All 2012 TREK Madone 5 & 6 Road Bikes On Sale!

Fantastic deals to be had on all 5 & 6-series 2012 & older Madone road bikes at Chain Reaction! Limited to stock-on-hand. Deals like Trek’s Madone 5.2 just $2999.99, $300 less than our previously-discounted price. Madone 6.2s for $3799.99 (were $4099.99). Madone SSLs $1000 off at $4999.99 (were $5999.99). No lawaways or mail orders. All sales final.


It’s June, and Chain Reaction Bicycles is selling current-year Trek Madone 5 & 6 road bikes at unbelievable prices.

  • 2012 Trek Madone 6-Series SSLs not $6321 (list price), not $5999 (our discounted price); on sale for $4999.99!
  • 2012 Trek Madone 5.2s not $3569 or $3299; on sale for $2999.99!
  • 2012 Trek Madone 6.2 Di2 Ultegra Electronic shifting bikes not $5849 or $5399, on sale for $4499.99!

Real savings on great bikes! Over 70 available; this isn’t a “one only at this price, serial# XXXXX” offer. OK, one car commercial type deal. A 2010 Trek Madone 6.9 Di2 DuraAce Electronic-Shifting carbon-wheel road bike, 56cm H2, was $10209, just $6999.99!  One only at this price (as they say in the car ads). Full list of sale bikes here (as of 08/10/12).

Come in soon for the best deals! Click here for a map and the hours we’re open.

Quantities are limited to stock on-hand; special orders would be at regular prices. No mail-order sales; these bikes have to be paid for and picked up in the store, as per Trek’s dealer agreement. No layaways, dealer sales or component swaps; all sales final.

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Chain Reaction Bicycles is centrally located on the San Francisco Peninsula, near Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont, San Bruno, San Mateo, Millbrae, Woodside, Redwood Shores, Hillsdale, Foster City, Burlingame, Millbrae, San Bruno, San Francisco, Pacifica, Montara, Moss Beach, Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio, Pescadero, Menlo Park, Stanford, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, Saratoga, Santa Clara, San Jose, Campbell, Milpitas, Fremont, Union City, and many others I can’t come up with at the top of my head. We have 2012 Trek Madone 6 bikes on sale, 2012 Trek Madone 5 bikes on sale, older closeout bikes on sale, lots of road bikes on sale and great prices on the latest stuff too! And like so many other weird incomprehensible paragraphs you sometimes find on the ‘net, this one is here to help search engines find out about us. –Mike–


Confused about Madone 6-series models?

One of the most-common questions we get concerns figuring out the naming conventions to the Madone 6-series bikes, Trek’s top-of-the-line carbon fiber road bikes. We’ll try to explain things for you now.

Madone 6.0, 6.2, 6.5, 6.7, 6.9. What do the numbers mean??? And where does the Domane fit in?

There are now three versions of 6-series bike frames, the standard, SSL and Domane. The Domane is quite different from the other two, having a unique design that allows for dramatically-greater compliance (comfort over bumps) than the previously-industry-leading Specialized Roubaix. It accomplishes this through a seat tube that’s not directly attached to the top tube, using a pivot & bearings instead. This unique design allows for substantially-greater flex in the seat tube than any other bike on the market. For this added comfort you add a small amount of weight, but power transfer is comparable to the “standard” Madone. Presently the Damone is available in an H2-style fit only (read more about that below).

The standard 6-series frame is available in 3 different handlebar heights, H1, H2 & H3. H1 is the standard race position, which used to be the only way you could buy a high-end bike, until manufacturers got smart and realized not everybody wants that “nose in the gravel” feel. H2 is about 3cm higher at the front, and by far the most-popular version. H3 is higher yet, and takes the place of the “WSD” (women’s specific design) geometry. Please note that all versions have nearly-identical angles & wheelbases, so handling characteristics don’t change… in other words, just because you want the bars a bit higher doesn’t mean you have to settle for a bike that doesn’t rocket up hills!

The difference is that the SSL weighs about 2 ounces less than the standard frame, with the slight loss in weight accomplished through lighter paint (yes, paint does weigh something!) and slightly-thinner carbon in a few places. I own the “standard” frame myself, and have no reason to consider the SSL. The weight difference is nearly insignificant, and both versions ride the same. Cost for the SSL is about $300 more.

