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2013 Trek Madone 5.9: 3,000 kilometer report

Monday, December 9, 2013 by  
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December
9
2013
My 2013 Trek Madone 5.9 with full Ultegra Di2 electronic drivetrain and Zipp 404 Firecrest full carbon clincher Beyond Black wheels.

My 2013 Trek Madone 5.9 with full Ultegra Di2 electronic drivetrain and Zipp 404 Firecrest full carbon clincher Beyond Black wheels.

I’ve put more than 3,000 kilometers on my new Madone, and this morning I’d like to provide some thoughts on how the bike is doing–specifically the bottom bracket.

Regular readers know about the bottom bracket problems that plagued my 2011 Madone, and that Trek eventually replaced the bike under warranty.

I’ve ridden the new Madone extremely hard on the road, I’ve put it through tough workouts in my bike torture chamber, I’ve done several century rides on it, I’ve ridden it in wind-blown rain and, unfortunately, I’ve wrecked it.

I’m very happy to report that after putting more than 3,000 hard kilometers on the 2013 Madone I’ve experienced absolutely no mechanical issues–not a one. I’ve pulled the cranks and inspected the bottom bracket a total of three times now (most recently yesterday), and the bearings are still pristine and rotating silky-smooth. No sand or water intrusion whatsoever, and no play in the cranks.

I’ve charged the Di2 battery just 4 times, but I probably only really needed to do it once or twice. The battery does not suffer from memory effect, so it can be charged as often as you like without a problem. I’ve literally only seen the battery fall below 50% one time. The recharge charge time has never taken more than 45 minutes. I just pop the battery out when I’m doing regular bike maintenance, put it in the charger and it’s good to go when I’m done working on the bike.

The ride quality also deserves a mention. The 2013 Madone is noticeably more comfortable than the 2011 Madone. In fact, the first time I rode the new bike I noticed the difference immediately on one of my frequent routes. Those little bumps add up on long rides, so this is a very nice improvement.

As most of my mountain biking friends already know, I really love riding my Madone. The damned thing is turning me into a roadie. 🙂

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