeats half the point of the bike. However the specialized Venge (non-VIAS) front end still allows for cable routing through the stem and looks like it may work with the Madone cable routing without using the stem adapter.

Does anyone have any thoughts/opinions?

Re: Using Specialized Venge Front End on Madone SLR

Posted: Thu May 23, 2019 2:13 am
by TobinHatesYou
The Madone uses specific integrated stem specific headset cover that interlocks with the stem or spacers, so I'm not seeing how you could cleanly integrate the Venge cockpit without using the adapter headset cover for normal stems.

Re: Using Specialized Venge Front End on Madone SLR

Posted: Thu May 23, 2019 2:13 am
by Weenie

Re: Using Specialized Venge Front End on Madone SLR

Posted: Thu May 23, 2019 2:28 am
by cajer
I was thinking of grinding off the interlocking portion of the top spacer, and then using the venge fairing to cover everything. I understand that the Venge fairing won't be a perfect fit, but it should still be cleaner than user the adapter headset

Re: Using Specialized Venge Front End on Madone SLR

Posted: Thu May 23, 2019 3:46 am
by Noctiluxx
The Madone is already complicated enough (pain in the ass) with the OEM cockpit. I can't even imagine a mechanic who would like to tackle that job.

Re: Using Specialized Venge Front End on Madone SLR

Posted: Thu May 23, 2019 4:06 am
by cajer
It would be me doing this haha. However after giving it some more though. If it was even slightly not clean, it would drive me crazy. So I am going to wait and see what Felt comes out with this year. If it's not good, I'll go with the new Cervelo S5 disc. Though I hate disc...

Re: Using Specialized Venge Front End on Madone SLR

Posted: Sat May 25, 2019 10:12 pm
by Slack
I’m using a venge stem on a system six because I really dislike the knot bar and stem, mainly the Garmin mount poking up in the air like an afterthought. It looks good and you can just sand/file the spacers so they integrate as you’d like.

Re: Using Specialized Venge Front End on Madone SLR

Posted: Sat May 25, 2019 11:29 pm
by alcatraz
Swap to smaller frame size.

Stretch before riding. Inflexible riders don't mate well with aero equipment.

Re: Using Specialized Venge Front End on Madone SLR

Posted: Sun May 26, 2019 12:14 am
by cajer
Already on the shortest size. I'm just going with a specialized venge stem and a normal aero drop bar

Re: Using Specialized Venge Front End on Madone SLR

Posted: Sun May 26, 2019 1:23 am
by alcatraz
Does the madone have womens sizes?

Re: Using Specialized Venge Front End on Madone SLR

Posted: Sun May 26, 2019 1:26 am
by TobinHatesYou
alcatraz wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 1:23 am
Does the madone have womens sizes?

They have women’s trims with different saddles and stem/bar lengths, but the frames aren’t any different. Trek only offers the Madone down to 50cm in part due to how small the main triangle is with the those massive tubes.

Re: Using Specialized Venge Front End on Madone SLR

Posted: Sun May 26, 2019 1:26 am
by Weenie