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Trek Madone 3.1

Trek Madone 3.1

2012

Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (17 Reviews)
$999.97
$2,039.99
54cm
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2012 Trek Madone 3.1

For years now, Trek's Madones have set the standard for excellence, winning everything from local races to Grand Tours. The full-carbon 3.1 is made from 300-Series OCLV carbon with a Bontrager Race carbon fork. This frameset is light, stiff and comfortable because the folks at Trek are masters at the material, they do it right. The solid components are chosen for their combo of durability, reliability and straight-up value like the 10-speed Shimano drivetrain with SRAM compact cranks and Bontrager controls and wheels. The geometry is smack-dab in the middle between upright and aggressive racer, it's neutral without feeling dull; fast, without being twitchy.

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    Specification Description
    Frame Trek 300 Series OCLV carbon
    Fork Bontrager Race, carbon legs
    Rims/Wheels Bontrager
    Hubs Aluminum
    Tires Bontrager R1, 700 x 23c
    Crankset SRAM S350
    Chainrings 50/34
    Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
    Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
    Rear Cogs Shimano Tiagra, 10-speed: 12-30
    Shifters Shimano 105 STI
    Handlebars Bontrager Race VR-C
    Tape/Grips Bontrager Gel
    Stem Bontrager Race Lite
    Brake Levers Shimano 105
    Brakes Aluminum dual-pivot
    Saddle Bontrager Affinity 1
    Seatpost Bontrager Race Lite

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    Option Barcode Manufacturer's Part Number Store SKU
    54cm 00768682198902 14400004112 3972415
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    5.0 stars

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    Pros

    • Fast  (14)
    • Handles well  (14)
    • Responsive  (14)
    • Lightweight  (13)
    • Good geometry  (10)

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable seat  (2)
    • Brakes could be better 
    • Poor components 
    • Saddle not comfortable 
    • Cannot use bike rack 

    Best Uses

    • Exercising  (13)
    • Casual riding  (12)
    • Racing  (6)
    • Serious training  (6)
    • Climbing  (5)

    Reviewed by 17 customers

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    4.0

    Great Place to Start

    By Andrew in ABQ

    from Albuquerque, NM

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Handles Well
    • Comfortable
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Brakes Could Be Better
    • Poor Components
    • Uncomfortable Seat

    Best Uses

    • Serious Training
    • Exercising
    • Casual Riding

    Comments:

    After a 25+ year Hiatus from road biking I decided to get back on the road, and this is what best suited me. I am a Disabled Vet - too much garbarge breathed in from burn pits led to asthma and narrowed airway; moderate exertion was what the Doctor ordered and this fit the best for me. I could roll along the white lines and the 3.1 absorbed the bumps better than the 5.2 or 4.7. I have been on Trek since 1985. This is my 11th Trek bought. Price and a little risk aversion incase cycling was in my mind but not in my lungs lead me to purchase a close out from the previous year. Components - I am not a SRAM fan, on my Mtn Bike the shifters are cheap and have failed me; on this bike, I broke the Crank in under 200 miles; so a new Shimano 105 and BB as an upfront expense. The brakes are no-name "alloy" brakes, they work but do not inspire confidence, they will be replaced before summer is out or if I start climbing/decending more... I did a 40+mile ride in the first days of ownership - it was easy and quicker than expected. The seat isn't great, but it would have been much worse on an aluminum frame. Like pedals, I wonder why bikes come with seats, pick one out on your own... Not having owned a road bike in a generation brought many new surprises to me, weight and shifting were two immediate improvements. I love Shimano parts, I wish the bike were all Shimano - a little mismatching is fine to save money, but it highlighted the poor quality to go through the crank so quickly.

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    5.0

    Madone 3.1

    By Retired Cleaner

    from Moore, OK

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Smooth And Fast
    • Good Geometry
    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight
    • Fast
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat

    Best Uses

    • Enjoyment
    • Casual Riding
    • Exercising

    Comments:

    I went to the 3.1 from a trek 1000, seems that there is a difference in shifting, smooth cornering, proformance. This bike handles great and is supper for having fun. I did change the seat and adjusted the handle bars up to fit me. It would be easy to make this bike go even faster by changing chain rings or sprockets but I like what I now have.

