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What bike to Buy Serotta, Lemond, Gunnar opinions?(4 posts)

What bike to Buy Serotta, Lemond, Gunnar opinions?Joker
Aug 20, 2001 12:27 PM
Currently looking for my first real road bike and need input on what to buy. I generally ride 30-50 mile rides with a couple centuries and triathalons thrown in. I want this bike to last for 5-10 years. I think I have decided on a steel or Ti frame because of the slightly smoother ride. Models I'm looking at include the Lemond Buenos Aries, a slightly used serotta clasique in steel and a custom build up of a Gunnar hot dog frame. All three options are right around $1500.00. The serotta has a sweet ride but unfortunately is orange and purple, not my favorite color but for $1500.00 complete is a good deal. I also looked at a Cdale R1000 which was nice only 18.5 lbs compared to about 21-22 for the steel bikes, but didn't have quite as nice of ride quality and I also like the idea of a unique bike, not just one of thousands a company mass produced. I'm almost considering custom ordering a new serotta but that would come close to the $3000.00 mark, I can't believe I would consider paying that much for a bike! Any input would be appreciated!
Thanks.
re: What bike to Buy Serotta, Lemond, Gunnar opinions?ether
Aug 20, 2001 12:39 PM
lemond: the 2002 buenos aires is red and will temporarily come with the full ultegra group (they ran out of 105). if you can get one of these, i think thats a good deal.

klein quantum: some posters today mentioned this bike. 2001 closeout is also a good deal. you might like the ride better than the c-dale (although it will still be rough), and it weights about 18.5lbs.
my $.02DAS
Aug 20, 2001 12:48 PM
Sounds like you ride a lot so comfort is important.

-Ti is supposed to last longer than steel, but I've never really heard of a steel bike getting old and dying.

-If I were to start over today I would go with a Reynolds 853 frame, like Gunnar. There are lots of options, Lemond, Independent Fabrications, Schwinn. I suppose the difference would be the welds and the geometery.

-My friend has a Buenos Aires. Seems like a great bike for the cost, but I've heard some bad things about the Rolf wheels staying in true. Uncomfirmed, though.

-I saw a great Lemond with 853 tubing on Ebay yesterday, you could build it up with Ultegra to meet your price target.

-I like to go with local builders

-check out Colorado Cyclist. I have had only good experiences with them, they seems to have some good frame/bike deals, and they can set you up with a custom groupo if you end up getting a frame separately.

So many options, so many variables....good luck!
Buy the bike Ben built.grzy mnky
Aug 20, 2001 1:10 PM
All good bikes, but the Serotta is probably the stand out. I'd give serious consideration to simply getting it repainted to your preference either by the Serotta folks (actually NorthEast Paint) or another frame painter dpending on where you live. B & J in San Diego is also excellent. It's add maybe three or four hundred to the cost on what's probably a good deal. None of this is anywhere near as important as the fit.