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Bianchi Talladega or LeMond Buenos Aires?(2 posts)

Bianchi Talladega or LeMond Buenos Aires?Brook
Aug 10, 2001 10:38 PM
Hey All,

I am an newbie to road riding and am looking for some help comparing and contrasting these two bikes. I really like the way steel rides and am considering these two bikes. Which one is a better value? Which one would be better in the future if I wanted to upgrade the components? Does one brand have a better reputation than the other for service and/or quality?

Any light you can shine on my buying decision would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Best regards,

Brook
re: Bianchi Talladega or LeMond Buenos Aires?JS5280
Aug 13, 2001 10:27 AM
It's been a while, but I looked at both of these. I was leaning Talladega but they are pretty similar if memory serves as far (both steel, similar quality components, about the same weight, low spoke count wheels). I believe Talledega has the edge on components (Ultegra vs. 105) though. They're both good bikes at their price range so I don't think you could go wrong with either, so pick the one you like the most assuming the fit is correct.

I ended up looking another jump up (Zurich) and did some research on Airborne Zepplin because it was price competitive w/ the Zurich. I ended up with the Airborne (and am very happy with it) because of the strong reviews, the ability to customize the components, a 1.5-2 lbs weight drop, and you get Ti for the price of steel. Another good value steel bike is the Jamis Eclipse but it's also going to be a few hundred more than the Talladega or BA.

Other things to consider: double vs. triple (wanted a triple for the CO mountains), Campy vs. Shimano (wanted Shimano since I have Shimano tools from MTB), figuring out what (if any) things you would want to replace/upgrade immediately on each and see what it would cost to replace. Again I think both are great bikes with a lot of value at that price point. Good luck!