2012 Trek Madone 4.5 C
From cruising back roads to enjoying all-day epics to getting your feet wet in the racing circuit, Trek's Madone 4.5 does it all. This full-carbon beauty boasts a stiff, light frame that floats up the climbs along with Bontrager's Race Lite oversize carbon fork that provides maximum steering precision. Plus, Bontrager's wheelset cheats the wind, while the Shimano components include a slick-shifting 20-speed drivetrain with the perfect gears to spin up the climbs and powerful dual-pivot brakes for complete control on the way back down. This able roadster also sports a sweet line-up of Bontrager's carbon and aluminum components, and a plush Bontrager seat, too.
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After losing 40 lbs riding daily on my old mountain bike, I decided to upgrade to a road bike. For months I went back and forth; 2 series, 1 series, 3 series and 4 series. Finally I talked to a very knowledgable person at a local shop, he got me convinced the 4 series was the way to go. I wanted the good frame to build different components around. Ive decided I need lighter rims and lower gears. The 30 in the rear is great, but I have weak legs due to a disabilty, so Im probably going to change to a 36, with a SHimano long cage derailleur, while upgrading the shifters to Shimano as well. I may change everything to Shimano, undecided. I have plans to do an epic long distance journey next Spring, so every little bit of help I can get from rims, gears, etc is crucial. Ive had this for exactly 7 weeks today, I put 735 miles on it so far and tomorrow is my first tune up. I love it, I accomplish more every week. Besides white handlebar tape that gets dirty, I have no complaints about what I bought. Again, knowing I had intentions to upgrade components, I think I chose the right bike for the cost.
Most of us don't have $4k+ to drop on a road bike, and let's be honest- most of us would never use that much bike (much less appreciate its subtle awesomeness).At [$], this bike will get you as close to the pros as most need to go. The frame engineering is essentially the same as Trek's top Madones so you're benefitting from Tour-winning technology -it transfers into a zippy, responsive road bike that's pretty fast and fun to ride. It's light and sleek enough that you could race it, though if you're a gram-shaver, you'll out-grow this bike quickly.
I LOVE my new Trek Madone 4.5! I wanted to buy it last summer, but couldn't get it in the triple crankset at season's end. I'm thrilled that I waited because the 2012 model has several improvements over the 2011 (rear sprocket increased from 28 to 30 teeth, beefier frame). The 2012 compact double rode better uphill than the 2011, but I wanted the "insurance" of the lower gear inches offered by the triple (a decrease of about 10"). Although last year's frame colors were more fun, I can easily give that up for the improved performance. This bike flies! I took it on a long test ride (anyone who just rides a bike in Revolution's parking lot is making a big mistake. Just go 1 block north on the sidewalk and head east on lots of residential streets. Keep going to the Rock Creek Trail!). My test ride involved big hills (up & down), washboard roads, fast corners, etc. The bike performed great under all conditions! The shifting was very smooth and easy. Braking was very responsive (a bit too responsive, but that will probably ease up as the pads get broken in and as I get used to riding this model, which is quite different than my current ride). As for the sales experience, my salesperson was extremely knowledgeable and patient. I got great advice without any sales pressure. In fact, I got the impression that he was trying to save me money by not choosing the most expensive item (e.g., new shoes) from the available lines they carried. Once I bought the bike, my salesperson was very open to swapping out items to meet my individual needs (e.g., shorter stem, kevlar-belt tires). The only downside in the whole experience was that I was in the shop for a long time from start to finish. Part of this was probably due to my being pretty particular when it comes to my riding experience. If you are like me, I'd definitely suggest you shop "off-peak" (i.e., NOT on a beautiful spring weekend). After the sale, I got a professional fitting to the bike with assurances that the fit process was flexible - I should ride for a couple of weeks and then come back for additional fitting, if needed. Same great attitude on service - (if I understood correctly) all service in the first year is covered by the shop. As for management (noted in other posts), I didn't know this Joe guy. The new store manager, Peter, is wonderful. I overheard him working with a very difficult customer who was asking for far more than was reasonable. Peter dealt with the guy in a professional manner and was extremely accommodating. He was far more patient and understanding than I would have been! I have heard Revolution's philosophy is to "get more butts on bikes." They certainly did well meeting that goal in my case - I'm very pleased with my bike and the buying experience.