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    Madone 5.2 compact or Specialized Tarmac Expert Compact

    I am just getting back into cycling after a long layoff and I'm researching a lot of bikes. I like Trek and Specialized for their looks and geometry and I am wondering what the consensus would be on the two bikes listed above. Which would you choose and why?
    My main interests are longer club rides and regular execise rides (30-40 miles or longer).

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    +1 Madone
    Just because. I think Trek shops are great as far as taking care of you, nothing wrong with the Tarmac. I also like the integrated computer for the Trek, that is so cool.

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    Get the Trek if you want 3 year old Specialized technology.

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    If it means anything to you, the 5 and 6 series Madones are made in Wisconsin.

    Bottom line, though. Ride 'em both and get what fits and "feels" better.
    Anyone who believes there are no stupid questions never worked in a bike shop.

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    whichever fits and feels better. is the 5.2 frame made in WI, or is it one of the outsourced ones? there was a thread a while ago about where different bike companies and parts are from, and I recall some trek frames being made foreignly, maybe even...Taiwan.

    also, remember, its winter half the year here, so how does that help wisconsinites design good road bikes? (its a joke, don't freak out treknation)
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    Quote Originally Posted by A from Il
    Get the Trek if you want 3 year old Specialized technology.
    Care to provide more information on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomK1949
    I am just getting back into cycling after a long layoff and I'm researching a lot of bikes. I like Trek and Specialized for their looks and geometry and I am wondering what the consensus would be on the two bikes listed above. Which would you choose and why?
    My main interests are longer club rides and regular execise rides (30-40 miles or longer).
    About 1 1/2 years ago when I was shopping for my next ride I did tons of research, went on numerous test rides and narrowed my choices to the 5.2 Pro and Tarmac Comp. The Tarmac won out for a couple of reasons, but the primary one was ride and handling. Geo (thus handling) is close on both bikes, but I preferred the ride of the Tarmac because (my words) it felt more connected to the road. I think if you prefer a slightly smoother ride, the Madone is the way to go, but if you prefer a somewhat livelier/ connected feel, go with the Tarmac.

    That aside, I agree with the others saying fit and feel should trump all else, but again, geo being so close IMO both models will fit similarly, at least IME.

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    So PJ did you buy the Tarmac?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomK1949
    So PJ did you buy the Tarmac?
    Yes, I did. Closing in on 6k miles...

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