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    5.0

    great bike for the money

    By ricky

    from medina ny

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Very Resposive
    • Great Work Out
    • Great Control

    Cons

    • Saddle Not Comfortable

    Best Uses

      Comments:

      Wasn't sure about the move to carbon for the extra money.. but wow.. what a great ride, handles the rough road like butter!! this bike just eats hills up.. hills are accually fun now!! and miles just fly buy.. I had a 1989 trek 1000 and did 500 miles a year. My wife wanted to buy a new bike for my birthday! But i couldn't justify it. Am I coco!! My 89 trek was just fine. until my back rim cracked!! then test rode the 3.1 and that was it!! It was just a bike ride before now it's an adventure!! cant stop riding!! To a fellow biker who's not sure just do it!! Cause I went back an forth.. I can't thank my wife enough!!! I'll say it like this remember movies in beta and vcr tape!!! well they became a little disk dvd!! thats the difference in the technology.. Between my old bike a this modine 3.1 happy biking!!

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      5.0

      Awesome bike!!!

      By Lucky

      from Chattanooga, TN

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Responsive
      • Fast
      • Comfortable
      • Handles Well
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Exercising
        • Commuting
        • Racing
        • Casual Riding

        Comments:

        I am currently new to the world of road biking, but I bought this bike a couple of weeks ago and could not be happier. The bike is extremely light and handles well. I expect that it will last me a long time. The crankset is very responsive. This bike is fast. The gears shift easily.

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        5.0

        Awesome bike

        By Jamie

        from North Vancouver, B.C.

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Resposive
        • Versatile
        • Light Weight
        • Fast

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Road Biking

          Comments:

          I love this bike. It's nice and light, responsive and fast. Just needs some tuning on the gears a bit as all bikes do so will be bringing it in soon to the local [...] store. Big thanks to the staff at the [..] location too!, they're very knowledgable, experienced and so friendly.

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          3.0

          Nice bike

          By Jazz

          from North Vancouver

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Looks Great
          • Resposive
          • Light Weight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Biking
            • Exercise

            Comments:

            Very happy with this bike. It's light and responsive and a great fit for me. Just needs some gear adjustments so will take it into the shop soon. Great bike for the money.

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            5.0

            Fantastic Bike!!!

            By mgm864

            from Glendale Heights, IL

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Responsive
            • Lightweight
            • Fast
            • Good Geometry
            • Handles Well

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Casual Riding

              Comments:

              What can I say? When I got this bike last month I haven't stopped riding it! it's been addicitve. The Madone 3.1 is very light because of its carbon frame. The components are good, not top of the line but it is responsive. The bike is pretty fast! I like the color, gloss black/red and the price I paid for it is a steal for a Trek Carbon fiber road bike. I cant wait to ride the following day! Great bike from Trek...once again!!!

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              5.0

              Great Bike

              By kayaksnbeer

              from Cottage Grove, MN

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Comfortable
              • Good Geometry
              • Handles Well
              • Responsive
              • Fast

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Casual Riding
                • Exercising
                • Climbing
                • Racing

                Comments:

                Fantastic bike! Worth every penny. Climbing hills is a lot of fun on it and it flies on flats, drops and rollers. Very responsive. You will not be disappointed.

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                5.0

                Worth every nickle

                By Hammer1

                from Decatur, IL

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Pros

                • Good Geometry
                • Handles Well
                • Responsive
                • Fast
                • Comfortable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Riding
                  • Serious Training
                  • Exercising
                  • Commuting

                  Comments:

                  Bought this bike after test riding entry level carbon frame offerings from Felt, Giant, and Scott. Felt was only one close to matching the ride exhilaration of the Madone 3.1. Trek saved me $300 !!! My step-up from aluminum to carbon was awesome. Understand that everything was an upgrade from what I was riding. Riding is now a pure joy. I've put 1500 miles on since August. My bike feels like an extension of my legs on steroids, only this is all legal. 30 mile spins in 1.5 hours are now a common occurrence. Rode my first century ever in easy comfort. Great bike, fast, responsive, and very comfortable on the hoods or hammering in the drops. If you find a friendly knowledgeable LBS that deals Trek, give them a try. I feel like I made a great choice. Only downside is all I want to do is roll.....

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                  5.0

                  Awesome bike!

                  By Stats

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Pros

                  • Handles Well
                  • Fast
                  • Responsive
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Casual Riding
                    • Exercising

                    Comments:

                    I bought this bike about two weeks and I am so happy with my purchase. The bike is lightweight, responsive, and fast. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I do not find the seat uncomfortable. The bike is a joy to ride and I look forward to coming home and taking it for a spin.

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