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Lemond Buenos Aires or Trek 2300?(5 posts)

Lemond Buenos Aires or Trek 2300?sntacruzSL
May 9, 2002 4:34 PM
Which one do you recommmend and why? Lemond BA or Trek 2300?

Kind of apples and oranges, isn't it?mwood
May 9, 2002 5:10 PM
The BA is a steel frame, weighs a little over 20lbs. and is a comfortable long distance ride and costs less than $1500.
The 2300 is aluminum, about 18lbs (I think) and is more of a budget race bike, not being that friendly over longer rides and costs about $2000.
I'd ride them both and see how you feel afterwards...
That's my 2 cents.
Depends on your AL vs Fe preference in generalWhoWasThat
May 10, 2002 6:02 AM
Depends on how you feel about steel vs. aluminum in general. If you perceive a distinction between the two types of frames, on some reasonably long test rides, that will narrow your choice. Not sure why you picked those two. They fit a bit differently.

BA is sub-20 lbs, a comfy ride, and a quick turner. No experience with the Trek.
re: Lemond Buenos Aires or Trek 2300?ADKBiker
May 10, 2002 9:26 AM
I was in the same situation. I was looking at the Lemond Zurich (same geometry as BA), Trek 2300 and C'dale R900. All are awesome bikes!!! All are awesome racing bikes!!! But they are not similar bikes.

The Lemond is an 853 Reynolds steel (one of the stiffest, lightest and strongest steels. Some compare it to Titanium.) It has a more relax riding positions so you can ride longer, stronger on climbs and descends and you stay fresher as a rider. It has a long top tube so make sure you get fitted correctly. Lemond bikes can be made light. It also has Ultegra groupo.

The Trek 2300 is a great bike also. It has the same geometry as the OCLV Bikes. It is stiff! Your butt will tell you that. It is also light. Much more expensive then the Lemond.

If you are looking at Aluminum bikes you might want to check out Cannondale. They make some of the best aluminum bikes. There bikes are pricey but you do get an awesome frame. The R700 & R900 use the same Caad 5 frame. They are not as stiff as they use to be but they are stiff (aluminum)

I went with the Lemond Zurich. I like the geometry. I felt more comfortable. It is pretty light for a steel bike. It is actually lighter then some aluminum bikes out there. If you are considering the Buenos Aries wait a bit and get the Zurich. It will pay off in the long run. It's a little lighter, has better wheels and has full Ultegra. "Nothing rides like steel" But the best thing to do is to test ride the bikes. Then you will know what feels better, comfortable and in your budget. This is my opinion. I hope I helped out. Good luck!

re: Lemond Buenos Aires or Trek 2300?garhead
May 10, 2002 10:25 AM
I echo Anthony's comments to the T. If you look hard you should be able to find a Zurich for close to a BA. Lemonds can be tricky with fit so make sure you do your homework!