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Buying advice Bianchi Vigorelli vs. Lemond Zurich(5 posts)

Buying advice Bianchi Vigorelli vs. Lemond Zurichzacf
Oct 27, 2003 11:41 AM
New road biker needs help. I'm I'm a 42 year old male 5'7" weigh in at 185 down 45 lbs which just barely makes this kind of biking a possibility. My preference is to buy from a LBS since I will probably need lots of assistance post sale.

I live in SF, so lots of hills everywhere- want a triple. Hope is to train for a century for next spring. I'm currently riding a borrowed alum fram bike- bad fit plus jarring ride.

The closest bike shop carries Bianchi, but I suspect tha the LeMond is a "better" bike what ever that means.


I'll also take bay area bike shop recommends.
re: Buying advice Bianchi Vigorelli vs. Lemond ZurichBenLomond
Oct 27, 2003 12:57 PM
I have a zurich and really like the way it rides. The vigorelli I believe is made of reynolds 631 where the zurich is made of reynolds 853 pro, which is shaped in various was to increase strength and lower the weight. The lemond frame should be lighter in comparable sizes, this probably does not matter much for you or most of us. The zurichs have relitively long top tubes, which work for some and not for others. In short I think it's going to depend on the fit and the geometry that works for you. Both bikes are going to provide a nice ride, if they fit. Spend as much time riding each and maybe have the shop swap out stems to accomadate you needs during test rides, and after the sale.
good luck,
p.s. My bike is a 2003, the 2004 zurichs are a different animal. I think there 853 front trangle with a carbon rear.
re: Buying advice Bianchi Vigorelli vs. Lemond Zurichbc165
Oct 27, 2003 1:26 PM
I was in a similar position about four months ago and bought the Zurich. I too live in the Bay Area - had a terrific ride up Mt. Tam yesterday... no cars in the park due to fire danger, oh yeah! - and found good assistance, and prices, at Pacific Bicycles in Novato. They are a local chain that may have a store in SF. They sell Lemonds.

If I had to do it over again would I buy the Zurich? Not sure. I got mine used for a good price on ebay, but as I recall the Zurich was about $600 more than the Vigorelli (new). I'm not sure that the differences outweigh the savings.

I believe the Vigorelli is about 3 pounds heavier. Maybe that matters to you, maybe not. Also, it is a Campy setup.

My advice is to find shops that you feel good about, have them set you up on the bikes and ride them around for at least 30-40 minutes. Try to find some hills you can climb and descend on. They're both nice riding steel frames that will serve you well in club and century rides. The triple is a good idea unless you plan to get in really good shape. This is a good time to shop since you can probably find a deal on an '03 since the '04s are coming in.

Come and do the Santa Rosa Wine Country Century in April. It's great fun.
Just did a century on an '04 Zurich.....TNRyder
Oct 27, 2003 9:15 PM
And I must say that I was thouroughly impressed! The '04 has the CF top tube, seat tube, and seat stays. The rest of the frame is the Reynolds steel tubing. This made for a very smoooth ride, and a nice climbing bike! Far superior to any AL bike that I have ridden. If I had the means, I would buy one myself, but alas, I am but a poor member of the USAF, and have more important things to spend money on, like food!

Ride as many bikes as you can in and above your price range! Pick the one that YOU LIKE THE RIDE BEST, that you can also afford. You may be surprised by what you like, so keep an open mind and ride everything the shops will let you get on.

Have fun shopping!
Either bike is a good bet..lyleseven
Oct 27, 2003 10:14 PM
Both of these bikes are excellent entry level (and above) choices for you. The weight is slightly different, but both are respectable. If one comes with Shimano and the other with Campy, try them out. I like the ergonomics of Campy, others like the Shimano. I'm not sure which the Vigorelli comes with but if it is Centaur or Chorus, you are in good shape. The Zurich is also a good bike and in your case, more than enough as is the Vigorelli. You can't lose. Best prices will be at either Lombardi Sports in Sf or Pacific Bicycle. Good time to get 03 closeouts.