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LeMond Zurich vs. Buenos Aires(8 posts)

LeMond Zurich vs. Buenos AiresBorg
Jul 3, 2002 10:52 AM
Looking for opinions on whether the LeMond Zurich is worth an extra $400.00 vs. the Buenos Aires for riding 50 miles a week, participating in an occasional Century and doing 3-4 triathlons a year.
re: LeMond Zurich vs. Buenos Aireselrey
Jul 3, 2002 11:11 AM
I am looking at the Lemond Zurich as well. I believe that for bigger riders or racers the Zurich is a better fit. The ovalized down tube is supposed to provide more lateral stiffness. You also get full Ultegra and Bontrager Race-Lites. Since, I am about 240lbs and (once I drop some weight)interested in racing, I am leaning towards the zurich. I am concerned about the Race Lites with my weight though.
re: LeMond Zurich vs. Buenos Airesgarhead
Jul 3, 2002 2:24 PM
I'm upgrading to a Ti & selling my 2001 Zurich. Email me if interested.
re: LeMond Zurich vs. Buenos Airesmlbd
Jul 4, 2002 3:05 AM
I have the BA and it's been a great bike. It's full ultegra except for the BB. For your riding needs, i think it will be a good bike. I'm starting to get into racing and am looking to upgrade to something lighter and stiffer.
re: LeMond Zurich vs. Buenos AiresPegLeg
Jul 4, 2002 6:43 AM
Actually the BA has 105 chain and cassette in addition to the BB.

BA has 1" headset and Zurich has 1.25"

I did not think the Zurich was worth the extra money so I bought a BA but then again I only do about 300 to 400 miles a month and a few centuries a season.
It's all about the paint job ...SingleThreaded
Jul 5, 2002 4:52 AM
I have the 2002 Zurich and think its a great riding bike. I ordered mine back before either of the two were in the shop and would have liked to have test ridden both once I saw how they had upgraded the Buenos Aires. If you haven't already, I would recommend you ride both and then decide.

I flex the Zurich/Bontrager wheelset combo, so I'm sure the Buenos Aires would be flexing as well. However, given that you aren't road racing, the bike's response isn't as important as the ride itself.

I'd probably still go with the Zurich, knowing I'd probably not want to upgrade for a long time to come. Plus, did I mention the paint job. The Zurich has style, the BA, on the other hand, looks like a $600 Walmart special.
re: LeMond Zurich vs. Buenos AiresShadow11
Jul 5, 2002 6:49 AM
I just bought a Zurich after looking at both bikes, the biggest items for me, besides the use of 853 throughout in the Zurich was that the Zurich had the Air Rail fork instead of the classic, and as a big guy (220) its a bit stronger ..actually had a long discussion with a guy who has a shop in CA (I'm in NY, gotta love the 'net) on the distinction between the 2 bikes..and between the fork and wheelset..I decided it was worth the $...
Both are fine bikes. But thescottfree
Jul 5, 2002 7:47 AM
differences between the BA and Z are pretty minimal for $400. If money is a factor, buy the BA happily. If $400 is no issue, buy the Z happily.

I test rode both recently muself, by the way, and blindfolded I don't think I'd know which bike I was on. Same size, same geometrey, same shifting, same feel. Same absolutely wretched saddle jammed like a metal stake up my ass.

Whichever you settle on, immediately replace the San Marco with a Brooks!