Thoughts on the 2013 Madone after 1,100 kilometers; Di2 continues to impress.
I’ve put more than 1,100 kilometers on my 2013 Madone 5.9, and I have nothing but positive things to say about it thus far.
The bike is light, comfortable, fast, handles like a dream and looks great. I’ve not had so much as even a minor issue with any aspect of the bike.
The Di2 electronic shifting is a revelation. Shifting has become so effortless that I don’t think about shifting anymore. Di2 is as close to telepathic shifting as it gets. Once I became used to the lever-less Di2 system (and it didn’t take long), I began subconsciously flicking my index fingers when I needed to shift. I’m not exaggerating in the least: I literally no longer think about shifts on any real conscious level. They just… happen.
Di2 shifting accuracy and reliability have been perfect. No, really–perfect. Shifts are spot-on every single time, even under heavy load.
Di2 Battery life? After more than 1,100 kilometers I’ve only charged the battery pack once, and I only did that as a precautionary measure (the battery was still showing greater than a 50% charge) before an 84 mile ride a couple of weekends ago. Even after the 84 mile ride and then riding the Madone all that week and again this week, the battery still shows greater than a 50% charge. I’ll be doing a fairly long ride this morning, and I won’t be charging the battery pack beforehand; it just doesn’t need it, and I trust it now.
I’ve been caught in the rain twice, most recently yesterday (and that was a very heavy wind-blown rain). No issues at all: not with Di2, not with the bike and not with the bottom bracket.
I have started working on my detailed Di2 article, and I can’t wait to share some of the information I’ve learned and a few videos with you guys. If you’ve never experienced Di2, prepare to be amazed. It’s truly awesome cycling technology.