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Anyone riding Lemond Ti?(5 posts)

Anyone riding Lemond Ti?one_speed
Jan 5, 2004 11:32 AM
I usually ride steel, but have become the proud owner of a new Lemond Ti frame as payment for some work I've done. Seems very well built and looks to be the Victoire Classic road frame, though with a beefy Reynolds carbon fork. It's the same frame the Saturn pros rode last season. (butted Ti)

I'm just wondering how people like this frame, as I doubt I'll get to building it for some time. Most likely, I'll build it up with Campy Record, but wondering about stiffness, acceleration, etc. Frame will be used for road races, crits, and of course, training. I currently have a Waterford 2200 with a custom straight blade steel fork. Any comparisons are appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
I have a victoire.aet
Jan 5, 2004 1:22 PM
i love it. i use it for all of my longer rides. however, it lacks a little in stiffness but i am heavy. i weigh about 210. i have a klein that i take out for crits. still, when i first got it, i used to look for stuff to run over because the ride was so comfy. on the klein, i will make serious effort to avoid running over a matchbook.
stiffnessone_speed
Jan 5, 2004 2:37 PM
I wondered about that. I'm around 170 lbs, maybe at a good point where it's not too much of a problem. A friend told me his cheaper LeMond Ti frame seems stiffer than his Waterford.

Guess we'll see. Thanks for the insight.
at a buck 70, i think it'll be fine unless u have hulk power.aet
Jan 5, 2004 7:24 PM
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re: Anyone riding Lemond Ti?Steve Bailey
Jan 6, 2004 5:25 PM
I have an '03 Victoire that was a warrently replacment for a Klein Quantum. As I was also riding a Heron steel, it seemed a nice option. My other choice was a Quantum, but they had gone to compact and I hated the look...

My first impressions were a wonderful ride, nice handling, good fitting bike. It's lighter then the Klein, even though it's a size larger. Handles the same as the Heron, feels much the same actually, just a lighter, quicker accelerating, better climbing bike.

After 2000 miles in '03, my only wish would be a stiffer b-bracket as I get some rub when standing. I too am a big rider (220), and miss the stiffness of the Klein, but love the smoother ride. I actually placed an e-bay bid on an older Quantum this fall, then did a couple of days back on the Lemond and dropped the idea.

My other complaint is the paint chips easily and I may end up sending it back to Trek to get a plain Ti finish with some basic decals.

SB