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comments about the '97 Lemond Zurich(5 posts)

comments about the '97 Lemond Zurichweiwentg
Feb 10, 2002 3:53 PM
My friend, who's looking for a new bike, was offered a deal on this frame. Any comments? He's 6 feet, 140 pounds (!!!!!), and is a good - VERY good - climber. He's mainly a tri/duathlete, but he'll be doing some road races on this bike (assuming he gets it). I'd bet a fairly substantial sum of money that the ride is good, but is the frame (reasonably) light?
re: comments about the '97 Lemond Zurichjtolleson
Feb 10, 2002 6:19 PM
The Zurich is one of my favorite mass produced steel options with a great reputation and a loyal following. I can't really say that it would ever be a mistake to buy one.

However, if your buddy is really looking for a lighteight road race/tri/climbing type bike, the Zurich wouldn't be my first choice. There are lighter bikes with more aggressive geometry that may be better suited to his purposes.

But if he wants just one all around bike that he can spend 100 miles on happily, the Zurich is great.
re: comments about the '97 Lemond Zurichweiwentg
Feb 10, 2002 7:05 PM
thanks, guys. his current bike is a cannondale, pre-CAAD aluminum frame. it's extremely light, but it isn't even really suitable for 8-speed ... he had to cut his axle to get the 8-speed cog in. I kinda told him that the Zurich might be a bit heavy. He's using Shimano 600 stuff and pretty heavy wheels, so even a Zurich might be lighter than his current ride. I don't know ... he's still thinking about it, and I'll pass your comments on to him. thanks!
re: comments about the '97 Lemond ZurichJaime
Feb 10, 2002 6:20 PM
I assume the 97 zurich is reynolds 853. I had a 99 zurich and it was a very comfy bike but not at all light. It was great for commuting and training on long bike rides but when the road went up it was kind a heavy when compared to aluminum bike I am riding. It weighed in at 20.5lbs with full ultegra and rolf vector comp wheels and I ride a 49cm so you can bet that your friend will need about at least a 56cm or bigger which would make the bike even heavier and not suitable for competitive racing if he is a "very good climber" as you described, he'd get much better results on an aluminum frame that responds much better that 853 steel. Good luck.
It's not the frame that's so heavy...dsc
Feb 11, 2002 5:31 PM
I, too, have a 99 Zurich (55 cm) but it is built up w/ full Dura Ace, Ouzo Pro (carbon steerer) fork, and Vector Pro wheels. With pedals, it weighs in at just over 17 lbs.
So they can be built relatively light.

I think that it climbs just fine, but then again, I don't race. Just putting in lots of miles is my game. If your friend is looking for a ride that won't beat him up around the hundred mile mark, he can't go wrong with the Zurich.