I bought a new lemond Alpe d'huez this weekend. (pics will be up shortly) I really like it, beleive it or not, the ride is actually SMOOTHER then my touring bianchi! Anyway, the drivetrain is a bit loud. It is a double, and when in the big ring, I can access all of the rear cogs (9-is a 105) without noise, but in the little ring, which is what I ride 90% of the time, I can only get to the second or third from the smallest cog without a grinding sound from the BB/front derailler. I realize that i shouldn't be doing this, as it causes unneccesary drivetrain wear, but I would prefer to just go through the 9 gears in the back before I go to the big ring. seems that it would be easier.
The bike has about 50 miles on it, and it didn't have this problem on the test rides i did (two 30 minute rides-I had a hard choice whether steel of aluminum, but in the end, steel is real ) How long do you think it will take the cables to stretch? is it possible that this is what is happening?