Using Specialized Venge Front End on Madone SLR

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cajer
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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?

TobinHatesYou
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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.

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cajer
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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

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Noctiluxx
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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.
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cajer
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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...

Slack
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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.

alcatraz
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by alcatraz

Swap to smaller frame size.

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

cajer
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by cajer

Already on the shortest size. I'm just going with a specialized venge stem and a normal aero drop bar

alcatraz
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by alcatraz

Does the madone have womens sizes?

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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.

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