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Old 02-19-06, 11:21 PM   #1
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Poprad: 05 vs 06?

So...my first post here. I've been lurking for about 3 weeks, which is not coincidentally the time I started looking to buy my first "nice" road bike.

I've been fitted and the Lemond Poprad is a good match for my build, so my question is this: IF I decide to buy the poprad at my lbs, they have ONE 2005 left in stock in my size, brand new (factory specs) for $899. Or...I can buy an 06 for $1199. Are these even good prices for these bikes (US dollars)? I'm thinking about testing the 05 tomorrow, and if I like it, I'd buy it (provided that seems to be a consensus good buy).

I really can't tell the difference between them, although I did notice the 05's frame is True Temper / Reynolds DB Steel whereas the 06's is True Temper OX Platinum Steel. Beyond that, I like (dislike?) both color schemes equally, maybe a slight edge to the orange.

Also, would this be a suitable ride for me? My goals are to get in shape (currently 5-9, 210), ride a 150 mile two day charity ride this summer, and develop this into a hobby/interest. I rode a bit back in high school (7ish years ago) so I'm semi-aware of what I'm getting myself into. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Oh...and thanks for all the help you all have already provided me with - even though you didn't know you were providing it!
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Old 02-20-06, 06:29 AM   #2
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I had an 02 a few seasons ago and it had the 853 tubing. I am 5'10"" and about 215 and I was very pleased with the ride. This is a bike that you can ride all day. It is both comfortable and fast. The only reason that I got rid of it was I was riding my DEAN road bike more and needed the cash for something else. Other than that it was a great bike.
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Old 02-21-06, 04:45 PM   #3
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$899 is a good price for an '05. There are few differences btwn the '05 and '06, assuming you're not looking at the disc version of the '06 (which has disc brakes and a carbon fork). The two canti versions side by side differ hardly at all, as far as I can tell.

Oh, and even though "Reynolds" was listed in some of the marketing materials (e.g., the lemondbikes web site) for the '05, the frame is in fact true temper platinum ox.
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Old 02-21-06, 07:03 PM   #4
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I'd go w/ the $899 and use the cash for any future upgrades or to "bank" on your next ride once you realize you want another cross...
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Thanks for the input guys!! I went with the 05 and used the extra to get set up with some shoes, a helmet, and some gloves. And I realized when I got it home and looked it over carefully that there is a sticker that says it has the true temper platinum OX...and there was much rejoicing!
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