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Tomorrow is Buy Day(5 posts)

Tomorrow is Buy DayBhamBike
Jul 1, 2003 9:34 AM
Just looking for thoughts and recommendations on the Lemond Alpe d'Huez, Giant OCR1 and TCR2, and the Specialized Allez Elite. I obviously want the best bike for the buck. Would the Lemond steel be too much bike for racing? Do Tiagra hubs make a difference when the rest is 105? Is the sacrifice in comfort worth the weight savings in the other aluminums? I would like to add cycling to my repertoire to attempt some tri's and just plain ole crosstraining. Thanks.
lemond (nm)andy02
Jul 1, 2003 10:17 AM
ugh... where to start?funknuggets
Jul 1, 2003 11:52 AM
First of all, what in the heck does "too much bike for racing" mean?

Secondly, Won't 105s vs Tiagra won't make much resistance, as your first upgrade should probably be wheels once you get going, or buck up and upgrade now.

Third of all, the "comfort" factor is marginal. A properly fit aluminum bike will always be more comfortable than a poorly fitting steel. A carbon fork, especially a curved one, will tend to take some of the stiffness out of an aluminum front end. At that level of bike, Im thinking that the weight savings would be marginal. All components being the same, yah you might shave a pound, perhaps more with the compact geometry, but all in all, depending on how you ride and how much you ride... the steel will likely have more longevity and retain its resale value down the road.

I have a Lemond, and it is a fine bike. Is it more comfortable than my Aluminum Fondriest... no, and the Fondy even has a steel fork. And neither is as comfortable as my Look, so it is a matter of fit and preference. Best of luck, but ride the bike that feels best when you ride it.

So sayeth the funk.
whoopsfunknuggets
Jul 1, 2003 11:55 AM
I meant 105 vs Tiagra wont make much difference.
re: Tomorrow is Buy Dayjwarrenod
Jul 1, 2003 6:38 PM
I've been very happy with my TCR-2. Great performance for the money but as someone else has already mentioned fit is more important than material.

That being said for longer rides I prefer my generic steel frame with carbon fork built up with 105, just more "cushy" and a more upright ride than the TCR-2. Both bikes fit well, just differently.

JW