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Guys, need your expertise quick.(5 posts)

Guys, need your expertise quick.Scy
Mar 16, 2001 11:06 PM
I have the opporutinity to buy a 98 (or 99) lemond alpe d'huez with Mirage components for $550. However, to afford this, I have to eventually sell my current and only road bike, a Giant Cadex CFR2 with Shimano 105. I think that I'll break even.

The problem is, I have to decide in a hurry and the seller lives a helluva long way away, so I don't want to waste his time or mine if the swap would not be in my interest.

About me: I'm a recreational rider who generally does 30 mile rides solo. I love hills, fast descents, and sharp fast turns. I've been happy with my Cadex so far because it is stable and crisp in the turns, but I wouldn't mind something lighter (it weighs about 21 lbs) and more aggressive in the turns.

I know nothing about the the Lemond except what I've read in the reviews here. Is the Mirage a step above or below the 105? Is it 8 or 9 speed (the seller doesn't even know--he ain't too bright and only rode it 4 times after shelling out $1,300).

Bottom line, should I stay with my Cadex, or go for the Lemond?

Thanks all.
re: Guys, need your expertise quick.sonny da
Mar 17, 2001 1:30 AM
only problem i can see is fit. lemond bikes hve unusually long top tubes, better check them out, also i don't think it's lighter than your cadex having lower end grupo, hope this help.
I think I'd let it goSpoke Wrench
Mar 17, 2001 5:15 AM
The one thing missing from your post is the biggest issue of all - fit. Unless you are positive the size and fit are right, and I don't see how you can be sure long distance, it isn't a good buy regardless of price.

I think that most people would regard the Mirage group as a step below 105. Veloce is the group most people would judge to be the 105 equivlant.

I wouldn't bet on the LeMond to be lighter in weight than the Cadex either.

I've always heard you have to be ready to jump on good deals when they come up, but everytime I've made a hurried decision, I've lived to regret it.
why switch?DaveG
Mar 17, 2001 3:01 PM
If, as you stated, you know nothing about the Lemond, why are you eager to make a change? I'd at least try to ride one before I'd give up a bike I was already happy with. Generally Mirage is a step down from 105. It works fine but as already said Veloce is more in line with 105. Lastly, if a deal sounds to good to be true, it just might be. I don't remeber an Alpe D'huez costing that much new (try looking through reviews here or BikeFinder). Buyer beware.
Decided to pass.scy
Mar 17, 2001 4:54 PM
Thanks for your input.

BTW, I wasn't just going to blindly buy the Lemond; I would have test rode it and checked for fit (the frame was my size). The issue was whether it was such a good deal that I should at least check it out, even though it would have meant a long drive.

From what you guys are telling me is that the Lemond wouldn't clearly be a better ride than the Cadex.

I guess the grass is always greener...