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What/Who to believe?(6 posts)

What/Who to believe?Aztecs
Aug 6, 2001 7:12 AM
I am looking at buying my first road bike. I have visited quite a few LBSs. One thing stands out from the sales people: Whatever model you want to buy, they always try to get you to buy the next model up. Here is my situtation maybe some of you can help me out:

Looking at entry level bikes and settled on the Lemond Tourlamet ($999). Each LBS I went to said I should consider the BA ($1350) based on what I get for the extra $350 (carbon fork, 105 instead of Tiagra, better wheels). The problem is not the extra $350 but the question of whether the BA for me. I ride my MTB only on the road (therefore my need for a road bike) about 4 days a week and a total of 60 miles per week. Hopefully with a road bike I will do about 75 miles. I do not plan to race although I probably will attempt a century in the future. For me riding is purely about enjoyment and fitness.

Any thoughts?
Aztecs
find giant dealerspookyload
Aug 6, 2001 7:18 AM
You can get a OCR2 or OCR1(if you are lucky) for the same if not less money. The giant bikes sound like they are spec'd the same as the lemond. I think the OCR2 is around 800, and the OCR1 is closer to 1000, and it comes with a carbon fork, and 105 parts. Plus Giant didn't back hand Lance Armstrong on the day of his triumphant victory like Greg Lemond did.
find giant dealerAztecs
Aug 6, 2001 7:32 AM
I was looking at the OCR1 (on sale for $899). Although it shouldn't matter the look of the Giant just turns me off. It is just plain ugly to me. Others seem to like it so I may be alone in this opinion. I'd rather pay more for a bike whose looks suit my taste.

Aztecs
Tiagra VS 105Miklos
Aug 6, 2001 8:47 AM
Well, my wife's bike is size 48cm and is equiped with Tiagra components. My bike is size 60cm and is equiped with 105 components. Both are the same frame other than size, both with carbon forks and same wheels/tires. Despite being a much larger frame, mine is still noticably lighter than my wife's.

Both groupos function the same although the 105 is a little crisper and seems to have better brakes. The 105 is the Hollow-Tech cranks with the splined bottom bracket, Tiagra is solid crank arms and standard bb.

So to sum it up, both will get you going down the road, but your $350 will get you a lighter bike, that functions a little crisper.

As a 230lb rider, fancy wheels, like the Rolfs = unreliable for me, so is you are heavier, take that into consideration.

Miklos
Tiagra VS 105Jay H
Aug 6, 2001 9:03 AM
Well, if you wait til 2002, the Lemonds are supposedly going to Bontrager wheels. You know Trek stopped their contract with Rolf so I presume the Lemonds will follow..

Jay
Not to complicate matters, but...jtolleson
Aug 6, 2001 9:32 AM
I think the Tourmalet is overpriced. If you are going to spend a grand, you can already get a nice bike equipped with 105. Have you tried Specialized Allez or the Bianchi Giro?

When the Tourmalet first came out, it was price more like an entry level bike (about $650). It made a price jump about 2 years ago without being significantly improved, in my book. The other options on the Lemond line (the BA and the Zurich) are much more appropriately priced, I think.