Can a Pro fit Madone be "relaxed" a bit?
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    Can a Pro fit Madone be "relaxed" a bit?

    Sorry for question if an ignorant one.
    Am looking at a used Pro Fit Madone 5.2 to possibly buy.
    I have test rode a Madone Performance fit and it felt pretty good straight out of the rack.

    I am used to a slightly stretched out Lemond geometry on my present bike, but it had the stem reversed by the LBS to angle it up a bit.

    My question is that if the Pro Fit needs to be relaxed a bit -is that pretty easy or possible?

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    You can add spacers and a stem to bring you up. The difference between the pro and performance is the head tube is about 3/4" taller. I had a 2008 madone pro fit and always felt to layed out for long rides. I bought a 2010 5.2 performance fit and put a 90mm stem with a 7 degree rise. If you like the performance better, find a performance frame. By time you lift the stem 3/4" to match the performance fit it looks high. You might try a shorter stem with 10 degree rise if you already have the bike.

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    Also be sure to check the saddle offset from the Bottom Bracket. If one saddle is further back than the other it can really make you feel stretched out.

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    Thanks for the comments.

    Not sure if I like one more than the other.

    There are not nay PRO fits around for me to try.
    I do kind of like being layed out a little sometimes, but really spend majority of time on the tops, or on my old Profile Aerobar.
    I switch around to keep my hands/arms and back loose.Probably common in that way.

    FWIW- I tried a Roubaix and it felt too upright for me.
    Tarmac and Madone Performance fit was more like what I am used to with my Lemond Zurich setup now.

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