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Any info on these 3 bikes?(14 posts)

Any info on these 3 bikes?ALLEN
Jun 19, 2001 5:17 PM
I'm going to be getting a lot of money soon, and I want to start competitive racing. So I've narrowed it down to 3 bikes...

Serotta: Legend Ti, Record
Cannondale: R3000si CAAD5(2001 model), aluminum,Dura-Ace
LeMond: Tete de Course?, Ti, Dura-Ace

If anyone has one of these bikes, or maybe some interesting info... Let me Know. (I can't find a lot of info. on the Serotta & LeMond).

Thanks.
re: Any info on these 3 bikes?Hank
Jun 19, 2001 6:24 PM
Strange (random?) grouping you have there, but the Legend ti comes with custom geometry so it's guarenteed to fit, and as far as ti frames go, it's gonna be pretty hard to beat. The Lemond would be great if it fits - but be aware that they have longish top tubes. No comment on the C'dale...some people love 'em.
re: Any info on these 3 bikes?DINOSAUR
Jun 19, 2001 6:32 PM
The Serotta, no question about it..
re: Any info on these 3 bikes?Hank
Jun 19, 2001 6:46 PM
yeah, kind of like comparing a Hemi Roadrunner to whatever forgettable stuff Chevy and Ford were offering at the time...
re: Any info on these 3 bikes?Markar
Jun 19, 2001 7:13 PM
If price is no object I think the Serotta Legend Ti is the way to go.
It's a good thing you are going to have lots of money because you are going to need it when you start replacing campy record shift levers, derailleurs, etc.,carbon forks, wheels and possibly frames from crashes. You might want to think about how much you are willing to invest in this. You can't blow your wad on the bike with no reserve to replace stuff. You may have to work backward and downgrade your bike choices a little bit. Racing takes a huge toll on equipment. You are going to cry if you have lay that Serotta down.
limited selection....C-40
Jun 19, 2001 7:35 PM
Looks like you've been browsing the LBS. Broaden you horizons. If you spend that much, get something that's custom built (with Campy of course). A lot of folks end up spending hundreds more after they buy an off-the-shelf bike and later replace many components that don't suit them.

I assume you're new to the sport. Don't rush in and buy the first thing that comes along. Check out each manufacturer's web site. Most of the relevant info is there.

Fit is all important. Read up at coloradocyclist.com to better understand proper fit. It's really sad to buy a bike and find out it's the wrong size. Rider size is also important. Big guys can tolerate stiff frames like the C'dale, but lighter riders won't enjoy them.

If you really intend to race, remember that racing bikes get wrecked, sometimes badly. I wouldn't race the best or only bike I owned, unless I had the bucks to replace it.
Thanks everyone.ALLEN
Jun 19, 2001 9:28 PM
I did some more research, and the Serotta seems like the one to get...
(so far).

Custom Ti w/Campy Record, What could go wrong? Well, maybe I'll crash, but I'll be getting $1.2 million. So replacing parts, (or even the bike) won't be a problem.

You guys are right, the Cannondale doesn't compare.

Thanks a lot! -Bye.
That's a mighty tax-return :) (nm)vram
Jun 19, 2001 11:45 PM
The bike is just a tool...Canidraftyou
Jun 20, 2001 12:10 AM
Sorry, I need to comment. If your thinking about getting into racing, I would spend more time on training than what kinda bike. The Cannondale is a fine machine and so are the others. If one had to choose, I would go with Cannondale for sure.

"A small man can't swing a 50 lbs sledge like a big man." The hammer is only a tool, your performance (Fitness) is everything at the Cat 5 level. Save your money and buy a med./high grade bike like a Cannondale R1000 Si for about $1500.00 cheaper than the R3000 Si, both or CAAD 5 frames. I know money is not a factor. One more thing, when a high end road bike ($2000.00+) is stationary, setting next to a huffy stationary, which one is moving faster than the other?

Later,

Peace out
The bike is just a tool...ALLEN
Jun 20, 2001 7:09 AM
You think I don't train? I get up (every morning of every day) at 5:45am and ride; average speed improves by the day, it's actually a little scary. Oh yeah...I ride 350 miles a week. (BTW I'm 16)

What would you do if you had $1.2 million dollars?...buy a cannondale R1000 or a Serotta?

Get real.
The bike is just a tool...Hank
Jun 20, 2001 10:02 AM
if any of this stuff you're posting is true...350 miles per week at age 16 without the supervision of a qualified coach can pretty easily be overtraining. I would get some books on the topic and scale back on the riding before you hurt yourself - focus on quality, not quantity (I was racing at 16 pretty well on about 150-200 miles per week). Also, age 16 is too young for a custom bike - you're probably still growing and will outgrow it. The other poster is correct - when you're racing, the bike is just a tool. So where's the 1.2 mil coming from?
The bike is just a tool...ALLEN
Jun 20, 2001 1:26 PM
Thanks for your input, you made a good point.

Well, here's the story...
Several years after I was born, my family and I went to go live in Kuwait,(dad had a big business there). But then the Gulf war happened. So Saddam Hussain sent his army out to Kuwait to find all the Americans living there...he would torture them, then kill them.
The U.S. government had to find the Americans first and then quickly evacuate them out of the country. So we lost everything we had in Kuwait...nice home, dad's business, cars...etc.
Now, a decade after the war, the U.S. government is giving us the money that they owe. (I guess it means my family was worth $1.2 million).

Sorry if the story got complicated.
The bike is just a tool...Canidraftyou
Jun 20, 2001 12:27 PM
No intentions to piss you off. I thought you were asking for input!

Peace out
how can you compare Campy v Shimanoclimbo
Jun 20, 2001 6:18 AM
ti v. alu ?? Most folks prefer one or the other. I would suggest you test ride as many bikes as you can but then I suppose if you don't like what you get you can always just get another one. If you decide you don't like Campy stuff, let me know, can't let it go to waste!!