Trek Madone 5.2 C

5.0 stars
 (9 Reviews)
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Trek's Madone 5 Series is a feature-packed, race-ready platform with an aero advantage. Crafted from Trek's renowned OCLV Carbon, this road rocket boasts their super-aerodynamic KVF tube technology to smooth airflow from tip-to-tail and effortlessly turn pedal power into speed. This Madone also features Trek's stiff, beefy BB90 bottom bracket for optimal power transfer, their E2 tapered front end so you slice through corners with pinpoint precision, and an integrated, adjustable seatmast for outstanding compliance with a perfect fit. Furthering the ideal fit is Trek's H2 geometry that places the handlebars slightly higher for top comfort. And this carbon beauty is loaded! You get Shimano's Ultegra 11-speed components for flawless shifting and braking and aero Bontrager Race wheels that let you positively fly down the road.

Features & Info

Madone technology

Trek's Madone is one of the winningest bikes in the pro peloton. It's been proven on roads all across the world, from local crits to the Tour de France. Check out the below highlights to see how it can make you faster:
The Madone integrated brakes. The Madone brakeless seatstays. The Madone 3S chain-keeper.

Brakes should slow you down, but only when you apply them. Trek's Integrated Brakes are built directly into to the Madone to reduce drag and save weight.

The Madone's integrated brakes allowed Trek to remove the brake bridge and create flowing, uninterrupted Brakeless Seatstays. The result is increased performance and aerodynamics with striking good looks.
The 3S chain-keeper is integrated directly into the frame. It's an elegant solution that prevents the chain coming off on rough roads and under hard shifts. It lets you make any shift you want at any time without worrying.
The Madone DuoTrap. The Madone E2 front end. The Madone Ride-Tuned No-Cut seatmast.
The DuoTrap seamlessly integrates an ANT+ computer sensor into the frame to measure speed, distance and cadence with no added aerodynamic drag. No zip ties, no tape, just a clean and beautiful carbon chainstay.
The E2 head tube tapers from 1 1/2 to 1-1/8 inch and is wider side to side than front to back. This minimizes weight, maximizes power transfer and improves cornering. Result: a more powerful and confident ride. Trek's Ride-Tuned No-Cut seatmast eliminates seatpost clamping forces so it can be super-light and soak up road vibrations for ride-all-day comfort. It also offers up to 10cm of adjustment, so a perfect fit is guaranteed.

KVF aerodynamic advantage

Trek's KVF tube

Trek's Kammtail Virtual Foil (KVF) is an aerodynamic tube shape that maintains its full drag-reducing benefits at every yaw angle (the direction of the wind on your frame) by removing the trailing edge of the airfoil (compare the top and bottom profiles in the image above). The result? Lightweight, aerodynamic tubing that makes your bike faster in every situation, from headwinds to tailwinds and everything in between.

BB90 bottom bracket

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.

E2 Head Tube

Tapered head tube and fork.For increased stiffness and improved steering precision, tapered head tubes (see image, on left) and forks pair an oversize lower steerer tube (usually 1 1/2-inch, see image, on right) with a standard diameter upper steerer tube (usually 1 1/8-inch). This combination sheds weight compared to straight 1 1/2-inch systems, and adds stability and stiffness when compared to straight 1 1/8-inch systems. The result is a bike that tracks better through corners while allowing for the use of standard stems.

Geometry chart

The geometry chart for Trek's Madone.
This manufacturer's chart helps you check the fit (may show unavailable, and/or not all sizes).
Pedals sold separately

Consumer Reviews

5.0 stars

(9 reviews)

100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.


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


  • Bottom bracket design 
  • None - absolutely none 
  • Stock rims 
  • None 
  • None so far 

Best Uses

  • Road biking  (5)
  • Longer distance 
  • Paved trails 
  • Performance ride and race 
  • Recreational 
  • Road 

Sep 22, 2015

I love this bike!

