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Yet another "help me choose a bike" post (groan)(6 posts)

Yet another "help me choose a bike" post (groan)gf99
Jul 30, 2003 7:09 AM
My current bike is a 2000 Lemond Tourmalet stock (Tiagra/Sora). I usually do a few 20-30 mile rides during the work week with longer (40-60 mile) rides on Saturday and Sunday. Occasional centuries. A lot of friends race so I'd like to try it at some point but don't see myself being serious about it.

Looking for something lighter with better components. Have approx $2500 to spend. I like steel and the geometry of the Tourmalet, so the Zurich seems like an obvious candidate.

First question: How much difference would I notice with an upgrade of this magnitude? I know this is highly subjective -- just looking for opinions.

Primary question: What other bikes would you all recommend looking at given my wants/needs/budget?

Thanks.
Fondriest...... big sale here is the link......african
Jul 30, 2003 7:14 AM
http://www.fondriest-usa.com/index.php
re: Yet another "help me choose a bike" post (groan)lampshade
Jul 30, 2003 7:29 AM
With $2500 you can get an awesome bike. There are so many choices. Custom steel, racy aluminum, on sale titanium or carbon, go nuts. Find one that fits and speaks to you.
re: Yet another "help me choose a bike" post (groan)godot
Jul 30, 2003 7:31 AM
Another option to consider if you are thinking steel is the landsharks at gvhbikes www.gvhbikes.com. 2k for full ultegra and no charge for custom. i'm not associated with gvh, just thinking of getting a landshark.

if you like the frame you have you may want to think about just upgrading components.

i haven't ridden tiagra/sora, but have been dropped by a guy that does. 105 or ultegra would probably shift a bit more crisply and is definitely lighter. will it make a huge difference in your performance, probably not.
get a full custom steel with DAmoschika
Jul 30, 2003 9:54 AM
I'm getting a custom steel road bike with full DA 9speed kit and alpha Q pro carbon fork from Doug at Curtlo cycles, all for a smidgen under $2500. If you have a prefered geometry, he'll build it to your specs or in my case made a few changes because the Lemond had good geometry but didn't quite feel right.

i'm also 'upgrading' from a 99 Lemond Tourmalet with RSX100. the thing weighs more then my mtb.

Doug does great work. My mtb is from him, that's why i went back to get a new road bike. should be here in the next couple of weeks. wait time is around 2 months.
IF Crown Jewel?gtx
Jul 30, 2003 10:18 AM
worth a look, anyway--the geometry is somewhat similar to the Lemond. You could probably build it up with Ultegra and stay in your price range. If you're looking to have top notch components like DA or Chorus there are otehr steel builders that are cheaper like another poster mentined--check out Tom Teesdale.