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Lemond Zurich vs. Trek 5200(11 posts)

Lemond Zurich vs. Trek 5200EOWilson
Jul 3, 2003 8:30 AM
Which bike would be the best choice for competing in triathlons? I'm 6'4" and 180 lbs. and have a long torso (vs. legs). I compete in 8-10 triathlons per year. Is there much difference in speed between the two bikes?
Jul 3, 2003 8:45 AM
Why not buy a tri specific bike?? 8-10 shows you aren't just dabbling... you might unwittingly be a geek!
trigeek maybe, but....bigdeal
Jul 3, 2003 9:50 AM
you also have to take into consideration length of course. I complete the same number of tri's but ride a Merckx...why? Because only 2 of the 8-9 are half ironman distance. Unless you're doing lots of long distance (half or full ironman) the price of a tribike may not be worth it, or at least not to me.
Quintana RooKen of Fresno
Jul 3, 2003 9:12 AM
I have a Lemond Zurich and a Quintana Roo Tiphoon, and if I were ever to do a triathlon I would most definately choose the QR. Night and day. Don't get me wrong; I love the Zurich, but for a tri the QR would definitely be in its element. The geometry is the same on all of their bikes (except the compact models) so if $ is an issue you can still get the QR ride at a cheaper price point.

Quintana RooNEIL
Jul 3, 2003 9:54 AM
I have to agree. Get the right tool for the task. If all the riding you are doing is Tri, then get the bike that is designed for that purpose. The Tri position is very different than a road bike position. The LeMond and Trek road frames are not designed for that position.
I own both bikesbigrider
Jul 3, 2003 9:14 AM
I have a long torso and the Lemond geometry for the 61cm bike has I think a 61cm top tube. The 62cm trek 5200 measures a 58.5cm top tube. Both bikes ride nice. You will carry around an extra pound of bike with the Lemond. The trek climbs better because of the stiff BB area. If you are doing flats you wouldn't probably notice any performance differences. Hills favor the trek.

With that said buy something that fits you well or the rest won't matter. The trek may just be too small for you since their largest size 62cm is equivalent to the Lemond 59cm in terms of the top tube. If your selection is down to these two choices because you can get a deal, great, but if not there are a host of choices out there that will fit you and may be a better deal.
apples and oranges...C-40
Jul 3, 2003 9:33 AM
The geometry of a 59cm Lemond and a 62cm Trek is virtually identical. Same 72.5cm seat tube angle. The Trek TT is only 2mm longer at 59.2cm, compared to the Lemond's 59cm. The standover height is the same.

I would carefully compare the head tube length, but Trek does not list it on there chart.

If a larger size is needed, then the 61 Lemond would be the only option.
You clarified the pointbigrider
Jul 3, 2003 9:53 AM
I actually own a 59cm lemond and the 62cm trek. They are almost identical. The point I was trying to make but you stated very clearly is if he needs a longer top tube he ain't getting it with a trek 5200. The only option would be to buy the 61 Lemond.

That brings me to my pet peeve. The trek folks have been blowing smoke up our chamios long enough about these expensive molds and how pricey it is to make the 5200 frames. There should be a 5200 with a 61cm top tube. Good carbon frames are now being made in the east and they have wider size options. They also have lower prices. What do you think about it?
61cm Zurich for saleE-ticket
Jul 3, 2003 11:03 AM
If your interested, I have a 61cm Zurich for sale. Check out ad # 010173 over at (I would use RBR classifieds, but I'm not wild about giving my credit card info.)
Trek 5200andy02
Jul 3, 2003 11:05 AM
It alway depends, but I have a 5200 currently and when I raced tri I had a QR kilo PR (when they weight less then a kilo and you could get a custum bike ie before litespeed got them). Where I live now a kilo would be a hard painful ride it was way stiff and I don't think I can turn a 56-11 gear anymore. The 5200 is a sweat ride anywhere but if you have crappy road it is a must. All the Alu bikes I have had can't even begin to compare with the smooth ride of carbon. Just make sure you get a real "fit kit" done with/without aero bars or buy somewhere else.
re: Lemond Zurich vs. Trek 5200latinist
Jul 3, 2003 12:03 PM
Visit the site before you make your decision. Tom Demerly, the shop owner and tri-stud presents very convincing arguments for tri-specific bikes over road bike with aerobars.