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    Trek Issue

    Iím still riding my 2003 Trek 5500 and I recently saw a Madone SSL at a cheap price. I was just wondering how much of a difference that bike would feel from mine. Also, is the new Emonda much better than the SSL?

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    Madone SSL what year?

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    HI there,

    2007

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    I don't think there was a huge difference in ride quality between the earlier Madones. In 2008 came the new design with the seat mast, tapered head tube and pressfit BB. That was when you could really notice the difference.

    Yes, the new Emonda is so much better than anything from 2007, it's almost not worth comparing.

    Also keep in mind that bikes from that era with Shimano shifters have a tendancy for them to stop working due to the grease in the mechanism petrifying. There are still good 10 speed replacement shifters out there, but if you need them, that cheep price goes up pretty quick.

    The new Emonda SL 5 with 105 is by far a better bike than the Madone ssl from 2007.

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    The older SSL's were nice bikes. Not as nice as the '12 that I had, that bike was awesome. I'd agree w/ 202 that the new Emonda is a nicer bike than that '07.
    Pretty much ALL Shimano shifters have the problem w/ the grease getting sticky w/ age. It's an easy fix 99% of the time, not really something to worry about.
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