The SSL 6-series frame is available in the same H1 & H2 styles, but not H3.

Now, what does that digit after the 6. mean? Basically, it just tells you what approximate component level the bike comes with. A 6.0 typically is spec’d with SRAM Rival, a 6.2 with Shimano Ultegra, a 6.5 with… who knows what, that’s where everything kind of falls apart. And it really doesn’t matter, because nearly all 6-series Madones are designed from the ground-up using the Project One program, where we can design the bike you want & need, with the perfect fit (remember all those options!), for no more $$$ than a “stock” bike out of the catalog would cost.

If it’s a full-on high-end Dura Ace or SRAM Red or Campagnolo Record bike with ultra-light wheels you want, it’s going to be called a 6.9. And it could have either the standard or the SSL frame. On Trek’s website though, they’ll call any stock bike with an SSL frame a 6.7 or 6.9, and not even offer the standard frame at the high end. We think that’s short-sighted, because many will find more value in choosing nicer parts for than the SSL frame for the added $300. Truthfully, most-often the choice of standard or SSL frame for many customers had been determined by the different colors available for each in Trek’s “quick turn” program, where we can spec a bike in one of four colors and have it built & delivered in less than three weeks time (ok, sometimes a bit more, but a surprising number do come within three weeks).

What’s the take-away from this? Don’t get hung up on the number. Decide which frame you wish, and build a bike around it. We’ll help with the details, show you the available colors, and get it ordered. Consider the examples shown on Trek’s website (for the Madone 6.2, 6.5, 6.7 and 6.9) just that… examples of what can be done. Working with Chain Reaction, you can do a whole lot better!

TREK Women’s Carbon Road Bike Sale!

2011 TREK 3.1 WSD ON SALE FOR $1499.99!

For women only, the benefits of a carbon fiber TREK frameset (light weight, smoother ride, better climbing & descending) at a great price. 47, 50, 52, 54 & 56cm to fit nearly all women. Wide-range compact crankset, ’105 shifters, 50-34 up front with an 11-28 in the back. This is the least-expensive full-carbon bike Chain Reaction has ever offered.

Even at this low price the bike is fully assembled, expertly fit to you (through a combination of measurements & observation) and includes free brake, gear & wheel tune-ups for life… done while you wait!

This bike is advertised on Trek’s website for $2089.99, and was previously sold by Chain Reaction for $1899.99. At $1499.99 it’s an incredible value. Get yours today!

2011 TREK Road Bike Clearance

Save a bundle on remaining 2011 TREK Road Bikes, all fully-assembled and include customized fitting plus lifetime free tune-ups on brakes, derailleurs & wheels… while you wait!

2011 TREK Madone 3.1 Carbon Fiber Road Bike $1899.99 $1599.99.
Trek’s “entry level” Carbon Fiber road bike is nicely-equipped with ’105 Shifters, SRAM compact crank and rear eyelets for added versatility. Women’s WSD model available at same savings.

2011 TREK Madone 4.5 Carbon Fiber Road Bike $2099.99 $1899.99
Step up to nicer wheels, a smoother-riding frame and integration for Bontrager’s duo-trap speed sensor for just a couple hundred dollars more than the 3.1. Also available in Women’s WSD model at same savings.

2011 TREK 1.2 Road Bike $869.99 $769.99
Great-riding aluminum frame with carbon fork. Even at this price we include our personalize bike fitting services!

2011 TREK 1.5 Road Bike $1049.99 $899.99
Tiagra shifting is a major attraction with this bike. Now at under $1000, a fantastic buy on a great road bike.

2011 TREK 2.1 Road Bike $1249.99 $1149.99
Our best-selling mid-priced road bike, featuring Shimano ’105 and Trek’s advanced Alpha Black frame, this will handle your first 100k ride as well as next year’s 200 miler! A fantastic value.



Gary Fisher 2010 Cronus Carbon Fiber Road Bike $1799!

Gary Fisher 2010 Cronus

Why you’ll love this bike-

  • New-technology carbon frame with oversized shaped tubing for better handling, climbing & responsiveness
  • Shimano ’105 group with compact crank
  • Very light, very fast (obviously, since it’s red!)
  • Full details here
  • Fisher website lists this bike at $2629.99. Save $830 at our $1799.99 price, while it lasts!

