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2001 Lemond Zurich Frame(3 posts)

2001 Lemond Zurich FrameSimpleGreen
Apr 12, 2001 5:29 PM
They are using a different tubeset this year. Does anyone know the frame's weight? Stiffness is also suppose to be improved in the BB area. My guess is 3.5 pounds.

The reason why I'm curious. Van Petegen and the Mercury boys are winning some races and competing well on *old fashioned* steel bikes, before they get their fancy Ti frames.

Of course they aren't winning mountain time trials (one day classics where weight isn't as much a factor) on these bikes, but these bikes are good enough for euro pro's. Of course, it's really in the legs, but no one wants to give up several pounds to the competition.

Anyone care to comment?

I was amazed too..DG
Apr 12, 2001 9:32 PM
to learn that Mercury was riding on Reynolds 853 steel bikes and winning some races/stages too. Most of the early spring classics are over cobblestones, steep short climbs, and lots of flats. Steel will do pretty well on that kind of conditions. It is only during three week stages over the alps, dolomites etc. that the weight penalty/flex of the steel bike may become more evident over long sustained climbs.
re: 2001 Lemond Zurich FrameET
Apr 13, 2001 7:53 AM
I think it's less than 3.5. I weighed my size 2001 Zurich size 57 (c-c) bike the other day complete with Speedplay X2s, two (titanium?) water bottle holders and Cateye3 computer/wire and it came to a tad under 19 pounds. I love my Zurich.

This bike is a sleeper deal, performing as well as many costing twice as much, with improvements since the earlier models (differential tube butting, improved dropouts eliminating unintentional wheel release). Looks great too. I'm not surprised it's performing well. I'm not saying it's the greatest thing on the planet, but it's a tremendous deal and the real thing.

Reasons for not getting it might include: 1) you weigh too much 2) the seat angle is too gentle for you 3) the top tube is too long for you 4) it is slightly heavier than the super-lightweights and you are concentrating on stage races or ascents.