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Please help me decide - newbie...(7 posts)

Please help me decide - newbie...jtkirk15
Jun 1, 2002 1:26 PM
After 3 months and numerous posts here and at bicycling.com, I feel like I am 3 days from a bike purchase. I would really appreciate any feedback or pro/con for the two final round bikes I am considering. They are each $1000 and at the same great shop. I am looking at a 57cm Bianchi Campione and a 55cm Lemond Tourmalet. They both fit well and each is a double chainset. The Bianchi feels a bit racier whereas the Lemond feels slightly more comfy. I'm having a hard time deciding what I want. The riding I hope to do is at first sort of long rides for fitness and then potentially some racing (with the understanding that I don't have a true race bike). Any help is greatly appreciated. I hope to join the ranks of cyclists soon.
re: Please help me decide - newbie...jtolleson
Jun 1, 2002 2:20 PM
There's no right answer between these two bikes, and the similarities probably outweigh the differences. They are both steel frame and fork from respectable manufacturers. My personal preference would be to give a slight nod to the Bianchi, because I like the wheelset slightly better and because I'd probably put the Campione's Mirage/Veloce mix above Shimano Tiagra.

You've had a lot of threads on multiple forums on a lot of different bikes, and I see that your budget has nearly doubled since your initial inquiries. We've all experienced that! Good luck.
re: Please help me decide - newbie...gtx
Jun 1, 2002 2:33 PM
Both seem like great bikes for the money (and fully race worthy). I'd say you can't really go wrong--I'm sure you'll be happy with whatever you end up getting. Like you said, the Lemond is slightly more laid back. If they both fit equally well and you can't make up your mind about which handling characteristics you prefer, I'd honestly say get the one that you think looks better, or the one with the components that work better for you. Having worked at shops that sold both I'd say that Trek (Lemond) is slightly better in the warranty department, but a good shop makes all the difference in these kinds of situations, and anyway I doubt you'd have any problem with either. My first nice bike was a celest Bianchi in 1983 and I loved that bike. When you buy the bike consider upgrading/swapping out the seat and tires and pedals right away. Hope this helps. Good luck!
BianchiMcAndrus
Jun 1, 2002 2:38 PM
I'd say if you ever intend to race, the Bianchi would serve you better. If I understand the other post correctly, the Tourmalet has Shimano Tiagra and the Campione has Campy Mirage/Veloce. I've used Mirage/Veloce in the past and it served me very well. I've known people with Tiagra and while Shimano makes some fine groups, I don't think Tiagra is one of them.
Personally, I'd choose comfort over race...spyderman
Jun 1, 2002 9:29 PM
Reason being, the more comfortable you are the longer you'll ride. Hence better performance and conditioning.

Although, you probably couldn't go wrong with either bike.

What groups are you looking at? These days, you probably could get into an Ultegra mix group for abt $1300.

I love buying a new bike! It's like Christmas in the middle of spring...

Good luck!!!
re: Please help me decide - newbie...gs6769
Jun 2, 2002 5:09 AM
I'd go with the Campione. The frames are no doubt of comparable high quality but IMO the Veloce group tips the scale easily over the Tiagra. If you got Shimano 105 on the Lemond there would be little to pick from quality wise. As it is, I think you'd be very happy for years with Veloce and would be thinking 'upgrade' far too soon with Tiagra.
Thanks! Anymore opinions?jtkirk15
Jun 2, 2002 6:59 PM
I'm leaning towards the Campione at this point as I think it is dead sexy in the red/silver color. If I can get a proper fit, I'll likely go with it. I've decided I love the feel of Bianchi and Lemond. Which model of each do you think provides most bang for the buck? Is $1k for these bikes a solid deal? Sorry, just wanted some reassurance. Thanks guys!

PS- saw my first pro cycling event today, the Clarendon Cup in VA. It was 100k and damn, I never knew you could go that fast for that long on a bike. It was amazing and inspirational.