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Old 02-25-07, 12:31 PM   #1
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LeMond spine design longevity

My LBS has some '06 LeMond Versailles on clearance & I'm wondering how they hold up over the long haul? I assume the carbon tubes are glued to the steel? I'm 6'2" 225 lbs and want to get something that's going to last for years and years.

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I would not recommend carbon for anyone our weight - (I'm 240). Carbon and long haul just don't seem to go together. I am not an expert - just my opinion based on other's comments I've read.

Lemond made (makes) great bikes in steel. I've got a Alpe D'Huez in 525 steel and really like it. It rides better in some ways than my Litespeed made of ti.

The new Lemonds with carbon have not been selling well. I would rather get a full steel Lemond than one of their new carbon models. I would love to have a Zurich made of 853.
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I would be interested in hearing more thoughts on whether the Lemond steel/carbon bikes are good for us big boys over the years.
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Old 03-09-07, 11:52 PM   #4
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Everyone I talk to comments that my LeMond CDF (which is steel) will last forever. I'm not sure if that implies that over materials are less durable, or if it's a rationale for a "retro" choice in design, but so far I'm happy.
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My LBS has some '06 LeMond Versailles on clearance & I'm wondering how they hold up over the long haul? I assume the carbon tubes are glued to the steel? I'm 6'2" 225 lbs and want to get something that's going to last for years and years.

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Old 03-12-07, 06:20 PM   #6
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I would not recommend carbon for anyone our weight - (I'm 240). Carbon and long haul just don't seem to go together. I am not an expert - just my opinion based on other's comments I've read.

Lemond made (makes) great bikes in steel. I've got a Alpe D'Huez in 525 steel and really like it. It rides better in some ways than my Litespeed made of ti.

The new Lemonds with carbon have not been selling well. I would rather get a full steel Lemond than one of their new carbon models. I would love to have a Zurich made of 853.
Dude, I am 225 down from 260. I bought a carbon bike at 260, and I love it. I have over three thousand miles on it and had not a problem one. I would also like to add that it is far more comfortable to ride on long rides, and I do not seem as tired after riding compared to when I ride my steel bike!

The poster will be just fine on a bike with carbon seat stays.
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