As with all of our bikes, no mail-order sales, no exceptions. All bikes must be purchased in-person in one of our stores. –Mike–

Contador Project One Madone Frameset over 50% off!

Project One Contador frameset- Original price $3549, on sale for $1799.99

Why you’ll love this frameset-

  • Exact same TREK OCLV 5-Series Madone Contador rode to victory in 2008 TdF
  • USA-Made with carbon fiber not available overseas
  • Special Project One paint job! This bike is spectacular
  • Includes seatmast & headset

On sale at Chain Reaction for $1749.99! That’s over 50% off TREK’s regular price of $3549.99.
1 56cm “Performance” fit frame in Redwood City

The Performance fit frame is 3cm higher at the front end than the Pro fit, allowing greater flexibility in handlebar positioning. If you’ve got nice components on a tired frame, this would be a killer update! Or if you want to put together a project bike from the ground-up, you’ll save a lot of $$$ starting with this frame.

As with all of our bikes, no mail-order sales, no exceptions. All bikes must be purchased in-person in one of our stores. –Mike–

Lance-autographed 6th ‘Tour Special at 50% off!

Limited Edition Livestrong 6™

Why you’ll love this bike-

  • Not just a replica, this is a fantastic-riding bike
  • USA-Made with OCLV 55 carbon
  • Special paint job w/gold leaf decals. This bike is spectacular
  • Includes lithograph signed by Lance

You almost never see a bike at 50% off, and even more rarely one that’s a legitimate collector’s item. This bike is a near-exact replica of what Lance rode on the final day of the

58cm Lance "6" bike

2004 Tour de France. Built around the Madone 110-carbon OCLV frameset, it features gold-leaf decaling, special paint, limited-edition gold-spoked Race X-Lite wheels with aluminum rims & carbon hubs, and a signed lithograph print. And yes, as you can see, the top tube is signed as well!

Lance's signature on top tube

Just one bike, a 58cm, the correct size for someone in the range of 5’10 to 6′ or so. It also may have great value to a Lance supporter looking for a collector’s item, as this may be the only one left, anywhere. And at $4749.99, 50% off it’s original price of $9499.99, it’s an incredible deal.

Another 2010 5-Series Madone heading out the door!

It’s wet outside? It won’t be forever! Be ready with your new bike! We’re sending out one of our last 5-Series 2010 Madones right now, this one a 56cm triple, geared for the Death Ride and other adventures he’s planning on taking.

As I mentioned in another post, people ask during the Summer, “When is a good time to buy a new bike?” The answer is today! Many bikes on sale, well below the prices listed on our on-line sale sheet. They’re easy to spot in the store; we’ve got silly “extra savings” tags with Piggies on them. Why Piggies? Because I came across a cool Piggy graphic and had to find a use for it.

Remember that, this week, both stores will be open every day through Christmas Eve, with Christmas Eve hours of 10am-2pm.

$1250 off 47cm ’09 Trek Madone 5.2 WSD, now $2499.99!

PRICE REDUCED EVEN FURTHER ON LAST ONE IN STOCK! The 2009 Trek Madone 5.2 WSD (Women Specific Design) is a perfect combination of light & comfortable frame, great-shifting drivetrain and great looks. We have just one left in 47 cm, which will fit women in the range of 5′ to 5’2″ or so. There’s no guesswork involved; we use the New England Cycling Academy Fit Kit to get your measurements and size everything appropriately.

'09 Madone 5.2 WSD made in the USA! Click on photo for full specs.

This is one of the last of the 5-series Madones with the domestic frame using OCLV technology (for 2011, this bike has moved overseas and you have to bump up to a more-expensive 6-series Madone to get a domestic, higher-technology frameset). Another interesting advantage this has over current road bikes is easier shifting of the front derailleur. Shimano recently made a change to “hidden” cables, which look very nice, but add enough friction to the shifting that some women have trouble with the new system who had no issues with the earlier levers.

Our sale price of $2499.99 is $1250 off the original price we sold these bikes for, and a fantastic buy if you fit one.

The bike shown in the picture has a double crankset, but what we have in stock are all the more-desirable triple option (three front chainrings instead of two, so you get a lower gear to make steeper hills easier to climb).

Since there are only a few of these left, please call one of our stores before coming in, to make sure the size you need is still available. 650 366 7130 for our Redwood City location, 408 735 8735 for Los Altos.