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Old 07-13-11, 09:19 PM   #1
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Is 1998 classic yet? Lemond Maillot Jaune

I figured since it was Reynolds 853 it would be worthy in C&V. I picked this up the other day at a great price for the 9-speed chorus group, but once I got it home I thought I'd give it a good cleaning and take it for a ride. I was really surprised how well it rides, very light and fun. I'm still unsure if it should be parted out for try to find a campy Vento frot wheel for it. The front wheel it came with is a Wolber profile 18 tubuler and campy record high flange hub (which was a nice treat).

If anyone has a Vento front wheel pm me!
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Old 07-13-11, 09:23 PM   #2
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I figured since it was Reynolds 853 it would be worthy in C&V.
How so?
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Old 07-13-11, 09:24 PM   #3
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It certainly isn't "vintage" yet, and I'm not sure anything TIG-welded qualifies as "classic." The CF fork is neither. But the Lemonds of that era were well-made and ride great. Enjoy. It's a good find.
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How so?
I guess when I took it for a ride I was surprised it had alot of the same characteristics as my older steel bikes which surprised me being such a new bike. It contrasted largely to older aluminum frames i've ridden which felt quite harsh.
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replace the brifters with downtube shifters and i'll let it slide

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Years ago I upgraded a '99 to 10spd - it's one of my modern bikes.
Lugs and friction shifting to be Classic or Vintage, there are a few exceptions but never brifters.

Nice Lemond - ride it often.
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My main bike is still my '96 Lemond Zurich. It was so rusted I had it powdercoated a "rust" color. Still one of my best riding bikes.
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i just recently picked up a 1997 lemond zurich frameset. im surprise at how light this thing feels. what group goes well with this bike? should piece it back with factory components (shimano 600) or go with something else? i know nothing about road bikes.
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i just recently picked up a 1997 lemond zurich frameset. im surprise at how light this thing feels. what group goes well with this bike? should piece it back with factory components (shimano 600) or go with something else? i know nothing about road bikes.
8 or 9spd Dura-Ace or Ultegra/600 STI would probably fit nicely.
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Maybe a new bike made in an old style? I think that the C&V forum would appreciate it most, but if you had questions about the components, would you ask this crowd? Considering that three posts down, you may have someone asking if they should keep the suicide levers on their 73 schwinn, it may be pushing the C&V limits. Still, a very nice bike, and I don't mind one bit that you consider it a classic!
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I say any steel bike has a chance to be C&V. It certainly is classic in my book.

Some would disagree, but in reality these bikes are not that much older than the DeRosa Primato's that get posted here. Maybe it is the absence of lugs that throws everyone off.

My recently acquired 97 Zurich (also an 853 frame) looks classic to me:

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I'd rather look at that, and consider it more classic, than many bikes here.

No, it's not vintage by most definitions.

Yes - it qualifies as classic to me because I know it when i see it and the Lemond brand was among the last making high quality steel frames with all day geometry.

Those who don't like it are free to ignore it.
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sjpitts and chuckk you have some nice looking lemonds. I also see lots of bikes pop up on here that look alot less vintage. However, the other day a fellow riding a brand new cervelo carbon creation asked if I wanted to sell it so maybe it also has a new bike look. Regardless, Its a fun riding bike and feels similar (but much lighter) than any of my pre-1990 bikes.
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