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Lemond Tourmalet for racing?(3 posts)

Lemond Tourmalet for racing?badgerbike
Sep 27, 2001 5:14 AM
Just wondering what people think about a beginning road racer (mainly criteriums) using a 2000 Tourmalet with Tiagra components. I have no aspirations of ever being more than a weekend warrior who never gets out of cat 4 races. Thanks.
re: Lemond Tourmalet for racing?Lone Gunman
Sep 27, 2001 5:24 AM
That type of racing calls for ALU and better components such as 105 or better based on your description. I say ALU because the lightness, stiffness and cheapness of the frame. Tend to be more crashes in the pack racing scene.
Why not??jtolleson
Sep 27, 2001 3:15 PM
OK, there may be several reasons why not, but...

we go round 'n round on this every month or so. "Can I race my Trek 1000 or [FILL IN ENTRY LEVEL RB HERE]?"

The easiest answer is to say that racing is about "the engine" meaning you, and how you train, and what your goals are. Your Tourmalet triple will be heavier, not as sprightly in the turns, and shift a little worse than a better-equipped Al frame for another few hundred bucks.

But you want to be a weekend warrior? Go forth and have fun. And don't let anyone tell you that you can't.