My main road steed for the past two years, the Trek Madone 5.9 Di2, will soon have a new owner.
Towards the end of yesterday’s blog I wrote that I’ve joined a racing team, and will be doing Time Trial racing starting next season (January 2016). As much as I’d like to purchase a dedicated TT bike, financially that is simply not possible right now. Hopefully at some point in the near future I’ll be able to add a TT bike to my stable, but in the meantime I’ve decided the best solution to my problem is to sell my Madone, and purchase a true aero road bike.
My Madone is an excellent racing bike, and it even has some innovative aero features (such as the Kammtail Virtual Foil tube design and integrated aero brakes), but it’s not a true aero road bike.
I will probably be sacrificing some ride quality and hill performance with this move, but modern aero bikes have come a long way in those departments. I think the trade-off will be worth it for better performance in my TT races.
The 2016 model of the bike that will replace my Madone won’t be released for about 10 more weeks. I could certainly pick up something now, but I have my heart set on a particular bike. So I’m going to be patient and wait. As for which bike, I’ll reveal that in an upcoming blog. 🙂 Feel free to take some educated guesses; I’ve given enough clues that it probably isn’t that tough of a puzzle.
While I was riding with my friend Justin a little over a week ago, I mentioned that I was planning to sell my Madone. He expressed a strong interest, and so he has first dibs. Justin actually came over yesterday morning for a test ride, and he really liked the bike. He’s going to let me know sometime within the next week or so.
If you’re interested in the bike, let me know. Like I said, Justin has first dibs, but if he decides not to purchase it, I’ll be moving down the list in the order I receive the requests. Keep in mind that I can’t complete the sale until my new bike is released–about 10 weeks.
As most of you know, my Madone has been meticulously maintained, always stored in my air-conditioned home (not my garage), and has numerous upgrades (such as Zipp 404 Firecrest full carbon clinchers–including the brand new 2015 model rear, which features the all-new V9 hub and lacing pattern, direct from Zipp).
Total invested is in excess of $8,000; selling for $3,500 (does not come with the saddle or pedals).
Recently replaced: front and rear brake cables/housing; crankset/chainrings; rear Di2 derailleur; Di2 cockpit junction box/wiring; brake hoods, bar tape; tires; tubes, bottom bracket bearings, front wheel bearings. Chain is always replaced when it reaches 0.5% on the chain checker, cassette is always replaced every other chain.
Here are the full specs:
– Frame: 500 Series OCLV Carbon, KVF (Kammtail Virtual Foil) tube shape, E2, BB90, internal cable routing, DuoTrap compatible, Ride Tuned seatmast
– Fork: Madone KVF full carbon, E2, carbon dropouts
– Size: 58cm
– Frame fit: H2
– Wheelset: 2015 Zipp 404 (58mm) Firecrest full carbon clincher, V9 hub (rear); 2013 Zipp 404 (58mm) Firecrest full carbon clincher with new hybrid ceramic bearings (front). Both wheels have new 2015 Beyond Black decals.
– Tires: Continental Gatorskins, folding (700×25)
– Tubes: Sunlite, 700×25-28, 80mm Presta valve
– Shifters: Shimano Ultegra STI Di2, 10 speed
– Remote Shifter: Shimano Di2 TT shifter
– Front derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2, braze-on
– Rear derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2
– Crank: Shimano Ultegra 6750, 175mm, 50/34 (compact)
– Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 11-28, 10 speed
– Saddle: Specialized Power Pro (not included)
– Seatpost: Bontrager Ride Tuned Carbon seatmast cap, 20mm offset
– Handlebar: Bontrager Race Lite Aero, alloy, VR-CF, 31.8mm
– Aerobars: Profile Design T3+
– Stem: Zipp Service Course SL (70mm, -6°, Beyond Black (I can put on the original 110mm Bontrager stem if desired)
– Headset: Integrated, cartridge bearings, sealed, alloy, 1-1/8″ top, 1.5″ bottom
– Brakeset: Bontrager Speed Limit integrated brakes w/Shimano Ultegra STI Di2 levers
– Brake pads/holders: SwissStop Full FlashPro Elite Black Prince
– Pedals: Shimano 2014 Ultegra PD-6800 SPD-SL (not included)
– Grips: SRAM Supercork
– Duotrap speed/cadence sensor (installed)
– Computer mount: K-Edge Handlebar Computer Mount for Garmin
– Bottle cages: Bontrager RXL, full carbon, black