Trek Madone 5.2 C - 2012

Trek Madone 5.2 C
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Watch the miles fly by on Trek's amazing Madone 5.2 Compact. Sporting Trek's OCLV carbon frame, this road rocket boasts ingenious technology for a superior ride, such as a 90mm-wide bottom bracket for maximum efficiency and integrated headset and bottom bracket cups with bearings that simply press into the frame to save weight and reduce maintenance. The seatmast accomplishes compliance for supreme comfort while also stiffening up the frame. And, this trick machine is equipped with Bontrager's corner-carving Race X Lite fork and Shimano's Ultegra 10-speed components for flawless shifting and braking. You'll love the aero Bontrager Race wheels, too; they're light, they're fast and they ride incredibly well.

The Bontrager Race X Lite carbon fork.

Bontrager's Race X Lite Carbon Fork is light, stiff and rides beautifully, thanks to its ingenious steerer, which uses the standard 1 1/8-inch diameter at the top combined with a 1 1/2-inch diameter at the bottom where the fork meets the crown. This reduces the stresses placed on the fork, significantly increases strength and saves weight by reducing the amount of carbon required and eliminating the need for additional reinforcement. Trek's oversize E2 head tube adds strength and stiffness. The result is an unbelievably stiff and super-light front end.


Trek's BB90.
Trek's Madone features a unique bottom bracket (image, right) that's 90mm wide (traditional ones are 68mm wide). This wide bottom bracket lets Trek build the frame with larger tubes for increased power transfer. Plus, the 90mm bottom bracket is machined so that the bearings can be placed directly into the frame (image) saving weight (due to fewer parts, below), ensuring additional pedaling efficiency and simplifying maintenance and repair.
Trek's BB90.
Left to right: cutaway view of traditional seatpost, cutaway view of Madone seatmast, photo of Madone seatmast.
Instead of a conventional seatpost, Trek's Madone boasts a seatmast (image). Compared to traditional seatposts (image, left) and also modern integrated seatmasts, this engineering masterpiece boosts strength and pedaling efficiency, saves weight, increases compliance a whopping 39% (for maximum comfort), and offers all the adjustability you'll ever need (no cutting required). It lets your Trek fit in a UPS-compatible box for shipping, too!
This chart shows the maximum seat height for each Madone frame size. To determine which is right for you, we recommend measuring the seat height on your current bicycle.
The geometry chart for Trek's Madone 5.2.
This manufacturer's chart helps you check the fit (may show unavailable, and/or not all sizes).

Trek's fit system lets you get the bike that fits you perfectly.
Whether you're looking for the most aero riding position, to sit as upright as possible, or anywhere in between, with Trek's H1, H2 and H3 fits, there's a Madone that's perfect for you.

H1 (see yellow dots on illustration) is Trek's most aggressive, most aero fit, with the lowest handlebar-position options.
H2 (orange dots) is the right fit for most riders. It sports the same handling as the H1 fit, with a slightly taller head tube that puts the handlebars higher.
H3 (red dots) boasts an even taller head tube and higher bars than H2 and a small handling adjustment for even more stability.

Specs

Frame Trek 500 Series OCLV Carbon w/E2, BB90
Fork Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon w/E2 carbon steerer
Rims/Wheels Bontrager Race wheelset
Hubs See Rims/Wheels
Spokes See Rims/Wheels
Tires Bontrager R3, 700 x 23c
Crankset Shimano Ultegra compact
Chainrings 50/34
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Rear Cogs Shimano 105, 10-speed: 11-28
Shifters Shimano Ultegra STI
Handlebars Bontrager Race Blade VR-C
Tape/Grips Bontrager Gel
Stem Bontrager Race X Lite
Brake Levers Shimano Ultegra STI
Brakes Shimano Ultegra
Saddle Bontrager Affinity 3
Seatpost Bontrager Ride-Tuned Carbon seatmast cap

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5.0

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100%

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Pros

  • Lightweight  (4)
  • Durable  (3)
  • Fast  (2)
  • Smooth  (2)
  • Versatile  (2)

Best Uses

  • Road biking  (4)
  • Racing 
  • Serious training 

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5

A great bike

By 

from Waconia, MN

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Versatile
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking

    Comments:

    I am a marathon runner who has made the switch to biking because of an orthopedic problem. I tried 2 other brands and the Madone 5.2 was by far the best. It is very light and shifts incredibly smooth. I am hoping to race with it next year when my bike fitness gets there.

    5

    Awesome Ride

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    from San Diego CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments:

      This is an ultimate sweet ride. Traded in an '06 5.2 Madone for '12 5.2 Madone. Was blown away by the difference. Lighter, faster, handles with ease. Road the same course that I rode with my '06 that included cobblestones and climbs. The difference was amazing. Absorbed all of the shock of riding on stones. This bike wants to ride and climb. Quick accelerations and superb handling and cornering.

      5

      Outstanding Roadbike

      By 

      from Florence, SC

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Good workmanship
      • Perfect aligned frame
      • Climbs well
      • Lightweight
      • Excellent handing
      • Well Engineered
      • Nice ride
      • Internal Cable Routing
      • Robust bottom bracket

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments:

        I bought the Madone 5.2 after buying a Neuvation FC100 roadbike. What a difference! For just a few more dollars you get a much, much better bike that is well engineered, whisper quiet and a pleasure to ride. If you are considering a new bike, be sure to test ride a Madone. Don't waste your time on no-name bargains that will drive your crazy with creaks and groans.

        5

        Great Bike!!

        By 

        from Kansas City, MO

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Smooth
        • Climbs very well
        • Great components

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Racing
        • Serious Training

        Comments:

        I took this bike out for a 30 minute spin the day that I got and ended up spending 2 1/2 hours on it. Very smooth ride. Shifts well and is very fast. I just ready for some warmer weather to be on it every day!

        5

        Sweet Ride

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        from Mountainside, NJ

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Lightweight
        • Fast
        • Climbs hills well
        • Great Color
        • Smooth
        • Built to last
        • Durable

        Cons

        • None so far

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments:

        The bike is fast and very stable. Stock bike comes with excellent components at a great price. I couldn't be happier with my purchase and the folks at High Gear Millburn, NJ are the best. Great customer service, knowledge, custom fitting and selection. I must have test road six or seven different road bikes before the Modone 5.2 called my name. Give it a try you will not be sorry.

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