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new riderhaze
Jan 2, 2002 5:46 PM
anybody have any thoughts on lemond or cannondale? for a guy who has biked a bit throughout life (never seriously), can one actually tell the difference...or is it just the way they ride and feel?
I'll take this one folksAhimsa
Jan 2, 2002 6:42 PM
Sorry for the lack of response but this sort of query comes up a LOT around here and folks don't answer 'em sometimes only 'cause they have answered it before.

Well...both companies are fine makers of bikes (you failed to mention models) that produce rides suitable for a new rider.

I ride a cannondale every day (I can neither afford nor would want to worry about a more expensive bike given my urban location) and my neighbor cyclist rides a Lemond.

The differences? They are both obvious and subtle....I suppose it would depend on what you mean specifically. How much you know about what you prefer? What do you intend to do with the bike? What have you turned up during research? Why those two brands?

I will say this, we both love our bikes a lot. I know that I am very pleased with my cannondale. My neighbor would like a more expensive ride, but thinks his Lemond is tops nonetheless.

I'd say that you need to ride both brands and follow your instincts. More important than brand per se is fit and budget, and getting a bike suited to what you want to do with it.

Hope this helps a little. With more specifics we might be able to tell you more.


I'll take this one folkshaze
Jan 3, 2002 4:54 PM
thanks for the input...ideally, i'd like to be able to go on long rides...two shops around my home carry these brands as well as specialized, trek, etc...i've been told the components are truly where the money is spent...those i've spoken to suggest shimano ultegra...obviously pricy...there a some what look to be great rides north of my house and a comfortable bike would be what i'm looking for.
Shimano 105Ahimsa
Jan 3, 2002 5:24 PM
Will probably be more than adequate for you if Ultegra makes your wallet tighten. I think you should get the bike that is the most comfortable (test ride) and the one that really makes you want to ride (for whatever reason even just the looks). If you love it and it feels good then you will ride it, plain and simple. Maybe one with touring in mind since you mentioned long rides.

And while the components can be where the money is spent, it is more important in my opinion that you get the best frame you can afford and good wheels. Have you shopped Ebay for used stuff yet? Take a look (after you get sized of course...never buy the wrong size bike...EVER!) and then tell us if anything grabs your eye. We can probably help you find a good deal that way.


One more much do you want to spend? [nm]Ahimsa
Jan 3, 2002 5:36 PM
re: new riderWoof the dog
Jan 2, 2002 9:07 PM
specialized is also a big maker of aluminum bikes, but I'd choose cannonsnail over the big-S. Doesn't lemond have slacker seat tube angle making it good for a longer torsoed person, or am I thinking of some other frame (like Merckx maybe?)


Woof the vampire slayer (hate that show by the way)
re: new riderhaze
Jan 3, 2002 4:42 PM
thankyou for your thoughts
Warning! These brands are both possessed be DEMONS!Bernie
Jan 3, 2002 5:47 AM
Please, you must, I beg you, it is imperative you have an exorcism performed on either one of these bikes. If not, the spirits will haunt you eternally.
re: new riderMcAndrus
Jan 3, 2002 6:17 AM
I see Cannondales being ridden by local racer types and LeMonds by long ride, century types. (I ride Giant and Bianchi myself.)

LeMonds have longer top tubes and slacker seat tube angles than average and are designed for comfort and power climbing. Cannondales are stiff and responsive and are designed for sprints or fast climbing.

Both brands have a wide product range from entry level up to mortgage-your-house pricing. I know very happy owners of both of these brands.
re: new riderhaze
Jan 3, 2002 4:41 PM
re: new riderDCP
Jan 3, 2002 8:04 AM
Most Lemonds (not all) are steel. All Cannondales are aluminum. Aluminum transmits more vibration than does steel, but is lighter and can be made to create a stiff responsive frame. Due to this, most big time racers use aluminum bikes. Better aluminum bikes are designed to transmit less road vibration than less expensive ones and many riders are happy with them for long rides. New designs are adding carbon fiber to parts of the frame to reduce vibration transmission.

I bought a Lemond over a Cannondale because I wanted a comfortable long distance bike. I thought the Canondale was more responsive and I did not think it was uncomfortable, but I wasn't sure it would be as comfortable on a long ride (which I could not do with a parking lot demo). This was comparing bikes in the less than $1,500 range.
re: new riderhaze
Jan 3, 2002 4:40 PM
thanks for the input...