I haven’t been able to test either of them out yet, but will soon. Basically, one of these will be my first road bike purchase and I’m trying to size up the two in terms of how good of a deal they are. I’ve been reading tons of reviews online about each, but I still don’t know and I was hoping the tarck community could help me out. They’re both pretty much the same price at about $600-$650, but I’m leaning toward the Lemond, so I was looking to get some input from you all on what you think the better deal is:
2008 model year, carbon aluminum
Crank-TruVativ Touro Triple
Cassette- Sram PG-950 (NEW)
Chain- Sram PC-951 (NEW)
Front Der- Shimano Tiagra
Rear Der- Shimano 105 (NEW)
Shifters- Shimano FlightDeck 9speed
Handlebars- Ritchey Pro (NEW)
Fork- Bontrager Race Lite carbon (NEW)
New brake and cable housing as well
Frame: Sloping Geometry True Temper OX Platinum Steel spine/OCLV 120 GSM carbon cockpit
Fork: Bontrager Carbon Alloy
Gears: Shimano 105/ Ultegra 9 speed
Shifters: Shimano 105 STI
Chainset: Bontrager Race lite GXP with 53/39 Chainrings
Brakes: Shimano 105
Wheels: Bontrager Select Road Wheel system
Tires: Bontrager Race Lite
Handlebars: Bontrager Select Over Sized
Stem: Bontrager Select Over Sized
Saddle: Bontrager Race Lux
Seatpost: Bontrager Carbon
I have no preference. I’m not going to get into racing (at least any time soon). I’ve ridden one of each before and I don’t really have strong feelings either way. I’m looking for some of your opinions on which you would go for and why or which is a better bang-for-the-buck thing most of all. Thanks.
I guess he just bought the frame itself and built it up with parts he already owned or could get cheaply at the shop that he works at. The rear wheel is a Cannondale Double wall housebrand and the front is a CFX (pretty much c-dale house i guess).
I’ll admit, I still don’t know a lot about the quality of different road components, so do you think it’s worth the price or is a better deal than the Lemond all preferences aside?
Also, since Trek dropped Lemond as a brand, do you think this will affect their customer service ability or usefulness should I have a problem with the Lemond down the road?