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which one: Lemond vs. Bianchi(6 posts)

which one: Lemond vs. BianchiChardin
Feb 23, 2002 4:31 PM
hi,i'm currently a mountain bike racer (sugar 2) who rides around 30 miles a day, 60 on the weekends on the road with an old road bike that's ill-fitting (i'm a freshman in high school, by the way) anyway, i'm looking for a new road bike that is race-worthy. i've got it down to 2 selections: a used 2000 Lemond Zurich which is in very good shape and with a very good ultegra setup and everything...or a 2001 Bianchi XL Aluminum (not sure if the model's right) frame with an all-carbon Bianchi fork. the frame and fork aren't used, so they're practically new. the problem is, i only want to spend around 1000 dollars, and both of them cost 1000 dollars. but, since the Bianchi frame and fork is 800 dollars,i'll only have a few hundred dollars to spend on components and wheels. here are my options: buy the Lemond with good components,etc etc and be done with it, or buy the Bianchi frame and fork, custom-build it up, cutting some corners on the components, and over time buy new components until i have really nice components and wheels on it. i've ridden the Lemond for a century in one day, and felt no soreness or anything, regardless of what people think of the reynolds steel. i think it rode fantastic. i can't ride the Bianchi, for obvious reasons so i dont know how that rides. i'd appreciate it if you would respond to this and give me your full,honest advice on what i should do: buy the Lemond or buy the Bianchi? thanks a lot and have a nice day.
re: which one: Lemond vs. Bianchimackgoo
Feb 23, 2002 4:44 PM
I'm a Bianchi man and I would say get the Bianchi. But with only a couple hundred to buy components I just don't see it. Maybe you could do it from E bay, wich is OK. Gotta get Campy though.
You've already answered your own question.Elefantino
Feb 23, 2002 4:50 PM
"I've ridden the LeMond ... I think it rode fantastic."

That's what counts. It fits you. It's comfortable. And it's a complete bike with world-class componentry and wheels.

Buy the Bianchi and you'll spend a lot more than $1,000 to get similar components. In fact, I bet you couldn't even put crappy components and wheels on it for $200.

Buy the LeMond and don't look back. You'll be starting out your racing career with a solid bike.

FWIW,
Mike
Still growin' !jtolleson
Feb 24, 2002 9:18 AM
As a HS freshman, it seems you could grow another 2-6 inches in a hurry; so buying a nice frame/fork and doing a buildup, especially with your budgetary constraints, is not practical. And if you have to resell too soon, you'll take it in the shorts on the resale price.

Buy the Zurich. The original owner, not you, will be taking the depreciation, and if you have to sell within a year or two, chances are you won't lose much.
Still growin' !Chardin
Feb 24, 2002 1:59 PM
Thanks a bunch for responding, i really appreciate it. i'm pretty sure you have me convinced, so congratulations :) again, thank you and have a good day.
-chardin
You've already answered your own question.Chardin
Feb 24, 2002 2:02 PM
hey, thank you for responding and givin me some advice. i'm pretty sure that i'm gonna go for the zurich. i appreciate it.

-chardin