Drive Train, Ride Stability, Comfortable, Quick Off The Mark
None - Absolutely None
Best Uses:
I bought this bike after a friend challenged me to ride in the Seattle to Portland ride earlier this year after no cycling experience for over 40 years. Getting on the bike is pure joy. It just wants to go. I trained hard, putting over 3000 miles on it and then did the STP with no problems and loving every minute. It is a great riding machine and I would recommend it to anyone. I recently upgraded the shift changers to the Shimano Di2 system and it somehow made it even better, enabling me to cut time off of my previous bests on the different circuits I ride.
by pomara4 from Portland, OR

Apr 03, 2015

Good bike for the price

Light, Responsive, Good components, Great Value
Stock Rims
Best Uses:
Longer distance, Recreational
I bought a 2011 Trek Madone 5.2 to replace my aluminum framed bike and the difference between the two is night and day. I noticed it right away when I got on it to ride at the store. Mine has three gears in the front and it really helps out with climbing. I do not know if this is the same for the newer models. The only thing I did to modify the bike was swap out the stock wheels to upgraded lighter non-Trek aluminum wheels (which made it even gush with more awesomeness!). As of now, I have no plans on getting rid of it. For what you pay you get a very good quality bike.
by mjaywilson from Orlando, FL

Dec 30, 2014

Faulty bottom bracket design

Stiff Light Looks Great
Bottom Bracket Design
Best Uses:
Performance Ride And Race
Really good bike. Well balanced. comfortable. Trek stands behind their product. Frame- Bottom bracket issues with the earlier models (2007) The bottom bracket fits directly into the frame to save weight. Unfortunately, the frame wears out because of the constant force on the BB. My 2007 frame had to be replaced. It took 7 years for it to develop. Im not sure if Trek has corrected this engineering problem in the new Madone. It would be worth inquiring.
by Clancy from Jacksonville, FL

Oct 20, 2014

Great bike

Light, Easy Handling, Fast, Comfortable ride
Best Uses:
Paved trails, Road biking
Replaced my 3 year old aluminum bike with a 2014 Trek. I wasn't sure of the difference due to carbon and the price to pay for it. But it is "Priceless". The bike is extremely fast and smooth, easy to handle, comfortable and really light. Love it. Also had a great experience with "Spokes" - the experts at the store are really helpful and guide in the process.
by BikeLover from Oakton, VA

Jul 30, 2012

A great bike

Lightweight, Versatile, Durable
Best Uses:
Road Biking
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.
by FastandFuriouus from Waconia, MN

Jul 20, 2012

Awesome Ride

Durable, Lightweight, Versatile
Best Uses:
Road Biking
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.
by Riding San Diego from San Diego CA

Jun 06, 2012

Outstanding Roadbike

Good workmanship, Perfect aligned frame, Climbs well, Lightweight, Excellent handing, Well Engineered, Nice ride, Internal Cable Routing, Robust bottom bracket
Best Uses:
Road Biking
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.
by Hammer from Florence, SC

Dec 09, 2011

Great Bike!!

Fast, Smooth, Climbs very well, Great components
Best Uses:
Racing, Serious Training
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!
by Trek Fan from Kansas City, MO

Nov 29, 2011

Sweet Ride

Comfortable, Lightweight, Fast, Climbs hills well, Great Color, Smooth, Built to last, Durable
None so far
Best Uses:
Road Biking
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.
by Rich M. from Mountainside, NJ


Trek 500 Series OCLV Carbon KVF w/E2, BB90
Madone KVF w/E2 carbon steerer
Bontrager Race
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See Rims/Wheels
Bontrager R3, 700 x 23c
Shimano Ultegra compact
Front Derailleur
Shimano Ultegra
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Ultegra
Rear Cogs
Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed: 11-28
Shimano Ultegra STI
Bontrager Race Lite Aero VR-CF
Bontrager Gel
Bontrager Race X Lite
Brake Levers
Shimano Ultegra STI
Bontrager Speed Limit integrated
Bontrager Affinity 3
Bontrager Ride-Tuned Carbon seatmast cap