The Trek Madone 5.9 is a professional grade road bike, which sets its sights on providing excellent, long distance performance during tours that could lead to the tarmac becoming torturous. To combat this, it provides riders with a comfortable platform that still manages to be light. A generous selection of components are squeezed onto the bike, but it’s actually quite affordable when you consider its capabilities and pedigree.
The Trek Madone 5.9 features a 500 Series OCLV Carbon frame and the option to add DuoTrap ride computers and sensors at key points so that speed, distance and other variables can be measured when you train. Because this is a carbon bike it is necessarily light and pleasantly compliant for that level of comfort that you need to stay at the peak of your game for longer. It also allows for internal cable routing and the addition of a Bontrager Race X Lite carbon fork.
The wheelset of the Trek Madone 5.9 is made up of Shimano Ultegra rims and hubs paired with Bontrager R3 tyres, acting elegantly together to make sure the bike rolls effectively whatever the weather. Shimano Ultegra brakes keep everything under control without any fuss and are also light and easy to manipulate, a feature that brings great confidence.
The Ultegra theme continues into the drive train, with STI and Di2 kit integrated to make shifting as seamless as possible at this price point. For those who do not know, Di2 is Shimano’s electronically controlled shifting technology, which allows for much smoother operation than a setup that is handled purely by mechanical elements alone. This is the kind of high end feature that helps the Trek Madone 5.9 to perch at the top of its range and even exceed the entry level 6 Series bikes when it comes to price.
Road vibrations and back end bumps are suppressed thanks to the Bontrager Ride Tuned Carbon seatmast, which is a feature that Trek has been integrating into many of its high end road bikes. Topped with the Affinity Race Lite saddle on hollow stainless steel rails, the whole thing can be adjusted to suit your requirements. It can provide the kind of comfort that is essential if you want to hop on the bike day after day during a tour and still feel ready for anything. Of course, if you are not a pro or an enthusiast, the comfort features will simply make long stints in the saddle all the more enjoyable rather than an experience that gradually deteriorates over time.
The front end of the bike features a Bontrager Race X Lite Blade VR-C handlebar, which is finished in carbon like the rest of the frame. As previously noted, this is another feature that is found on the 5.9 but not on the base model 6.2, which is a little cheaper. The result is that you will have to choose between the range topping components found upon this model and the slightly lighter frame equipped on Trek’s 6 Series. Of course, with a purchase of this kind you are unlikely to rush into anything, but it is worth bearing in mind nevertheless.
The Trek Madone 5.9 acts as a good example of the series of bikes as a whole, allowing you to gain access to some excellent components and a full carbon setup whilst still keeping cost under control. It may have championship winning siblings a little higher up the pecking order, but in terms of value for money, you will be hard pressed to find another performance road bike that can come close to matching it.
Trek Madone 5.9 Specifications
- Front Fork: Bontrager Race X Lite
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: Shimano Ultegra, 50/34T (compact)
- Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 11-28T 10 speed
- Shifters: Shimano Ultegra STI Di2
- Brakes: Shimano Ultegra
- Wheels: Shimano Ultegra
- Tyres: Bontrager R3, 700x23c