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Bianchi Axis or Lemond Poprad(8 posts)

Bianchi Axis or Lemond PopradKary
May 14, 2002 7:45 AM
I am looking at buying a cross bike to be used mostly for commuting. I have looked at both of these and am trying to decide between them. The Bianchi has better components but I like the steel frame of the Poprad. I was wondering how stiff the Axis frame is. Any opinions on either of these bikes. The LBS is bringing in an Axis in my size next week so I can test ride it.
re: Bianchi Axis or Lemond PopradThe Walrus
May 14, 2002 5:04 PM
The Axis is actually pretty mellow for an aluminum frame; not as plush as a good steel one, but it never leaves me feeling abused, even after an all-day ride.
how light is the Axis? nmweiwentg
May 14, 2002 5:32 PM
Ummmmmmmmm....The Walrus
May 14, 2002 5:51 PM
I couldn't really tell you--I've never had it on a scale, and Bianchi doesn't publish weights. If I think of it tomorrow when I swing by the shop, I'll see if there's a scale. Ballpark? I'd guess 21 lbs.
Oh, well...The Walrus
May 15, 2002 5:26 PM
...should have known a shop full of 40lb freeride bikes wouldn't have a scale. The weight of the Axis remains a mystery.
May 14, 2002 7:29 PM
Tell you what, the Axis is a whole lot more forgiving than a Redline Conquest Pro.
Bianchi Axis -> Gives you nine speed componentsFred the Cross Poser
May 16, 2002 8:44 AM
If money were no object, I would say the Bianchi Axis. I looked at both when I thought I was buying a new cyclocross bike(made one out of an old road bike instead). The big drawback of the Poprad is the Sora components. You are pretty much stuck with 8 speed without a large $$ outlay to upgrade.

I like the Poprad - I could never figure out why they spec'ed it with Sora 8 speed components...
Bianchi Axis -> Gives you nine speed componentsVelocipedio
May 19, 2002 8:06 AM
I like the Poprad - I could never figure out why they spec'ed it with Sora 8 speed components...
Maybe Lemond'll introduce a model with better spec... call it a Zolder or a Middelfart... :)