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If you even know what the Tour de France is then you’ve probably noticed that the U.S. has a team helmed by Johan Bruyneel – and a good one at that. Of course, with any good sport comes quality gear and the Trek Madone 6.9 is at the heart of that. An $8k+ professional cycling machine designed to take riders to the next echelon of cycling.

For guys looking for a more reasonable balance of performance and cost we suggest the Madone 5.2. A proven confidence-inspiring bike that Lance Armstrong himself ride when he achieved 7 Tour De France victories.

The Madone 5.2 starts around an OCLV Black Carbon frame with Bontrager Race X Lite rear and carbon w/E2 aluminum steerer forks. The wheels are Bontrager Race Lites and your choice of the Shimano Ultegra SL 50/34 or 52/39/30 drivetrains.

Even better, the Trek Madone is handcrafted in the USA.

What this means to you: The bottom line here is this a bike that’s worth every penny it costs. Professional grade at amateur prices.

Cost: $3680 @ Trek