Son of "Plastic Fantastic"

Earlier this year, I moved the bike Chris blogged about to "hot spare" status, and replaced it with a new bike. What did I get? Since I was so happy with the eight years of faithful service Plastic Fantastic gave me, and so underwhelmed by my previous attempt to replace it (see the banner image at the top of my blog), I went with the equivalent bike from Trek's current lineup. It is a Trek Madone 5.2 SL, with the Ultegra triple group. I did consider getting the 5.9 with the Dura Ace compact drive, but I need that 32" low gear to get up some of my favourite hills. I have about 2000 miles on the bike now, and I'm very happy with it.

Trek Madone 5.2 SL

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Sorry Terry,

I'm sure you know the rule, "Friends don't let Friends buy shimano". It seems I failed you.

What you needed was a Record Triple would have given you all the gears you need plus being top notch kit, Campagnolo, you know it makes sense:-)

Posted by Chris Gerhard on June 22, 2005 at 06:36 AM PDT #

Campy's the best, but I have to say in my experience, ShimaNO is good enough. Cheer up, at least I still eat pasta. I would have been happy to buy a Campagnolo-equiped bike, except that (1) I did want another Trek OCLV, and short of building up a frame myself with Campy, that was gonna come with Shimano, and (2) no Campy bikes in local bike stores, and I had an unpleasant experience buying a bike mail order before.

I only allow myself one bike per year maximum, but maybe next time...

Posted by Terry Heatlie on June 22, 2005 at 07:18 AM PDT #

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